This week’s interview is with my high school friend, Kaylee Keuthan. We go back to our Early Childhood Professions class our senior year. We spent two periods each day in a preschool classroom at our school learning the very basics of teaching and beginning our careers in education.
Fast forward almost 10 years (gahh!) we got to catch up and talk all about the things Kaylee has been doing. Kaylee is a graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University here in Texas. She earned her degree in special education. After a short time teaching, she got the opportunity to go abroad with Peace Corps. Kaylee tells us all about her experience in the country of Guyana (located in South America). We get to talk about her time serving as a kindergarten teacher with up to 40 KIDS in her class!!!! (And some chickens that would wander through every once in a while!) She shares how she used a PBIS system in her classroom to motivate and manage her students.
Kaylee also talks with me about what she is currently doing in relation to education. She is earning her Graduate Degree in Social Work at the University of Denver and studying Humane Education. She is also teaching Humane Education at a Farm Sanctuary. If you are unsure of what that is, make sure to listen to the end cause she explains all about it. And it’s something you are probably already kind of doing but she gives us practical ways to implement it more frequently. (And here is that survey she asked us to fill out, please do so ASAP!!!)
I was, and continue to be, encouraged by Kaylee’s determination to show passion to all living things, not just people. I admire her willingness to step out of her comfort zone and the “norm” to travel, serve, and teach. And I think you will be too!
Kaylee’s Pet Peeve in Teaching:
The beginning of the year, trying to figure out your students, establish routines, and all that craziness!!
What is keeping Kaylee sane right now:
Monthly Resolutions, adopted from The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Favorite Kid Memory:
Sharing her love and passion with her students of caring for stray animals in Guyana. Many locals would not show compassion for the strays. Kaylee demonstrated this, unintentionally, on a daily basis. And watching her kids adapt those practices brought her great joy!
I’d love for you to have a listen HERE! And I would especially love it if you shared it with your other teacher friends!!!
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Until next time,