This year at Brownstown Jr/Sr High School, we’re welcoming a new math teacher, Jennifer Kesl. She grew up in Dieterich, Illinois until she was in the second grade when she moved to White Hall, Arkansas, where her mother's family lives. Once she graduated from White Hall High School in Arkansas, she then attended Southeast Arkansas College and earned her Associate Degree in General Studies. She attended one year at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and finished her degree at Grand Canyon University in Arizona. She graduated in December 2015 with a degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics.
This is Ms. Kesl’s first full-time teaching position. She student taught for a semester at Effingham Junior High in an eighth grade math classroom. She decided to take this job because she really liked the small town atmosphere and the small class sizes, along with the great technology resources available. She also liked that they offered her this job!
Ms. Kesl has two daughters. Her oldest, Olivia, is in the sixth grade and her youngest daughter, Julia, is in third. She has an older sister that also lives in Dieterich, Illinois and a younger sister that lives in Memphis, Tennessee. Her parents are retired and also live in Dieterich. In her free time she enjoys reading, relaxing on the couch watching tv, being outdoors, exercising, weightlifting, and spending anytime she can with her two daughters.
Her large, supportive extended family brings her strength and inspiration. They have all been through struggles and tough times and persevere through them. They have been extremely supportive of her and helped her through her own life struggles. Along with her family, the teachers she had in high school also inspired her to become an educator. She hopes to be as good of a teacher as they were. Everyone at BHS is hoping to make her first year of teaching a great one!
By Taylor Rine
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