Image-ining Teaching: Why I Want to Be a Teacher

Though the original assignment restricted our word usage to NONE, I couldn’t help add my reasons for choosing these specific images. I did, however, try to keep it brief and succinct. I am a very wordy person so it was difficult.


On left: my not-so-baby brother. On right: our Dad, Air Force vet.

I come from a very patriotic family, and we value public service and acting on our desires to make the country the best it can be.


Sculpture and drawing by Gustavo Martinez.

A representation, symbol, metaphor, whatever else you can call it, of the history of community-building, culture-building, language-building, relationship-building.

Disclaimer: I can’t explain the purpose behind this piece as well as the artist can.



“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”  — Toni Morrison



“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry Adams



Banksy makes interesting, provocative, sometimes incendiary, social/political/historical/cultural commentary and criticisms. I would venture to guess this image is commenting on the West’s practiced attempts to ignore, rewrite, wash away, devalue the histories and cultures of ancient and native peoples.


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