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In the following essay, a college student in a teacher education program discusses some of the realities in working for social justice as a future teacher. She shares her experiences both in her academic program, and in forming a student action group following a discussion and book seminar with author Jonathan Kozol.

Teachers change lives. This is one of the reasons I chose to become one. Another reason I chose the teaching profession was due to my phenomenal experience in high school as a peer tutor in a life skills setting. Witnessing the growth of students through the course of a year and the changes their teacher made in their lives also changed mine and directly influenced my career aspirations. After this life-changing experience, I applied to Western Washington University due to their highly esteemed teacher preparation program and was admitted, thus beginning my professional development in the field of special education.

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