Kindergarten teacher Shelly Gaughan (TN ’18) never thought about becoming an educator until she spent a week teaching ancient civilizations to sixth-graders as part of a high school career discovery program: “I found myself intrigued with the challenge of making this content relevant and exciting.”
Classroom management is no easy feat with five- and six-year-olds, but kindergarten teacher Hailey Couch (OK ’18) is a master. Her secret: “If my students know that I love them and respect them, chances are they will give me the exact same respect in return.”
As Brett Kavanaugh's controversial Supreme Court nomination dominates the news and social media, social studies teacher Paula Franklin (TN '17) shares how she handles discussions of polarizing and sensitive current events.
Paul Campbell (AK '16) has spent almost a decade as an elementary educator, but his first year teaching kindergarten feels different: "These young children about to enter into my room are the personification of our society's new hope for the future."