Alumni Maicee Brinkman graduated in 2012 and went to Oklahoma Christian University. While in high school Brinkman ran for cross country and played soccer.
What have you done after high school?(College, jobs, etc.)
“I attended Oklahoma Christian University on a soccer scholarship to study early childhood education,” Brinkman said.
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“My kindergarten teacher, Nancy Stabler,who still works for MISD, made such an impact on me that I decided in kindergarten that I wanted to be a teacher,” Brinkman said.
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I am currently teaching kindergarten at Alice Ponder Elementary,” Brinkman said. “I am responsible for teaching my students the entire curriculum given to me by MISD; however, I believe that I am also here to teach them life skills and social skills. Each day we work together to create a positive, fun learning environment where we value each other’s opinions and feelings.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I am getting married on 7/7/18,” Brinkman said. “I met my fiancé in college, and upon graduation, we both moved to Mansfield. I plan to continue teaching kindergarten at Alice Ponder.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“High school can be a rough at times and you may feel lost or like you don’t matter but you do,” Brinkman said. “High school is also something you are going to remember for the rest of your life; I remember people telling me that and I would roll my eyes at them and think, ‘yeah okay.’ I have been out of high school for 5 year now and there are times I catch myself wishing that I had gone to another football game or baseball game. Do not take anything for granted and do as much as you can because 4 years goes by fast than you think. Go to as many sporting events as you can, go to the theater performances, participate in all of the dress up weeks, and wear your homecoming mum with pride because you only get to do it 4 times. Lastly remember, ‘Once a bronco, always a bronco.’”