Ad Hoc Instructor / Supervisor of Student Teachers
Master of Science in Education - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 1979
Areas of Expertise:
Secondary English/Language Arts
I began my teaching career at Conant Junior High School in Neenah, Wisconsin, in the fall of 1966. I later moved to Shattuck Junior High, which then became Shattuck Middle School, retiring in June of 2000. During that time, I taught social studies and English, later known as language arts. In addition, I served as junior high English department chairman, middle school language arts curriculum specialist and eighth grade team leader. Upon my retirement, I joined the Curriculum and Instruction Department at UW Oshkosh as a supervisor of student teachers.
During the course of my 34 years of teaching, I learned a great deal about students, the curriculum and teaching in general. I am glad to now have the opportunity to share some of what I have learned the hard way with my student teachers. I feel very strongly that education is the key to our success as a democratic society, and that as educators, we hold the future in our hands. I have a passion for teaching and helping kids achieve success. I want to instill that same passion in my students. Teaching is so much more than just a job; it is truly a calling. One must want to do this above all else, or one should choose another field of endeavor. This is a career that has many frustrations, but also great rewards. I want prospective teachers to focus on the positive aspects of the profession, “hang in there” when the going gets tough, and, above all, never give up on any student as we strive to help each one reach his or her maximum potential.
Date of First Employment at UW Oshkosh: Fall Semester, 2001
Years of P-12 Experience: 34
Classes Typically Taught:
Supervision of Student Teachers