Emma Sweere graduated from Muscatine High School in 2015. Emma is now preparing to graduate with the class of 2018 at the University of Missouri and will be in her own classroom teaching 5th grade in the fall of 2018.

Emma was involved with dance, choir, show choir, cross country, and pom team in high school. But since Emma was in 5th grade, she has wanted to be a teacher.

Emma chose to go to Mizzou because she loved the atmosphere of the campus as well as the opportunities they could provide for her future in teaching.  “I was able to get my foot into the classroom my very first semester here, which was huge!” says Emma.

Emma took classes at Muscatine Community College throughout her high school career in order to earn the general education credits she was going to need for her degree. When she started at Mizzou, she already had 28 college credits. These classes put Emma far enough ahead in her program to graduate and be in her own classroom in just three college semesters.

Emma will be teaching at McIntire Elementary School in Fulton, Missouri. She applied online and got called for an interview shortly after. She was interviewed at the district level with the principals of all three schools and the superintendent. She then got called back for another interview at the school level involving some of the teachers she would be working with as well as the principal at McIntire.

“My goals for my first year teaching are to build strong relationships with my students, create a classroom the students enjoy coming to every day, and to make some memories with my first group of students,” Emma says.

Emma wants to be a teacher like Mr. V, her 5th-grade teacher at Mulberry Elementary School. Mr. V made learning fun and engaging for Emma. He pushed all of his students to try their best.

Emma feels prepared to take on this new opportunity due to her coursework at Mizzou. Emma is excited to see what comes next, but says she is always proud to be a Muskie, no matter where teaching takes her.