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Alumni Profiles

Aleda Deuble '16Aleda 16

Aleda graduated from Colorado College in 2016 with a major in Education and a minor in Spanish. In addition to being a support teacher in a kindergarten classroom, Aleda is pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program. 

Aleda describes how she utilizes content learned in her education courses in her classroom:
"The debate between Piaget and Vygotsky’s stages of development that I learned in Ed Psych has provided me with a point of reference for teaching younger kids. Specifically, whenever I plan a lesson or an activity, I think about where my students are developmentally to ensure that I am meeting their needs”.

Full Profile                                                                    Kindergarten Support Teacher                                                                                                 Graland Country Day School
Denver, CO

Pritts 17Mike Pritts MAT '17

Mike Pritts completed his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2017 and is currently a social studies teacher and football coach at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. He is pursuing his Masters degree in history, as well as broadening his content knowledge through summer internships at museums.

Mike’s advice for those balancing teaching with other responsibilities: “Develop and adhere to a routine that carves out time to take care of yourself.  You have to make time for physical activity, family, personal reading and sleep.  Otherwise, you may burn out quickly and your students will suffer”.              

Full Profile                                Social Studies Teacher, Fountain-Fort Carson HS
                                                                                                            Colorado Springs, CO                                                         

Jacob Kirksey '15Jacob Kirksey

Jacob Kirksey graduated from CC in 2015 with a double major in Economics and Education. While at CC, he was involved with speech/debate, President's council, and Phi Gamma Delta.

His advice for students hoping to earn a PhD in education:

“Use your time outside of courses at CC to gain research experience with faculty. In coursework, take as many methods and stats classes as your schedule will allow, especially in the social sciences”.

Full Profile                                               PhD Candidate, UC Santa Barbara
                                                                                          Graduate School of Education                                                                                                                                               

Willma Fields MAT '16

Willma Fields

Willma Fields earned her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in 2016 as an elementary educator. She moved to Idaho shortly after graduation and is now a kindergarten teacher in Washington. Her next professional goal is to become a national board certified teacher in elementary education.

The most useful aspect of the MAT program: "The program’s focus on culturally responsive teaching is the aspect that best prepared me for teaching.  I received explicit instruction in how to better understand my students and how to use that information to meet them where they are.  I also gained a better understanding of myself and how my view of the world informs my teaching”.                                                

 Kindergarten Teacher, Sunnyside Elementary
                                                              Pullman, WA

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