GT ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: KeYana Reid
Kudos to KeYana for securing a position as a Teaching Fellow at KIPP MA.
Why did you choose this program?
I chose KIPP MA because I want to learn more about KIPP and grow as a teacher. I am most excited to be in a full-time teaching position while receiving an incredible amount of support and feedback. During my time as a teaching fellow, I will be working alongside and receiving support from my lead teacher, fellow teaching fellows, and the KIPP MA leadership team.
Why have you decided to teach?
KEYANA: I have decided to teach because I have a passion for working with children. Not only do I want to be someone who will inspire and encourage growth in my students, but I want to learn from and alongside them!
What subject(s) and grade(s) are you teaching?
KEYANA: In my role as an elementary teaching fellow, I will be teaching all general education curriculum courses. I am unsure of the grade level at this time, but it will be either kindergarten, first, second, or third.
What are you most excited about?
KEYANA: I am most excited about working with another teacher and creating a classroom culture of community and growth.
What is your favorite memory from the summer?
KEYANA: I have so many fond memories from this summer! One that always comes to mind is the Monday morning of the last week of GTSA. One of the students in my club had planned on attending a basketball camp instead of the last week of GTSA. This was a student who did not always show the most enthusiasm for the GTSA classes and activities. Yet the student came to GTSA on the last Monday INSTEAD of going to basketball camp! It was then that I knew just how much this experience meant to him, and it made that last week even more special.
What did you learn from the job process? Do you have any advice for others who may be entering the classroom soon?
KEYANA: Through this process, I have learned that every interview experience is different. The KIPP interview was like nothing I have experienced, but I enjoyed the various elements and the opportunity for candidates to show their skills and learn about the position. I enjoyed teaching part of a KIPP lesson because I was able to show my teaching style and practice receiving and implementing feedback. The sample lesson and growth conference gave me insight into what the position will entail.
Do you have any advice for your TF colleagues?
KEYANA: The best piece of advice I have is to go into interviews with an open mind and be ready to learn. When you are being interviewed to see if you are a good fit for a certain position, you should also be thinking about if the position is the right fit for you. Prior to my interview, I was not sure that this position was the right fit for me. However, by showing who I was and doing all I could to learn about the position, I found that it was a great fit!
I would be happy to be contacted by other GT Alumni! You can text or call me at: (207) 475-2556 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.