Student takes passion for teaching from coursework to classroom
With the Centre Commitment’s promise of an internship before graduation, Madison Grant ’18 of Greenup, Kentucky, an economics and finance major and an education minor, has applied her education classes at Centre College as an intern in a Kindergarten classroom at nearby Toliver Elementary School. Working two school days a week, Grant has had the opportunity to assist a teacher at the school and to mentor students individually.
She also often teaches several lessons in reading and math herself, experiences that she noted have offered her excellent opportunities to polish her education expertise.
“I love this internship,” Grant said. “The school is extremely welcoming and I am able to have experiences that are helping me grow as an educator.”
Grant entered this internship feeling strongly that Centre provided a classroom environment that nurtured the abilities essential to her workplace at Toliver Elementary.
“Almost all of my education classes have had a community-based learning component to them, which has prepared me for being in the classroom,” she explained. “Centre also gave me the resources to be confident and successful in my internship.”
Planning for the future, she aspires to use the skills she had gained from this internship in her career after graduation.
“Since I am in the midst of applying for an elementary education position, I hope that this internship can give me resources and confidence going into my career,” she remarked.
Grant added that she has acquired many new skills through this internship, particularly as she spends an entire school day with the kindergarteners.
Most importantly, Grant hopes to add to her current understanding of education with skills she says she can only attain in a real-world situation.
“Education is a field that constantly changes, and you have to adapt,” she concluded. “The only way to adapt better is through experience; I hope to gain this ability from my internship.”
By Kathleen Murphy ’18
April 12, 2018
Learn more about the Center for Career and Professional Development and internship opportunities guaranteed through the Centre Commitment. To see examples of other internships held by Centre students, visit the College’s Internship and Research Spotlight on Tumblr.