Northern State University School of Education

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Photos from Northern State University School of Education's post 12/12/2023

Teacher Education majors volunteered at the Christmas Celebration at the Civic Arena on December 11th 🎄


Merry Christmas to our SOE family!
Just a friendly reminder that there are still tags available on the SOE Angel Tree 🌲 Gifts need to be returned by December 13th 🎁

Photos from Northern State University School of Education's post 12/06/2023

SOE Education Clubs celebrated the end of the semester with a Christmas Party! Prizes were given for best dressed, best Christmas Tree creations, and largest teacher materials gathering. There were drawings for additional prizes as well.


Ho Ho Hope you can join us!!! 🎄


Get ready to ‘sleigh’ this holiday season! Join us for our Christmas Party in your tackiest & most festive sweater on December 5th!🎄


The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) hosted a World Kindness event in the Student Center on November 13th. Participants were encouraged to spread kindness through their words and actions!


The SOE Student Organization, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), hosted a guest speaker on American Sign Language on November 7th. Maleah Eschenbaum taught the students some basic sign language during a very informative and entertaining presentation!


The Millicent Atkins School of Education would like to honour the late Millicent Atkins for receiving the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus & Philanthropist Award. During the NSU Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Banquet, Dr. Anna Schwan, Interim Dean of the School of Education, accepted the award in her memory.

Millicent Atkins graduated from Northern State College in 1940 with a teaching degree. Following graduation, Atkins taught school for almost a decade, before returning to farming near Columbia, where she spent most of her years. Atkins passed away on July 25, 2012. At the time of her passing, she generously donated a $15 million estate gift to Northern State University to benefit the NSU School of Education. Her generous support of others, particularly NSU’S Education program, represents the Servant Leader life she lived.


Happy World Teacher’s Day! Thank you for making a difference in our students’ lives and communities. At NSU, we’re proud to continue our long legacy of preparing teachers!!


🏈🐺 Get Ready to Tailgate in Style 🐺🏈

The Gypsy Days Game is almost here & the SOE is gearing up for another fun filled tailgate event!! Join us for some music, games, & mouthwatering food before cheering on our Wolves!!!

Don’t miss out - tag your friends & let’s make it a homecoming to remember!


The SOE Teacher Education Student Clubs are getting organized for the year! Several Students participated in a joint meeting of CEC, SDEA, and AEYC on Septembers 21st!


Don’t forget to sign up for the Millicent Atkins School of Education Learning Expo with Keynote Speaker Alyssa Cassels!


Come see us at our Tailgate spot this Saturday at 2pm before your Northern Wolves kickoff their first home game vs Minnesota Duluth!


Our last NSU Alumni Spotlight comes from Molly Moran!

Molly received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Northern in 1994. She double majored in elementary education and special education.

"The time that I spent at Northern helped me develop my foundational teaching skills and form my educational philosophy. I was fortunate to have many knowledgeable instructors from the School of Education who shared their wisdom, enthusiasm, and practical teaching experience with me. At NSU, I learned how to craft an effective lesson and gained valuable classroom management strategies. In my first year of teaching, I was able to apply much of what I had learned through my college coursework into my own classroom setting. Although over the years I have evolved as an educator, the groundwork that was laid at Northern still remains a central part of my teaching. In addition to what I learned through my academic classes, my involvement with campus organizations such as the Newman Center, Student Ambassadors, and the Reading Council allowed me to gain leadership expertise, learn organizational procedures, become a more effective communicator, and strengthen my interpersonal skills. Because these areas are all pertinent to the teaching profession, I am grateful for the experiences that I was granted at Northern."

"I enjoy teaching because I find working with elementary aged youth to be deeply rewarding. I love introducing my students to unfamiliar concepts and watching them make discoveries about the world around them. One of the best parts of my job is the “ah-ha” moment when a learner makes a new connection. I strive to develop a special rapport with my students, and I enjoy watching the growth that occurs throughout the school year. It is especially gratifying when a previous student tells me that I made a positive impact on his or her life."

Molly is currently working as the 5th grade reading teacher at Camelot Intermediate School in Brookings, SD.


Our last Student Teacher Spotlight for Everything Must Go Week comes from Kennedy Sohler!

Kennedy has been placed in Mrs. Lee's third grade classroom at OM Tiffany Elementary School.

"The biggest surprise in student teaching is the diversity of the students academic achievements. It has been a challenge to make sure all students are understanding what is being taught while not holding up those that are excelling. I think that this experience has shaped me into an educator by helping me feel more prepared for my own classroom. This semester has been nothing but amazing! The relationships that I have gotten to build and all the skills that my co-operating teacher has taught me are things I will never forget."


Our next Alumni Spotlight comes from Lucas Trooien!

Lucas graduated from NSU in December 2022 with a BS.Ed. in Mathematics Education with an endorsement in coaching.

"NSU has an excellent teacher education program, the professors and instructors work with you to tailor your education experience to your area of specialty. Teaching is my passion, I became a teacher to be a champion for all students with the understanding that some people just need a little more care and support in order to succeed."

Lucas is currently teaching 7th through 12th grade Math at the Deubrook Area School District in White, South Dakota as well as coaching junior high boys basketball and track.

"It is an understatement to say that this experience and this job has been the joy of my life."


Our next Student Teacher Spotlight comes from Taren Tschetter!

Taren has been placed in all science classes for grades 6-12, including Anatomy & Physiology, Conceptual Physics, Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, and Exploratory Careers. in Roscoe, SD at Edmunds Central School.

"The biggest surprise student teaching has been the rapport the students and I have built. I care so much for my students and we have so much fun in the classroom doing hands-on activities, having discussions that require deep critical-thinking, performing eye-opening labs, executing creative projects, and pushing each other to be our best selves. This experience has shaped me as an educator by solidifying my passion for learning, teaching, and helping kids. I don't feel like I am simply teaching science, I feel like I am educating humans. I am making a lasting impact on students for the better, and get to encourage them every day, even when they don't feel confident in themselves."


Here comes another student teacher spotlight for Everything Must Go Week! This one comes from Allison King!

Allison has been student teaching at Frederick Area School District in the 6th grade classroom.

"The biggest surprise in my student teaching experience is the different teaching styles that I have observed. Over my student teaching experience, I have had the amazing opportunity to observe and learn from four wonderful cooperating teachers. None of them taught in the same style, but each of them was very effective at what they did. One of the most important things that I have learned from student teaching – and that will shape me as an educator - is that you have to find what works for you and your students. Just because you teach differently than another teacher doesn’t make either of you better than the other. Make lesson plans your own!"


For our first Alumni Spotlight of Everything Must Go Week we are spotlighting Susan Tilberg!

Susan graduated from NSU in May of 1988 with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Music.

"I loved my methods classes when I was a senior and truly believe they shaped me into the teacher I am today. I enjoyed my music classes as well. I participated in choir for a year and marching band for a semester.
I did my student teaching in Aberdeen as well. My cooperating teacher definitely made a huge impact on my teaching career. I truly believe that NSU provides students that are majoring in education with one of the very best educational foundations they can receive. I loved my time at NSU."

Susan is currently in her 35th year of teaching and her 32nd year in Ethan School District. Where she currently teaches PreSchool-Sixth grade vocal music. Some other positions she has held during her career are: Fifth grade classroom teacher, Title 1 aide, 4th grade classroom teacher, 6-8 Language Arts teacher, and Elementary Computer teacher.

Photos from Northern State University School of Education's post 05/03/2023

The student organizations, SDEA, CEC, and AEYC in the SOE hosted a Faculty Farewell for Drs. Vogel, Pierce, Wakefield and Cavallaro on May 2nd. They will be greatly missed by our students!


Here is another Student Teacher Spotlight for your Everything must go week! This one is from Camryn Wipf!

Camryn was placed into a fifth grade classroom at Simmons Elementary!

"The biggest surprise I had during student teaching was hearing about the children’s heartbreaking home lives and predicaments. You suspect that there will be those heart-wrenching cases but once you get to know the students and begin to grow a caring and loving connection with them, it brings “heart-wrenching” to a whole new level. It was an eye-opener to learn all the injustices that happen on a daily basis to the children in my classroom. It has shaped me in a way that will forever impact me as a person and as an educator. It has made me realize the great importance of the relationships I create with students and the environment I create in my classroom. Being a teacher is an important job, not only to educate the leaders of tomorrow, but to be that person, possibly that only person, in a student’s life that cares and consistently cares."


Everything must go! Today we have a double Student Teacher Spotlight! Our second is from Todd Bitz!

Todd has been in Langford Public School in the Biology and History classrooms!

"The biggest surprise in student teaching is how well the students catch on to new curriculum. I grew up in a different school structure. It was quite eye-opening to see how students treat each other and grow together. I have learned a lot concerning how students learn and react to different types of curriculum and different teaching styles (along with the pace). As a recent college student, I started school with the heavy learning that college brings. I had to slow down my approach to learning and be more accommodating to my students. Time management is very important to teaching. There are also age-appropriate aspects when teaching Biology and History."


Last week, Sped 470 had the opportunity to visit with special education teachers and directors from around the state. As they wrapped up their written IEP project, they had pressing questions for these professionals in the field.


It's National Principals' Day! Thank you to all of the principals around South Dakota and the country for your hard work in striving for the betterment of schools from elementary to high school! We all appreciate your effort and dedication!


Our next Student Teacher Spotlight comes from Jaden Barse!

Jaden has been at Groton Elementary School in the 3rd-grade classroom.

"One thing that was surprising was how easy it was to get into the flow of things and really become a part of the classroom. This experience has shown me a bunch of different situations that can make this career path as great as I expected."


Our final Student Spotlight for the semester comes from Anya Jones!

Anya is persuading a degree in art education with a theater minor and plans of graduating in Fall 2024.

"I transferred to Northern last fall from Black Hills State University. I started college thinking I just wanted to be a teacher. I knew it was something I was good at, but I was lacking that passion. I decided to start diving back into art, and the passion came flying back to me! I've always thought highly of Northern's art program and transferring schools felt like the obvious choice. Through the school of ed, I learned that I'm smarter and stronger than I realized. School hasn't always been the easiest, but I can't give up just because it's hard. The best things in life are never easy. As long as I believe in myself, I can do anything. My favorite memory at Northern has to be when I did the 24 Theater Festival back in October. I had only planned on writing a play (which I wrote in less than 12 hours and I am extremely proud of). An hour before the shows were to be performed, a girl quit. I stepped up to fill her place, and was almost completely memorized within 30 minutes. I was more than happy to help my peers with their show and I'm so proud of quickly I stepped up and how well I did. With a little less than 2 years left, I can't wait to make more memories like this."


Today is the start of finals week! Good luck Wolves! We wish you all the best and we already know you'll do great!


Next up on our School of Education Alumni Spotlight is Jordyn Bortnem!

Jordyn graduated in May of 2021 with a bachelors degree in Special Education with endorsements in early childhood special education and coaching baseball/softball and volleyball.

"The opportunities Northern provided during my education experience allowed me to see different teaching styles and really hone in on the type of teacher I wanted to be. The investment the professors put into their students was a game changer for me! I was more than a number to them, they built meaningful connections with students and took the time to check on them. It made me value what I was going into and gave me the desire to be a difference maker for my future students. Teaching allows me to continue to learn and grow as an individual. Seeing the success after the struggles, the excitement for learning, and being able to be a cheerleader for my students are just a few reasons why I teach. I always wanted to be a teacher and could not imagine doing anything else."

Jordyn currently teaches in an early childhood special education classroom in Brookings, SD!


Happy Administrative Assistant Professionals Day to our wonderfully amazing Administrative Assistant, Laura Haar! Thank you Laura for all you do for us, we appreciate you so much!


A big good luck to School of Ed students Bryce Peterson, Cameron Gauger, Dylan Blair, Jacob Wild, Braden Freeman, Tanner Pietz, Cody Brouwer, Eric Jacobsen, Justin Desens, Jakob Walden, Zach Mzala, and Brody Hampl as well as the rest of the Theta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha with their annual recital tonight at 7:30 in Krikac Auditorium!

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