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Graduate Student Bios

Daniel Castner

Daniel

What field are you currently working in?
I am a kindergarten teacher in Stow-Munroe Falls and a C&I doctoral student focusing on early childhood education.

What are your goals after you get your degree?
I will continue to teach in Stow or will pursue a teaching position at a university.

What brought you to your studies at Kent State?
I had already had the opportunity to study with extraordinary professors and classmates at KSU as a pre-service teacher and as a graduate student. At Kent State, I have always felt inspired, intellectually challenged and at home.


Are you involved in any organizations/activities on campus?
No, but I'm trying to get to a doc forum outing.

What are your most memorable experiences as a student of Kent State?
Two early childhood faculty members invited me to present part of my Masters thesis at a curriculum conference (AAACS). At this conference, I met and attended the presentations of several curriculum scholars. Fascinated by the work of so many of the scholars, I realized that I wanted to continue to study at the doctoral level.

What is one thing that you wish you had known before coming to KSU?
I can't think of anything. This is my third degree at KSU, so I've been here forever.

 

Casey Myers
Casey Myers

What field are you currently working in?
Curriculum & Instruction and Early Childhood Education. I am also a licensed and clinically certified pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

What are your goals after you get your degree?
I'd like to teach preservice teachers at the university level, as well as work with children and teachers at a laboratory school. Ideally, I'd be able to maintain a presence in a preschool classroom and work with young children as co-researchers.

What brought you to your studies at Kent State?
I had received my M.A. from Kent State, so I was familiar with the quality of the university already. What brought me to C&I and ECED specifically was my interest in the historical and political conditions of young children's school experiences, as well as the institutionalization and normalization of childhood. The ECED program has allowed me to further my critical understanding of those issues.

What are your most memorable experiences as a student of Kent State?
Having the opportunity to work closely with a classroom at the university lab school over the past four years has been such a meaningful experience for me. Working collaboratively with teachers, children, and families has allowed me to grow as a scholar, teacher, and human being.

What is one thing that you wish you had known before coming to KSU?

I wish I would have known how many interesting things are happening in the community outside of the university. For a small town, the community at-large has so much to offer in terms of multicultural and arts experiences. 

 

Kristina Turk
Kristina Turk

What field are you currently working in?
Curriculum and Instruction & Early Childhood

What are your goals after you get your degree?
Teach at the college level to help prepare pre-service teachers.

What brought you to your studies at Kent State?
Excellent reputation. Early Childhood program.

What are your most memorable experiences as a student of Kent State?
I have met so many wonderful people. The friendships I have made are my best experiences.

What is one thing that you wish you had known before coming to KSU?
I wish I had mastered APA prior to coming to campus. This task would have made my studies a tad easier.