• 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

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

The Weekend :)

Yay!  I love it when everyone can enjoy a nice long weekend with friends and family.  That always seems to drive motivation, and for my kinders, lots of excitement!  They also got yesterday off of school (for a teacher workshop), which means that on Thursday, those little ones were jumping off the walls with energy.  They had so much to share about where they were going, who they were going to play with and have sleepovers with, and what toys they were going to use.  So hilarious, yet so difficult to get things accomplished!

Yet, for us teachers, the four day weekend is really only three days (we still went to school yesterday).  It’s interesting how a weekend no longer seems like a time for relaxation, hanging out with close friends, and enjoying time at home and out on the town.  Instead, it has become this crazy hectic marathon of a game for me.  It’s called “How Much Planning and Paperwork Can I Get Done Before Going Back to School?!”.  It is definitely not my favorite game (particularly because the paperwork for college is laborious and, in my opinion, quite ridiculous).  However, it has really helped me to develop an even greater appreciation for the career of being an educator!  They are such driven and dedicated people.

Now, for all of you who just got through your first week back at Scholastica, go out and enjoy yourselves a little bit over the long weekend!  It’s a Saturday night, so I shouldn’t have to remind you of all of the usual places to loiter and enjoy some wonderful entertainment.  I feel that this has become pretty standard and obvious for those who know the area!  🙂  Behave, have fun, and give yourself a break from the grind before Tuesday!

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