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Sierra Beukelman

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She’s light-hearted. She’s kind. She has a willing spirit, and encouragement flows easily out of her. If you haven’t guessed who I just described, here is one more hint: More often than not, when students leave her classroom there is either glitter in their hair, or paint on their shirts. Yep, you guessed it, Ms. Natalie Torell. Torell has taken on the role of a long-term art sub up until second semester of this current school year. Once again, her willing spirit decided to add on to her already heavy load of teaching junior high art electives, in order to connect with the high school art students. 

This will be Torell’s second time taking the position as a long-term art sub. She expressed her excitement of putting into “everything she had learned about teaching at UNK. She expressed this excitement when she stated, “I’m just excited to use everything we learned about classroom planning, and classroom management, and just the different tiers of learning when it comes to how each student learns differently.” When asked about the task at hand, and what she enjoys most about long-term subbing, Torell quickly answered that her favorite part “is the students. They are just awesome. It’s like having a whole big family of 65 more kids from my classes.” In her mind, the students are the reason behind her love for teaching.  

Nothing comes without its challenges. For Torell, one of the hardest parts of long-term subbing is that “it is sad when it ends because it is my class for so long, and then it’s hard to leave completely.” She mentioned that one of the perks of already being the art teacher for the junior high means she can stay afterwards a little while to see her other high school students once her long-term subbing period is over. Mrs. Torell shared about a time when one of her high school students would ask everyday where she was after her long-term subbing period was done, because they genuinely still thought she was their teacher. For some students, this one in particular, it’s a hard transition switching teachers midterm.  

Torell majored in fine arts at UNL with an emphasis in illustration. Later on, she decided to go back to school to receive a teaching degree at UNK, after discovering her passion for investing in kids. She mentioned that one of the reasons she became so interested in teaching was because of the time she spent in her kids’ classrooms volunteering. When she helped Mrs. Harris she said she was “so inspiring, and so positive, and just so amazing… I think she (Mrs. Harris) was the reason I became a teacher.”   

 

 

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Sierra Beukelman, Writer

My name is Sierra Beukelman and I am a senior here at Lincoln Christian. I have a love for all things that involve using my creativity to draw or write...

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