Brandi Confer enthusiastic about student teaching
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Benkelman native Brandi Confer began her last semester of college by entering classrooms in Imperial. The 22-year old is completing her student teaching prior to graduating from Chadron State College in May.
Confer is currently teaching in Ashley Exum’s second grade class, and will move to Stephanie Malcolm’s fifth grade class March 9.
“Having multiple teachers in second grade is a cool experience,” she noted, adding that she’s learning from all of them.
Coming from Dundy County Schools, getting used to working with larger classrooms has been a challenge, she said.
She’s always wanted to be a teacher, has two aunts who are teachers, loves working with younger students and “I loved being in school myself.”
Confer said the most satisfying part of being a teacher is seeing the students understand a concept. “We work hard and try different techniques. I can be happy for them and what they’ve accomplished.”
Confer graduated from Dundy County High School in 2011. She attended Central Community College in Hastings, then transferred to Mid-Plains Community College, earning her Associates of Arts degree in 2013.
She then transferred her credits to Chadron State College, taking classes online or through distance learning at Mid-Plains’ North Platte campus.
Her degree will be in elementary education and Confer hopes to obtain a position in the area.
She will be staying in Imperial following graduation, as she and Imperial native Greg Dannatt will be married Sept. 19.
When not in the classroom or studying herself, Confer enjoys hunting with Greg and participating in community activities such as working at The Imperial Theatre and cancer walks. “I enjoy those kinds of activities,” she stated.
Confer is the daughter of Rick Confer of Benkelman and Shanley Confer of Hastings.