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Meet Our Students

The School of Education recognizes current and aspiring teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence.  Find out from our students why you should become a part of the School of Education.

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Sarah Clayborne
Elementary Education
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.
 

"The more I work around children, the more I realize how wonderful it is to be able to teach and interact with them.  Children have the capacity to learn exponentially, and I am looking forward to teaching them."

   
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Lauren Berkenpas
Elementary Education, Reading Minor
Hometown: LeMars, IA

"I am going to teach to my students' strengths and help them develop and strenghen their individual weaknesses."

   
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Natalie Cowley
Elementary Education
Hometown: Valparaiso, IN

"I decided that I only want to work in low income urban schools as I believe that most people are scared to work in these schools.  I, on the other hand, believe that these children are in dire need of excellent teachers.  I want to show them that I care about them, their education and I am willing to put in the extra work to make sure they succeed."

   
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Tiffany Buehner
Elementary Education
Hometown: Brandon, S.D.
 

"I received a great education and had many wonderful teachers to look up to and I would like to provide that to students in rural South Dakota."

   
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Lara Jones
Elementary Education
Hometown: Ree Heights, S.D.


"I want to make real world connections for my students because when they leave my room, real world connections are what matter."

   
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Jenny Larson
Elementary Education
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.


"I believe there is a real need for students' lives to be impacted or touched in some say whether academically or personally.  I decided to pursue a degree in teaching so I can be on of the many teachers to impact students lives."

   
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Rob Cunningham
Mathematics Education
Hometown: Rapid City, S.D.

"Teaching  presents an opportunity to inspire on a day-to-day basis.  I also have the chance to teach students not only math but how to become honorable human beings."

   
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Stephanie Keyman
Elementary Education, Reading
Hometown: Brandon, S.D

"I will do anything in my power to make sure that they are each given a quality education and that each student comes out of my classroom having learned something that they can take with them."

   
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Brittni Badger
Elementary Education, Special Education, Fullbright Scholar
Hometown: Pierre, S.D.

 
"Teaching has truly become my passion and to me, being a teacher means being that person who is willing to go the extra step to help and care for others, willing to accept that your work day doesn't end with the bell at 3:30, and a person who wakes up every morning not only to teach others, but to learn something new in return."

   
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Abbey Mudder
Elementary Education, Special Education
Hometown:  Tyndall, S.D.

"I don't want to be a mediocre teacher that just teaches the book - I watnto go above and beyond and provide hands-on experiences to fulfill my students' needs."

 

 

   
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Martha Nickerson
Elementary/Special Education, Kindergarten Endorsement
Hometown:  St. Paul, MN

"Once students leave my classroom, I want them to have a new found excitement for learning and leave their negative views of education outside.  I plan to achieve this goal by creating individualized, challenging but achievable goals that both average functioning and students with special needs can benefit from."