"I teach, because they deserve it" Cetera Altepeter



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My path to teaching has been winding, and was largely unforeseen as a career choice. I began college as a psychology major, then studied philosophy, and finally decided on english, after taking the most challenging and enjoyable English course of my collegiate career. I became very involved in the English club, English Honors association, and as a tutor in the Reading and Writing center on campus.


I had been accepted to a doctorate program in English Literature, and planned on entering study this past fall, when I was accepted to Teach For America. Although I was skeptical of my abilities as a teacher, I believed in the mission of Teach For America, and was excited about my placement as an English Teacher in St. Louis.
Teaching has taught me so many things about myself, much of which I can attribute to the life experiences and circumstances my students have exposed me to. They have taught me more than I could ever teach them. Although I already have one million things pinpointed that I plan to do differently next year in the classroom, I hope I have at least unleashed a little bit of the greatness that is literature, reading, and writing in my students!
“I teach, because they deserve it” – Cetera Altepeter

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

– Frederick Douglass

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