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Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Patrick Witt

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 Patrick Witt, one of our post-baccalaureate students studying to be a secondary education teacher!

E8A99178-4CAC-400A-BD2F-3B5C5B9D1F22I am a first-year post-baccalaureate student. My field is broad field social studies, secondary education. I grew up in Whitefish Bay until I was twelve, when my family and I moved to La Jolla, CA. I pledged to my parents that I’d come back to Wisconsin, and I kept my promise!

As an adult, I spent six years in Milwaukee earning my Bachelors and Masters degrees in History. I also returned in the summers of 2011 and 2012 to work with Marquette University’s Freshman Frontier Program. So, I’ve spent a lot of time here. My wife and I moved back permanently last August. In truth, my heart never left Wisconsin. When I’m not in class or working, I love being outdoors, from doing something simple like working on my garden to hiking with my wife and dogs. Anything outdoors is therapeutic.

My family is wonderful. My wife is my best friend and an inspiration. She serves our community as a social worker. Her selflessness and work ethic pushes me to better myself daily.

I enjoy being in the classroom, where I can see theory in action. I love interacting with students and witnessing learning firsthand. In the upcoming academic year, I’m looking forward to going out and implementing what I’ve learned over the last two semesters. I was drawn to the College of Ed because I believe that teaching is my vocation. I’ve always loved MU’s cura personalis philosophical approach.

My content area is Social Studies, but my true passion is history. I love studying, teaching, and writing about history. The study of history is the best way humanity can come to understand our current condition, our problems and our triumphs.

The Devilish Tale of MU and Teach For America

littledevil_DarwinBell_flickrBy Bill Henk — My alleged descent into darkness began in May of 2008.   It was then that I first agreed to listen to the sinister idea that Marquette should partner with Teach For America (TFA), the highly publicized Peace Corps-like program where top college graduates sign on to teach for two years in urban schools.

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell

I agreed to meet about this ludicrous prospect largely as a courtesy, fully prepared to reject the idea like an invitation from Satan to be pals for all eternity.  No TFA representatives were there.  The orientation was done by foundation professionals who knew about the program and thought we ought to consider it.

What I had read about Teach For America and heard from fellow teacher educators left me skeptical, cold, and antagonistic.  To say that I had misgivings about the program would be a gigantic understatement.

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