Kathleen Robertson

Kathleen pursues life-long dream at Iowa State

Mother to four boys and married for 23 years, senior Elementary Education major, Kathleen Robertson, shows that it doesn’t matter how long you’re away from school, you can always finish what you started.

“I was busy being a stay-at-home mom for a long time,” she said. “I always knew that when the time was right, I would finish my degree. After my two oldest sons moved out of our home, I knew it was time. I decided to seize the opportunity so that I could make a transition into teaching.”

While there has been extra time between the start of her undergraduate degree and her pending December 2017 graduation, Kathleen has always known she was meant to be in the classroom.

“When I was a little girl, I lived next door to a second grade teacher,” she said. “She had two daughters that were close to my age. At the end of the school year, my neighbor would clean out her classroom, and she would let us all play school with the leftover worksheets. I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I guess from a young age I knew I was supposed to teach. As a mom, I’ve been teaching informally for most of my life.”

With the time spent teaching, Kathleen knows what kind of first or second grade classroom she’d like to lead.

“I want to create a place where kids feel safe and cared for,” she said. “I want my students to know that when they come to my classroom, they are going to experience a consistent, positive learning environment.”

Kathleen shares her advice for those who are considering coming back to school and to those who are wondering if they’re capable of being a student again.

“If you’re thinking about coming back as a non-traditional student, just know that it’s possible to be successful. There is help available, and there are people who are willing to put a hand out to help you understand and grow. The other students here are accepting and encouraging. You can do this.”