At the beginning of March, Chantal McGill began student teaching at Lakeside and feared “getting mistaken for one of the students.”
A week after she arrived, she was grateful for the atmosphere at LLHS. “I have learned that while teaching in a high school can be difficult and at times frustrating, it also is very rewarding. The students and staff have already made me feel welcome,” she says. “Everyone is friendly and says hi to one another in the hallways. Students and staff not only care about each other, but they genuinely show it in their words and actions too.”
A “Safer at Home” order left the hallways quiet and changed Chantall’s experience dramatically. Martin Luther College sent student teachers home and now she is learning how to teach remotely.
“It has been a challenge being home in Michigan away from school and my teacher,” she says. “It has also been rewarding finding ways to be creative and continue to keep the classes close to what they were in person, online. All of the resources shared throughout the synod and other teachers have made it easier to navigate what is available.”
Chantal is double majoring in Elementary Education and Secondary Physical Education. She grew up in Saint Charles, Mich., and graduated from Michigan Lutheran Seminary.
Her grade school and high school teachers’ example motivated her to become a teacher. “I also loved the idea of learning a lot of information about many different subject areas,” she says. “I wanted to become a physical Education teacher because I love sports and exercise. It is exciting to learn new activities and be able to share them with others.”
Even from home.