A: More than just a major in college, teaching for me is a passion. I’ve worked closely with our local Boy Scout troop, volunteered as a youth leader in my local church, and spent quite a bit of time in the children’s department in the local public library. With me, you’ll get passion and commitment – but you’ll also get a wide range of experiences in several different settings…experiences that give me a broad base beyond course work and student teaching.
This is a question often asked near the end of an interview. It is a great way to put a punctuation mark on who you are and what you will bring to a school. It’s similar to the question, “Why should we hire you?” and provides you with a terrific opportunity to leave the interviewer with a most favorable impression. Practice this one and be prepared to offer specific details (in less than two minutes). Your response should also answer the one question you'll never get asked ("How will you make my job a little easier?"). Oh, by the way, don’t “talk negative” about the other candidates…if you do, you’re done!