Education Student Brings School Spirit and Commitment to the Classroom

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: April 22, 2010

Weston Wilcox '10 whoops! And, when he whoops, scores of Aggies whoop with him. Weston, a middle grades math and science major, is an Aggie Yell Leader who will soon apply his enthusiasm for success on the field to success in the classroom. "I'll be student teaching in the fall of 2011," Weston says, "and I can't wait!" Elected in 2008 and 2009, the two-term Yell Leader has a heart for young people and a passion for teaching. "I look forward to becoming a middle school math teacher and Young Life leader," Weston says. "It's what I have been called to do in my life."

Raised in Rockwall, Texas, Weston's road to Texas A&M University was first traveled by his older sister, Ashton, who graduated in 2009 with a degree in civil engineering. "I was very reserved in high school and would never have thought about attending a big university," Weston says. "If it wasn't for Ashton, I wouldn't be here. She loves Texas A&M, and she inspired me to become an Aggie." Weston initially was an agricultural business major, but during his sophomore year of college, he began to feel called to a higher purpose.

After spending a week volunteering at a non-denominational Christian ministry youth camp for Young Life, everything changed. "The time I spent at Young Life was enough to confirm that teaching and working with middle school students is what I want to do with my life," Weston says. The experiences he's had as an education student and Aggie Yell Leader have uniquely prepared him for the challenges he may face in the classroom. "My education classes have taught me how to teach and have provided a depth of subject knowledge. Being a Yell Leader has helped me learn how to juggle multiple priorities and to think on my feet," Weston says. "The middle school years are an awkward time of life, but after leading 85,000 Aggie fans in yells at Kyle Field, I know that I am ready to lead my own classroom." Although Weston hasn't decided where he wants to live after he graduates, teaching in an urban classroom has great appeal. "Inner cities need committed teachers, and I appreciate the culture and challenges that are unique to big city schools," Weston says. "I enjoy hip hop music and taught myself how to dance watching YouTube. It would be fun to incorporate this into the classroom to help the kids learn." Weston credits his high school economics teacher with modeling how to engage his own future students through their individual interests. "Mrs. Kieschnick made economics fun and interesting. She made sure we learned the material, but more importantly, she made sure we knew she cared about us," Weston says. "She talked about what it means to be successful in life and helped us think about how we could achieve our individual goals."

Weston plans to take the lessons he learned from Mrs. Kieschnick and make it a tradition in his own classroom. And don't be surprised if all his students know how to whoop.