My hometown when I was a student was
I graduated in
Major: English Secondary Education
Minor: Spanish Secondary Education
I currently live in
I am now
Since graduating from Alma
I spent a month living in Costa Rica to solidify my Spanish skills. Upon returning to the states, I began searching for a job teaching English or Spanish; I found a job in small-town Walkerton, IN at a rural high school teaching English. I have now happily been teaching at John Glenn High School for four years; in addition to teaching regular and honors English, I am the yearbook adviser, spell bowl coach (state champions this year!), and assistant boys track coach. Recently, I accepted a job from another local school district that pursued me to fill a 9th grade English vacancy; in the fall I will begin teaching 9th grade English at Bremen High School.
During the summers, I inspect corn on the banks of the Mississippi River for Dupont Pioneer. By the time I’m finished that for the summer, I’m anxious for a classroom of 30 kids! When not working, I’ve managed to have fun, of course: visiting Alma friends back in MI, riding my bicycle, backpacking and camping in remote areas of the country and kayaking on the lake that’s out my front door. Life is pretty good.
It’s hard to uproot from one’s comfort zone—that of Alma College—and transplant to a very tightly-knit community such as Walkerton. It takes some time to grow accustomed to this area; thus, it has taken some time to grow my personal community. Now, after four years of teaching—and trying to live purposefully—I have established a strong personal community and happily call this rural area “home.”
My Alma education
taught me to think critically, to be unafraid of facing the unknown and to challenge myself. Without Alma, I wouldn’t be the teacher I am today: I don’t just teach English, but I espouse the Alma concept of exposing my students to the fact that there’s a bigger world beyond our small, simple town. Students latch onto that. Because I was equipped with confidence and a broad world view, I am able to pass that along to the eager, bright-eyed youth of my classroom: go! Make a change! Think for yourself!
My favorite place(s) on campus included
any place a group of friends congregated was my for-the-moment favorite place on campus: Saga, a dorm room, a Sunday-night Chapel service, a game of Ultimate Frisbee on the Chapel lawn, running around the track in the rec. But my all-time favorite view of campus was at night, just before Christmas, after a light, peaceful snow. I would walk out to the street that approaches the chapel, and I’d just stop and gaze at the beautiful Christmas lights lining the trees that led to the Chapel, with the illuminated steeple in the background contrasted against the night sky. Every year, that’s how I would take a few minutes to wind down from the stress of final exams.
My favorite professors(s) included
Dr. Aspinall and Dr. Slaughter.
My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is
something that may sound cheesy, but I vividly remember the look on professors’ faces when I announced that I’d found a job doing what I’d studied four years to do: teach. The entire staff of the education department really took me under their wing. When I found a job shortly after graduation, it was as if all of OUR hard work (not just mine!) paid off. That was a joyful moment and reflected in the faces of my professors as I announced the good news!