If Kelsey Schrade wasn’t set on becoming a teacher, she’d be majoring in theatre right now and planning a move to New York City where she could indulge her love for Broadway music, preferably on the stage. Fortunately, at Macomb she doesn’t have to give one up for the other.
Dealing with dyslexia
“When I chose Macomb, the pandemic had just started and I did not know what the future looked like,” says Schrade. “I decided to stay at home and save some money. Macomb has many great classes to choose from and many great resources to help with my severe dyslexia.”
Dyslexia affects how someone learns to read, write and spell. A common condition with more than 3 million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year, British researchers have found that singing and dancing appear to help some overcome its challenges.
Schrade, obviously, had already discovered that.
“Music is one of my greatest passions,” says the 2020 graduate of Lutheran High School North. “Performing helps me share that passion with others.”
A New Macomber!
After a successful audition, Schrade received a spot this year on the Macombers, the college’s show (i.e. singing and dancing) choir.
As a Macomber, Schrade receives a scholarship in exchange for the many hours of rehearsing and performing required.
Her first season with the troupe begins after the start of the fall semester, but you can also find her singing on Sundays with the praise band at her church.
“When I perform on stage, it fills me with joy,” says Schrade. “I like to be able to share that gift with others.”
What also fills her with joy is working with young children, which helped her decide on a career in the classroom instead of on the stage.
How teaching won out
“I have been a summer camp leader for five years now at my church and I am very passionate about working with young kids. I hope to become a kindergarten or first-grade teacher,” says Schrade. “I had many incredible teachers help me through my struggles. The professors at Macomb are always willing to go that extra mile.”
Describing herself as self-driven, Schrade had no difficulty with online learning last fall when the pandemic closed Macomb’s campuses.
“Online courses were more manageable for me than in-person classes,” notes Schrade. “But I am very excited to get back to in-person classes and have that social experience every college student wants.”
After she completes her associate degree next year, Schrade intends to transfer to Oakland University, where she will major in elementary education.
“As a dyslexic, I have trouble reading. But all the professors I have had have been outstanding in helping me,” says Schrade. “I want to be that teacher to help someone like me and make a positive impact on them.”