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Junior Kimberly Nash (Oxford, Conn.) learned the ropes of teaching this semester as she created lesson plans, interacted with students, and taught her own class during an internship with the Palisades School District in Kintnersville, Pa.

Nash, a double major in Spanish and International Commerce, taught Spanish to kindergarteners and students in first through fifth grades during her internship. She worked under the supervision of Sue Jefferson, a full-time Spanish teacher in the district.

“It was a bit difficult to get up in front of the class for the first time, but after two minutes, I was right at home,” she says. “Teaching brings you back to when you were young. The kids teach you just as much as you teach them.”

Nash adds that the internship helped her realize the value of teachers and the amount of hard work that goes into each lesson.

“I learned how special and important educators are and, most importantly, what makes a good teacher,” she says. “I wanted to teach before I signed up for this internship, and working in the system definitely reaffirmed my initial thoughts.”

“Lafayette offers a number of unique educational opportunities, and this internship was by far the most meaningful to me,” Nash explains. “Lafayette is a wonderful place to study both Spanish and International Commerce. I chose to double major in these subjects so I could keep my options open, and I am more than pleased with both majors. The variety of classes and quality of professors make the college a perfect match for me.”

Nash has been captain of the cheerleading squad for the past two years and is a member of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honor society. She is a Kids in the Community volunteer through the Landis Community Outreach Center and serves on the Pi Beta Phi sorority disciplinary board.

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