• 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!

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

A School Week (in summary)

So…the kids only had 3 days of school this week.  In teacherland, this only can mean two things: excessive energy and unproductivity.  It’s been insane.  They couldn’t sit through a single lesson in the last few days without trying to push each other, yell or tattle on someone for misbehavior, spin around in circles, and many other out of control behaviors that are just not typical of them on an everyday basis.  It started to make me wonder if there was just something in the water!  However, by the end of the last day, they were finally starting to act like themselves a little more and realize that it is time to get back in the routine of school (this is a really hard concept when you are in Kindergarten!).

To help with transitioning, I taught the kids about Martin Luther King, Jr. this week (since we weren’t able to talk about him over the break).   We talked about what he did for our country and world by reading the story “Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King” and doing a little project where the kiddos made a portrait of him.  It was amazing to me how new the holiday was to them.  Hardly any of the students could offer up personal experiences or any background knowledge about the holiday or who Martin Luther King was, which really motivated me all the more to increase their exposure to the history behind this day.  After the lesson and during the students’ story time, we listened to the story “Martin’s Big Words” online and talked about what new information they learned from this video that they hadn’t learned in the other story.  It really hit home with some of the kids.  You could see that they were fascinated by how unfair it had been for the black people in our nation and what a great difference Martin Luther King made for everyone.  It was really quite awesome!

Hopefully they take this weekend to regroup and come back to our next full week of school refreshed and ready to go.  I have my fingers crossed!

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