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A 2016 graduate of Chrisman High School, Alexis Kime is set to graduate from Indiana State University in December to pursue a career in teaching.
Kime first attended Danville Area Community College, then moved on to the University double majoring in Special Education and Elementary Education as well as a double minor in Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention.
At the time of graduating, Alexis will have five and a half years of schooling under her belt.
“I have always had an interest in working with children,” Kime said. “I come from a big family and babysitting younger family members has always been something that I have enjoyed.”
While attending Chrisman High School, Kime was able to have the opportunity to be a one on one aid for a classmate her senior year. “This opportunity really solidified my decision in choosing education as my career path,” Alexis said.
On days off of high school, Alexis would plan to observe teachers at other schools. “I wanted all the experience and knowledge about teaching I could gain before beginning college,” Kime said. While attending DACC and ISU, many classes required practicum hour at their school daycares.
The classes required anything from a number of volunteer hours to planning and teaching lessons to students in the various classrooms.
“ISU also has an internship semester called TOTAL,” Kime said. “Teachers of Tomorrow Advancing Learning that is required the semester before teaching.”
This internship allows ISU students to step into a classroom environment to plan lesson units and really focus on engaging and teaching a classroom of students. “We also gain the experience of co-teaching and having a mentor teacher that helps guide us through the semester.”
Once the TOTAL semester was completed, Alexis moved onto student teaching. She recently received the opportunity to be part of Paris 95 during her student teaching semester.
“I completed eight weeks in first grade at Memorial Elementary School and am finishing up my last eight weeks at Mayo Elementary School in a special education classroom,” Kime said.
“I personally was given two eight week placements to complete while student teaching since I am completing a double major.”
After graduation, Alexis will be licensed to teach in the areas of elementary education and special education from kindergarten to twelfth grade. “My favorite age group to teach is first through third grade. My current area of focus will be at the elementary education level,” Alexis said. “This may include the general education or special education classroom. I’m open to either.”
Kime has also made the decision to move to Tennessee after graduating from Indiana State University. Since she will be graduating in the middle of the year, she will be applying for a substitute teacher position.
“This will allow me to experience many local schools before applying for a position in the fall,” Alexis said.
“I am excited for this opportunity as it will allow me to find a school that fits me best as an educator. There’s so many things I hope to bring my future students. I feel the most important thing I want my students to feel is welcome and safe in my classroom.”