Taylor Sicard plans to have her own classroom one day as an elementary school teacher. When she isn’t busy studying, Taylor enjoys watching sports and Netflix, and reading.
Get to know Taylor
- Major/minor: Elementary education
- Class: Senior
- Hometown: Ackley, Iowa (Franklin and Hardin Counties)
- Career goal: Elementary school teacher
- Clubs/activities: Future Teachers Education Association, Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers Learning Community, DIY Craft Club
- Awards/honors/scholarships: Dean’s list
- Favorite place on campus: Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching (CTLT) in Lagomarcino Hall
- Most influential ISU mentors: Becky Koenen
- Favorite class: EDUC 377, The Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Grades (K-3)
- Why Iowa State: Family ties
Taylor Sicard prepares for future classroom, utilizes crafts and teaching experience
Since kindergarten, Taylor Sicard has been debating on whether or not she’d like to be a teacher. As she progressed in her own early education, she often found herself assisting her classmates with lessons.
When Taylor entered high school, she discovered a mentoring program through which she’d be able to help tutor elementary schoolers. This experience gave her the clarity she needed to go into teaching.
“I eventually started tutoring elementary students when I was in high school, and I knew that education was the right path for me,” she said.
Since that experience, Taylor has continued to pursue teaching, though it has taken time for her to decide on which age range she wanted to teach.
“I had my entire life figured out that I was going to teach middle school or high school math, and it all changed within a week of college,” Taylor said. “Going from wanting to be a high school teacher to a first grade teacher is quite a difference.”
Taylor has kept busy gaining tons of experience since the beginning of her time at Iowa State. Coming in as a freshman, she decided to work as a substitute associate teacher in preschool through second grade classrooms. This semester, she is an associate teacher in a seventh and eighth grade math class.
Taylor is beyond excited to partake in student teaching next fall when she completes her required internship. She is interested in student teaching just about anywhere, but would like to look into student teaching abroad, particularly in Germany or Norway.
“I’m excited to see what all the teachers have planned. Certain grade levels have much different procedures,” she said. “I’m excited to see what works for each grade and how I can incorporate those ideas into my own classroom.”
Bringing new and exciting ideas to her classroom is important to Taylor. As the secretary of the DIY Craft Club on campus, she has been saving all of the crafts she’s made since her freshman year to replicate with students in her future classroom.
“All of the crafts I make are for my future classroom, as I realized that a lot of the crafts we do can be used in a classroom setting,” Taylor said.Student Spotlights