No Drama in Alum's Job Search

May. 23, 2014 - by Carol Best

Newly Licensed Teacher Lands Dream Job

By Katy Ward ('14)
May 23, 2014
ChristaDanner

It has been a whirlwind of excitement the past several weeks for Christa Danner (’13). Danner, completed MNU’s Teacher Licensure Program in speech and drama last December and she already has a job in her field. The job search took about two weeks.

“I just finished the licensure program and had no idea that I would find a job this quickly!” commented Christa.

She explained that she learned about the position at Blue Valley Middle School in Overland Park, Kan., from MNU alum Jason Hagg (’07), the current drama teacher, who is taking another position at DeSoto High School in De Soto, Kan. Jason and Christa met when she completed a practicum in his class at Turner High School.

“I was able to observe his classroom and teach a few classes,” Christa said. “I really enjoyed the experience and loved being in the school district. I never knew that I would have the opportunity to work in Blue Valley so soon after graduation.”

Since accepting the position, she has had the unique opportunity to prepare for the upcoming year by observing the last few weeks of classes and meeting with Jason in order to discuss lesson plans.

“Jason has been really helpful in preparing me for my first year of teaching,” she said. “I have already met all the students and I feel as if I have already started.”

This fall Christa will teach sixth, seventh and eighth grade speech and drama, and will direct a fall play and a spring musical.

“MNU has absolutely helped to prepare me for teaching,” Christa said. “The connections I made while taking classes at MNU, especially the connections I made with my advisors, all had a part in preparing me for this job.”

She also credits the program which allowed her to practice her skills and learn how to apply them in the real world, including technology skills.

“As a non-traditional student, I have not used a lot of the new programs in my personal life,” explained Christa “The technology classes were vital to my success and helped me to stay current and relevant in the classroom. I use those programs on a regular basis now.”

Faith is important to Christa and she found MNU’s emphasis on spiritual life was a valuable aspect of her education as well.

“MNU really encouraged me not to hide my faith,” she said. “Who I am as a Christian is beneficial to my success and the foundation on which I have built my life. My experience at MNU helped me to realize the importance of always being true to who I am and whom I serve.”

 

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