"Why teachers say they keep teaching"

6 Inspirational Teacher Quotes on Why They Teach

We are highlighting a few teacher quotes to remind teachers – and the public – that having qualified, caring teachers in the classroom matters. 

Over the past few years, teachers have endured the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing political turmoil. While the state of education is dire, there are still incredible teachers in the classroom that need support. 

77% of teachers said they would feel encouraged to keep teaching if provided with the supplies they need for their classroom. You can help keep teachers in their classrooms by making a donation to AdoptAClassroom.org. If you’re a teacher in need of supplies in addition to some inspiration, register on AdoptAClassroom.org to be eligible for funding opportunities. 

These teacher quotes come from respondents to our spring 2022 teacher survey. Learn more about the state of teaching by reading our findings here.

6 Inspirational Teacher Quotes on Why They Teach

1. “Teaching is who I am.”

“I sincerely love what I do. Teaching is who I am, and I have known it since I was a child. I was meant to be a teacher. I love the moment when a student just ‘gets it’ for the first time. I love when they say they love math. I love that they love learning as much as I love teaching.” 

2. “Children need caring adults.”

“I love teaching. I have taught kindergarten for fifteen years and as much as the world has changed and continues to change, one thing does not. Children need caring adults who are invested in them and their learning. That is the only way to make this world better, to teach amazing little people who will grow up to be amazing big people. I still love and believe in what I do. This is why I stay.”  

3. In spite of the struggles, “I teach because I’m passionate about it.”

“This has been my first year as a teacher and I teach because I’m passionate about it. I don’t see myself doing anything else. I love the process of teaching, of inspiring my students, and guiding them the right way. I knew that teaching would never make me rich, but still I decided to pursue this career. This year has been the hardest year of my life. Teaching post pandemic and after irregular school years has brought great challenges for the teachers and the schools.”  

4. “I simply love my students.” 

“My personal decision to continue teaching is quite simple. I love teaching. I love to expose my students to things and opportunities that get them excited about learning. I simply love my students and want to prepare them for life and post-secondary endeavors as well as opportunities that they never considered, or thought was possible!” 

5. “My students motivate me to be the best I can be.” 

“I love teaching! My students motivate me to be the best I can be, and by doing that, I contribute to help them become the best they can be for themselves.” 

6. I provide “opportunities for my students.”

“I love teaching and providing opportunities for my students that they would not have if I was not there for them.”

Teachers Matter. 

98% of teachers feel undervalued. As these teacher quotes show, teachers are committed to their students’ well-being and their potential. Teachers shouldn’t have to sacrifice their own well-being and mental health for their profession. 

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