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Education Students in "More Than I Imagined"

Jessica Bacon  "Elementary ed had always been in the back of my mind, but I credit an awesome experience in Dr. Egan's Urban School Legends LSFY class with opening my eyes to what I wanted to be...I also owe a great deal to my professors...I definitely grew in terms of academic knowledge, but what I appreciated most was how much I learned from observing my professors as teachers and developing relationships with them."

Natalie Bode  "All of the professors I have come to know, especially those in the education department, have helped me grow throughout my four years here. I cannot thank them enough for their continuous support, guidance and their confidence in my ability to succeed."

Kaitlyn Czerwonka  "Dr. Bracke, Dr. Hengst, Dr. Hyser, Virginia Johnson and Lucas Street have all been amazing advisors to me throughout my time at Augustana. They helped to challenge me academically and have provided me with special, irreplaceable opportunities."

Brian Jozwiak  "The activities I am involved in and the people I surround myself have not changed much. However, my experiences at Augustana have undoubtedly shaped me into a more thoughtful, compassionate person, which will allow me to be successful in any career path I choose."

Jackie Kreiner  "I also couldn't be more grateful for the guidance of Augustana's education department, especially my advisor Randy Hengst. His attitude, along with the other members of the department, has instilled a passion for education that I will carry with me for the rest of my career."

Jessica Launius  "I thought I'd be on track to graduate, and yes, I thought I'd still want to be a teacher, but I never could have imagined that I would have developed the friendships I have or that I would have become so involved on campus. I've developed more than I thought I would, both in class and outside of class.

Mary Liles  "Don't hold back. What you get out of every class and experience is limited to that which you seize. Challenge yourself. Make the most of every credit. Take a variety of courses, get involved and be open to change. Augie will transform you in ways you couldn't imagine - but only if you let it."

Becca Sund  "People first, task second." This was a phrase I picked up while studying abroad in Ecuador, and I really think that it helped me focus on what was important in life. It's easy to get caught up in all the "to-do's" in a day, but remembering to put people first and focusing on the relationships you have with friends and professors will really help you make the most of your Augie experience.

Erik Westerberg  "I have learned that the quote "It's all about relationships" truly applies in life and certainly applies in college. Taking the time to talk, interact and learn about the lives of the people who go to school here and work here will be some of the most beneficial learning experiences you will have at Augustana. The people in this community will be your best friends after you graduate, potential co-workers and resources for you later in life."

Morgan Peterson  "I have been mentored by so many influential faculty members, especially those in the education and Spanish departments, and I would not be where I am now or who I am now without their guidance and support."

Chase Matzinger  "Decide what you care about and align your involvement with your values. You will have a fulfilling time, and will gain experience that can open doors for careers you're interested in while also connecting you with like-minded individuals.

Taelar Hillyer  "Take advantage of all the opportunities and take time to develop relationships with the faculty. Those relationships will make your college experience that much more meaningful."

Jessie Allen  "Katie Hanson in the English and education departments went above and beyond her role as professor."

Sara Fitzgerald  "Going to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and presenting at the Association of Teacher Educators was my peak experience. It really opened my eyes to all that I take for granted in my daily life and the resources offered at Augustana."

Marisa Crater  "Student teaching was my 'peak experience.' Twelve weeks in real classrooms with real students allowed me to put all the skills and knowledge I've gained at Augustana to the test. This culminating experience gave me a taste of the years to come, and I experienced real-life examples of all the content I'd studied for three years. I was able to explore my teaching style with students, network within my cooperating schools and districts, and learn more about myself as a teacher."

Annie Nordine  "I would not be where I am today without the education department. They have prepared me fully for my future career, providing me and my classmates with unending advice, encouragement and ideas. They modeled for us all what it means to be great teachers, and their support for one another taught us the importance of collaboration. I will forever be grateful for what they have given me, and I'm sure I will turn to them for years to come."

Sarah Ebener  "Katie Hanson was probably the most helpful person during my time here. She has been my advisor since I declared my major, and she must be one of the most hands-on advisors at Augie - she's more like a life and career coach. She and many of the other professors in the education department have been invaluable to me."

Alannah Golden  "I am more surprised at the kind of person I am today. I value the education I have received at Augustana because it has helped to mold me into a strong, tolerant and contributing member of our community."

Robin Quinn  "I chose Augie for the abundance of opportunities. After performing in Carnegie Hall, traveling to Germany, teaching in three different local schools, and volunteering locally, it's clear to me that I made the right choice."

Mason Kienzle  "I chose Augustana because of the size of the student body, the personal interaction with professors, the campus and the liberal arts education."

Meredith Skala "Augustana's education department has played a vital role in my development as an individual and as an educator. They have truly set the example for what it means to be influential."

Andy Ahrhardt  "I am able to Construct, Connect & Reflect in almost any situation!"

Lauryn Dick  "When I was finished student teaching, I looked back and saw what I was capable of doing. The experience reassured my passion for the career path I chose and gave me the confidence I needed to step out into the real world."

Kimberly Joslin "Somehow I made the transition from giving a nervous speech in front of 10 people to leading hour-long rehearsals of 90 students with complete confidence."

Mary O'Malley  "Because Augustana is a small liberal arts school I was fortunate enough to work with the same faculty throughout my four years here, so not only was I able to form relationships with them, but they were able to see me grow and help steer me on the path that I needed to be on."

Ben Sharko  "The brilliant and friendly professors helped to develop me into the teacher I am today."

Ryan Shershen  "Augie is a family of students, faculty, professors and administrators that come together for the good of everyone."

Austin Smith "I also realized I am capable of accomplishing a lot and pushing myself to become a better person."

Amy Moon  "My professors, especially in the education department, have helped me grow into a confident and passionate educator. They have taught me so much about myself and have prepared me extremely well for a successful teaching career. They genuinely cared about me as an individual and my success in the ed program, and they have inspired me to want to do the same for my students!"

Brittany Reece  "Augustana provided me with much more than I could have ever asked for. Being at Augustana, I met great friends, competed on the varsity tennis team, student-taught first graders, traveled to Kentucky for mission trips, and had wonderful professors."