Assistant Professor of Education
Degrees earned: B.S.
and M.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ed.D., University of
experience: Ann taught for many years in the parochial school system in
Omaha, Neb. She taught every grade from kindergarten to fourth; she spent most
of my time in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms. She left the elementary
classroom to teach full time at Dana College in Blair, Neb., and a few years
later found her way to Clarke.
Teaching philosophy: My
students’ passion for teaching fuels my own love for the profession. They bring
an enthusiasm to the classroom that is irrepressible. It is with joy that I
help my students prepare for a career in which they will make a difference in the
lives of many children. Being a teacher educator provides an opportunity to
collaboratively work with my students and to design experiences that will give
them the confidence to become the inspiring teachers every young child needs. It
is my job to ensure that they come to understand the importance of viewing
themselves as members of the classroom learning community and not merely as the
individual charged with dispensing all knowledge.
Clarke’s impact on Ann:
Having the opportunity to teach with other people who share a passion for
teaching has been a gift. Being a part of such a high-caliber education program
in which our students—aspiring teachers—are front and center is amazing.
Ann’s impact on students:
My many years of classroom experience provide me with a practical knowledge
that I can share with our preservice teachers. I hope my enthusiasm for the
education profession is evident and that I help each of my students develop the
knowledge and confidence to be a masterful, caring teacher.
Movie – I love old movies! One of my favorites is Arsenic and Old Lace.
Book – One would be impossible to name! I love too many children’s
authors and illustrators to count. When I read books written for adults, I am
drawn to those by Elizabeth George and Alexander McCall Smith.
Quote – “The greatest teachers don’t come to the task of teaching as if
it simply involves technical proficiencies. They come to teaching as a
calling—they approach children with as much reverence as a poet approaches a
poem. They spin magic.” Jonathan Kozol
Class in college – Geology
Place traveled – I can find
something intriguing and interesting about anywhere I travel.
Hobby – Geocaching, hiking, biking.