Meet Kay Tetlak, a Chicago Public Schools alum who wants to give back to the school district that provided so many resources to her.
More about Kay:
Q: Where's your hometown?
Q: What is your year and major?
A: I am a junior majoring in History and minoring in Secondary Education.
Q: What do you enjoy about the campus experience, so far?
A: I love going for a bike ride to the Japanese Gardens and looking at the Koi fish.
Q: How did you know you wanted to go into the field of education?
A: I tutored students at a low-income community center and realized that I enjoyed teaching and working with students.
Q: What do you enjoy about the College of Education?
A: How much the College of Education communicates with us and organizes events for us is wonderful. I feel like other schools and colleges here at the university don't have nearly as many events and speakers as we do.
Q: Do you have a favorite professor or course? Why?
A: That's a tough one, since I transferred here my sophomore year during the pandemic. Right now, I would have to say I'm really enjoying my HIST 427 course about the history of Japan during the 21st century. We're reading a lot of primary sources and I'm learning about Japanese history in a completely new perspective, as the only time I've ever learned about the country was through the lens of WWII from the American perspective.
Q: What is a fun fact about yourself?
A: In high school I was on the varsity bowling team.
Q: Tell us about your future career plans after graduating and why you want to pursue this direction.
A: After I graduate, I plan on teaching at Chicago Public Schools. I am a CPS alumni, and I want to give back to the school district that put so many resources into me. Additionally, I'd like to teach at a high school in my home neighborhood since I can provide my students with resources that they can utilize within the community.
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