Teaching Art Spotlight
Kayla Weber: Setting Up the Perfect Career
“I learned so much at Transylvania, and it helped me figure out that I wanted to be an art teacher.”
After graduating from Transylvania in 2012, Kayla Weber didn’t hesitate to dive into her chosen vocation. She is teaching art to about 700 students, kindergarten through fifth grade, at Southern Elementary in Lexington, Ky. As a bonus, she is working with an “amazing principal,” Transylvania alumna Leigh Ann Finley McLaughlin ‘94.
Weber credits her Transylvania professors with preparing her for the job interviews that helped her land the teaching position. The personal relationship Weber had with her professors also gave her confidence that recommendation letters would be honest and thoughtful and accurately reflect what she would bring to the job.
In fact, it was that close relationship with the faculty—who understood her strengths and her affinity for art—that helped steer her into her field of study. Weber originally planned to major in primary education. Her first two years on campus, however, she found herself taking a large number of art classes. When education professor Amelia El-Hindi Trail suggested she consider majoring in teaching art, that seemed like the perfect way to combine her interests.
Weber was able to study abroad in Florence, Italy, during winter term of her junior year. “This experience confirmed my passion and love of art. Living in Florence for a term helped me grow as an artist and as a person. It was absolutely the best experience of my life.”
Weber initially chose to attend Transylvania to play volleyball. She had also “heard great things about the Greek organizations, which made it the perfect fit for me.” She joined Chi Omega sorority and played volleyball for two years, before her hectic academic schedule and her term abroad interfered with her athletic pursuits.
“At a larger university I would not have received the individual attention that I did at Transylvania. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to attend Transylvania and got to learn from the amazing professors here.”