Breanne Cook is a senior studying English education. After this semester, she will graduate from BYU-Idaho and begin her student teaching.

Q: What grade of school do you want to teach and why?

A: I don’t know specifically a grade, but middle school, because the students are kind of squirrelly, and they’re still learning, and they’re still young enough to like you as a teacher, and it’s just really fun to watch them.

Q: Where are you student teaching after this semester?

A: I’m student teaching at Walquist Junior High School in Farr West, Utah.

Q: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026.” Are you concerned about employment rates among teachers?

A: Not yet, I’m hoping to teach in Utah and they’re pretty desperate for teachers right now.

Q: What has been your favorite part about earning your bachelor’s degree?

A: I’ve really enjoyed the experiences and opportunities I’ve had, especially the opportunities to apply what I’ve learned actually in the classroom. I feel like I’ve grown not only academically but as an individual.

Q: What is the hardest part about becoming an education major?

A: I think for one, realizing that I’m not going to be rich. Being a teacher, you don’t make a ton of money. Also, adjusting to having to teach in front of people because you not only teach in front of students, but you teach in front of your peers and your professors and you’re always being judged on the way you teach. Also, taking the praxis, which is the test all teachers have to pass to get their certificate, which is difficult.

Q: Why do you want to become a teacher?

A: I like being around kids and younger people. They’re really fun to be around and to watch them grow. It’s very rewarding to see them learn and grow from when they start to when they finish. It’s a pretty cool thing to know that you are potentially changing someone’s life. It’s a big responsibility, but I love it.