Highlight on Cody Cowin, Union Student turned Elementary Teacher
Cody Cowin grew up in Topeka, Kansas. While he was here at Union, he participated in various clubs such as International Club and the Union Warriors. Most people knew his name on campus, and if they didn’t, they would know him by his height—6’7”. By 2017, Cody graduated with a degree in elementary education. He now works at Atlanta North School in Georgia.
He explained to me that he currently teaches in the fifth grade homeroom, but he also teaches fourth grade math, sixth grade reading and writing. During writing class, Cody enjoys brainstorming for ideas with his thirteen students. “My days are enjoyable,” Cody told me. “I teach almost everything: Bible, 4th and 5th math, spelling, typing, writing, science and reading. Days are busy but there are lots of fun times!”
When I asked Cody what his experience was like getting a job after graduation, he replied:
Cody Cowin: I actually found a job before graduating. I interviewed over the phone after student teaching one day and flew to Atlanta two days later! There, I met with the school board and had the job by Friday. I am really loving it! Most education majors in my class also found jobs before graduating, so we are all really thankful for that.
MR: When you were interviewing for your first job out of college, what experiences at this school did you talk about?
CC: I talked a lot about the extracurricular activities that I was a part of, like being an ambassador, participating in choir and band and International and Music Club, so they would see I was cultured and balanced.
MR: If you had it to do all over again, what would you do differently?
CC: If I had to do the whole interview process again, I don't think I would do much differently. I sent my applications out and wasn't too picky. I think it was helpful for me to keep an open mind when looking for jobs and to consider all opportunities given.
MR: What would you look for if you were in the position to hire new graduates from Union?
CC: If I were looking to hire new graduates, I would look for people who were involved in things they enjoyed, like music, or community service, or a school club. I'd look for someone with a personality and someone genuine.
MR: What’s your advice for graduating seniors?
CC: My advice for graduating seniors is to get those résumés perfect and send them out generously. Thank your teachers before you leave, and be flexible with the opportunities that present themselves. Most of all though, relax and know that the best is yet to come!
Melissa Ratter is a senior studying language arts education.