Meet Our Student Interns - Regan and Courtney

  • Regan Denniston

    Hello! My name is Regan Denniston. I have been working towards my degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University since 2018, and I feel so grateful to be student-teaching full-time in Ms. Chester’s fourth-grade classroom this fall! I have known that I wanted to be a teacher since I started kindergarten. I used to set up a classroom in our living room for my stuffed animals, complete with a chalkboard, assignments, and even a grade book to keep records of my students! To say I am over the moon to be finally teaching in a real classroom almost 20 years later is an understatement! 

    I originally started my college journey at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Mérida, Mexico after taking part in a year-long Spanish immersion program. While there, I worked in the community teaching children English. I fell in love with teaching all over again and even more so with teaching English language learners. I decided transferring to Eastern would be the next best step in reaching my dreams, and I haven’t looked back since. 
    I recently completed my pre-student teaching with a second grade class at Estabrook Learning Community in Ypsilanti and have been working as a substitute teacher in grades K-5 for the last year as well. I am so excited to take everything that I’ve learned from my experiences and continue to grow under Ms. Chester’s guidance over the next few months. Although I know you won’t be able to see it under my mask, I will definitely be wearing a big smile on my face every day as I get to know the wonderful Burns Park community! 

    Courtney Kirkpatrick

    My name is Courtney Kirkpatrick, and I am a senior at Eastern Michigan University. I am currently pursuing a B.Ed. including a double-minor focusing on Elementary Mathematics and Language Arts. 

    Although I have not completed my student teaching experience yet, I have earned 650+ pre-student teaching hours. I have been a certified K-12 substitute teacher and paraprofessional for Michigan's southeast school districts for over two years. Last spring, I was inducted into the National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS) through Eastern Michigan University. I am also a student member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

    In addition to substitute teaching and attending college full-time, I have been a part-time Teaching Assistant at ChildTime Learning Center where I provide care for infants and young children from ages 6-weeks to 6-years-old. I have worked with a wide variety of students and was a member of the Connecting and Cadet Teaching programs at Saline High School where I was placed in 2nd-, 5th-, and 7th-grade classrooms as a TA. 

    My main goal as a student teacher is to provide as much positive support to my students as I can while effectively teaching the curriculum in an engaging way.