As students rush off into the summer, many are heading off into a world full of new adventures. They enter new careers, move to new places, and grow in unexpected ways. Throughout their journeys, their experiences at Carthage College help guide them along their path. From skills that enable them to pursue a specific career to the personal growth that allows them to take on new challenges, Carthage prepares graduates intellectually and emotionally for the real world. Recent Carthage graduate Ellie Moore ’21 will be jumping from hectic college life to a career in the arts. An art education major, Ellie just finished her senior thesis art show and is about to finish her student teaching for her teacher’s license. We talk with Ellie as she reminisces on her time at Carthage and looks ahead to her future.

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Reminiscing About Carthage with Ellie Moore ‘21

  • Ellie Moore ‘21

By William Dowell ’22

June 09, 2021

As students rush off into the summer, many are heading off into a world full of new adventures. They enter new careers, move to new places, and grow in unexpected ways. Throughout their journeys, their experiences at Carthage College help guide them along their path. From skills that enable them to pursue a specific career to the personal growth that allows them to take on new challenges, Carthage prepares graduates intellectually and emotionally for the real world. Recent Carthage graduate Ellie Moore ’21 will be jumping from hectic college life to a career in the arts. An art education major, Ellie just finished her senior thesis art show and is about to finish her student teaching for her teacher’s license. We talk with Ellie as she reminisces on her time at Carthage and looks ahead to her future.

How has student teaching been going?

Really good. I enjoy it a lot while I’m there. The at-home work such as writing lesson plans and coming up with teaching ideas is really hard, but overall it is really fun. I love the kids. I love my cooperating teacher. I am looking forward to getting my own classroom.

You just put on an art show. How was balancing that and student teaching?

It was really stressful. Most people do their thesis before student teaching while I did it concurrently. I don’t really remember the time leading up to the show. My mind kinda blocked it off because I was working nonstop. I would come home from student teaching and go straight to the JAC to work on my art. Then, I would go home, write a lesson plan, and go to bed. I am happy that it is over, but the show itself was really fun. I loved putting it up the weekend before it was open to the public. My show was with Synclair Myhre’s ’21–a good friend of mine–show, so we installed our shows together. It was a nice culmination of all four years doing so much artwork.

What was your show about?

The title was “Reminisce” because every single piece was based on a personal memory from my past. Most of them are buildings such as my childhood home, the little cottage my grandparents built in Door County, the chapel on campus, my elementary school. A couple of them were representative of me as a person. I had a quilt design that represented both sides of my family. I crocheted a blanket with yarn passed down to me after my grandmother died. It was all things that represent me as a person. It was supposed to be very sentimental and cumulative.

Looking back, how has your experience been pursuing art education?

Really good. I believe it was only the second or third year of the program when I started, so it was still kinda new when I went through it. They have figured out a lot of things now, but in my freshman and sophomore year, a lot of the curriculum didn’t really match with my specific area of study. Now, especially these past two years, it felt like the professors were catering to our areas of education, instead of just elementary or secondary education. I really think it has come a long way and I have had a great time in the program. I love teaching art classes. It is so fun.

What has been your favorite class at Carthage?

This is difficult. I have not really taken any classes that I have truly despised and it is difficult to choose one that is my favorite. I really liked Western Heritage I. I had Dr. Seemee Ali as my professor. She was fantastic. I loved having classes with her because the discussions were so cool. I also liked Wheel Ceramics with Professor Kimberly Greene.

Has there been a faculty member that has made a big impact?

Yes, Dr. Peter Dennee with Treble Choir. I was in Treble Choir every semester except for this one because I was student teaching. If it weren’t for Treble Choir, I likely would have only left my dorm for classes during my freshman year. He created a friendly environment and encouraged us to talk when we were not working. He wanted us to be a community because it was something so many people did semester-after-semester instead of treating it as a one-off class. Him creating that community was so helpful because I was really shy and timid my freshman year. I also went to Tanzania with him my sophomore year and got to know him and so many of the other girls from choir much better. That trip was amazing and I couldn’t have done it without him.

Outside academics, what has been a stand-out experience at Carthage?

The thing that first comes to mind is something that was not really fun, but is funny to look back on. Mia Vilanova and I got hired for Event Staff for the Office of Performing & Visual Arts the fall of our freshman year and we worked a shift together. It was our second week working and the first week working a shift together, so while we would become friends later, we barely knew each other at the time. We were trying to make our way around the JAC to bring some chairs up to the chapel and we got stuck in that closet behind the band room. We got locked in and Mia started freaking out. I was like “Oh my gosh. This girl is panicking and I don’t know what to do.” She and I started pounding on the doors. Nobody was there, and it was dark in the band room. We were freshmen and we didn’t know where we were in the building, so we didn’t know we could just turn around, and go to the door in the stairwell. We tried the other door to the choir room, and that was locked. It felt like we were in there for fifteen minutes but it was closer to five seconds before we got out. When I was the Events Staff Lead, I told that story at every staff training, because it shows everyone to not worry if you can’t find your way around, just call somebody. 

What are you doing after Carthage?

This summer, I am working at Hands On Art Studio in Door County. There are a bunch of different studios and you help out making various art projects. It was really fun and I did it last summer. I have not gotten a teaching job for the next school year but I am currently applying in the Muskego, New Berlin, and West Dallas areas. 

Is there anything else you want to share with the Carthage community?

There are some things I wished I had done during my time at Carthage. I wished I had gone to bingo more often because it is something fun to do with friends. I also wished I had sat by the lake more often. I am looking out of my lakeside dorm and have realized that I’m likely never going to have that type of view again in my life. I took it for granted during my time at Carthage, but it is really something special.