• 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!

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Halle Nystrom

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

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

Conferences, Beautiful Conferences

Well, I’m home and I’m even partially alive after a day of over ten hours at school!  I am so crazy congested that I cannot even breathe, but I had a lot of fun being at conferences and meeting the parents of my wonderful kinders.  I learned a lot more about my students from meeting their parents, actually, and I hope that my first impression on them was a positive one!  Each conversation only lasted about 15 minutes, which was the perfect amount of time to talk about concerns, accomplishments, and goals for the upcoming grading period.  My kiddos are working hard in mastering several areas of reading and math right now, particularly in identifying and writing the letters of the alphabet, counting from 1-20, writing short sentences and thoughts, and creating AB patterns.  What was perhaps the most fun to look at though was their progression in letter formation in their names from the beginning of the year to today.  It is incredible how different it looks and really shows how much they have developed.

Best of all were the awesome pictures that we have collected of them from the first day throughout the year!  I have always thought that the coolest way to capture each grade for kids is to collect “candid” photos of them and taking pictures during other memorable times of the year and creating a little “memory book” for them.  My master teacher does this for each of our students, and it is the greatest thing ever!  The kids look SOOO different from the day they started and you can really tell how much they have grown and developed in their character.  Perhaps the most useful and gratifying thing that I was able to see today!

Tomorrow is sure to be a long one for me (I hope I wake up feeling a little bit better!), so I am off to bed for the evening.  Sleep well, everyone!

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