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Getting to Know Our Students! Meet Denice Brunner

We’re continuing our blog series Getting to Know Our Students this week by featuring Denice Brunner, one of the Noyce Scholars. Want to learn more? Check out the entire series and previous posts!

OCHS 2017-2018My name is Denice Brunner. I am a current Noyce Scholar pursuing licensure as a secondary math teacher. I was born and raised in Rochester, MN, with five older siblings.  I moved to Milwaukee after high school to attend Marquette University and obtained an Electrical Engineering Degree. After graduating from Marquette, I stayed in the Milwaukee area working as an engineer at various companies.  After seven years working as an engineer, I began to ponder pursuing an education degree. I started taking education classes on a part-time basis. That was put on hold, though, after I married and began a family with my husband, Jeff. We have six children; one with special needs. I kept finding myself in different education roles over the years, as learning coach to my children when they attended public virtual school, as an instructional aide for ELL high school students, and a media aide in a high school library. I thoroughly enjoyed all of those educational experiences, so it is no surprise to me that I found my way back to Marquette to become a high school math teacher!

Interested in learning more about how you can pursue your Masters Degree and Wisconsin Teaching Licensure in just fourteen months? Our Noyce Scholars graduate program is accepting applications through February of 2019!

Getting to Know Our Students! Meet Anna Wilks

This fall, we’re running a series getting to know students from all our programs in the College of Education. This week, meet Anna Wilks, a graduate student in our Student Affairs in Higher Education program. And, catch up with all our other students on the blog!

anna wilksMy name is Anna Wilks, and I am going into my second and final year in my master’s program studying Student Affairs in Higher Education. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. I moved to Peoria, IL to attend Bradley University where I received a degree in Public Relations. I just celebrated my 3 year anniversary of living in Milwaukee. I love this city! I had moved to Milwaukee after graduating from Bradley for my first job out of college.  After a few years, I decided that the job was not for me, but Milwaukee definitely was. I fell in love with the city and although I knew I wanted to leave my job, I was not ready to leave Milwaukee. I always had an interest in higher education, so I looked into higher education programs in the area and decided on Marquette as my next adventure.

My family is absolutely wonderful and the most important thing to me. I come from a family of learners, adventurers, and hard workers. My parents still live in Indianapolis, along with my sister who is beginning her senior year at the University of Indianapolis studying Public Health. I also have two brothers: one recently graduated with his Master’s in Sports Business and Law from Arizona State University and now works in Athletic Development at University of Texas – San Antonio, and the other is at the start of his sophomore year at St. Louis University studying electrical engineering and gearing up to study abroad in Madrid, Spain next semester. My family is my inspiration, specifically my parents. My dad works in higher education and has shown me that you can love going to work every day. He also inspires me to embrace being a servant leader and continue to seek ways to help others. My mom is an incredibly hard worker and inspires me to be confident and stay true to myself both at work and in life.

My favorite educational experience was my semester abroad!  I studied in Barcelona, Spain my junior year of undergrad, and it was incredible. I traveled often while I was there, and it was an unforgettable experience.  I strongly encourage students to study abroad if they have the opportunity! This year, I am greatly enjoying my practicum experience. I am working as a Graduate Intern in the Admissions Office at Marquette, and I am hoping to grow in my knowledge of admissions and my skills as a student affairs professional in that functional area. I am also excited for my fall classes, especially Higher Education Law.  And of course, I am looking forward to graduation day!

While I don’t have much time outside of the classroom and my assistantship, I do greatly enjoy running, playing music, and traveling. I recently ran my first marathon and it was an incredible experience! Running gives me time to clear my head and it really helps me maintain my physical and mental health.  I also play the piano and violin. Playing music is a wonderful stress reliever to me; I am always happier after playing a bit of music! If I’m not doing any of the above, you will often find me traveling. I have family and friends spread all over the US to visit and I am always seeking new experiences and adventures. As with any hobbies, I would just say that you don’t have to be the best or even good at what you do.  Take the time to enjoy the experience and what it means to you!

Life goes by pretty fast, especially in college and beyond. Every once in a while, take a step back and enjoy where you are in that moment! Take pride in how far you’ve come to be where you are.

Interested in learning more about SAHE at Marquette? Check out our website for all the details; we’re now accepting applications for next year’s cohort!

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Elli Pointner

This semester, we’ve been introducing you to our students. Meet Elli Pointner, one of our undergraduate students in the College of Education. And, make sure you check out our entire series on the blog!

IMG_1393My name is Elli Pointner, and I am a junior studying Secondary Education and Mathematics with a minor in Spanish here at Marquette University. I grew up in Winfield, IL, which is a small western suburb of Chicago. I have one sister who is a junior in high school back, and I have two loving parents, Dolly and Scott Pointner, who give me unconditional love and support as I study to become a teacher. I came to Milwaukee my freshman year and instantly fell in love with the city! I am convinced that I am going to be a resident of MKE for as long as I can. The people, the connections, the schools, the lake, the activities, the small businesses, the farmers’ markets, the festivals, the music, the culture—I am in love with Milwaukee!

This semester, I am in a field placement at Riverside University High School in a freshman algebra class. I am so excited to learn more about 1) the Milwaukee Public School System, 2) how to teach Freshman Algebra, 3) different teaching styles that might not be as familiar to me, and 4) the amazing, intelligent students I am working with this semester! Marquette has done a great job of placing me with experts in the Math Education world here in Milwaukee. I have already learned so much from my cooperating teachers, my professors, and non-profits that support aspiring urban teachers, like the Center for Urban Teaching. By connecting me with experts in and outside the field, I am able to observe stellar teaching, debrief with the experts, and then practice new skills in an actual classroom.

This past summer, I taught 8th grade at Milwaukee College Preparatory. The summer was filled with fun, joy, and a lot of laughter! The Center for Urban Teaching summer school program gave me the opportunity to grow as an urban teacher and learn more about my future vocation, and if it weren’t for the College of Education, I would have never heard about this wonderful internship. I had bright and talented students who taught me so much in just five short weeks. My coach presented me with countless new and engaging teaching techniques, and my staff faithfully supported me throughout my journey this summer.

Countless aspects of the College of Education drew me to Marquette. I love that Marquette requires its education majors to double major in Education and a content area. Since my second major is Mathematics, I have had the opportunity to dive into the world of Math and appreciate all it has to offer. Marquette’s College of Education has driven me to enjoy and thirst for learning, not only through its classes and academics, but through professors, mentors, fellow teachers-in-training, and most of all, life-long friends! I love Marquette’s College of Education!

Want to learn more about our Teacher Education program? Head on over to our website for more information– or, even better, come visit us on campus!

Where Are Our Alumni? Catching Up With Katie Syc

In this #ThrowbackThursday post, we catch up with one of our alumni who participated in an undergraduate version of our Masters in STEM Teaching program, Katie Syc. Read on to hear more about what she’s been doing since graduation!

My name is Katie Syc, and I grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois; and my parents still live there. My sister and her family live in Rochester, New York. My mom often jokes that my dad and she never really had an interest in math and medicine for their own career, which of course are the two fields that interest me and my sister! Currently, I’m teaching at DePaul College Prep where I teach Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and a Math Intervention Course. In addition to being a teacher at school, I am a monitor of the Young Women’s Leadership Club and coach of the DePaul Prep Track Team.

My favorite educational experience in the College of Education was the NOYCE CO-OP experiences at various schools throughout the Milwaukee area. It was a great experience because the other Noyce Scholars and I had an opportunity to engage and participate in the various practices we learned about in our classes. Instead of just reading about the different theories, we practiced them while discussing our strengths and weaknesses. Starting this process before student teaching gave me more confidence. It also allowed us to engage with administration, social workers, department chairs, and the parent associations which broadened our skills sets to apply later in student teaching and in our careers. This unique opportunity gave us the time to practice our skills and learn from our mistakes right then and there. My participation in the program also allowed for networking and attending various NSF Noyce Programs which allowed us to share and learn different teaching strategies. In addition, by teaching at such various schools, we were also able to get a better sense of the types of schools we would like to teach in after graduating. Looking back at my studies at Marquette in the College of Education, I am so happy I participated in the Noyce Program!

One of my own high school math teachers was my inspiration to become a teacher myself. He was someone who didn’t just teach math, but rather mentored us. He didn’t teach us what to think, but rather how to think. I want to do the same with my own students!

Interested in learning more about how you can pursue your Masters Degree and Wisconsin Teaching Licensure in just fourteen months? Our Noyce Scholars graduate program is accepting applications through February of 2019!

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Jordan Mason

This fall, we’ve been getting to know our students a little bit better. This week, we’re focusing on Jordan Mason, a first-year graduate student in the College. Want to catch up with our other students? Check out our entire series!

jordanMy name is Jordan Mason, and I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Education, focus in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE). I am a member of the first-year cohort. I grew up in Holmen, Wisconsin, 20 minutes north of La Crosse on the western side of Wisconsin. This will be my fifth year living in Milwaukee, as I attended Alverno College – another institution of higher education in Milwaukee – for my undergraduate degree.

My family is a fabulous support system! Growing up, I lived with my parents and two younger brothers, Dylan and Gavin. They now attend Viterbo University in La Crosse. My favorite education experiences were my two study abroad experiences! In the fall of 2016, I participated in Semester at Sea, a program in which students travel to 14 different countries via shipboard travel. In addition, this past summer I was able to travel to Poland, Sweden, and Denmark as part of a short-term study abroad class titled Coastal Cities: The Baltic Sea. This academic year I am excited to engage with the students in my cohort – learning from their backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Marquette was on my list of schools I hoped to attend for my undergraduate degree, but I was unable to attend. When I found out Marquette had a SAHE program, it rose to the top of my list of graduate schools. Furthermore, the theory-to-practice model and the cohort model truly impressed me. I also felt right at home when I visited campus; I knew Marquette was the university for me!

Traveling is my favorite activity outside of the classroom, even if time only allows day trips. I feel there is so much to learn from other places and the people to live there. My best advice is to put away your spare change when saving to travel. It might not seem like that much on a daily basis, but when it is counted after a longer period of time, it adds up to a good chunk of travel money!

My inspiration for pursuing a degree in Student Affairs is actually my undergraduate self. My undergraduate experience was incredibly transformative for me; I explored my identities more deeply and endured life changing events. I was able to persist through college and excel due to the support I received from Student Affairs professionals at Alverno College. I hope to support students through their journeys, just as I was supported through mine.

Interested in learning more about Student Affairs in Higher Education or any of our other graduate programs? Head on over to the College of Education’s website for more information!

 

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Oscar Silva

Meet Oscar Silva, one of our outstanding graduate students. We’ve been featuring out students all semester long– catch up with them today! 

KAR_9785My name is Oscar Silva. I am in the Education Policy and Leadership Educational Administration program and should graduate next year with my master and principal’s license. Currently, I am an English teacher at Ronald Reagan High School and a graduate assistant for the Office of Intercultural Engagement.

I was born and raised in this great city right across the bridge. Growing up on the south side we would always see Marquette as an intriguing yet out of reach school, so it’s a bit ironic that I’m here now. My parents moved us to Kenosha in 2001, but I moved back in 2012 because I wanted to teach in an environment in which I felt comfortable. My immediate family is small, only five of us, but my extended family is big, probably over 100! It’s almost impossible to go anywhere in the south side and not see a family member.

My favorite educational experiences all revolve around collaboration. I love working with people who can expand my knowledge or people who can help me chisel away at my thoughts. I traveled a different journey than most, so I know that I still have a lot learn. Meeting the people in my cohort has to be my latest favorite memory. Our program is cranking out some wonderful administrators and educators. I’m looking forward to taking over the school system with them!

This year, I’m looking forward to finishing strong. I love learning and love the academic environment, but I need a break. I’ve been going to school for 24 of my 29 years, and I want to get my Ph.D., but I need a small break so I can continue with vigor. If all goes well I will be a principal somewhere in Milwaukee, but I need to focus on the remaining three classes I have left.

I was drawn to the College of Education because of the rigor of the coursework and Dr. Ellwood. I researched other programs around the city and programs online looking for a curriculum that would challenge me. I wanted not only rigor, but courses that would help me understand the role of a principal and how to juggle the many hats that come with that position. Our unnamed competitors did not have courses I felt would challenge me and/or courses I felt were essential for working in Milwaukee. Online was also never an option. I knew I wanted to go to Marquette when I saw the curriculum. Once I met Dr. Ellwood, the decision was solidified. She has been my guardian angel throughout this entire process. Knowing that I have her support makes me work harder to let her know that the trust she has invested in me is worth it.

In my free time, give me good music, good food, and good company and I’m set. Learning is my hobby. I love to travel to learn, read to learn, laugh to learn, etc. Yet, I do love being in the classroom. As a high school teacher, no one day is like the one before, so I am always experiencing something new. Plus, my students are a riot. After a day teaching, my classes at Marquette can feel like therapy. I am able to discuss in depth the issues that are affecting my students and apply the new knowledge immediately the next day. So the classroom really is my safe haven.

My inspiration stems from my grandparents. I was really close with my paternal grandparents and my grandpa is my greatest inspiration. He brought his family from Mexico with nothing but his work ethic. He would always speak so highly of me to everyone, and I want to prove him right. I want to extend his American dream.

Are you interested in pursuing a Masters Degree and/ or Principal licensure? We have just the program for you! Head on over to our website to learn more!

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Beth Tinsley

We’re continuing our blog series Getting to Know Our Students this week by featuring Beth Tinsley. Want to learn more? Check out the entire series and previous posts!

My name is Beth Tinsley. I am a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. I am originally from Rockford, Illinois, but when I started my program, I moved to the Milwaukee area and currently call Brown Deer home. I moved just before starting this program, so I’ve been a Milwaukeean for about three years.

My family is a little complicated, but whose isn’t, right?! I’m the only child from my parent’s marriage and the oldest of four children from my dad’s other marriages combined. I’m also a caregiver for my aging grandparents who have a number of health issues, so I live with them to help out.

I was drawn to Marquette and the College of Education because I loved the personalized attention that I received from the Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) department, starting all the way back to the Graduate School’s Open House, through the application and interview process, all the way through to notification of acceptance. I was geographically limited for where I applied, and then once I started interviewing it all became about fit and connection. Marquette felt like a great fit!

Outside of the classroom, I love to travel, bake, watch movies, read, and do crafty things. Many times these passions overlap, so for example, I am often traveling short distances to check out new bakeries. To me, staying active in Milwaukee helps me not only know the community and have the scoop on great treats, but it gives me a little balance in the midst of a challenging academic curriculum. Get out in Milwaukee and explore! If you need suggestions, let me know!

My passion for coming back to school came from being a caregiver for my grandparents. Taking them to doctors’ appointments where their mental health was brushed aside or dismissed as “getting old” was frustrating to say the least. I initially returned to school with the intention of going into geropsychology with the desire to effect change at the policy level of healthcare. I still have a passion for geropsychology and recognize the needs of that particular population, but I have expanded my interest to incorporate adults at a general level, leaving room for further definition in time.

Prior to returning to the classroom, I worked in Student Affairs for 12 years. I held roles as the director of residence life, director of student activities, director of community service, first-year advisor, and dean of students for a few different small, private liberal arts colleges and universities in the Midwest. I love musical theater, and I volunteer at Feeding America’s warehouse.

Interested in learning more about our Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program? Or any of our graduate degrees? Head on over to our website to check them out!

 


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