EDUCATOR Q&A: Kayleen Stevens
Position, subject you teach:Personal Finance, Accounting, and Journalism (Yearbook and Newspaper)
School:Kiowa County High School
Education:Friends Bible College (3 years) Emporia State University (2 years)
ESU – BS in Secondary Education - Business
Family:Husband – Joe Stevens
Three Children – Megan, Braden, and Tanner
Interests and hobbies:Reading, working with my husband on our farm
In a few sentences, explain why you decided to become an educator.
I knew in high school that I wanted to become a teacher because I enjoyed business, typing, accounting, working with numbers trying to solve problem, etc. However, I knew I didn’t want to sit in an office and do accounting all the time. Teaching is part of our family, all but one of my five siblings are teachers so that was a path that I was familiar with.
Who is a teacher or professor who inspired you and how?
One professor I had was Dr. Railsback, a professor at ESU, back then – and it was a long time ago – she seemed older and ready to retire. She was always giving us really good ideas about teaching business to make it interesting for the students. Twenty-five years later she is still teaching and when I last spoke with her she was still attending workshops to learn more and still giving good advice to us as teachers instead of as students. We are never too old to learn new tricks. I guess she has inspired me to keep working on learning better approaches for reaching students to keep them interested in school and life.
Who is someone in current events who you admire and why?
Someone in today’s current events that I admire is Tony Dungy. A year or two ago I read his book and thought what a great man of God he is. He shares his faith openly and has had a big impact on a lot of lives through his work. His job puts him in the spotlight, but he has always conducted himself in a manner that exemplifies his faith in the Lord
What are the greatest challenges in education today?
Being able to motivate students to do their best at all times, even if it isn’t a subject that they particularly enjoy, taking pride in their work.
What advice can you offer for someone who wants to go into education?
If it is truly what you want to do, stick with it. With all the obstacles and paperwork that the state puts on a teacher it would be easy to say forget it, but when a student returns and tells you “Thank you”, that they now understand why we did what we did in a particular class, it’s worth it.