• 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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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    Bogotá, Colombia
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    Aurora, CO
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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    East Bethel, MN
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    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

One Long Night.

Last night was by far one of the most exhausting and rewarding experiences of my year so far.

I met with my dance classes again last night for the second time this year, and I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing it is to see children improve after only one class.  My lyrical classes worked on some central skills last night (turns, pirouettes, leaps), and I could see each and every girl had improved, at least slightly, from the first class I had with them.  Toes were more pointed, heads were higher, arms stronger…it was a technique miracle.  However, what was even more awesome to see was how the girls have learned to communicate with each other and myself.  During my first class last week with these ladies, they were shy, quiet, had nervous facial expressions, and didn’t hardly have the nerve to say one word to each other.  Last night was a difference as obvious as night and day.  They were smiling, laughing, pestering one another, giving advice about how to perform particular movements.  It was truly astounding.  When they approached me, instead of calling me coach or teacher, they would say “Hey Amanda” or “Hey Bananas” (evidently my new nickname!), and I loved it so much!  I got a feel for each girl’s personality and how they approached the classes that they were in.  Were they shy?  Were they anxious to perform?  Were they supremely confident?  So cool.

What was even more awesome about my classes was that it gave me a taste of what the future holds for me as an educator.  By working with these girls, I see the impact that I have on them and how my teaching strategies affect them.  I learn what I can do to improve, how to approach specific situations, and what sorts of activities are good to use for times of behavior management and positive reinforcement. 

I know one thing.  I can’t wait for next week. 🙂

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