Jessamine Co. students question teaching as a career

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – In the midst of everything going on surrounding the future of education, some students in Jessamine County are unsure of whether or not they should make education their future.

Six students from West Jessamine High School sat down with Superintendent Matt Moore to ask him if he thinks teaching is still a worthwhile profession, despite what has been happening at the State Capitol.

On their minds, pension reform that Governor Matt Bevin recently signed into law.

The students are worried that teaching, while an important job, will not support them financially.

“I want to provide for the family I hope to have in the future, and with what I’m guaranteed now, I can’t do that,” said Becca Walther, a senior at West Jessamine.

But, during the discussion, Superintendent Moore made sure students realize, it’s not all about the money.

“The most important thing I can do is keep them connected to the most important thing, which is educating students,” said Moore.

Some students say, at first, the changes to their dream profession had them second guessing themselves, but they say they cannot imagine doing anything else.

“I was really concerned about how is this going to affect my future, but I think that if I really want to do something, I’m going to do it,” said Connor Stetsman, a junior at West Jessamine.

“I’ve cried over it a lot of times, but I have come to the conclusion that I absolutely love teaching and there’s nothing that can take me away from that,” said Walther.

The students are encouraging others who may be changing their minds about becoming a teacher, not to. If it is your calling, they hope you will not give it up, saying future students need you.

All six students who met with the superintendent left saying they do plan to stick with their choices, hoping to be teachers soon.

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