Elementary Education and Cross-Categorical Special Education
Aubrey Shoeneman ’24, from Mercer, Wisconsin, chose Carthage for the small-school atmosphere and the opportunity to form connections with his professors, coaches, classmates, and teammates.
“Carthage gave me a family feel from the moment I stepped on campus. I’ve known from the beginning that I’m much more than just a number here. The professors and coaches genuinely care about who you are outside of school and are more than willing to help you receive all of the support and resources you may benefit from to succeed.”
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“Education is changing rapidly, and the world needs good teachers. My advice would be to create a strong relationship with those they work with: their peers, professors, and cooperating teachers in the field. There is so much to learn from others. Always keep an open mind and dedicate yourself to becoming a lifelong learner.”
“After I graduate, I hope to continue my journey in education by attending a master’s program at a university.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“My advisor, Professor Nina Weisling, has dramatically impacted my time at Carthage. She has not only supported me in my academic endeavors, going to the line for me in every instance, but also my overall well-being as a person. As an educator, I hope to take with me as many practices of hers as possible. She’s amazing.”
“So far, my favorite class has been Multicultural Children’s Literature with Professor Marilyn Ward. In that class, we look back into children’s books and different ways to include them in the classroom. It was so nostalgic looking back to books I read as a child, but we also dove into newer books. She’s such a creative professor; I have loved every class I have taken with her.”
“I am currently involved in the women’s track and field team, where I throw the shot put, weight, discus, and hammer. Athletics have always been a massive part of my life, and I am happy to continue that love and grow as an athlete at Carthage.”
“My Methods for Teaching Elementary Level Exceptional Learners was the most challenging class. We dove into the IEP there and went over each of its layers. Though it was tough, it will be essential knowledge to bring into my career.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“Over the summer a couple of years ago, I led a group of children during a Summer Recreation Program. Since then, I have also been involved in after-school care programs through the same school.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“In my first year, I participated in the Celebration of Scholars and presented research on the effects of social-emotional learning curricula in the field.”
“I have been lucky enough to receive merit-based scholarships based on my high school grades and scholarships from a church in the community. I am so grateful.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite memories at Carthage have to be with my friends on the track and field team. I’ve grown so close to the group and am happy to call them my teammates. At one meet last year, it began snowing so badly that we had to cancel the rest of the day. While waiting for the buses, we had a team-wide snowball fight. Even though we couldn’t compete, it’s a happy memory I’ll carry for a long time.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is the wooded area behind the Oaks. It’s right on the lake, and I can hang my hammock; it’s a nice reading place.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise I have had here is how much confidence I lacked. Being on your own and making your own decisions is critical to becoming independent. There is so much freedom to grow and develop yourself while surrounded by people experiencing the same thing.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My eight-year-old self would have thought it was great! I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue education as a career, and on top of that, I attended the place where my parents met. I grew up on the stories of their fun times here. My 8-year-old self would be proud that I’m making my memories.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Other students should consider the area of education. Education is changing rapidly, and the world needs good teachers. My advice would be to create a strong relationship with those they work with: their peers, professors, and cooperating teachers in the field. There is so much to learn from others. Always keep an open mind and dedicate yourself to becoming a lifelong learner.”
“I chose Carthage because of the small-school atmosphere that gave me a family feel from the moment I stepped on campus. The views of the Ken-ocean are amazing, of course, but I’ve known from the beginning that I’m much more than just a number here. The professors and coaches genuinely care about who you are outside of school and are more than willing to help you receive all of the support and resources you may benefit from to succeed.”