Class of 2013
Hometown: Lake Elmo, MN
Major/minor: Elementary K–6 major, with STEM certificate
On choosing St. Kate's: I first heard about St. Kate's through my mother's friend. I was in high school, and she was a graduate of the University with some wonderful stories about the faculty and life on campus. She convinced me that St. Kate's was worth checking out.
A path to teaching: I've been working with kids since I was 12, either as a babysitter or a nanny. I enjoy being around them. I like watching their faces light up when they figure out something.
Gaining real-world skills: Fieldwork is the best part of being an education major at St. Kate's. It's integrated into the curriculum as early as our junior semester. We get to focus on teaching social studies and classroom management at one of St. Kate's partner schools in the Twin Cities. This fall, I'm completing my fieldwork at Northrop Urban Environmental Learning Center — along with five other St. Kate's students. We get to put theory into practice and feel comfortable in the classroom.
Mr. Tifft, her mentor: You have to be a special kind of person to teach first grade, and my co-operating teacher, Larry Tifft ('96) at Northrop this fall is that kind of person. I'm learning a lot from observing him. He's very animated, and the students love him. But he is also calm and knows how to create a warm atmosphere in the classroom.
Fun for first-graders: During the election season, I taught a social studies current event and had students vote for vegetables.
Balancing school and work: I'm at Northrop on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon, and I'm in classes at St. Kate's on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I use many planners and make many lists to stay on top of all of my assignments, and other responsibilities.
Future plans: I plan to sit for my Minnesota teaching license next summer and hope to land a teaching job once I graduate from St. Kate's in December. I'd love to teach grades K-3. Children are so excited about learning at this age.