Emily Makinster

Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Physical Education Teacher Education
Company/Organization: Roland-Story High School & Ames Fellows Elementary
Company/Organization website: http://www.rolandstory.school & ames.k12.ia.us
Destination: Story City, IA & Ames, IA
Timeframe: Spring 2019
Advisor/Coordinator Email: lipsey@iastate.edu


Take over teaching responsibilities gradually and get experience full time teaching physical education and health at the high school and elementary levels. Get to know students, foster a positive classroom environment, work with other teachers and school staff to improve education for the students.


Getting to be a part of the school community, and feeling really embedding in what was going on. My experience at Roland-Story was so fun and encouraging. Just being able to learn a lot and have the feeling of "Yes, this is what I want to do" was awesome.

What advice would you give?

Jump in with both feet. Be intentional from the beginning and take as much responsibility as they will let you have. Don't be afraid to try new things or take a few risks. Get to know the students. The faster you do, the more you will feel like you fit in and are a part of the school, and going to work everyday will be more fun and rewarding.

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