Student teacher familiar with Imperial area
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Benkelman native Alexandria “Alex” Rettele (Ret-ley) is student teaching at Chase County Schools (CCS) this semester. She will spend eight weeks each with teachers Renae Bottom and Al Zuege.
Rettele will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education with emphasis on English and history.
Her parents, Lori and Tim Rettele of Benkelman, are both teachers and influenced her decision to become a teacher. Lori teaches English and Tim is a special education teacher, both at Dundy County-Stratton High School.
“They were so big an influence,” she said, and Rettele also enjoys being around youths.
“I see the joy teaching brought them. They instilled a love of learning in me and I want to instill that love of learning in my students.”
Her goal this semester is to get to know the students at CCS, and to learn from Bottom and Zuege.
Rettele wants to learn how to structure a classroom, and “To grow into a better student teacher and then an actual teacher.”
She hopes to teach in a rural setting upon graduation, because she likes “small town people” and being in a classroom where she can “know the kids on a more personal basis.”
In her eight weeks with Bottom, Rettele will eventually be teaching junior and senior English. She will also be assisting with creative writing, media literacy and journalism.
She will then move into history classes with Zuege.
Rettele enjoys reading, travel and movies.
She began student teaching Jan. 6.