• 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!

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

Sunday Sunday!

There is something so relaxing about waking up on Sunday mornings…it always puts me in the best mood!  It’s peaceful, you get to sleep in, you can go to church and connect with God before another long week, and best of all, you get to lounge around all day and not feel bad about it!  For me, today will act as another work day in preparation for the short week of school ahead for the kiddos.  They have Friday off this week (just as they ended up having last week) for a workshop day for teachers, meaning that we need to try to fit in as much content as we  can into a shortened week.  What’s even more challenging is that my master teacher will be gone on Thursday, so I will essentially be running the class on my own after only two weeks of being with these students! haha.  Should be interesting.

As of now, I have morning meetings planned for this month and have some excellent ideas planned out for some book and literacy units that we can work on each week.  The story “Today is Monday” by Eric Carle is an awesome one to use and has a fun YouTube video that goes along with it for students to learn a dance and sing along.  We will most definitely be using it!  Another great one that I came across was “Martin’s Big Words” for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Not only is this a wonderful and uplifting book about this important national figure, but it also has a YouTube video that reads the story and celebrates its message in a more visual way for students.  It is a little bit advanced in vocabulary and content for kindergarten, but it is so important to share all of the struggles and triumphs that this man faced in order for them to have a greater appreciation for his wonderful acts.  I am thinking a mini-unit using this book may be beneficial.

Otherwise, today is relaxing day.  I need it!  Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and is almost ready to head back to school themselves 🙂

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