The Exit Interview: Chelsea Henery '15
Doane students have a knack for finding their path through the myriad of activities and classes they're involved in, so student blogger Emily Hallstrom '16 is sitting down with members of the Class of 2015 to ask them five questions—call it their "The Exit Interview."
Name: Chelsea Henery
Major: Natural science with an endorsement in secondary education
Activities: Gamma Phi Iota sorority, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Student Education Association, Nebraska State Education Association, Doane Multicultural Fair, National Education Association and NSEA Integrated Mentoring program.
Emily Hallstrom: What are your plans for after graduation?
Chelsea Henery: I plan to pursue my master's in science. Later this summer, I will be moving to McCook, Nebraska, to become a high school educator at McCook Senior High School. I will be teaching an "Essentials Science" course, advanced biology and chemistry. Along with teaching, I will also be the head coach for the varsity cheerleading squad.
EH: How did you get this opportunity?
CH: I was blessed with this opportunity after much assistance from the Doane education professors. Julie Kozisek led a course teaching us how to interview, write resumes, apply, dress and represent ourselves in a manner which would lead us to the success we have received. After attending this course I looked on the website for teacher openings in the Nebraska area. I applied in November for the McCook opening, had an interview early in January, was offered a job Jan. 22 and I accepted on Jan. 26.
My additional position as cheerleading coach came from a short conversation during the interview about the experiences I had in high school that were especially important to me. I said I loved the spirit and cheering for the different teams. They then asked me if I wanted to coach and I was overjoyed to accept!
EH: What faculty played a strong role in getting you here?
CH: Matt Kutscher. After I was offered this position, I talked with Matt about the experience I had been offered and what I was worried about. He calmingly asked me one question, "How did it feel?" I immediately knew my answer. It felt right. I loved the community, the administration, the school pride and the pride in their educational systems. That's all he had to ask and he knew it too, he said.
Kevin Atterberg, a teacher at Culler Middle School in Lincoln public schools, teaches the Natural Science Instructional course to seniors who are student teaching. This course taught us how to teach effectively. After getting an offer, I asked him about his thoughts on McCook High School and its district. After many hours of research together, debating and talking, we both knew where I stood. He said, “I knew it before you did. I could see the passion and joy the interview brought to you and that’s the same feeling I got coming to this school.” I learned so much from his time with me. I learned the most about myself and who I was as an educator.
And I don’t know a professor who has more heart than Brad Jakubowski. He teaches students with activities that he deeply involves himself in, structures the class so he knows students are learning and is always willing to try new ways to teach. He is full of love for the school and his students. He makes it a point to get to know his students on a personal level which is completely genuine. Because of this, he actually inspires his students in the classroom, and he gains a great deal of respect from the class as a whole.
EH: How did Doane prepare you for this opportunity in and outside of the classroom?
CH: Doane has done an excellent job preparing me for this opportunity. The student teaching program is above and beyond. I don't think anyone can ever really prepare you for whatever a student might throw at you as a teacher, but they did a nice job of encouraging me on hard days and rejoicing in the good days. They never moved on without recognizing what the students had done in the classroom.
EH: Where do you want to take this opportunity long-term?
CH: I don't really have a plan other than to receive my Master's of Science Degree so I can teach AP (Advanced Placement) courses at the high school level. Eventually, I would like to get my Ph.D. in human anatomy in order to possibly teach at the college level. I am not sure if I will stay in McCook long term; I am open to traveling and any possibilities that come my way. The future is unwritten for me!