Scott DiTullio, Director of Bands at Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District in Pennsylvania, recently wrote a guest post on MUSicTECHnology.net that has a great deal of relevance to my recent post on reasons why I teach:
I guess when Dr. Creasap first asked me to respond to a question a few months back, that it really did get me thinking about “Why I Teach.” As I have continued my personal education, I’ve become a better teacher. I remember sitting in all the undergraduate methods courses and saying to myself, I’m ready to take the next step, get me in front of the class. I truly feel that energy and excitement comes from having great teachers, which were excited about what they were doing. I was fortunate to have those great teachers from elementary through college, without them, I’m not sure I would be where I am today.
I still remember the talk with my father when I said I didn’t want to go to college that I wanted to be like him and work in the mill. Well, his strong advice or do I say words of wisdom were, “You are going to college, I don’t care what you do, but you will get an education. Whatever you do after that is up to you.” As I’ve said to him on several occasions, without that little butt kicking, I’m not sure what I would be doing today. I’m not sure what I want to finally do when I do grow up, but until then I love what I do on a daily basis.