Thanks to my three-and-a-half years at Penn State Altoona, I have been blessed with valuable and irreplaceable experiences, memories, life lessons, and friendships that will last me an absolute lifetime.
As an elementary and kindergarten education major, I received the foundation that ANY future teacher would need to be set up for a successful career. If I could go back and do it all again, I would make the same choices and take the same journey through Penn State Altoona that I chose to take from 2002 to 2005 while earning my bachelor’s degree in Education.
After spending the first five years of my career teaching just a half mile from MY Penn State Altoona, I got married in 2011 and relocated to northeastern Ohio. I have been fortunate to continue my career teaching second grade in the Highland Local School District in Hinckley, Ohio. Now, more than ever before, I beam with pride talking about my Penn State roots when asked, “What’s with all of the Penn State stuff?”
My classroom decor paints a crystal clear picture of my Penn State pride, and even my students—my Ohio-born and raised students—have started to become Penn State fans! One of my students asked me to teach him the Penn State fight song this year AND he dressed as a Penn State football player for Halloween! Talk about molding our youth!
In all seriousness, life may have taken me out of Lion Country, but I am most definitely a proud Penn Stater for life. Penn State Altoona solidified that pride for me with its typical college atmosphere and feel of a closely knit family. The college is definitely responsible for molding me into the educator and person who I am today.