Special Education Teacher — Lincoln County R3 School District
Explain your career path
I started SEMO in Aug 2008 dead set on being an elementary teacher. I dedicated my courses to graduating early, and with honors. Since I graduated in December, there were no teaching jobs available and I took a para-professional job in a Special Education preschool. The next year, I got my dream job (so I thought) teaching 2nd grade. The whole time, I kept thinking how much I missed my para job. I decided to study up and get my certification for special education early childhood. I had to pass two certifications to get that, but I did it. Now I have a job that I LOVE teaching special education preschool!
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
I majored in Elementary Education with a minor in English Literature
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
As an Education major, I loved that SEMO got me into the elementary classroom my first year. Through their 4 Block Student Teaching program, I was slowly worked up to running a classroom by myself and giving me more confidence when I did so.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
Dr Larry Bohannon was the best Block teacher I had! He had a story of experience for any situation I faced/could have faced in the classroom. He made me feel comfortable and confident in his classroom and in my own classroom.
If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.
Teaching kids. Seeing a student reach a personal goal and seeing their proud smile is why I do what I do.
Describe Southeast in three words.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Keep your options open. I thought I knew what I wanted when I came to SEMO, but my career took a slightly different turn.