Elementary PE Teacher
Why did you choose Walsh?
When I first came to Walsh from Madison Ohio, I was surprised to find that I really liked the entire North Canton area. I had expected to like the campus but was surprised to realize that I felt very at home. The campus was the perfect size between not too small and not too big with so much green space you don't feel confined by buildings.
Describe briefly what you do in your current job:
Currently, I am an elementary PE teacher for one of the 100 largest school districts in the country -- Anchorage School District (ASD) in Alaska. After graduating from Walsh in 2008 I began to look around the country for job opportunities and was fortunate enough to find that Alaska was looking to add 25 new PE positions to their district. I applied via email and thanks in large part to the e-portfolio that we created at Walsh; I was offered one of the open positions! I teach approximately 800 students in two of ASD's elementary schools, Bear Valley and Kasuun elementary schools. In total, there are approximately 50,000 students that attend ASD schools.
How did Walsh prepare you for your current job?
Almost every education class I took at Walsh helped to prepare me for the real classroom with hands on experiences that I use daily. As a part of our coursework, I received a lot of field experience working in local Stark County classrooms. When I started my actual career, the classroom already felt familiar to me. I felt like I could handle just about anything that would come my way.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering attending Walsh University?
I would say to keep your options open. Don't limit yourself and take advantage of every opportunity that Walsh has to offer. Get to know your professors! With Walsh's smaller class sizes (I think the largest class I had in my education major was about 40 students) the one on one attention you receive in class will really benefit you in the long run so take advantage of it, ask questions and participate!