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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Every school year there is something new, from rules to students to teachers. One of LRHS’ new teachers is the English 1 and honors English teacher Kristin Wikstrom.
Wikstrom grew up in Lakewood Ranch and is a former student.
“Coming back to LRHS had been surreal. Lakewood Ranch is home to me and I have always wanted to teach, so teaching at my alma mater is a dream come true,” she said.
It had been her dream to teach since she was four years old, so it was a big honor to work at this school.
“I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work at such a prestigious school with teachers who inspired me to pursue a teaching career,” she said.
Wikstrom also felt as if she has grown from being a high school student to a teacher.
“With time and further education comes more maturity, and a greater understanding of one’s career and goals,” she said. “While I still have the same upbeat personality my teachers remember, I feel that I have been able to transition roles and become a colleague rather than a student.”
Wikstrom chose to teach English because of her passion of writing and language. However, there are pros and cons to every job. So far, the pros for her new job are being able to teach students and see them reach their potential and the con is having to occasionally be the bad guy.
One of the many quotes Wikstrom lives by is, “If the students aren’t understanding, it’s the teacher’s fault.” This is also what inspires her to do her best as a teacher.
In addition to teaching, Wickstrom serves as the school’s new cross-country coach, seeking to make a mark both in the classroom and on the track.