Kingsland grad returns
home to teach kindergarten
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:16 AM
Kelsey Frank is home sweet kindergarten.
"I am so excited to be back at Kingsland. It truly feels like coming home. I had such an incredible experience at Kingsland as a student that I wanted to come home and continue and be a part of this wonderful community," said Frank, Kingsland's new kindergarten teacher. Formerly Kelsey Marzolf, daughter of Corey and DeDee Marzolf, she sait "Ever since I graduated Kingsland, my dream was to come back and teach kindergarten. What a blessing this opportunity is."
Frank is a 2009 Kingsland High School graduate and a 2013 graduate from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. This will be her first teaching job.
She had the opportunity to be a teacher's assistant to Marilyn Erdman her senior year of high school. At that time, she said she was on the fence as to whether or not she wanted to pursue teaching. However, after one day in her kindergarten class, she was hooked and decided she wanted a kindergarten classroom of her own.
"Teaching kindergarten is truly a dream of mine. I have truly come full circle, attending Kingsland all through elementary, middle and high school. Off to college in Mankato, then back to Kingsland kindergarten," said Frank. "Kindergarten is such a wonderful grade because school is a new and exciting place. They come ready to learn and explore. So many skills you are taught in kindergarten continue with you for the rest of your life. I feel blessed to be able to give my students that foundation to build upon."
She looks forward to being in the classroom and halls of Kingsland Elementary. "I have been given such an incredible opportunity to first be a Kingsland student and to now be a Kingsland staff member. It has been so interesting learning the other side of the learning process, just what it takes to make Kingsland run on a day-to-day basis. Every staff member has been so open and accepting to me joining the team. I can't wait to really dig in, get involved and help make the Kingsland community a great one."
She will be coaching B-squad volleyball this fall and hopes to get involved anywhere else she is needed.
"It's always challenging to start a new job or career," she said. "There is a great deal of trial and error, adjustments and learning on the go that have to be done. There are so many incredible seasoned teachers, and it's challenging not to compare oneself to them.
"There are many things to be learned at school, but some of the things we focus on in kindergarten are how to learn, how to answer questions and solve problems and how to be 'good citizens' here in school and out in their communities and families. I am most excited about meeting and getting to know my students. They get so excited to learn and explore new things. They keep me on my toes and keep each day fresh and interesting. I know I have many things to teach them, but I bet they will have incredible things to teach me."
The new teacher lives in Dexter with her husband, Tom, who also attended Kingsland and now works on the family farm in Dexter. The two were married in 2012. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and also really enjoys cooking, reading and walking.
"I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive in my new job. I can't wait to really dig in and begin the school year," said Frank. "Marilyn Erdman has left a wonderful legacy, and I hope to adequately fill her enormous shoes in my own unique way. I am so thankful to her, all she has given me, and all she has taught me. I hope each student leaves my classroom feeling special, feeling loved and feeling appreciated."