Early Childhood Education

Shannon Kievit

Class of


My hometown is

Lewiston, MI

My major(s):

Elementary Education

My minor(s)

Early Childhood Education, Integrated Science

I'm involved in:

Alma College Track and Field, Alma College Cross Country, Education Club, New Life/ chapel and the Alma College Choir.

After I graduate I plan to

become an elementary teacher in a public school in Michigan. Right now, I think my ideal grades to teach would be first through fourth grade. 

My favorite place on campus is

the Chapel. I also enjoy going for walks on the rail trail.

Some of my favorite professors include

Jenise Cardinal-Donnelly, Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Thelen and Marcus Richter.

So far, my favorite class(es) has/have been

education classes and choir.

My greatest accomplishment at Alma is

being offered a First Year Guide position. I am really excited to be a student leader and help students transition to Alma College! I was also named to the Dean’s List my first semester, fall 2014.

I'd advise an Alma freshman to

get involved in a variety of activities. There is a wide range of activities for students here at Alma and I think getting involved is a great way to make connections and meet people. I have become involved in things that I had never done before I came to Alma and have made some great memories. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone or put yourself out there! 

I'd tell a student considering coming to Alma

to visit Alma College on a day while classes are in session to get a feel for the campus. I would also recommend trying to set up an overnight visit. I did an overnight visit and I thought it was a really good experience. 

What I like most about studying at Alma is

the small class sizes. I feel like I have made personal connections with my professors. It is very cool to walk around campus, see one of my professors and be able to have a conversation with them. The professors are also invested in their students.

My favorite part about living on campus is

having access to a variety of activities and organizations. Living on campus has allowed me to become a part of the close-knit community of students. I also really enjoy being able to stop by someone’s room and hang out or study with them for a while. It is really cool to have all of your close friends right here with you all of the time!