Right now it’s definitely important for you to keep your grades high. Being (I’m guessing) in elementary school, you have a very long time until you can start studying to be a teacher. You can start preparing now though!
In the mean time, as you get older (middle and high school), take any chance you can to be a part of “extracurricular activities” (student government, sports, cheerleading, book clubs, etc.) and volunteer at various places around your city (soup kitchens, Relay For Life, and others). It’s important for colleges to see that you’re great with your academics AND involved in your school and community. If you can do this, you’ll have no problems getting into a college you’re interested in.
Also, some high schools have what is called a ‘Teacher Cadet’ program that will help you train to be a teacher before college. It’s always a great class to take if you know that’s what you want to be as an adult.
After you get to college, you declare the ‘major’ (main topic of study) of Education and the university will tell you exactly what classes you need to take to be able to become a teacher. You also choose specifically which age group and (sometimes) subject you’d like to teach. It usually takes about 4 years to finish college. You would have a “Bachelor’s Degree”.
After that, you can teach in the schools. If you want to make more money, you can go back to college AGAIN for a couple of years and get a “Masters’ Degree”.
Hope I didn’t tell you TOO much! lol
on: 26th October 08