North Oldham High School teacher Craig Grimm has always had a love for education, and two years ago he decided it was time to find a tangible way to share that with students. “I have a passion for what I do and I want to foster that in students,” said Grimm.

Grimm is now a WKU adjunct professor, allowing NOHS students enrolled in the class to earn 3 hours college credit. Grimm is pleased with the interest and noted, “I have 23 students who took the leap this first year.”

The purpose of the class is to learn what education is like through the eyes of an educator, to see how things work in the classrooms for the students’ best interests, and to start thinking about education as a career. When asked why he chose to take this class, Spencer Schumacher said, “I wanted to have a baseline understanding in education before going to college and to try and decide if it is something I might want to do."

In the beginning of the course, students learn about different best practices and then work on their own classroom strategies. Recently, they spent time discussing the purpose of rules and how they can shape the community within the classroom. In addition to collaboration in the classroom, students will have rotations as aides in the high school, middle school, and elementary school on the North campus.