'00 education and broad field social sciences
High School Social Studies Teacher and Head Varsity Basketball Coach, Wauwatosa East High School, Wauwatosa, Wis.
I first learned about WLC from an alumnus. I was undecided as to what I was going to do after high school, but knew I wanted to continue my education, play basketball and stay close to home. WLC offered all three. It was a quick and easy decision for me to make.
I always knew that I wanted to teach and make a difference in the lives of young people. The positive influence of several of my high school teachers made me want to do the same for others. That mentality was reinforced by the education professors I studied under at WLC. They are very knowledgeable and dedicated to producing quality educators and lifelong learners. The knowledge and guidance of Dr. John Freese left a lasting impression on me. He solidified my decision to become a high school social studies teacher. My hope is that I can have that same impact on my students.
The professional, dedicated staff of the education program at WLC was very important to my development as a teacher. The program provided a variety of learning opportunities, in and out of class, that related directly to subjects and grade levels I would be teaching. We were also required to observe a variety of teaching and learning environments, which helps prepare future teachers to handle any type of school setting, public or private.
Students who choose the WLC education program will learn from a group of talented, caring and knowledgeable educators whose ultimate goal is to put the same type of educators out into the real world. The education professors at WLC truly care about the development of each individual student in the teacher education program. I benefited greatly from my experiences at WLC.