Student Teacher Shares Passion for Education

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Ms. Tenor is dedicated to her work and education.

Ms. Tenor is dedicated to her work and education.

Ms. Tenor is dedicated to her work and education.

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Soon to be graduate, Ms. Kimberly Tenor is an aspiring secondary teacher with an English Language Arts Education major and a Creative Writing minor.

She chose to major in English for a multitude of reasons.

“A lot of people view English as learning where to put commas, etc., etc., but really at the core, English is the study of the human experience. I am a big fan of the George R.R. Martin quote that ‘a man who reads lives a thousand lives.’ I feel that literature is a foundation that lays the groundwork for everything else,” Tenor said.

English is not her only interest though. Ms. Tenor grew up with interests not limited to just English and she was torn, and still deep down is, about which basket she should put all of her eggs in.

“All of my high school teachers all fought for me to major in their fields. I was into history, physics and science (I had a physics teacher that wanted me to go down to Texas to do a bunch of NASA stuff) but ultimately English won out.”

Ms. Tenor saw herself as an writer in high school, but was pulled into public education through an inspirational book.

“I wanted to be an author when I was in high school, but my parents told me I needed a fallback option that had a salary. Things began to point me in the way of education at the end of sophomore year of college,” Tenor said. “In eighth grade, I read “Tuesdays with Morrie”. Morrie said chose a profession that you feel you can make a difference in the world with, and that’s what I did.”

She said she decided on secondary education instead of elementary since junior high and high school students are at the age of transition, noting that she once too suffered through this struggle.

“This is such a great age to observe students since this is the age of so many transitions. It is really cool to see kids try to find themselves at this age,” Tenor said. “Content-wise, high schoolers can be really insightful since they tie their thoughts into their personal life/background.”

No profession was right for Ms. Tenor other than education.

“I am absolutely awful in the business field. Teaching is the only field that I don’t feel like I am dying day to day, I actually feel like I am living.”

Ms. Tenor said that she is dedicated to her work and is on the clock even when she is not. She is not afraid to admit her love for education, either.

“I write curriculum in my spare time. I am that much of a geek.”

She also said that she is currently working on curriculum for classes she hopes to teach in the future.

For Ms. Tenor, there is no question whether teaching is her calling.

“Oh yeah definitely, it is pretty darn clear at this point.”

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