My name is Danielle Cook. I’m a surgical technologist instructor at Moraine Park Technical College, and was fortunate to be one of the eight faculty members selected to participate in the first Moraine Park Teaching Fellowship program this academic year. Faculty from different campuses and program were selected to share their teaching experiences, research various teaching methods and techniques, develop our understanding of how students learn, participate in peer evaluation, and research a question related to our own teaching.
My name is Sarah Chojnacki and I teach medical assisting and medical office courses at Moraine Park. I have been with Moraine Park since August 2016 but have previously taught medical assisting courses for three years at a private college in Central Wisconsin. I have also previously taught CPR courses and coached high school softball.
What is a teacher? What is our role? What makes a good teacher great? What makes a great teacher better? How can I make my classroom more exciting?
Have you ever wondered if a teacher just gets up one morning and jumps into a classroom? Have you ever wondered why your Nursing, Human Resources, Automotive instructor etc. do what they do?
I’ll tell you, it is a journey.
If we want to improve student learning, we really should focus on making sure faculty have what they need to support their teaching endeavors. A new program at Moraine Park has been designed to do just that!
The Moraine Park Technical College Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) recently hosted a spring 2017 workshop for staff and faculty.
The theme was “BE POSITIVE, BE STRONG, BE HEALTHY, BE AMAZING,” and the event was held at Whispering Springs in Fond du Lac.
We would like to introduce Amy Beaman, Moraine Park Technical College Economic and Workforce Development department’s newest full-time instructor. Beaman comes to Moraine Park with 20 years of experience in a variety of Human Resources and Organizational Development Leadership roles in both the private and public sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, service sector, and education. She hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a Master of Science Degree in Management and Organizational Development from Silver Lake College.
As an instructor, Beaman enjoy providing customized training and solutions to area businesses in leadership, communication, teambuilding, human resources and customer service. Beaman states, “it is gratifying being part of a team that focuses on collaborating and building partnerships with the community and area businesses to bring economic growth, success, and learning excellence to our district.”
As Beaman put it, “I know that teaching is not a ‘one size fits all’, and that each individual learner comes to the classroom with a unique combination of work experiences, educational background, and career aspirations. I am passionate about meeting each student where they are at in their professional journey and take great pride in helping people grow and develop their communication and leadership skills and potential. By bringing real-life business examples and fruitful discussions to the classroom, each learner is able to walk away with something they can apply when they return to the work environment.”
When she’s not in the classroom, she enjoy spending time with her husband and two sons who are both in middle school. They enjoy watching the boys play soccer and baseball, going up north, boating, and crossing off places to travel on their bucket list.
For more information on our Business & Industry workshops and seminars, visit morainepark.edu.
Moraine Park Technical College held our final IT Careers Completion Ceremony on March 6, 2017 through the U.S. Department of Labor Interface grant program. In 2014 Moraine Park received $995,662 of a $23.1 million statewide project. In total, 93 MPTC students earned 126 certificates helping to prepare them for IT careers. To date, 24 students have used their certificates into career pathways towards IT Associate degrees.
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Eat cake and ice cream. Get face painted. Watch things spark and sizzle. Win prizes (like an iPad!). Moraine Park. April 8.
If nothing else, remember that quick summary! But, of course, that’s not telling the whole story. We have some HUGE things planned for our upcoming Open House. Here’s the details, and we hope to see you there!!
Do you remember learning how to ride a two-wheel bike instead of a tricycle? At first, you were probably scared because you were doing something unknown and didn’t want to get hurt (it’s a long way down to the ground!). But once you sat on the seat, put your foot to the pedal, and gave it a push, you were on your way! Even if you fell or crashed, you got back on and started all over again. Before you knew it, riding that two-wheel bike was as natural as breathing. It was exhilarating, and it gave you more freedom than you had before! Learning new things can provide those same emotions and more. You gain pride in knowing something you didn’t before and build confidence to continue to learn new things. You’ve now caught the learning “bug!”
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