Kirsten Lefler lands career as an elementary school special education teacher

by Billy Chandler

Kirsten Lefler of Marion, Va. will receive a bachelor’s degree in elementary education history with a special education endorsement.

Kirsten Lefler teaching Kirsten Lefler landed a career immediately after her semester of student teaching.Lefler will graduate with the class of 2024. “Emory & Henry has been home to me for the past four years,” stated Lefler. “Not only did I meet my forever friends, but I also had the opportunity to grow in my education and love for teaching surrounded by the most supportive faculty members.”

‘The education department and the faculty within really pushed the hands-on experience within schools,” said Lefler. “I was able to have a paying job and do my observations and courses all in one for the past three years.” She is thankful to Emory & Henry faculty members Dr. Sandy Frederick, Dr. Charity Hensley, Mark Hainesworth and Sharon McKinney for helping her cross the “finish line” of success. Immediately after her semester of student teaching at Emory & Henry, Lefler accepted a job to teach special education at an elementary school in Blacksburg, Va. “I felt as though I was very prepared and off to a great start within my career before even graduating, which is an amazing feeling.”

Lefler is a member of Kappa Phi Alpha. “I am proud to say I was a part of Emory & Henry’s Greek Life,” she stated. “The girls I met got me through some of my toughest times with their love and support.”

Lefler is a first-generation college student.

Our Emory & Henry seniors are preparing to graduate and change the world. See our seniors’ success stories at www.emoryhenry.edu/commencement

“You will not get the same close-knit experience anywhere else. There are so many things to do within this small community that make it all worth it.”
—Kirsten Lefler ’24

Location:

Marion, Va.

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