It may be only her first year teaching at Clear Creek Elementary School, but if Amelia Molencamp has her way, it’s the beginning of a long career.
“It’s a dream job,” says Molencamp. “Ever since I went to college, Clear Creek was my dream job. I knew that the staff was awesome here, and Mr. Barkley is an amazing administrator.
Likewise, Molencamp is enjoying teaching in the school district where she grew up as a child.
“I grew up in Clear Lake, so I know it’s a great place to be,” she says.
A 2005 graduate of Clear Lake High School, Molencamp earned her undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Iowa State University. While a new teacher is always fun, children in her class are particularly interested in hearing about her experiences as a Cyclone cheerleader during her freshman and sophomore years.
Molencamp cheered on the Cyclones for football and men’s and women’s basketball her first two years at Iowa State. It was an experience she wouldn’t trade for anything, but one that was also very demanding on her time.
“It was a fun experience,” Molencamp says. “But it was very different from high school cheerleading; it was more like a job.”
Here in Clear Lake, she served as a volunteer coach for the high school competition cheer squad this year and is pleased to note that the squad earned a second place finish in state competition.
“It was a really exciting experience,” she says.
And while she enjoyed volunteering with the older students, Molencamp’s most rewarding work is her position as teacher in the 4- and 5-year-old preschool at Clear Creek.
“I love that kids this age are so excited to learn,” she says. “They’re excited to come to school. They just have so much enthusiasm for learning.”
Her favorite part of the day is when kids have an opportunity to determine their own learning style and explore their own interests. Known as “Free Choice Time,” Molencamp looks forward to seeing how kids learn when they are simply being themselves.
Learning how to learn is a big part of preschool, as well as learning how to make new friends and interact with people.
“Every day is a new adventure in preschool,” she says.