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Michels stays on path to become a teacher

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 10:46 p.m. CDT
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Abby Michels

Abby Michels said she’s heard from plenty of people about how easy it is to become a teacher. Michels, a 2011 graduate of Kaneland High School, said she’s found that thinking to be incorrect.

“People say you don’t need to know that much to be a teacher, or it doesn’t take that much work to be a teacher,” she said. “But it’s a lot. It’s definitely a profession.”

The Kane County Chronicle is looking back at recent high school graduates who have been featured in its annual series the past few years. Michels was profiled in 2011 as a Golden Apple Scholar, a recognition for Illinois high school students who aspire to become teachers.

Now a junior at Lewis University, Michels remains on that path. She said she has learned it’s not easy.

“There are lesson plans you have to make that are super specific,” she said, pointing out that “you have to make sure you plan for highly proficient students, your struggling learners. … You have to be specific with everything.”

Her plans are to become a student-teacher by spring 2015 and continue moving toward a career in elementary education.

Michels, the daughter of Val and Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels, has made her mark at Lewis beyond the classroom, as well. Michels is a student supervisor for intramural sports and is a head scorekeeper and a referee. For her efforts in that area, she earned the school’s student employee of the year honor.

“You check people in with IDs,” she said. “You keep score of the game and keep things at bay when we have angry athletes.”

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