Why did you choose UNI's teacher education program?
I have known since I was very young that I wanted to be an elementary teacher. UNI is so well known for having an excellent teacher education program that I knew it was the place I needed to go.
What academic experiences have had a major impact on you?
I was chosen to be part of the Literacy Education Professional Development School. As part of this cohort, I am able to take classes for my minor at an elementary school in Waterloo with fifteen other UNI students. It is one of the best experiences because I get to be in the elementary setting, and I am able to have many field experiences in teaching that I would not otherwise have. I believe that the many field experiences are one of the best things that preservice teachers get to experience through the teacher education program.
How has your College of Education scholarship created opportunities for you?
I am so thankful to have been chosen to receive a scholarship. It has given me the opportunity to not have to work so much, which allows me to focus more on my academics.
What would you tell a prospective student who's considering the UNI teacher education program?
I think it is beneficial for you to become part of the teacher education program as soon as you can. There are field experiences early in the program which are very helpful in determining whether teaching is something that you really want to do. It is also important to get involved in groups and programs related to education outside of class. There is so much to learn from them, and they are a great way to meet other future teachers.
What are your career plans?
After student teaching in the fall of 2012, I hope to get a job either near my hometown or around the Quad Cities area. Right now, I would love to be a teacher in a primary grade.