Shorter Graduates Speak about the Teacher Preparation Program

“I am 100% certain that I am where God has called me. I know I am making an impact where I am at the moment. I am currently teaching at a middle school in Paulding County. I have taught 7th-grade math for the last 3 years and have made so many memories and connections along the way. This past December I finished my Master’s degree in secondary math education also. At the beginning of the 19-20 school year, I will become the department head at the same middle school I have been teaching at. Also at the start of next school year, I will be participating in the county cohort to complete my gifted certification. I have so many people to thank that have helped me along the way, and many of those people are of the Hawks family. I look forward to many more years to come in my career in Education.”

Jason Kinsey, Middle School Math Teacher

“I am beginning my third FULL year of teaching 8th Grade English Language Arts in Marietta. God could not have chosen a better career for me. During the summer, I have been invited to teach at Mindsets University which is a curriculum for Social and Emotional Learning in the classroom and to present these same strategies at my district’s professional learning day during pre-planning. I am currently an interdisciplinary team leader, Football cheer coach, Social Emotional Learning committee member, and the sole member of the fun committee. Besides teaching, the fun committee is my favorite job because I think of fun and no-cost ways for the teachers and staff to de-stress and have a good time. Attending Shorter University allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone, be vulnerable, and to dream big. Dr. Houston and Dr. King taught me to “find my marigold” during my first year of teaching, and that helped me to remain positive. Now, I am the marigold that others come to when they need some sunshine and laughter in their lives. At Shorter, I learned that it is not just about the content but also about building lasting relationships with my students. These years have flown by, and I am excitedly approaching this upcoming school year! I am and forever will be a #teachingHawk!”

Methany Thornton, Marietta Middle School

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