Teacher back ‘home’ for 1st full-time job
When it comes to a new job and her very own classroom full of eager students, Kim Alexander thinks it's better to just take one day at a time.
As a new fourth-grade teacher at Lansing Intermediate School, Alexander is settling into her new surroundings and learning how to manage the responsibility that comes with her first job as a full-time teacher with a classroom all her own.
A Leavenworth County native, Alexander attended Pittsburg State University and majored in elementary education and now has started working toward her master's degree at Baker University.
The move back "home" was to be close to her family and find an opportunity to take on new challenges in her educational career.
Before coming to the Lansing district, Alexander worked in the Seaman district near Topeka as a computer lab teacher and then in St. George near Manhattan as a part-time third- and fourth-grade teacher.
But now, she has a classroom and students all her own, and she admits the thought can be overwhelming.
Fellow Lansing Intermediate teachers have been helpful so far, Alexander said, by giving her ideas for teaching strategies and lessons. What's really been helpful she added was her students, whom she described as a "good group of kids."
Alexander chose third and fourth grade to teach because she said the students were still young enough to appreciate school but old enough to be independent and have a good sense of humor.
Her reason to go into teaching may seem simple enough but is definitely an important one: She just always loved working with children. She said she probably got that trait from her mother, who was a pediatric nurse for many years.