Interview Mrs. Leiknes



Jessica Leiknes

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Job Title
1st and 2nd grade teacher
Tell us about your background
I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was a child.  I used to set up my dolls in a classroom setting and pretend to teach them.  I spent my whole upbringing around children wherever I could, from babysitting to tutoring and volunteering at primary schools. 
When I was student teaching, I taught at an inclusive school with split grade classes, many ESL and those with special needs.  I received my teacher license in regular education, but after my student teaching experience I thought maybe I would like to pursue special education or teaching ESL.  I then trained as an Autism therapist, but quickly found out that wasn’t for me, I preferred being a classroom teacher rather than one-on-one.  After that, I took classes to become TEFL certified which soon brought me to Czech Republic where I taught ESL for two years.  Now teaching in my own inclusive classroom, I feel like I’m where I’m meant to be. 
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is seeing that Ah Ha! moment and the smiles that come afterwards.
What do you hope to achieve by being a teacher?
I want my students to enjoy learning and to be successful, not just in academics, but in life.