Southeast Alumna Working with St. Louis County Special School District

spotlight_kelseyKelsey Magee of St. Louis is a Southeast Missouri State University alumna who earned an education degree with a major in exceptional child education emphasizing in elementary education. She recently received a position working for the Special School District of St. Louis County, a job she has always wanted.

“Working with children has been a passion of mine for a long time. I genuinely enjoy working with children and being a positive influence in their lives,” Kelsey said.

Kelsey was a student teacher with the special school district through Lindbergh High School in St. Louis while in the education program at Southeast.

“It was a wonderful experience that reaffirmed my passion and desire to teach students,” Kelsey said.

She helped teach social skills to the children while student teaching in the special school district.

“I am so glad that Southeast has prepared me so well for this opportunity,” Kelsey said. “The professors in the exceptional child education program go above and beyond for their students. I am so grateful for all of the skills and knowledge they have provided me with.”

Kelsey said she will stay in contact with her professors from Southeast, and she knows she can ask them any questions she has as a first-year teacher.

Kelsey was pleased with the educational block program she completed. She said over the course of her years at the University, she was a student teacher at six different schools, which, when she went for interviews with administrators at school districts, she said “the administrators were blown away” by all her experience as well as the general program she described.

She was in Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society for education students, Student Missouri State Teachers Association and Alpha Xi Delta, a social sorority at Southeast.

“I do not know what I would have done if I would not have been a part of this sisterhood. All of my favorite memories are associated with Alpha Xi Delta in one shape or form,” Kelsey said.

Kelsey served for two years as the vice president of programs for her Alpha Xi Delta chapter.

“My best advice I can give to incoming freshman is to go Greek and to make the best out of your time while in Cape Girardeau because it will fly by,” Kelsey said. “You will blink and your college years will be over. I have loved my time at Southeast, and would go back and do it all over in a heartbeat.”