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Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Colleen Coveney

This year, we are spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Colleen, one of our current sophomores!

I was born in Bartlett, IllIMG_7421.jpginois but spent the majority of my childhood in Carmel, Indiana. As a sophomore at Marquette, I have been in Milwaukee for about a year and a half, but it already feels like home. I grew up with my two loving parents, two brothers, and a couple of pets. Evan is 18 and will be going to an undetermined college next year, Liam is 14 and just started his Freshman year of high school. Additionally, I have a Golden Retriever named Franklin and a Siamese named Lulu. I am studying Secondary Education and Political Science here at Marquette.

My favorite educational experience was in a high school education class where my classmates and I ran a preschool. We were paired off in twos and assigned a week in which we were to choose a theme, plan a variety of lessons, and monitor the execution of the concept by the other high school students, who were teaching the lessons. Although my interest is not in early-childhood education, the opportunity to construct an entire week of lessons and activities was both challenging and extremely rewarding. To this day, my preschool teaching guides my own knowledge of lesson planning and collaborative educating. I am excited to continue to develop my experience as an educator and get a more tangible idea of high school teaching this year.

The Marquette campus and College of Education hold a very special place in my heart as a secondary home. From the moment I stepped onto campus, I fell in love with the gorgeous buildings, flourishing Milwaukee area, and amazing Marquette people. The glow of a campus sunset and the beauty of fall leaves in the Central Mall never cease to inspire me. However, the College of Education had an equally significant part to play in my own college decision. The opportunity to pursue multiple majors was a unique and important benefit of Marquette. In addition, the program includes placements in a classroom every semester which is imperative during the discernment and decision processes.

While my education is incredibly important to me, I also pursue many other activities on Marquette’s campus. During the week I work at the College of Nursing and play on my sand volleyball team. On the weekends, my friends and I enjoy Marquette Basketball games, visiting the lake, or exploring Milwaukee. The people and students that I get to meet and work with daily are what inspire me to continue to learn and develop as an educator.

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Ann Govig

This year, we are spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Ann, one of our current students in our NSF Noyce Program!

My na38028985_2624378027587568_6794168294065569792_n.jpgme is Ann and I am a current student in the NSF Noyce Program at Marquette. I grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota in a family of five with two older brothers. My family is very outdoorsy! Growing up we spent every free weekend we had at Lake Tschidia. We love to fish and hunt (I more so like to eat the rewards) but enjoy spending the quality time with all of them! 

The NSF Noyce Program is helping shape me as an educator in multiple ways. The program has immersed me in different education environments that will prepare me to teach students from all backgrounds. Also, the faculty and staff involved are also truly invested in each student, making the overwhelming process of becoming a teacher much more manageable.

My Grandmother Ruth is my inspiration to be an educator. She taught History and English for many years and although I never saw her in action, I believe she was a tremendous teacher.

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Amalia Lisser

This fall, we are continuing our series getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Amalia Lisser, one of our undergraduate students at Marquette!

My name is Amalia Lisser, and I am a current freshman in the College of Eamalia lisserducation studying Education and English. I grew up in Raymond, Wisconsin. I have only lived in Milwaukee for these past few weeks, but I have enjoyed every second of it! I come from a very close-knit family. We love travelling different places together (especially Disney World) and making memories we will always remember.

My favorite educational experience was when I was in an accelerated junior English class. We read the Great Gatsby as a class for one of our assigned readings. When we completed the book, my teacher threw a Gatsby themed party filled with fun facts about the book. It was a fun experience and that is something I will never forget! This upcoming school year, I am excited to have the ability to share my knowledge with others, as well as helping anyone through difficult times so they do not have to face anything alone.

I picked Marquette’s College of Education for many reasons. My mom is an alumni of Marquette, so I have always been very familiar with the school. When I toured Marquette, the College of Ed really drew me in because I have always wanted to go into Education. This seemed like the perfect fit for me. When I am not in the classroom, I like to sing, play instruments, and read! Advice for anyone who wants to try these things, take every opportunity you can and if it doesn’t work out, keep trying! My mother is my inspiration. She was a history teacher for 10th graders in Wisconsin. She loved her job and helped so many students. I hope to be like her one day!

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Sophie Tubbin

This year, we are spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Sophie, one of our current freshmen in the College of Education!

Hello! My name is Sophie Tubbin and I am a freshman in the College of Education. I am currently studying Elementary Education and Psychology with the hopes of becoming a School PsychSopT_0093.JPGologist or an Administrator.

I’ve lived in Milwaukee for approximately three weeks now. I was actually born here and lived in Wauwatosa for a few months when I was an infant, but this is my first time exploring the city in recent memory. I moved around the state of Wisconsin frequently growing up, and graduated from Viroqua High School in Viroqua, WI this spring. I lived with my parents, my two little brothers (16 and 6), and my mini Australian Shepherd named Hazel. My house was about two minutes from the elementary school which allowed me to student teach, help in summer school programs, and teach swimming lessons in high school.

All of these experiences, along with living with a brother 12 years younger than me, culminated in the realization that I’m happiest when I’m with children. It’s not hard when they are so full of excitement, energy, and curiosity. Life-guarding and teaching swimming lessons, in particular, are my favorite pastimes in the summer. It’s incredibly rewarding to have 4-year old’s who are terrified of the water on the first day want to jump off the diving board “just one more time!!” on their graduation day. I love having the ability to help them overcome their fears and learn valuable life skills in the process. They’ve also taught me many things and given me countless laughter fits along the way!

As a child, I experienced multiple school sizes, teaching styles, and class demographics. These allowed me to pick up bits and pieces from each school that I find valuable in an effective education. The diverse student population in my elementary school. The value of close, urban connections in my middle school. The close-knit community that is exclusive to a graduation class of roughly 100 students in my high school. There is simply no way to pick a favorite memory. I truly believe they have all had a part in inspiring my path toward education. I would simply like to thank all of the teachers who have been passionate about what they do over the years. Some of the most memorable teachers were the ones who came to class every day with a positive attitude and genuine care for the whole student. Thus, Marquette’s mission of “Cura Personalis” is maybe most applicable to the College of Education (although I admit, I’m a little biased). It is the role of the teacher to inspire their students to be passionate about themselves and each other, and Marquette does an excellent job of preparing us to do so.

I could not be prouder to call myself a Marquette student. I am most looking forward to my service-learning placements and field experience in the Milwaukee area. Marquette’s college of education goes above and beyond in preparing us through these placements to live out the Jesuit mission every day. I have also signed up for Camp Kesem, which is a summer camp run entirely by college students to help children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer. Their passion for helping children is another incredible example of the effect of a Jesuit education, and I’m very excited to get more involved in their organization. I am thrilled to continue to explore the Milwaukee area and serve the community in any way I can. I hope in the next four years, I can truly Be The Difference in at least one child’s life.

Getting to Know Our Alumni: Meet Jason Curtis

We’re excited to introduce you to one of our alumni, Jason Curtis, this week in our “Getting to Know… ” series focusing on students, alumni and faculty staff of the College of Education. You can catch up on all of our past features, but read on to learn more about Jason!


Jason Curtis, along with two alumni currently teaching at Oconomowoc High School

I have been in the Milwaukee area since I started at Marquette in the fall of 2003, but I am originally from Leicester, MA. I live at home with my amazing wife, Pam and my feisty and loyal dog, Linus. My parents, all my cousins and extended family still live in Massachusetts.

Currently I am the Principal at Oconomowoc High School. I LOVE MY JOB. I love working with teachers; helping them be proud of their job and taking their crazy ideas and making them a reality. The biggest challenge is helping adolescents navigate through this challenging world. Between social media, vaping, and other life challenges…it’s hard to be a teenager. I am so excited about our school’s new vision and strategic direction. Our staff has worked hard to establish our identity and this year we are taking intentional steps to helping our students live that vision.

I LOVED my graduate school experience at Marquette. I enjoyed networking with other aspiring leaders from different schools and developing our leadership skills together. I still rely on their friendship, expertise and advice! My journey to Marquette and the College of Education is a long story…However, I knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I knew Marquette was the school for me- so it all just came together. When it came time to explore graduate programs, I couldn’t imagine looking anywhere else!

Marquette alumni bring the Jesuit values and social justice lens that defines the College of Education to students, families and communities across the city, state, country, and even the world. The College of Education understands their awesome responsibility to prepare each student to be not only a teacher, counselor, or educational leader, but an advocate for those in need, a voice to speak up with those who have been silenced, and a champion for those who have been marginalized. It’s incredible to think that the values of the college live within these teachers, counselors, principals, and district leaders. As a high school principal, my Marquette education guides my work everyday and I now seek out Marquette graduates to staff my school.

When I am not in school, I love to travel. It’s hard to escape from the day-to-day routine of being a principal. You truly serve a community, and it’s hard to shut it off and walk away. However, when I travel- I escape, recharge and sleep in! Don’t think of traveling as exotic and far distances…it can be as simple as experiencing a new place just miles away!

My students, past and present, inspire me. They inspire me to be a better leader, teacher and advocate.

Getting to Know Our Alumni: Meet Natalie Collins

This fall, we are continuing our series getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Keep reading to get to know alumna Natalie Collins, Manager of Assessment and Data in the Department of Research, Assessment, and Data within the Office of Communication and School Improvement for Milwaukee Public Schools.

natalieI am originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois, and I have lived in Milwaukee for 25 years. I live in the Bayview neighborhood and have been there for 19 years. I have been married to my wife, Robin, for 2 years. We have 8-month old fraternal twins who were born in January: Rosalie and Clayton. I found myself drawn to Marquette University and the College of Education by the idea that we would be in classrooms every semester.

Currently, I work for Milwaukee Public Schools as the Manager of Assessment and Data in the Department of Research, Assessment, and Data within the Office of Communication and School Improvement. I like the people that I work with and their professionalism and passion for creating the best educational experience for the children of Milwaukee. We have an opportunity to mold our story to change the community’s perspective about the quality education we can provide for their children. Student attendance and academic achievement are the biggest challenges.

When I’m not in the classroom, I like to be around friends and family enjoy a good meal or just a good time. I am an avid reader and frequent the library on a weekly basis. I love to travel and have new experiences, whether their close to home or far away. In thinking about who inspires me most, it’s my own children.



Adventures in Student Teaching: International Edition

This fall, one of our elementary education pre-service teachers, Laine Dolan, is completing her student teaching in New Zealand. As part of this experience, she’s blogging about her time. Originally posted on her own blog, the following posts will chronicle along Laine’s adventures at Swanson School! 


My name is Laine, and I am majoring in Elementary Education and Communication Studies at Marquette University. Over my four years at Marquette I have been in various urban and suburban classrooms in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I completed the first two months of my student teaching at a private urban school and am fortunate enough to finish the last half of student teaching in Auckland, New Zealand. Through St. Norbert College’s Global Teaching Program, I will be able to spend two months student teaching in a year one classroom in New Zealand. I am extremely excited for the incredible experience I will have in New Zealand.


  1. Go out of my comfort zone to make the most of my time.
  2. ​Experience the traditional New Zealand culture.
  3. Live as much like the kiwis as possible.
  4. Try all of the New Zealand food.

​Cultural Development Objectives​​

  1. Embrace new teaching styles and perspectives.
  2. Reflect on how to better my teaching style from what I learn in the NZ classroom.
  3. ​Buy into everything every day.

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