Student of Month wants to impact students’ lives

By CJ Click
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

Kelly Coble is August's Student of the Month / Photo submitted

   Sadly, it is becoming rare to meet someone as dedicated to serving humanity as Kelly Coble.
   She is the daughter of Graham residents Mark and Katrina Coble and is a senior at Elon University and a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She has an older brother, Kyle, and a sister-in-law, Jamie.
   Coble was nominated for August’s Student of the Month anonymously; the second consecutive nomination in 10 years of the column.
   As a Teaching Fellow, Coble is passionate about children and their future.
      “I really want to make an impact on people’s lives,” Coble explained in a recent phone interview. “I want to see students transformed in some aspect of their lives.”
   She hasn’t wasted any time on trying to accomplish that goal. Every summer, Coble mentors high school seniors through the Elon Academy program. Coble recognizes the distinct differences in every child.
   “No one person is alike,” she explained. “Everyone has a different story.”
   She also works as a Vacation Bible School tribe leader at People’s Memorial Christian Church in Burlington, the church she attends while in school. Cherese Wolfe, Kelly’s youth adviser, believes Kelly will “make a great teacher someday.” In a recent phone interview, Wolfe described Coble as “very smart and outgoing.”
   Wolfe explained that Kelly’s “willingness to jump in a help out no matter what” sets her apart from her peers.
   “She had volunteered at Vacation Bible School before and jumped in and led one of the biggest groups.” When at home, she attends Bethel United Methodist Church in Snow Camp, where she is a member of the choir.
   Coble also was a work-study student with the American Red Cross for two years. She assisted with blood drives in the area and delivered supplies. She also helped advertise for the organization.
   A Mathematics with Teacher Licensure and Middles Grades Education double major, Coble has a bright future ahead of her. There is no doubt that she has touched many kids’ lives and will touch many more in the future.
   When asked what one word she would use to describe herself, she chose “motivated.” Anyone who knows her would agree that is the perfect description.

CJ Click is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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