Assistant Professor of Education
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.
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
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.”
Class in college
Place traveled –
I can find something intriguing and interesting about anywhere I travel.
Geocaching, hiking, biking