• 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!

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    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Mora, MN

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    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Halle Nystrom

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

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    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

Happy Wednesday (aka Hump Day!)

We are at the midpoint of the week already (which seems crazy since we didn’t have to go to school on Monday for my elementary kiddos!).  I have the wonderful opportunity to go to Hartley Nature Center in the morning today and do a little bit of snowshoeing with the children, and we will have a beautiful day for it today too it looks like.  They are saying almost back in the 30s today, which is a huge relief from the biting cold that we had upon us only about a week ago! 

As an update,  I am still going TPA crazy, but I have finally solidified my plans and have been trucking away at completing my commentary so that I can teach in a couple weeks.  For those of you preparing to become teachers and knowing that you will have to do this assessment in the future, I would say use caution when thinking about teaching it and to be prepared to have a lot of hours put into preparing it.  It’s not easy (but of course, what is these days?!).  haha.  It will get done nevertheless, I just can’t wait to complete all of the extra work so that I can get back to what’s most important: teaching my students in everyday instruction.  It is unrealistic to plan units of instruction as thoroughly as for something like the TPA.  Welcome to real teaching: where you sometimes have to fly by the seat of your pants, adjust an entire day’s worth of instruction to fit an assembly or random class diversion, and always always always have a plan B (just in case the first one is a dud).

I guess this means I have learned quite a bit about teaching already just in the first month and a half of being full time.  It will be interesting to see how much knowledge I have when it is entirely said and done 🙂  I hope everyone has a splendid and enjoyable midweek day, and that everyone gets a chance to go outside at some point and enjoy our warm(er) weather.

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