Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation
Main Navigation


Ajax Loading Image


Isabella Eppens: the future of secondary education

Story image 1_0

            Many people are concerned with the future of education in the state of Kansas, as per budgeting issues. So it’s no coincidence that many people also often wonder what the future of education looks like. Well look no further, it has a face and a name. . .

Isabella “Bella” Eppens was born in Hiawatha and lived here until her fifth grade year. It was not until after her fifth grade year that she moved to Reserve, Kansas, which luckily happens to be in the USD 415 school district , so she was fortunate in not having to change schools.

            Bella says she was inspired at a young age to want to teach. She says she can’t remember a time where she didn’t want to teach, and that she has always wanted to be some sort of teacher. It wasn’t until later that she found that she could combine her passion for English with her interest in teaching.

Bella is perhaps the future of your children’s education, as she plans to return to the classroom after graduating. Eppens aspires to graduate high school and attend Emporia State University, where she plans to major in secondary education. Following her college career she plans to pursue a career teaching English.

            Taking a look back to where it all began, Eppens cites her eighth grade teacher Mrs. Heinen and current Hiawatha High School teacher Jenny Dunn for inspiring her to have the desire to teach, both of whom she has said have set the bar high for her teaching standard, as they have genuinely connected with their students and had a deeper understanding for a student's interest or disinterest in the subjects being taught.

            Eppens is undecided about where she would like to teach, and although she may not return to Hiawatha to teach future generations, she still plans to have a great impact on her future students.