Cohort 4 - Senior
Middle Childhood Education
(Science & Mathematics)
What brought you to BGSU? The ACTION program! I wasn't sure which college to attend, but once I heard about ACTION and got accepted, I knew BGSU was for me. The Summer Bridge was a big draw knowing that I would come to college already having a community that was built during the summer. The many opportunities within ACTION sounded incredible.
When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher? I've always known I'd be a teacher. My sister and I would play "school" growing up, and I was an adult role model for my little brother (almost like a teacher). I did consider a career in criminal justice and even look some law classes in high school. However, when applying to colleges I listed education as my major since I knew this was what I wanted to pursue. I can't see myself doing anything else!
Tell us about your practicum experience sophomore year.
Alli Marino and I worked for the City of Bowling Green Parking Services and the Police Department to determine the cost effectiveness of installing parking kiosks in downtown BG (similar to those at the University). After analyzing the benefits, drawbacks, and costs, we eventually recommended to the city that the costs would outweigh the benefits. It was a very interesting hands-on project and gave us a chance to do both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
What is your Capstone Project for ACTION? My capstone research is focused on how to make math more meaningful to students. I already collected the data while teaching long division to my fifth-graders. I attempted to first get them to think about what the answer means and guiding them to ask higher level questions to grasp the concepts, not just getting the answer to the problem. I am in the process of analyzing and evaluating the data, but I have learned a lot already that will make me a better teacher.
As a senior, you are on the Student Advisory Board for ACTION as well as our Social Committee. With your busy senior year, what's motivated you to get even more involved?
I was super involved in high school, but at college I focused mostly on academics and working at Bob Evans. At the end of my junior year as I reflected on how this is my last year at college, I realized how much ACTION has done for me and I wanted to give back to the program. Once I commit to something, I dive in 100 percent. So, I'm glad to be able to serve and now that I am in teacher-mode, I have the urge to take charge!
Interesting facts? Right after graduation, my family is going to Europe for two weeks! It is the opportunity of a lifetime and I have never been more excited! I even hope to visit Dr. B and the other ACTION students who will be in studying abroad in Keele, England.