Through an internship at the Fergus Falls YMCA, Callie Ann Hoffbeck ’17 worked with children who are often overlooked.
An elementary education major, Hoffbeck interacted with children at summer school and after school programs, facilitating games while being a good role model. She likes to help students see what they can accomplish.
“You can make a difference in a student's life by showing them you care and going the extra mile to help them believe in themselves,” she says.
Her greatest inspiration for wanting to teach is her dad, a seventh-grade history teacher, whose students sometimes come back years later to introduce him to their new families.
“Ever since I have seen the love, passion, desire and drive my dad has for his work and his students, that is what I have imagined being ever since,” she says.
The internship experience gave her the opportunity to work with students who do not understand the course material, exposing her to a side of education often overlooked in the classroom.
She learned skills she can bring into her own classroom one day.
“I am learning how to better understand students and how to find creative ways for them to learn,” she says.
She grew more flexible, adjusting plans when teaching needed to go in a different direction. She learned to trust herself in making the right decision.
The best part for Hoffbeck was spending time with the kids.
“I enjoy being a light and someone who cares for those kids who you know have it hard at home and need love,” she says.