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Affiliated Departments or Programs
- A.A., Hesston College
- B.A., Doane College (Crete, Neb.)
- M.A., Doane College
I teach at Hesston College because I am drawn to this close-knit community where relationships are highly valued and the emphasis is on teaching all students.
- Engl 125 College Writing I
- SCS 101 First-Year Experience
In Addition …
What about teaching energizes you?I love finding a new angle on a subject and figuring out how to make a topic interesting and engaging. I enjoy the connections I get to make with students as they increase their knowledge, hone new skills, and wrestle with difficult ideas. It’s such a reward to see the small successes that lead to the big payoff at the end.
How has your background and educational experience shaped you as a teacher?Although I didn’t originally think I would pursue a career in education, I discovered a passion for teaching while working at an elementary school during my time in Mennonite Voluntary Service. I taught English and language arts at a middle school in Lincoln, Neb., for eight years, and completed a graduate degree in education and an endorsement in English as a second language to equip me to teach and motivate struggling learners. In addition to this, I had the privilege of being a supervising teacher for student teachers and practicum students. I also worked with a team of teachers and administrators to create and implement an extended-day program, EdVenture Academy, targeting struggling students. I’m thrilled that the next phase of my teaching career is at Hesston College.
What are your favorite courses to teach?I really enjoy teaching writing. For writing to be meaningful, students must feel like they have something to say, and I am blessed with the opportunity to take part in creating a space in which students can form ideas and voice their opinions.