Major(s): Early Childhood Education with an Elementary Education Certification from Dakota State University and a Kindergarten Endorsement
Expected Graduation Year/Semester: Spring 2013
Hometown: St. Clair, MN
I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher, but I was not sure what age group I wanted to focus on. The Early Childhood Education program at SDSU provided so many options to work with a variety of ages. I liked the campus and the feeling of family as well.
The most interesting class that I have taken at SDSU was ECE 441: Professional Issues, Child and Family Study with Dr. Mary Bowne. I enjoyed this class as we covered current professional issues in the Early Childhood Education field. This class helped me discover who I am as a teacher while preparing me for the professional work world. Dr. Bowne made every class relevant and interesting.
I have met a lot of incredible people at SDSU, and am inspired the most by the children I work with here on campus in the Fishback Center. I am inspired to do the best that I can to help each child reach their highest potential as they grow and develop.
My most memorable SDSU experience has been working in the lab school. Working in the preschool provides real life, hands on experience working with children and their families while learning how to be an effective educator. I have enjoyed getting to know my peers, the faculty, families and children.
In the future I hope to be teaching and working with children and families.
The most important piece of advice I can give new students is to establish relationships with your advisor and faculty as they can offer a lot of valuable insight. It is also important find a core group of friends in your major so you can help each other and figure things out together.