While teaching is seen as an underestimated and sometimes thankless job, it is still a very vital part of our community.
12 students out of 60 met the requirements to take part in Fort Valley State's 8th Annual Educator Initiation ceremony.
The ceremony symbolizes a checkpoint for students who are aspiring teachers.
Jasmine Roddie, a senior at Fort Valley State, says she was inspired by her aunt, a special needs teacher.
"I'm very passionate about special education because that's where the teachers are needed the most," she said.
"For me, I come from a title one school, free and reduced lunch," said Rodriguez Fillingam, "So for me to be able to come and get this education to give back to students and show them that 'You too can achieve'."
Fillingam says his inspiration is giving back to low-income schools .