Fall 2013 TRINITY Magazine, Career Ready, Life Ready
Courtney Randle ’12
Major: English Education
Title: 8th grade composition and literature teacher at Viking Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois,
Courtney Randle, today an 8th grade composition and literature teacher at Viking Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois, said her first field placement as a student teacher opened her eyes to the improvements she needed to make as an instructor.
“It took time to get used to being in the classroom,” said Randle. “I found that in order to excel in my field, I would have to get over my apprehensiveness.”
After completing her first seven-week placement at Arbor, Randle began her high school placement at Warren where she learned varied teaching styles and alternative ways of teaching English. She said another highlight of her internship was the chance to interact with various students, faculty, and staff as well as the ability to network within a district. Randle credits that networking with leading to her current position at Viking.
“The opportunities to teach at multiple levels before graduating from Trinity allowed me to see how different schools work, how different ages work, and how I would work in diverse environments,” said Randle. “Allowing education majors to break their experiences into various residences reflects Trinity’s dedication to its motto of education and excellence.”