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Ann Adkins

Assistant Professor of Education
Office: 120 MJH 
Mail Stop: 1733 
Phone: 6319 


Degrees earned: B.S. and M.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ed.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Professional 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.

Ann’s favorite: 

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



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