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Kids Find Fun in Language Arts

By 7:00 a.m., Chelsey Politte is in her classroom reviewing the day’s lessons. 
“The excitement of being a first-year teacher is all about the kids,” says Bismarck’s Chelsey Politte, a new seventh grade Communication Arts teacher for Central R-3 Middle School in Park Hills.  “In just a few short weeks, I learned the key to the students is developing positive relationships.  This age group is hard to get motivated about writing.  As we learn about one another, the students’ strengths and weakness begin to emerge.  Once they realize I am open to their ideas and genuinely interested in their opinions, they are interested in writing.  Students are motivated to do the work and begin to understand how effective communication is critical to their next steps to high school, college, job applications and beyond.”

“Our past experiences form our opinions and attitudes about so many things,” says Chelsey.  “I find the same is true with seventh graders and communication arts.  It can be a challenge to find lessons to grab the kids’ attention and keep them actively involved in writing and other assignments.  Again, when I know something about the students, it helps me formulate lessons that capture their interests.  They are more eager to work.  So far, it’s been rewarding and it’s all because of the fun relationships the students and I have developed.  I’m energized to see seventh graders involved in different aspects of communication.  I feel we are all accomplishing something very good.” 

Chelsey’s dedication to volleyball and academics at MAC yielded a scholarship to Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, where she excelled, earning 2010 Academic All-Conference honors for her court play and President’s and Dean’s List recognition.  In 2011, she graduated cum laude with a BS in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.  

She is coaching junior varsity volleyball and has re-joined MAC’s volleyball program in a different capacity.  She says, “MAC was a great experience for me as a player, and now I am excited to be working as an assistant coach beside Head Coach Tim Copeland and Assistant Ashley Smith.  Being a part of such a well-rounded program and a caring, hardworking, and knowledgeable coaching staff will prove very rewarding.”    

MAC is a Politte family tradition.  Chelsey’s father Tim (MAC 1977-79), mother Debbie (Sullivan, MAC 1980-82), and brother Alex (MAC 2010-12) are graduates and her younger sister is enrolled as a high school senior.  Her parents own Maxim Construction Inc. and Western Blow Pipe, a metal fabrication business.  She says, “My family is a huge part of my life, and we enjoy doing lots of things together.  From my parents, I learned to respect myself and others.  They also taught me that your efforts will be rewarded as long as you work hard for everything.”  

“MAC helped me develop academically, athletically, socially, and personally for a four-year school experience,” says Chelsey.  “The teacher education program is especially good and helped solidify my decision to become a teacher.”  

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