From IUPUI’s School of Science comes this great story about John and Jordan Skomp—both IUPUI grads in chemistry, and now both WW Indiana Teaching Fellows in the IUPUI master’s program preparing Fellows to teach STEM fields in high-need high schools.
The Skomps married before graduating—she in December 2011, he in May 2012—and were both named Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows in June 2012. Since then they’ve been pursuing their teacher preparation together. Both John and Jordan are currently doing their clinical placements, essentially a year-long pre-teaching experience, at Indianapolis’ well-known Harshman Magnet Middle School for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and World Languages.
So far, according to the IUPUI story, the Skomps give their clinical work as Fellows high marks:
“This has been an awesome experience,” Jordan said of student teaching. “I’m really beginning to learn what it means to be a good teacher and to better understand classroom dynamics.”
“It’s all about confidence,” John added. “You also need to set good boundaries in your class, because students are less likely to test those boundaries if you make it clear what is acceptable.”
Read the full IUPUI post here.