Periodicals manager aims to teach old elementary school
On the Job with Erika Hare
March 21, 2005 —
On the second floor of the Zahnow Library, periodicals are always changing. Yet one thing in the department that remains constant is Freshman Erika Hare and her willingness to assist anyone in need.
Hare, an elementary education major from Saginaw, has been working at the Library since the beginning of the school year and works with the periodicals that go in and out daily.
"Sometimes we'll be here when the mail comes in," Hare says. "Then you have to stamp it and put away the old mail and then put the new mail on the shelf."
Besides organizing periodicals, Hare lists helping people as part of the personal benefit of working at the Library.
"I like being able to help people," she says. "I know I get frustrated sometimes and need someone to help me."
Because she enjoys helping people, Hare describes herself as a people person and is hoping to teach elementary science.
"I really like kids," Hare says. "I'd really like to interact with kids and teach them and have them remember me when they're older."
Remembering is something Hare is familiar with, having remembered the stories her grandmother told her when she was younger. As a former elementary teacher herself, Hare's grandmother was the person who helped get her interested in teaching in the first place.
When not working at the library, Hare is no different than any other 18-year-old college student.
"I like spending time with my friends and boyfriend," Hare mentions. "I also like watching TV or going out shopping – something for myself."
One thing Hare does want for herself is to one day have the opportunity to teach at her former elementary school.
"I'd really like to teach at Handley," Hare says. "That's where I went to school. It's for gifted and talented kids and I'd really like to teach there."