Kim Spangler

Class Year



Gurnee, Ill.




Secondary Education

Kim Spangler hopes to “positively touch the lives of students at a pivotal time in their lives,” so she’s majoring in mathematics with plans to become a middle school math teacher.

“I’ve wanted to teach math from very early on and the Math Department here is amazing! The professors are intelligent, down to earth, and very helpful.”

The small class sizes and location of Carthage were also attractive to Kim. “I feel like Carthage is where God wants me. I like the small class sizes and I never get tired of seeing the lake. It’s so special to walk to and from class with God’s creation as far as my eyes can see.”

Kim is involved in the Special Olympics Club, a club that works with individuals with special needs, and has been a Supplemental Instruction Leader which has given her the opportunity to work alongside her professors and receive teaching practice.

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

Patricia Rieman has been an amazing professor. She genuinely cares about every single one of her students. Her class was a joy to attend and she has been a great example for her students who are hoping to become teachers.”

Favorite class

Allen Klingenberg’s stats class was my favorite! His class was one I looked forward to going to. Learning was fun and our weekly kringle was always a highlight!”

Campus involvement

“One of my favorite clubs is the Special Olympics Club. We work with individuals with special needs. The highlight of the year is the special needs prom. We dress up and give amazing people the times of their lives.”

Toughest class

“I’d say my toughest class was Intro. to Computer Science. I had no prior knowledge and I didn’t catch on right away, so it was challenging.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I was able to be a Supplemental Instruction Leader in biology for a year, and I really enjoyed that experience. It was a great opportunity to work alongside my professors and get some practice for teaching.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memory at Carthage has been meeting my best friend. We were at an event the first week here and we found common ground in our faith in Jesus Christ. Ever since that day, we’ve been best friends. Later, I found out that both of our big prayer requests for college was to find a solid Christian friend and God provided in a beautiful way.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is by the rocks behind Lentz Hall. I can’t go there now because of the construction of the new science center, but I used to go there and hang out with Jesus. Just sitting in His creation and admiring the lake was something special. I had some of my best quiet times there and I look forward to the construction ending very soon so I can go back.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I think my biggest surprise so far is how the lake makes me feel every day. I never get tired of it. It is so special to walk to and from class with God’s creation as far as my eyes can see.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self would have nodded and smiled. I knew I wanted to teach math from very early on. I think I would have been proud of myself for hanging onto my dream and running with it.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Pick math because you enjoy it. If you are in it for the money, it’s not worth it. When the going gets tough, I get to think of the middle school students I will help one day, and that is what keeps me going.”