Kindergarten students adjust to new teacher

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Amber Goschy, new kindergarten teacher at Eunice Thomas Elementary, asks her students to line up before going to art class. Goschy started teaching her new class on Jan. 5. Jason Johnston/

Eunice Thomas Elementary brings in recent college graduate

Eunice Thomas Elementary School in Cassville hired a new kindergarten teacher to handle the influx of students.

Amber Goschy, 23, who graduated in December with early childhood education and elementary education degrees from the University of Central Missouri, started teaching her class Jan. 5.

"I definitely did not expect to have a teaching job in January because it really doesn't happen that often," Goschy said. "It was amazing to be able to go right into work with what I love doing."

The school hired her before she graduated, she said.

The elementary school now has seven kindergarten classes. Goschy has 22 students as of Thursday. The other kindergarten classes each have about 21 or 22 students.

Goschy said her students have handled the change really well.

"They're so excited to be in my class," she said. "They're making friends fast. They've warmed up to me."

Goschy said she met her students the week before Christmas break. On her first day, she spent time getting to know her students.

"We did a lot of name games, and they told me what they did over Christmas break," she said. "So, I was able to connect with them, getting the routines down."

Throughout the second semester, she will prepare her students for the first grade by teaching them about letters, numbers, how to behave in a classroom setting and how to work in groups.

"I love this school," Goschy said. "It's amazing. The teachers are very caring."

Goschy was born in Springfield. She moved to North Carolina in the fourth grade. She graduated from West Carteret High School in Morehead City, N.C., before attending UCM in Warrensburg.

"My dad actually had friends that went to UCM for teaching, and they said it was an amazing school," Goschy said. "So, I just applied and got accepted."

Goschy student-taught first grade between August and December at Pittman Elementary School in Springfield. She commutes from Springfield to Cassville.

This semester, Goschy said she wants to be the best teacher she can be, to grasp the inner workings of the Cassville school system, to maintain routines, to get to know her students and to make sure her students succeed.

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