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Education & Social Science Graduates

Spencer Kiper, M.Ed.

What I do now:
I am the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) enrichment educator at Elm Grove Middle School in Bossier City, Louisiana. I am also the 2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year!

My work/job consists of:
I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity of coordinating and curating the experiences students have in the EGMS STEM Lab. On the state level, I serve as the voice for more than 60,000 Louisiana teachers, and also represent our state in various national capacities.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
Originally, my goals were to be an English teacher. However, early into my career, I fell in love with STEM education and have been working to build a stronger STEM and cyber presence ever since.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
In my senior year, I made the decision to become a teacher. LSU Shreveport had a reputation for having an outstanding program for aspiring teachers. Because of this, I decided to become a Pilot!

Fond memories of LSUS:
The fondest memories I have are the LAE-SP meetings and events that I was able to attend with my fellow education majors!

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Ms. Candi Bagley had a incredible impact on me. She placed a lot of trust in me to lead LAE-SP during my last two years at LSUS, and she worked with me to build my confidence and voice as a leader.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
My academic studies were always very rigorous, which definitely prepared me to balance the work load as an educator. The professors that I was fortunate to have were very down-to-earth people with high expectations, which I admired greatly.

Advice to college-bound students:
Push yourself to experience as much as possible. Internships can play a key role in preparing you for the world after college. Look for these opportunities to apply what you are learning and gain valuable experience before graduation.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Spend as much time learning from successful and highly-rated teachers in the field. Stay connected to them and start building relationships while in your program at LSUS.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
When choosing a major and minor, try your best to find your passion and a complimentary field of study. Want to be a liberal arts major? Awesome. Minor in a hard science. Challenge yourself to become a well-rounded person in college.

My toughest professional challenge:
For me, teaching presents so many amazing opportunities and challenges. The toughest professional challenge to me is constantly finding new ways to engage students and keeping students excited about what they are learning.

My toughest personal challenge:
The toughest challenge for me personally is finding the balance between work life and personal life. This has become easier with time, but this was something that presented a considerable challenge to me as a new teacher.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
2019 - Louisiana State Teacher of the Year
2019 - A Louisianian of the Year by Louisiana Life Magazine
2017 - Henry Ford Innovator Award
2016 - National Aerospace Teacher of the Year
Proud uncle to Sterling J. Kiper; Master Scuba Diver and lover of traveling

I've learned this from life:
Never discount the importance of building relationships with others. Even as an introvert, I strive to make a conscious effort to put myself out there to find common ground with others. Relationships are the currency of a success personal and professional life.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
If I had all of the time in the world, I would love to travel and experience the many different cultures of the world.

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