Adrian College Teacher Education Program

Adrian College is a private liberal arts college, located in Adrian Michigan It’s hard to imagine a more exciting and essential career than education.

In many ways, the future is shaped by teachers. So it’s appropriate that expectations for the work done by teachers are rising. Adrian College’s Teacher Education Department, along with the entire college faculty, are committed to providing the very best preparation possible, with our central focus always staying on the lives of the children that our graduates will impact in their careers. Althoug

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Candice Kaars-Mulholland is Language Arts major with a focus on Elementary. She currently works with Developmental Kindergarten at Morenci Elementary. Candice picked her major, so she could help shape the minds of our future.

During her time at Adrian, Candice participated in Synchronized skating, worked in the health center, was Philanthropy chair for the Media Club, worked in the Mini Maples Preschool, and volunteered at Lincoln Elementary for fun nights. Her hobbies include traveling, doing crafts, playing with dogs, and being on the lake.

In five years, she hopes to be teaching somewhere warm and traveling to new places.

Candice’s favorite quote:
“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” - Walt Disney

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Kortney Diaz is a Mathematics major with a minor in Health. She picked her major and minor because it’s what interested her most. She is currently working with 8th graders at Madison Middle School.

During her time at Adrian, she played NCAA hockey. Her hobbies include eating and napping.

In five years, Kortney hopes to be somewhere warm.

Kortney’s favorite quote:
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Gandhi


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Nicholas Sears is a Social Studies major with a Political Science major. He currently works with 9th-12th graders at Madison High School.

Nicholas picked Social Studies so that he could teach US History, Econ, and Civics. They are his favorite subjects, and he believes that they are extremely important for students to know; however, he feels that these subjects are largely being forgotten. He chose Political Science to supplement his major much in the same way a History minor would.

During his time at Adrian, Nicholas has been involved in football, track, student council, NHS, and school pride club that focused on increasing school spirit and involvement. His hobbies include watching football, spending time with his fiancée and her family, and cooking.

In five years, Nicholas hopes to be teaching and starting his family.

Nicholas is extremely excited to be in the classroom everyday. Some of his favorite moments in teaching is watching the students work through difficult problems and coming to a “ah ha” moment. He thinks teaching is one of the most rewarding careers that he feels he can see his impact on a daily basis.

Nicholas’ favorite quote:
“Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles one overcomes while trying to succeed.” - Booker T. Washington


Nathan Bielskis, a Music Education major, currently works with K-12 in the Onsted School District. Nathan picked his major because he wanted to be able to teach music and share what he has learned with the next generation of musicians.

During his time at Adrian, Nathan has participated in Concert and Marching Band, Orchestra, Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. While in ATΩ, he has held several positions, including membership educator, treasurer, song chair, and many more. His hobbies include puzzle-building and woodworking.

In five years, Nathan hopes to be in a mid-size school district teaching secondary music in any capacity.

Nathan’s favorite quote:
“Music is a reflection of our humanity.” - Dr. Marty Marks

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Ben Slusher- Bachelors of Arts in Education, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology, Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership

Ben Slusher graduated from Adrian College in 2013. Ben currently works as a High School Principal at Camden-Frontier High School.

Ben’s biggest hobby is snowboarding. Working with children brings him the most joy in his daily life.

Ben feels that the biggest challenge facing teachers today is legislation regarding the education system.

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Carly Thomas, a Math and Spanish double major, is currently working with grades 7-12 at Addison Community Schools.

She picked her Math major because she has always found math interesting and enjoys the challenge it presents. She says that, “there’s no better feeling than having that ‘aha’ moment.” She picked her Spanish major because she thinks learning a second language and exploring other cultures is important, especially in today’s diverse society. She says that, “this skill has allowed me to travel and form relationships with people I otherwise wouldn’t have met.”

During her time at Adrian, Carly has been involved in volleyball, Mortar Board, math club, and Spanish Club. She also studied abroad in Peru for nine months! Her hobbies include working out, playing volleyball, and doing puzzles.

In five years, she hopes to have a job that she loves, travel more, and find the place where she wants to build her life.

Carly’s favorite quote:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” - Dr. Seuss


Alisia Chmielewski, a Music Education major, is currently Associate Teaching at Onsted with grades K-12. She picked her major because teaching and music are both passions of hers.

During her time at Adrian, Alisia has participated in band, track, and bowling. Her hobbies include reading, practicing, and exercising.

In five years, Alisia hopes to be at a district with a good music program.

Alisia wants everyone to make sure they are doing what they love!

Alisia’s favorite quote:
“By doing what you love, you inspire others to do the same.” - anonymous


John Carlin- Bachelors of Arts in Biology, minor in History, and minor in Chemistry

John Carlin is a 2016 graduate of Adrian College. He is currently working with 10th-12th graders at Utica High School. John is happy and excited to be working for his dream school in the district he grew up in. His favorite part of the job is the relationships he makes with the kids on a daily basis.
John’s hobbies include coaching, fitness, and reading.
John believes the biggest challenge facing teachers today is the financial support that teachers are given for both their classrooms and their actual cost of living.
In ten years, John hopes to be in the teaching profession at a higher level.
John’s favorite quotes:
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - Vince Lombardi “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” - Colin Powell

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Libby Dusenbery, a Language Arts major with an Elementary Education minor, is currently working with third graders in Addison Public Schools.
Libby picked her major because she feels like language arts is something that is cross curricular and can be taught in other subjects.
During her time at Adrian, Libby has been involved in golf and has been an active member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. Her hobbies include knitting, reading, running, and yoga.
In five years, Libby hopes to have her own fifth grade classroom.
Libby wants to thank the Adrian College Professors for not giving up on her!

Libby’s favorite quote:
“Students are the apprentices being guided by the teacher as they walk and talk through the steps to problem solve.” Bart Wagenke, Haslett High School Principal


Haley Barnes- Bachelors of Arts in Physical Education

Haley Barnes is a 2017 graduate of Adrian college. She currently works at Roosevelt Elementary and Sheiko Elementary, teaching physical education to K-5 students. During her career so far, she presented at a state conference, been voted onto the state board of PE and Health, started working towards her Masters, and was elected PLC leader of Elementary PE teachers. Her hobbies include writing, running, playing soccer, and trying new brunch places.

Haley believes the biggest challenge facing teachers today is trauma and aggressive/violent behaviors being paired with a lack of support. Her favorite part of her daily job is giving students leadership opportunities and watching them thrive. In ten years, she hopes to be teaching secondary health and PE.

Haley wants every soon to be teacher out there to know “not to give up hope in your first two years. We’re all in this together fighting for these kids.”

Haley’s favorite quote:
“Great moments are born from great opportunity.” - Herb Brooks


Nathan Waterbury, a math major with a history minor, is currently working with 7th-10th graders at Hudson Middle School and Hudson High School.

Nathan picked his major and minor because he’s always had a passion for math and gets excited when learning about the past.

During his time at Adrian, he’s been a part of the tennis team, but his hobbies include hanging out with friends and playing golf.

In five years, Nathan hopes to be a teacher in a fantastic school district.

Nathan wants everyone to know that he is very thankful for all the teachers and professors that’s he’s had over the years who helped guide him to be the person he is today.

Nathan’s favorite quote:
“God only helps those who help themselves.” - Proverb


Kayleigh Schaffer is a Language Arts major with a double minor in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Kayleigh is currently working with first graders at Lincoln Elementary!
She picked her major and minors because she has, “always had a love for helping children learn and grow, so [she] decided to explore the possibility of doing this daily. When [she] decided to follow this path to becom[ing] a teacher, there was no other place [she] would rather be. [She] get[s] to be among great kiddos daily, and what better job is there then helping create the future?”
Kayleigh enjoys traveling North and being around her dogs. She also enjoys reading and cooking in her spare time.
In five years, Kayleigh hopes, “to be surrounded by an amazing set of First Graders who are eager to learn, as well as have open minds and hearts. I also hope to be furthering my education into the Special Education field!” Kayleigh’s favorite quote:
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle


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Associate Teacher Tuesday!

Jordon Golomb, a Music Education major with a K-12 certification minor, is currently Associate Teaching at Springbrook Middle School and Tecumseh Compass Learning Center.
Jordon’s days are busy from beginning to end! Her days start with 7th and 8th grade choirs and end with 2nd and 3rd grade music classes.
Jordon has “always had a passion for music and teaching, so it was the perfect fit.”
During the first half of her student teaching, Jordon was the lead in the Croswell’s production of Rock of Ages. While being an undergrad student, she competed on the Synchronized and Figure Skating teams. When she wasn’t on the ice, Jordon could be heard performing with multiple choirs.
Outside of school, Jordon enjoys performing, CrossFit, playing with her kitten, and going on outdoor adventures.
In five years, Jordon hopes to be “able to find a balance of teaching and performing.” Jordon is a strong believer that “teaching is something that is so much more than just facilitating content. It is about the relationship you have with the students and the impact that can have on their life path. Providing life lessons to kids and allowing them the opportunity to discover who they are not only as a learner, but as a person is more important than anything.”

Jordon’s favorite quote:
“Give 100% of whatever percent you have.” - Anonymous


Associate Teacher Thursday!

Jessica Hedgecock, a Language Arts major and Elementary Education minor, is currently working with first graders at Alexander Elementary right here in Adrian.
Jessica has “always had an overwhelming passion to be an educator.”
While being on campus, Jessica was an assistant for the Institute for Education, an assistant to the Adrian College Dean’s Office, and a member of the Adrian women’s soccer team.
Off campus, Jessica enjoys traveling and cooking.
In five years, Jessica hopes to be “working within an elementary school and coaching soccer.”

Jessica’s favorite quote:
“The future of the world is in my classroom today.” - Ivan Welton Fitzwater


Calling all Michigan Teachers!

Adrian College is offering Michigan Certified Teachers the opportunity to take classes to renew your teaching certificate or even work towards getting your master’s degree. All courses are offered online and tuition is 50% off with NO fees. Monthly payment plans and financing options are available.

Contact Dr. Dawn Milner at [email protected] if you’re interesting in learning more!

Take advantage of this opportunity and broaden your horizons!


Associate Teacher Tuesday!

Jason Hickey, a Social Studies and Physical Education double major, is currently working with 8th-10th graders at Addison Middle and High Schools.
While being on campus, Jason was the ACHA D1 hockey equipment manager, but off campus, Jason had a passion for hunting and fishing.
In five years, Jason hopes “to be teaching and coaching baseball.” Jason’s favorite quote:
“Chili’s is the new golf course. It’s where business happens.” - Michael Scott


Associate Teacher Thursday!

Ashley Kallberg, a Language Arts major with a double minor in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, is an Associate Teacher working with 4th graders at Lincoln Elementary!
She picked her major and minors because she “enjoy[ed] English class and [she] love[s] being surrounded by little kids.” Ashley enjoys figure skating, reading, and watching T.V! Ashley participated in C.A.N and Major Cole during her time on campus.
In five years, she hopes to “have a classroom of [her] own” where she can help a special education class.

Ashley’s favorite quote:
“I wasn’t born to ‘just teach’. I was born to inspire others, to change people, and to never give up; even when faced with challenges that seem impossible.” - anonymous


Associate Teacher Tuesday!

Parker Thornton, English major and Elementary Education minor, is currently an Associate Teacher. He has the pleasure of working with 4th graders at Prairie Elementary!
Parker picked his path because he “wanted to be different in the field [he] loves.”
Outside of being an Associate Teacher, Parker was on the football team and a member of the Campus Active Network during his time at Adrian College. He also enjoys playing drums and being involved in sports.
Five years from now, Parker hopes to be “back home, starting the next chapter in [his] life.”
Parker wants everyone reading this to know to “never give up. There is always another way to achieve.” Parker’s favorite quote:
“The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” - Rafiki, Lion King

Thank you for all you’re doing Parker!!


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Adrian High School Boy’s Baseball Coach Announced 08/21/2019

Adrian High School Boy’s Baseball Coach Announced

Adrian High School Boy’s Baseball Coach Announced Adrian College Alumni to Lead Maples Boys Varsity Baseball Program ADRIAN, Mich. — The Adrian High School Athletic Department announced the hiring of Hayden Craig as its next Varsity Boys Baseball Coach. The Lenawee County native played baseball at Clinton High School where he earned the accolades...

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