As a young girl, she was deathly afraid of public speaking. Years later, she overcame that fear after going through the college experience, and fell in love with the art of teaching.
Kristin Looney-Behrens, 27, now runs verbal laps around her classroom with an incredibly bold, and vibrant teaching style.
“I really believe in the freedom of choice for the students to help create what teaching method is best for them. Learning doesn’t occur unless you get to know the students in your classroom. Then is when you can play with their strengths, and work them into instruction,” Behrens says.
Behrens is a Drake University graduate with a Masters of Arts in teaching, with endorsements in English, Journalism, and coaching. She teaches Freshman English, Yearbook, AP Literature, and is the Assistant Cross-Country Coach at Southeast Polk High School.
“I like to run a lot!” she says. “I ran cross-country and track at Drake, have completed two marathons, and run whenever I can outside of school. Running has been a life-long hobby of mine, probably since I was seven-years-old.”
Also, as a child, Behrens says she would dream of being a teacher, and maybe even an author, because she loved to read and write so much. “I always played school when I was little.”
Little did she know then, that she would indeed become a teacher, and a high school teacher at that. “I wavered back and forth as to what age of kids I wanted to teach. I was enticed by the high school ages because they have such vast knowledge in so many areas of life already. I feel that I can learn from them as artists, history buffs, or whatever area of expertise they may have,” she says.
In August of 2014, Behrens married the love of her life, Brent, a.k.a. Cy…the Iowa State Cyclone’s mascot.
“I met Brent after college, and was surprised to find out that he was the one putting on the Cy costume during his time at ISU. I’m a big basketball fan, and didn’t know that was my future husband in there. It’s funny how life works out that way,” she says laughing.
The Behrens family is proud to say that they have a precious baby at home as well. Not a human baby, but a four-month-old yellow lab dog named Fred. Yes, Fred, appropriately named after ISU Head Basketball Coach, Fred Hoiberg.
“The students ask about Fred (the dog) all the time. He is quite famous around here,” she says proudly.
Q: What do you like best about your teacher?