Chair/Professor of Education
Degrees earned:BS, Winona State
University; MA, Marian University; Ed.D. University of Northern Iowa.
Teaching philosophy: I believe that all students bring unique
experiences, perceptions and abilities to the classroom. These differences
shape who they are and how they interpret the material being presented. I
believe in embracing, not stifling, these differences in my students. My
teaching philosophy is based on the constructivist learning theory. I believe
that it is my role to create and maintain a classroom environment that allows
students to construct, deconstruct and reconstruct their learning in alignment
with the content presented.
Clarke’s impact on Paula: The relationships I
have formed with students, faculty and staff at Clarke are the best part of
Paula’s impact on students: I have enjoyed watching teachers
develop in Clarke's Education PDS program. It is amazing to meet students as
freshmen or sophomores and then years later place future students in their
classrooms for observation! It is rewarding to watch students learn and grow as
they become excellent teachers.
Book – There are
too many outstanding books. I cannot choose a favorite. I belong to two book
clubs and “devour” the books each month.
Quote – “You must
be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi.
Place traveled -
I enjoy traveling nationally and internationally. In addition to my personal
travels, I have traveled to Quito, Ecuador and Uganda, Africa (twice) as a
representative of Clarke.
Hobby – I enjoy reading, traveling and spending
time with my family and friends.