The Daily News Staff
SIDNEY — Kirsti Dickinson received an unexpected upbringing at Montcalm Community College.
While she planned to take her GED courses at the college where her mother works, she didn’t expect that general classroom interactions with two of her instructors would help her find a career she was passionate about.
In the fall of 2010, Dickinson began his post-secondary education at MCC. While taking her GED courses, she realized how much she loved language arts and thought she might consider a career as a language arts teacher.
Language Arts Instructor Emeritus Jim Fatka was instrumental in developing Dickinson’s love of the English language and helping her hone her writing skills.
As she continued at MCC, she came across another instructor who had a huge impact on her future. While taking a math class taught by Brianne Lodholtz, Dickinson was encouraged to act as a student teacher in the class.
“During that math class, I realized my love for teaching was serious,” she said. “It occurred to me that teaching language arts and math was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life thanks to two influential instructors.”
Dickinson transferred from MCC to Grand Valley State University with 49 credits. In 2016, she obtained a diploma in secondary education, with a major in mathematics and a minor in language arts. She is now a seventh-grade math teacher at Kelloggsville Middle School in western Michigan.
Dickinson loves where she is in her career, and in the future, she hopes to complete a master’s degree with the possibility of teaching at the college level.