When Grace Nemec was browsing universities, she felt overwhelmed and unsure of where she wanted to attend.
But when she found Missouri State University, everything fell into place.
“When I stepped foot on campus, I knew it was right for me. I felt at home, surrounded by a loving and caring community,” she said. “I’ve loved every minute of the four years I’ve spent at MSU.”
A first-generation student, Nemec will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education this fall.
Many educators have inspired Nemec to become a teacher, but one in particular made a big impression.
“My fourth-grade teacher taught me to stand up for myself and never give up on my goals and dreams. Her mindset and way of teaching forever impacted who I want to be for my future and my students,” she said.
While she has loved the information and resources MSU has provided her, Nemec’s favorite part about the program is the professors.
“The impact each of my professors left on me is remarkable. They’ve inspired me to keep going and have helped me become the best educator I can be,” she said.
Nemec’s practicum and course experiences have enabled her to grow as a future educator and as an individual.
“Not only have I learned valuable teaching skills, but I’ve also learned a lot about becoming independent,” she said. “Branching out has brought so many positive outcomes, including the forever friendships I’ve made.”
Teaching in her hometown
During her last semester at MSU, Nemec has been student teaching in the Lindbergh School District, her alma mater in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.
When she graduates in December, she plans to continue teaching at Sappington Elementary in a part-time position as a literacy teaching assistant. She will also fill in as a substitute or for other assistance-related roles as needed.
She plans to teach full time during the next academic year when she finds the right position in the St. Louis area.
“I’m very much looking forward to having my own elementary classroom soon,” Nemec said. “I’m forever thankful for the education I received from MSU.”