Oct. 15, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Elaina Meurer spent this summer working as a camp counselor, and it paid off in more ways than one. The Wisconsin women’s cross country and track and field athlete walked away from the experience with the knowledge of what she wants to do when she graduates -- become an elementary school teacher.
Meurer got a chance to get some hands-on experience on Oct. 10 when she visited a third grade classroom at Schenk Elementary School in Madison.
“I just decided that I wanted to be an elementary education major this past year after being a camp counselor and working closely with 9- and 10-year-olds,” Meurer said. “It was fun visiting Schenk. The kids were really curious about what I do.”
Meurer spent her time at Schenk answering questions and talking about being a student-athlete. She talked with students about how she got involved in track and cross country and how she balances academics with her athletic obligations.
Alissa Punwar, the teacher of the classroom Meurer visited, said the class appreciated her insights on balancing school and sports.
“She did a really great job handling the kids’ questions,” Punwar said. “I really wanted the kids to get a feel for what it takes to be an athlete and a student and how hard the balance is. A lot of my kids want to be athletes, so it was nice for them to hear her story, how she got into track, and how she balances her school work with athletics.
“It gave the kids something to look up to and strive for.”
As for Meurer, the visit was a great way for her to get hands-on experience working with kids in a classroom setting.
“Visiting the classroom reconfirmed that I am in the right major,” Meurer said. “It was good practice for me to be exposed to the silly every day parts of classrooms.”