“After I graduate from Carthage, I hope to obtain a teaching position in the primary grades in the field of special education in which I can foster a positive and nurturing learning environment.”
“Professor Jun Wang has impacted my life and my Carthage career because she is very knowledgeable about the field of special education and has always been very supportive me.
“I had Professor Marilyn Ward for two of my education classes. Her passion for children’s literature and her love of literature is simply contagious.
“Finally, Professor Nina Weisling is a new professor at Carthage whose knowledge of the field of special education is tremendous. She is always very supportive of student needs and learning styles while encouraging us to expand our thinking process in a safe and inviting learning environment.”
“My favorite class was South Asia Through Children’s and Young Adult Literature because I learned about the importance of introducing multicultural books into my classroom and was given the opportunity to participate in practical projects that I could apply and use in my future classroom.”
“My toughest class so far has been Methods for Teaching Elementary Level Exceptional Learners. We were required to write parts of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Although this was my toughest class at Carthage, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to take it because my knowledge about the field of special education grew in practical, real, and tangible ways.”
“At one of Carthage’s career fairs, I came across and was eventually hired by Caravel Autism Health to be a behavior technician. At Caravel Autism Health, I had the opportunity to use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy for in-home treatment of children who have autism.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I’ve had the opportunity to present about what it is like to be a behavior technician at Caravel Autism Health to classes. I have had the chance to talk to special education classes within the Teacher Education Program (TEP) to educate others about what ABA Therapy is and how it is commonly seen in the field of special education.”
“I received an academic scholarship that covered nearly half the cost of my tuition, and I received an endowed scholarship. To me, these scholarships have only pushed me to work harder towards becoming the best version of myself as a college student. I am very grateful to have received these scholarships because it has taught me that I can achieve goals that I have set for myself while pursuing something that I am passionate about.”
“During my first two semesters at Carthage, I was involved with the Children’s Literature Advisory Board Committee, which is run by Prof. Ward. It gave me the opportunity to volunteer at book sales, hear authors of children’s literature speak at local libraries, collect donations for local schools, and attend various art shows.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“Some of my favorite moments all involve having the opportunity to participate in clinical experiences at local schools. For example, I had the pleasure of completing clinical experiences at Pleasant Prairie Elementary School for three years in a row, which has helped me build a relationship with a teacher that I worked with every time. I also had the opportunity to observe special education in a high school setting, which I did not have the chance to do before attending Carthage. I likewise enjoyed becoming close to fellow colleagues and professors who share that same passion that I have for the field of education.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“The biggest surprise so far has been how supportive professors are. Although I would expect nothing but the best, professors at Carthage truly go above and beyond to make sure that each student is fully supported. They are always looking to find ways to improve their courses and programs so that each student has the opportunity to receive a quality education.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would think of my current studies/career path as being noble. When I was younger, I received special education services for having a learning disability and a speech and language impairment. For me, teachers were the ones that made me want to pursue being an educator because I had one particular teacher that never gave up on me and was willing to do anything to ensure that I reached my fullest potential.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“Start reaching out and build relationships with education professors at Carthage and educators currently in the field. Education professors and educators currently in the field are the greatest support system to have while pursuing a degree in elementary education and special education.”