Former Student Lisa Hellmich '12 Now Teaching in St. Louis
A St. Louis native, Lisa Hellmich, excelled in her studies in the History program at Drury University, and currently teaches U.S. and world history at Kirkwood High School. Lisa’s sisters attended Drury, so she already knew the close relationships that she could foster with faculty, staff, and students. In the history program, Lisa took a broad range of classes. “Because of the variety of history classes I took at Drury, I have a broad background knowledge on the topics I am required to teach in class,” Lisa remarked. She also spent a month studying in Rome. Lisa’s senior capstone project on Rose O’Neill Greenhow, a Confederate female spy, won a departmental paper award for analyzing Greenhow’s political writings. “Drury taught me how to research and make meaning out of history for myself. I loved getting to write my senior paper. Once I picked the topic, it was exciting to dive into the sources and feel like a real historian.”
Full Q&A with Lisa
When did you graduate?
What are some favorite memories of your history classes—like a text, or project?
I loved getting to write my senior seminar paper. It was overwhelming at first. However, once I picked a topic I was interested in, it was exciting to dive into the sources and feel like a real historian.
Why did you choose to go to Drury?
Both of my older sisters went to Drury. Whenever I came to visit them, I loved how small and intimate Drury felt. Everyone seemed to know and care about each other including the students, teachers, staff, and even the President of the University. Before I even started at Drury, I felt welcomed and included.
How has the history program prepared you for your professional life?
The Drury history department has done a great job preparing me to teach history to high school students. Because of the variety of history classes I took at Drury, I have a broad background knowledge on the topics I am required to teach in class. In addition, Drury taught me how to research and make meaning out of history for myself. Therefore, when I encounter a topic I am less familiar with, I am able to easily research and learn about it.
What do you currently do? Tell us your position, and give a couple highlights of what you do and where.
I teach high school social studies at Kirkwood High School. Currently I have 9th Graders for World History Since 1450 and 11th Graders for US History. I am also the Youth in Government sponsor, which is an organization that allows students simulate how the Missouri state government works by taking on a role in one of the branches.
Provide three words that characterize the professors in the history program at Drury.
Caring, engaging and intelligent.