28 Aug Kelsey Habig
Kelsey is an English teacher who doesn’t love literature. In high school she feel asleep in class reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The paperback copy still lives in her parents’ house; the pages stick together with drool. School was really just a series of hoops through which to jump so she could play sports with her friends. While she’s grateful for every educator and every experience, high school was not a time of deep connection for Kelsey. Those sparks came through authentic learning opportunities as a public relations and rhetorical advocacy major in college: internships with Purdue athletics, leadership positions in student organizations, jobs in the licensing and marketing offices, brilliant mentor professors with real-world applications, coaching high school sports, and a study abroad gig as a reporter at the Beijing Olympics. These endeavors ignited her fires within for both communication and young people. Now in her eighth year at HSE, Kelsey teaches Interpersonal Communication (speech), Opportunity and Impact (English 11 PBL), and an interdisciplinary course focused on future-ready skills called Innovations. The foundation of her classroom will always be strong relationships with students and families in order to bring out the best in each child. On Wednesdays you can find her wearing camouflage in the halls of HSE as a reminder that she and her students are together fighting a war to eradicate mediocrity from their lives and from the community!