Q&A: Miss Keleman, Mathematics


Miss Keleman helps a student with their math before school starts. This is her first year as a teacher.

Amber Murray

Q: What made you what you want to become a teacher?

A: “I wanted to be a teacher so I could help students understand math and to understand the importance it is in everyday life.”


Q: Why did you want to teach high school instead of middle or elementary school?

A: “I wanted to teacher high school because the students are at more of a fun age.”


Q: How was your first day as a teacher?

A: “My first day was great. I was naturally a little overwhelmed and nervous, but it ended up turning into a good day. There are some fun teachers around me that helped me get me through my day.”


Q: What do you like about teaching at Lake Central?

A: “I love being back at the high school I went to. It’s nice to see familiar faces. I also like the people I work with.”


Q: What are your goals for this year as a teacher?

A: “As a teacher I hope to grow and learn more about what I can do better everyday. Another goal I have is to have at least one student from each of my classes to learn to like math. Usually students have a love/hate relationship with math. My goal is to at least get the students to like it.”


Q:  How do you prep for the school day?

A: “I make my copies for the week, write up answer keys for the homework, notes, and test, and I try to find some fun activities that go along with what the students are learning.”


Q: How do you balance your school life and out of school life?

A: “So far the way I have been balancing my school life and my out of school life is by leaving most of the grading to do at school.”


Q: Was teaching math your initial choice when you started college? Why or why not?

A: “When I started college I was studying to be a dental hygienist because they made pretty good money. When I started taking the classes I realized that was not what I wanted to do. I wanted to do something that I would enjoy everyday and it didn’t matter about the money.

When I went to high school here, I had a teacher who encouraged me to be a math teacher. I thought he was crazy. Little did I know I would be here a few years later.”


Q: What is the best part of your job? What is the worst?

A: “The best part of my job is getting to do what I love: being able to teach math and talking with students and helping them figure out what they want to do after high school.

The worst part is the grading, it [tends to] take a while.”


Q: What are some things you do outside of school?

A: “Some things I do outside of school are watch Netflix, help out at the youth group at my church and lately I have been doing wedding planning for my wedding coming up next year.”