• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

A Long, LONG Day

So…it’s Tuesday.  School and teaching went very well today, but I have to admit that I am very overwhelmed and stressed right now as I approach full time and try to complete my teacher assessment at the same time.  Who ever would have thought that becoming a teacher had to be so terribly difficult?!  It gives you a whole new appreciation for all of the professionals in the area.

Today, my kiddos has a lesson for Valentine’s Day and were able to make heart shaped fish.  They named them and created a Valentine with them, which was adorable!  They are hanging up all over our hallway and have brought a new beautiful wave of pink, purple, and red that I haven’t seen for the last few months since winter.  After that, the kids enjoyed a little bit of read aloud time with me (I shared a story that one of my students brought in for show and share time), and they rested before going to their specialist.  I cannot even stress enough how important nap time is for my kids!  If they didn’t take time each day to rest their bodies and lay down, I think that they would be ten times crabbier and less compliant when at school (especially considering kindergartners have full time school these days!).  I know even when I was in elementary school, even if we had a half day we still typically had a rest time…so imagine how much more pivotal it is when learning over a 6 hour span!

They had a great day though, all in all, and I enjoyed having conferences with many of their parents again tonight to discuss their progress and goals for the upcoming quarter.  I am, however, ready to hit the hay already…and it’s only 6:00 pm!  I should try to do a thing or two first maybe….;)

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