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This Spotlight series recognizes a UW-Fox Valley student’s academic achievements and personal story. Students are nominated for this spotlight by faculty and staff.

Name: Michael Hayes   Michael H

Age: 26

Hometown: Laguna Hills, CA

Currently Residing: Appleton, WI

Career program/major: Elementary Education

UW-Fox Valley student clubs: Education Club, Phi Theta Kappa.

What led you to choose your program or major?

I have always wanted to be a teacher. I am good with people, and I feel like I will be a great teacher.

Why did you decide to become a University of Wisconsin student at UW-Fox Valley?

I decided to go back to school because I wanted to do something meaningful. I wasn’t happy where I was in life, and at the end of the day, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I needed a new start, and UW-Fox Valley was the closest option.

Is there someone at UW-Fox Valley who made a difference in your life or inspired you?

Many people have been a huge help to me at UW-Fox Valley. If it wasn’t for Tina Koch I wouldn’t have been in school last semester. She made sure I was able to get in on time and continues to help me pick the right classes so I can transfer to UW Oshkosh on time.

Susan Rabideau is a fantastic person and teacher. She makes speech class fun and comfortable. Her teaching method made it easy to get to know and become comfortable with everyone in the class. I will absolutely use some of her teaching styles when I become a teacher.

Tammy Ladwig inspires me every day with her teachings and personality. She is an exceptional teacher, and she always makes you think about how others feel, learn and think. Anytime I need help I know I can go to Tammy. She has made me a better student and all around person. I aspire to be the type of teacher that Tammy is.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UW-Fox Valley student?

Work hard and take care of business. If you need help, reach out to someone. There are plenty of people at UW-Fox Valley who are more than happy to help you.

When not in class or studying, what keeps you busy?

If I’m not at school or work, then I am relaxing with friends and family.

What are your plans after UW-Fox Valley?

I plan to transfer to UW Oshkosh to get a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

To learn more about returning to school to earn a college degree, call (920) 832-2620 to schedule an appointment with an advisor. More than 25% of our students are over the age of 22.


Laurie Krasin