I always try to live by the idea that everything we do gives our students an impression about who we are and who we want them to become. As the Education Field Experience and Community Relations Specialist for the Master in Teaching Program, the spirit of this thought extends to my interactions with the community, school district administrators and building principals. My aim is to ensure that the experience you have in the schools is beneficial and educational. Born and raised in Lacey, I have a real stake in this community and in this process. I attended some of the very K–12 schools where you may be student teaching. I graduated from St. Martin’s University and have worked in teacher education for more than 14 years. Eight of those have been here at Evergreen, where I am responsible for practicum and student placements for all MiT students.
I provide career advising, including workshops on interviewing skills and techniques, letter writing and resume preparation, and job recruitment information. In the winter quarter of your second year, you’ll participate in the mock interviews I organize with local school principals, human resource directors, retired principals and community members. In addition, you’ll attend a Master in Teaching Job Fair, meeting with between 10 and 15 school district administrators to discuss job possibilities with you. These events have been key in sustaining our strong job-placement rate.
The favorite part of my job is to hear from students who have just gotten their first jobs. The excitement in their voices puts a smile on my face!
If I can answer any questions about our program’s student teaching internships or our job placement services, please don’t hesitate to email me or call at 360.867.6573.