Courtney Grever

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Frankfort, Illinois

Major(s)

Elementary Education

Minor(s)

Psychology

“I chose Carthage for the connections. Close connections to the professors, connections to the professional world, and most of all the connections to other students and the Carthage community,” said elementary education major Courtney Grever.

To her, education is a great way to explore how to foster positive engagement and a love for learning in future generations. “Impacting those you teach not only change the lives of individual students, but also the world around you.”

In the future, Courtney hopes to gain teaching experience in an elementary classroom setting for a few years right out of college. She wants to each while earning her master’s degree in education.

“I chose Carthage for the connections. Close connections to the professors, connections to the professional world, and most of all the connections to other students and the Carthage community.”

Courtney Grever, ’17

Career goal

“I hope to gain teaching experience in an elementary classroom setting for a few years right out of college. I want to teach while earning my master’s degree in education. Eventually, I am thinking about obtaining a degree in educational administration.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

Prof. Jacqueline Easley expressed the importance of being a teacher and the impact it has on the students. Her ambition and knowledge of the education world motivates students to want to do more. After having her as a professor I wanted to become more involved in education. I want to become a teacher who can too motivate students to do their best work and strive to accomplish their goals.

Prof. Michael McShane had a very interesting viewpoint on the literature we read in Western Heritage II. He drew conclusions and inferences from the text that really made students think and ponder. By taking his class, I learned to dive deeper into a text, looking for the underlying meaning and message behind the words written on the page.”

Favorite class

“Honestly, any one of my education classes. I find all of them interesting because you have to do something that you are passionate about, and for me, that’s teaching. Each course brings something new to the table, something that will help me with my future career. All the professors are wonderful, teaching and giving students the practice they need to become the best in their field. Plus in all the classes, we have the required clinical experience where we have the opportunity to work within the local school system, applying the material we learn in the classroom to real life teaching experiences.”

Campus involvement

“I’m an Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity member, a Resident Assistant in Madrigrano Hall, the National Residence Hall Honorary secretary, and a Character Quest  coach which is a leadership program to develop and certify students into successful character builders and leaders. I was also an Orientation Leader in 2014 for the incoming freshmen class.”

Toughest class

Behavioral Research Statistics for Psychology (SSC 2330). It was challenging because the course used a software program that was new to me and took some time getting used to. There were also a lot of concepts to remember that built on top of each other, so you had to understand the prior concept in order to comprehend the next step in the statistical analysis of psychological studies.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“This summer I will be working for an organization, Youthworks. Although this is not an internship through the school, this is an opportunity to work at a low income site in America doing mission work and directing a summer camp for the at-risk youth in the area with other college students.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I attended a J-Term trip to Germany this past January. The course was about the Lutheran Reformation and, going to a Lutheran college, it was interesting to learn the origin of the religion. As a class, we went to many churches, monasteries, and castles all relating to the Reformation in 1517. We also spent over a week in Berlin, traveling to famous sites and landmarks of Germany. Another component of the trip was visiting different concentration camps and other key sites of WWII. And of course, we had a lot of free time to learn about, and explore the city on our own.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Playing volleyball the very first few days on campus my freshman year. It is where I met many friends who I am still close with today. No one really played competitively, but it was a fun way to meet people while enjoying the view.

“Participating in Relay for Life every year. It is great to see not only the Carthage campus, but the whole outside community come together for a great cause.

“I love exploring downtown Kenosha with my friends. On Sundays in the spring and fall, there is a large farmer’s market outdoors to buy fresh fruit. In the winter, my friends and I try small coffee shops and restaurants that are warm and welcoming any day.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The corner tables in the Student Union. I can quietly focus on my work if I need while being surrounded by many others either working or socializing. People pass through the Union and stop to talk or catch up, which can be a good study break. The large windows give a glimpse of the outside world activity without being too involved with it and create a sunny, warm spot to study on a nice day.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise is the amount of time, knowledge, and effort professors dedicate to their classes. Going to Carthage is very far from the stereotypical university/college as portrayed in the movies and other media. The professors want you to learn. They do not just stand in front of a large room and lecture every class. Professors and faculty interact with the students which makes going to class enjoyable. The depth of their knowledge is outstanding and they can be a truly remarkable resource in their subject or department.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“In my elementary school year book, the teachers had asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up and entered it under our names. Under my name read “Math Teacher.” Now even though I am going into elementary education, I am still becoming a teacher, what I have always wanted to be.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Hard work, perseverance, and determination are crucial to succeed in the Education Department at Carthage. By putting forth the effort to make connections and learn all you can about education, you will learn to be time-oriented, organized, motivated, and develop leadership skills to apply in the outside educational world.”