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Caris Alan’s high school teachers and coaches were her inspiration for her future career as a physical education and health teacher. Years after graduation, she stays in contact with those teachers, some of whom are now among her closest friends and strongest supporters.
“I want to be able to do that for my future students — be someone they can go to when they need someone,” Caris said. “My goal is to become a successful teacher from whom my students can learn a lot, not only about physical education and health, but life.”
Caris’ line of approachable teachers didn’t end with high school. Her Carthage professors have helped her every way they can, and have brought her opportunities to observe different teaching styles and learn from instructors in the field due to her health education minor.
“Nearly every professor — definitely every education professor — has made themselves available for anything and everything we need help with,” she said. “The faculty is very intelligent and they provide great resources.”
To be a high school physical education and health teacher, as well as coach basketball.
“Eric Pullin because of his years in the classroom. He knows what works and what doesn’t. He knows how to lighten the mood/load and make class exciting and fun, even if it’s a dry topic. He was always available for questions on papers and projects.”
“Biology 2600 or Kinesiology, because as a student you are responsible for a lot of information involving the body.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“Laser tag in the TWC, sporting events, Jason Derulo concert.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“Making the Dean’s list more semesters than one.”