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A year of first for new RHS PASS teacher Kaufmannn

By TIFFANY PRESTRIDGE
Reporter Contributor
Life is full of firsts for Kristy Kaufmann this year, from her first child to her first teaching job as she has joined the staff of Rockdale High School as the PASS teach- er. PASSis an acronym for “Positive Approach to S t udent S uccess.”

Kaufmann Kaufmann Her job focuses on helping students with extreme challenges overcome their obstacles to become successful in the classroom.

Kaufmann is originally from Pasadena where she graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in 2001. She was a member of the drill team, the Texanns, and she participated in HOSA.

She went on to Southwest Texas State University where she studied Interdisciplinary Studies and earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University in 2009 (without ever changing campuses).

Kaufmann moved to Rockdale to be close to her family. She and her son Cohen reside with her parents, Dav id and Pam K aufmann. Cohen is eightmonths old and attends daycare at Little Tykes, where Kaufmann was employed before becoming a certified teacher.

In March she will begin courses to earn a master’s degree so that she can pursue her goal of eventually becoming a school counselor.

“I love working for the school district because you always feel like you are able to help people, and to really make a difference,” Kaufmann said. “I would really like to move towards the field of counseling, especially in the high school setting.”

Kaufmann finds her job both highly rewarding and demanding at the same time.

“It’s disheartening to see just how much the level of respect has declined through the years. I’m surprised by the fact that many students w ill cuss a teacher without a second thought. That is very different from my high school experience,” she said. “I feel like I was held to a higher standard, and it can make it hard to communicate with the students, but my ultimate goal is to always remain positive even when discipline issues become very challenging.”

Ironically it always seems that the small town kids want to grow up and go to the big city, while the big city kids want to settle down in a small town. This holds true for Kaufmann, who finds it very satisfying to live in a small town.

“The dynamics here are so interesting,” she said. “I think they just don’t know what they’ve got.”

She was referring to the many advantages available in smaller communities, such as a lack of traffic or the character and charm of the town.

K aufmann is enjoy ing her life here in Rockdale, especially w ith her family all close by. Her brother Cody and his wife A manda a lso reside here in Rockdale.

The Kaufmanns enjoy being active members of First Baptist Church.


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