New first grade teacher arrives at Gaines Elementary
SWARTZ CREEK — Robert Cawson thought he was going to be a middle school teacher after he graduated from college, but the student teaching experience he got at Dieck Elementary in Swartz Creek last year changed his mind.
“I had an outstanding experience student teaching,” Cawson said. “The students wanted to learn, and the students admired you.”
Cawson was a student teacher for third-grade teacher Kim Sanders from January of 2012 to April of 2012, and the experience made him want to be an elementary school teacher.
“It was just amazing how the kids looked up to you,” he said.
So, after graduating from the University of Michigan-Flint in April of 2012 with a bachelors of science in elementary education with three minors in language arts, integrated science and social studies, Cawson is now a new first grade teacher at Gaines Elementary in Swartz Creek.
“I just want to work with kids and have a positive impact on these kids,” he said. “They really have the minds to sit down and learn and gain a lot of knowledge.”
Cawson was hired by Swartz Creek Community School in late August, just a few weeks before the new school year started. He was set to move to Colorado and take a teaching job there before the Swartz Creek district hired him.
“I had a lot of offers, but I wanted to hold out for this district because I had such an outstanding experience student teaching,” he said. “I’m happy to be in a district I want to be in.”
Cawson arrives at his classroom each morning around 7:45 a.m. and never leaves before 6 p.m., staying many evenings as late as 9 p.m. After school gets out, he spends this time lesson planning, gathering materials and reflecting on what he can do to meet the needs of his students.
“I love what I do,” he said. “To me this is not working because I literally love to be here.”
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