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English Department Welcomes Student Teacher

posted Feb 26, 2015, 12:12 PM by School Publications   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 12:13 PM ]
            You may have noticed a new face when you enter Mr. Redden's classroom. Mr. Nichols Pelker is the new English student teacher from Greenville College.  Mr. Pelker grew up in Tamaroa, Illinois, a small town of about 700 people, and went to high school in Pinckneyville, Illinois. His hometown is about an hour and a half south of Brownstown. He attended Junior College at Rend Lake in Ina, Illinois and then transferred to Greenville College.
For the last three years Mr. Pelker has been taking equal parts English and Education classes. His English classes focus on reading, discussing, and writing about literature. His Education classes are about pedagogy.  Pedagogy is the study of how learning happens and how interesting lessons are created.

Mr. Pelker first became interested in becoming a teacher as a young kid. " I love learning, and I love storytelling. When I got older it seemed like a logical step for me to pursue a career as an English teacher. Helping kids get to the next step in their skills with the English language is rewarding as well."

Mr. Pelker was assigned to Brownstown Jr/ Sr. High School. He was originally placed at another school, but Brownstown suited him better.  Mr. Pelker will be working with Mr. Travis Redden in the Brownstown High School English department for the entire spring 2015 semester.  "I like it here so far" says Mr. Pelker. Mr. Pelker is in charge of the Freshman classes at the moment and he enjoys being in an educational setting. There are advantages one can gain from being a student teacher. "If you pass student teaching (it’s actually a college class) then you are eligible for a teaching license, which you must obtain to become a teacher. It is also some invaluable on the job experience you don’t get from most other college majors."

In his future Mr. Pelker hopes to work as a teacher. "I’d like to work at a therapeutic boarding school, which is like a high school for troubled youth (students at places like these often suffer from addiction, depression, and abuse). Whether it’s working as a high school teacher or somewhere else in education, I expect to enter the field." Some of Mr. Pelker’s interests and hobbies are he is a big movie guy. He watches Kung Fu and horror movies from the seventies “way more than a normal person should.” Mr. Pelker said, "I recently learned how to juggle, but I don’t know if that’s a hobby or a talent or a cry for help. I also play a lot of board games, which is probably my favorite way to spend time with people. Wild Saturday nights abound in the Pelker household. Also chicken wings.”

By Caitlyn Reeter