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Meet Carthage Education Alumni

  • Becky Steinbach ’85

    • Current Position: 

      Teacher, Gifford Elementary School, Racine, Wis.
      Wisconsin PTA’s Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2011

    • Major(s): Elementary education, learning disabled education

    “The professors didn’t just teach from the book. They all had experience being teachers, so the lectures were often based on their experiences. It made the information more valuable. Especially in the Education Department, they were there for you. You could go into their office, you could ask questions. They were very involved in the student teaching placements. I feel Carthage has a really good connectedness with the student teachers in the community.”

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  • Kathryn (Lamberton) Boero ’77

    • Current Position: 

      Primary School Head, The Prairie School, Racine, Wis.

    • Major(s): Elementary education

    “Carthage is helpful, flexible, and truly develops my skills that directly make me more successful in my current position as Primary School Head. I loved and continue to love the small personal learning community environment at Carthage. I feel each time I take a class at Carthage, creativity and individuality are nurtured in combination with a strong dedication to learning best practices for educating children, which I draw on daily.”

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  • Leah Ebener ’16

    • Current Position: 

      Teacher for the Kenosha Unified School District, Roosevelt Elementary School

    • Major(s): Elementary Education and Spanish

    “The faculty are so supportive and engage with students at such a personal level that those connections allowed me to continue growing outside of the classroom.”

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  • Andrew Fekete ’04

    • Current Position: 

      Instructional Technology Specialist for the Indian Prairie School District 204

    • Major(s): Elementary Education
    • Minor(s): Communication

    “In the field of technology, there are always new tools and ‘shiny objects’ to chase. The important conversation that we have with our teachers and administration on a daily basis is that we do NOT focus on the technology. We always urge teachers to start with the learning objective that they are trying to accomplish,” and then find the right technology to assist them in accomplishing that goal efficiently and effectively.”

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  • Rita Gentile M.Ed. ’17, M.M. ’20

    • Current Position: 

      Choir Director at Kenosha Unified School District/Lance Middle Schoo, Music Director at Kenosha Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Owner/Voice Instructor at Kenosha RG Performing Arts Studio

    • Major(s): Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy/Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

    “Professor Corinne Ness also played a vital part of my time at Carthage. She is a constant mentor, supportive problem-solver, and expert colleague who I often turn to for both musical and career advice.”

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  • Amy Goldsmith ’19

    • Current Position: 

      Spanish Teacher at Bradford High School, Kenosha Unified School District

    • Major(s): Spanish and Secondary Education

    “Carthage’s mission of “Seeking Truth, Building Strength, Inspiring Service–Together” is essentially the epitome of what I strive for every day as a teacher. I do my best to model these values for my students with the hopes that the future generation will carry them on as well.”

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  • Mari (Drummer) Grobschmidt ’02

    • Current Position: 

      Third-grade teacher, The Prairie School, Racine, Wis.

    “Great people can make great change and we need the best of the best to become teachers. I would also say that a single person can be an element of change, and there are many boys and girls out there who need teachers who want to give all they have.”

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  • Norma Mortimer ’70

    • Current Position: 

      Teacher at Milwaukee Marshall High School

    • Major(s): Music and Education

    “I told a student recently that I would be neither the person nor the teacher I am had I gone to any other school.”

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Looking to teach? Count on becoming a familiar face in local schools. Carthage students accumulate 135 hours in local classrooms before their student teaching semester. Make that 450+ for those entering our new urban teacher program.

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …