What stands out about your UW-Stout experience?
I had many professors who opened the door for opportunities.
The staff and faculty at Stout have provided a caring learning environment where I have felt safe to ask questions or go to the staff whenever it was needed. Having educators that make you feel welcomed helps to be more engaged in class and has improved my overall learning experiences.
Though one stands out to me – Debbie Stanislawski has done an outstanding job to push me to be the best student and future educator I could be. She has encouraged me to get involved, helped me to learn and was always there if I was struggling in a class.
How did your involvement impact your experience?
I was very involved in the Marketing and Business Education Association, where I held many officer positions. This organization has provided me with countless opportunities and helped me to grow into the leader I am today.
MBEA allowed me to travel to Chicago for a national conference, judge FBLA and DECA state competitive events, and meet many MBE teachers from around the country. This fall, I will have my own FBLA chapter to lead and motivate.
MBEA has helped me with receiving scholarships, where I was honored to meet members of the Searle family. I also received a scholarship from the Goodman family; the MBEA board; and LeRoy and Elaine Thomas Charlick. I was honored to be chosen for these scholarships.
How did you overcome the challenges you faced in earning your degree?
The pandemic made being a student very challenging, especially a student who was going to teach in a classroom one day. Though online learning was very different than what I was used to, I am thankful to have had this experience.
Being a future educator, learning how the students were impacted by the pandemic firsthand as a student myself helped me a lot in the classroom. Having the option and flexibility to teach online if students ever need it, is something that I will always be fortunate to have learned.