Teaching is something Christina Terrell always wanted to do.
With her mom, a kindergarten teacher, as her role model, Terrell knew at an early age what she wanted to be when she grew up.
“As a child, I loved visiting my mom’s classroom and watching her interact with her students, ” said Terrell. “It became a dream of mine to teach my own students one day.”
A 2009 KCC graduate (Associate in Arts), she is currently living that dream. For the last four years, Terrell, of Bourbonnais, has been a pre-kindergarten teacher at Robert Frost School in Bourbonnais.
While she developed her love of education because of her mother, she developed her passion for teaching at KCC. Terrell cites Jessica Friedericks, KCC professor and program coordinator of education, for inspiring her to be the teacher she is today.
“We did lots of hands-on projects that taught us how to think like a child,” said Terrell. “I have fond memories of doing child-like activities in class that brought out our creativity and taught us how to be the best teachers.”
Terrell completed her A.A. in 2009 and transferred to Governors State University (GSU). She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a special education endorsement in 2011.
“KCC provided a smooth pathway to transition to GSU,” said Terrell. “I felt ready to move on to the next step in getting my degree because of my KCC experience.”
Terrell is currently pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum studies with an ESL endorsement at Olivet Nazarene University. She speaks highly of her KCC education, and cites it as the foundation of developing her strong work ethic.
“Because KCC held me to a high standard, transitioning to GSU and then Olivet, has been easy,” said Terrell. “KCC offers students a superior education in an intimate environment with faculty who care about their students.”
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