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Paula Schmidt

Chair/Professor of Education
Office: 112 MJH 
Mail Stop: 1733 
Phone: 6573 


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 working here.

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.

Paula’s favorite:

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.

  • Support Clarke - Spring
  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015