Features — 31 October 2013
Features:  Beall joins staff as new math teacher

Interview with Kristen Beall

What led you to teaching at Rock Creek?

“I was student teaching at Silver Lake, and I really liked being at a smaller school. Fellow teachers had told me that Rock Creek was very similar, so I decided to apply.”

What are your previous experiences in the education field?

“I graduated from Washburn after I spent five months student teaching.”

What did you major in?

“I majored in mathematics with an emphasis in secondary education.”

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

“I was tutoring another student over College Algebra, and she said to me, ‘Why didn’t the professor just say it like that?’ and she made me realize that I liked it and that I might be good at it.”

Do you enjoy teaching at Rock Creek?

“Yes, I like it, and it’s a lot of fun.”

What do you like most about being here at Rock Creek?

“Having small classes and being able to get to know the students.”

Is it different from what you’re used to?

“Yes, it’s a lot different. I had a graduating class of 703 at my high school.”

Do you feel you have adjusted well to Rock Creek?

“Yes, it came naturally.”

Have you learned anything new from other teachers in the building?

“Yes.”

Like what?

“I am way too easy on kids, and I need to be meaner.”

Article and photo by Brynn Hammett, Staff Member

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