Steph Folsom ’16 has that certain charisma and charm that keeps her students entertained.
Hailing from Shrewsbury, Mass., “a small suburb of Worcester,” Steph is an elementary education major. She came to Green Mountain College to study sustainable agriculture.
“I came to visit and I really just fell in love with the campus and the student body and the energy. It was just a super stereotypical GMC response.” It took her a while for her to find the right major concentration at GMC, switching from sociology/anthropology, to secondary education in history, to history, back to agriculture, and finally arrived at elementary education. She thinks her interdisciplinary background will make her a better teacher. Apparently her colleagues and mentors agree: Steph just received the Delta Kappa Gamma female educator scholarship.
Steph has previous work experience with children as a summer camp counselor and teaching assistant at an educational summer camp in nearby Shrewsbury, Mass. “I brought kids on nature walks and all that fun jazz.”
She ideally prefers to work with children in grades 3-6. “They’re a little bit older and they have more background knowledge, so you can go further with them.” She taught kindergarten in Castleton Elementary last semester; now she’s student teaching there. After graduation she plans on going back to Massachusetts to teach.
I asked Steph what she thinks she can bring to the table that could make her a good teacher and her first response was: “I think I’m a lot of fun.” To get her students engaged, she mimics different voices, which makes her students laugh. “It’s a lot of work and a lot of energy, but I think it’s what makes it worthwhile.”
–Megan Healey ‘16