Meet the Teacher: Mrs.Kivela


Walkyria Paz, Staff Writer

  • Where were you born?

I was born an Army brat at Ft. Campbell, KY.

  • What university did you attend?

I attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

  • Was there a certain experience or event that made you want to become a teacher?

When I was in 5th grade I was able to switch places with my teacher and I realized it was fun and that I was actually kind of good at it.

  • Do you have a philosophy of teaching?

Maybe that students “don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”

  • Do you have a memorable teaching experience?

Maybe not most memorable but among my favorite teaching experiences are all the “ah-ha” moments when I see something on the face of the students that tells me they finally get it!

  • Who is your favorite American Government figure and why?

I do not have a favorite politician but Bernie Sanders is quite interesting.

  • What do you think is the worst thing about the school system today?

There are many things wrong with the system today but the worst would probably be how close-minded the US education system is to others, for example, Finland. One of the best in the world.

  • Is there anything you wish you could teach other than American Government and Economics?

Other than American Government and Economics, I would definitely teach psychology or Florida history!

  • Is being book smart the only way to succeed in life?

Absolutely NOT! I believe experiencing the world through travel and learning abroad will you much more success in life.

  • Does being a teacher affect parenting?

No, however, being a parent does affect being a teacher. I am much more intuitive with students.

  • What are some of your hidden talents?

I have many but among them is artist, musician, actress, and athlete.

  • If you won the lottery, what would you do?

I would pay off my debts and then travel the world with my husband Markus, who is my best friend and soulmate!

  • If you could pass wisdom to your students, what would it be?

Always continue to learn! There are no such thing as bad choices…they are called experiences!

  • Quote to live by?

“If there is a will, there is a way.”