Couple learning the ropes of teaching
It's a scene that will be reminiscent of mornings at households across the nation this month as summertime draws to a close. They woke up early, ate a good breakfast (it's good for learning) and loaded their backpacks to get ready for the day. It's 7 a.m. Monday morning, classes begin shortly and the Hermons are off to school.
But, instead of trotting down to the corner bus stop to catch a ride, or pedaling their bikes across the way, Danny and Jessica Hermon are driving.
You can do that when you're a teacher. You can do that when you're faculty.
Monday marked the first day of Danny and Jessica Hermon's teaching careers in the Basehor-Linwood School District. School district officials thought highly enough of the Emporia State graduates to hire them after their first interview this summer.
Danny Hermon is a second-grade teacher at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and Jessica Hermon a freshman English teacher at Basehor-Linwood High School. While one helps rambunctious youngsters with their initial foray into reading, the other helps refine their culture with literary knowledge.
They are both from Gardner, but recently moved to Basehor.
As a male elementary school teacher, Danny Hermon is a rarity. However, he said teaching young students basic fundamentals, like telling time for instance, offers him a rewarding feeling because he's helping "set the foundation for their later education."
"Those are things that are going to stick with them the rest of their lives," he said.
Jessica, whose focus in college was also elementary education, said teaching at the high school level provided a fun and challenging setting and also afforded her the opportunity to work in the same district as her husband.
"The kids are great," she said. "And the environment here is really good."
At 23 years old, some may believe the rookie teachers have more in common with the students they teach than the faculty they call colleagues.
In fact, school officials thought Jessica a student on her first visit to the high school earlier this summer. However, the couple said Emporia State prepared them quite well for the rigors of the classroom and their ages make it easier to relate to students.
Most of the class time Monday was spent getting to know students and familiarizing them with the day-to-day procedures of their classes. They said they were relieved to get the first day behind them and they look forward to many more like it.
"It was great, but I definitely feel more comfortable now that the first day is behind us," Jessica Hermon said.
"I was nervous but excited," Danny Hermon said. "It was a feeling I hadn't had before. It was my first day with the kids and I think it was a learning experience for both of us."