Interviewing two teachers,then comparing and contrasting them.

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Teachers have a very important but difficult job in our society. They are educators, counselors, coaches, friends, and sometimes even a parental figure all at the same time. This is a very heavy burden to carry while trying to educate our youth. The two teachers that were interviewed for this paper were Victoria Rivera, a sixth grade teacher from Brooklyn, New York, and Marcus Williams, a high school history teacher that also lives in Brooklyn, New York. Mrs. Rivera was the first of the two interviews.

Victoria Rivera wanted to become a teacher her entire life, and has achieved that goal by becoming one. She graduated with a teaching degree from Brooklyn College , and has been teaching in the New York City public school system since 1983. Her main reason for becoming a teacher was because of past teachers. During the interview, she said that she was impressed by teachers she had as a child.

She also added that as a youth, she found it amusing to play school while working on her own studies. "I retained what I learned through role playing as a teacher," was one of her responses.

Marcus Williams was the second interview. He graduated from Hunter College, in Manhattan, and has been teaching in New York City public high

schools for about 6 years. When asked his main reason for becoming a teacher his response was, "There are a lack of positive African-American male teachers in New York. I feel that young minority males especially African-Americans need positive men figures in their life anyway they can get it." Mr. Williams also said that he feels teaching is essential for trying to give young people good education.

Mrs. Rivera is really a teacher that strongly cares about the students. When asked what is...