Paige Belting's path to becoming an educator was not always clear.
"I did always know I wanted to be a teacher, but I started out as a marketing and management major at Iowa State," the Lakewood Elementary School teacher told the Norwalk Times. "I strayed from starting out in education because my older sister is a teacher as well and I wanted to branch out from following in her footsteps."
Though she initially resisted becoming a teacher, Belting quickly realized that she could only avoid her destiny for so long.
"The second I made the switch from business to education, I knew I was in the right place," Belting said.
As an elementary school teacher, Belting covers all subjects in her classroom, making her a jack-of-all-trades.
"I do have specializations in reading and language arts from Iowa State [University]," Belting said.
There are a lot of moments in an ordinary day that make Belting happy that she chose to teach, she said.
"The biggest moment that has solidified my desire to be a teacher was seeing the positive impact I've had on my students," Belting said. "I am lucky enough that my first class is still at Lakewood, so I see those kids every day. They all have huge smiles and give me big hugs, so that makes me feel like the relationships I made with them last year meant something to them."
One of Belting's biggest challenges as a teacher is she cannot be all things to all her students, she said.
"I can try, but there just isn't a way to make sure that I am helping them with everything," Belting said. "I make sure to start and end each day with a smile and remind each kid they are worth it, because they are."