Karlie Sudweeks

South Fremont High School teacher Karlie Sudweeks.

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Karlie Sudweeks.

What school do you teach at?

South Fremont High School.

What department are you with and what classes do you teach? Business & Marketing department. I teacher Web Design I and II, Digital Publishing, Business Computer Applications I and II, and Marketing Economics.

How long have you been teaching in general? At the school you are at now?

I have been teaching for three years and this is my first year at South Fremont High School.

What made you decide to be a teacher?

I joined an organization called Business Professionals of America and gained so many valuable career and personal skills. Through this organization I became who I am today. Through my involvement in this organization I realized my passion of business and marketing but most importantly my passion for helping kids achieve their potential. I decided to become a teacher because I wanted to be that one adult in a student’s corner. I wanted to help them reach their potential and achieve their goals through giving them valuable industry skills and workplace readiness skills like my business teachers and professors did me.

What do you enjoy about being a teacher?

I love getting to know the students and learning all the ways they learn. I love when a student goes from “I can’t ever do this” to “oh my goodness I got this.” Watching that light bulb light up in their eyes and knowing you had a part in this growth is so rewarding. I also love working with students and watching them grow in their industry skills and getting to use their creativity, and look at all the projects they create.

What are some challenges?

Every student learns differently. So to me the most challenging part is creating daily lessons that fit the allotted time frame that encompasses every students needs so that every student every class period is learning.

What is an experience you have had as a teacher that stands out to you?

Every time my students attempt to do something hard and they complain about it. That moment when they do it, and they successfully accomplish it, and they get this light in their eyes and a smile on their face. That moment they realize they can accomplish hard things and they gain passion for what they are doing; those are the moments that stand out to me. The moment light bulbs go on in their head and I see that they got it and when they begin to create amazing pieces of work that allows me to know that they truly got it makes every day a successful teaching moment.

Why did you decide to teach at the school you are currently at?

When I interviewed at South Fremont High School back in April, I was just overwhelmed by how friendly the administrators were. From our discussions I felt an overwhelming support from the administration and knew that if I went to work at South Fremont High School, I would be able to accomplish a lot for the students and myself career wise. A supportive administrator and staff are vital to be successful at teaching. I just felt like South Fremont is where I belonged; and I was not wrong.

What is something interesting about you most of your students don’t know?

I am a travel junky. I love to travel the states, learn new things, and experience new places. I go on trips inside the United States every year, and every summer I visit a country outside of the United States. My bucket list item is to visit every state and visit as many countries as possible. I might even possibly visit every country depends on if I can get over my severe arachnophobia.

What are some things that are different in the education system now compared to when you first started teaching/when you were a student?

Currently, that would be all the COVID regulations. As a technology teacher you would think I would be prepared and excelling at this style of teaching but that’s so not the case. Every day I feel like a brand new first year teacher again. Adapting my classroom to be accessible online and in person has been a struggle but I also feel like all of this new methods, procedures, and technology we had to learn out of necessity this year has made me a better-rounded instructor. There are a lot more hands on and adaptable curriculum that is engaging and motivating that wasn’t in schools when I was a student. I feel that every year of teaching thus far because learning and education is ever changing.