School of Education

Student Spotlight: Victoria Hicks

Victoria Hicks

It seems as if it’s in her blood. Teaching, that is. The moment when teacher and student make a connection. Now, Victoria Hicks passionately pursues a career that will add to the list of those connections.

Victoria watched teaching in action firsthand. Her dad, a college registrar, taught high school history before joining university life. Her mom, a teacher of 30 years, led Victoria by example throughout childhood; not only how she impacted students in school but also working in the family’s church nursery. “Seeing how amazing my mom is as a teacher—the way she impacts her students—I always had the idea of becoming an educator in my mind.”

Victoria credits the IU East School of Education with preparing her well and feels confident her teachers have her best interest in mind. She’s set to graduate in May 2013 and knows because of the IU East faculty pushing her to reach farther, she’ll be a better teacher for it. “If education is truly your passion, then it’s all worth it in the end.

It’s those “aha” moments that keep her coming back. Victoria has worked as a private tutor numerous times and with each student there always seems to be that glimmer of recognition. That moment when young faces light up and exclaim, “I got it!” She says seeing a child excited about learning or come to the realization that they can do it is what makes all the hard work worth it. “I’ve always said that becoming an elementary teacher is not a career, it’s a calling.”