Campbellsville middle and high schools recently hosted some future teachers and showed them what a day is like at a school system.
Campbellsville University education students came to CES and CHS last semester to observe teachers and spend a day with them in the classroom.
The CU students helped with activities, talked to students, ate lunch in the cafeteria and spoke to teachers about their classes.
CHS Principal Kirby Smith, who is now superintendent, said teaching isn’t for the faint of heart.
“You’re going to find your calling,” he said. “God will put you where you’re supposed to be.”
Smith encouraged the students to get involved in the classroom and to show students that they care.
“That’s how you’ll find out if you really want to do this,” he said. “They need somebody who is going to care.”
Smith said teachers have to be very flexible, wear many hats and have thick skin.
CHS Guidance Counselor Richard Dooley said the work days at a school go by very quickly, as do the school years.
He encouraged the CU students to become teachers only if they are focused on helping students.
“Kids, kids, kids … that’s why we’re here,” he said.
Valerie Davis, who is the media specialist at CHS, said creating relationships with students is important, and that is easier at a small school like CHS.
“We know all the students,” she said.
Davis said teachers must be willing to take on extra roles, from academic team coach to yearbook sponsor to assistant volleyball coach.
CMS Principal Elisha Rhodes, who is now principal at Campbellsville Elementary School, said she never wanted to be a principal.
“But I am now,” she said, “and I love every minute of it.”
Rhodes said it’s extremely important that CU students volunteer at the schools and get experience while they are still in college.
She said the students should pitch in and help a student who is struggling in math or read with a child.
“Be seen and heard,” she said.
CHS Principal Kirby Smith, who is now superintendent, talks to CU education students about the importance of caring about students.
CHS Media Specialist Valerie Davis, at left, and Guidance Counselor Richard Dooley talk to CU education students about the importance of being willing to do whatever is necessary to help students.
CHS Guidance Counselor Richard Dooley tells CU education students that working at a school is a very fast-paced job.
CMS Principal Elisha Rhodes, who is now principal at Campbellsville Elementary School, tells CU education students that they should take the opportunity to observe and become involved in the classroom.
CHS Principal Kirby Smith, who is now superintendent, and CMS Principal Elisha Rhodes, who is now principal at Campbellsville Elementary School, talk to CU education students about how important it is to be a mentor to students.