Teaching Down Under
Jan 24, 2012For Heidi Michel ’12, Wayzata, Minn., professors at Concordia played a big part in helping her dreams come true.
Michel wanted to study in New Zealand, but was afraid she wouldn't be able to fit the experience in among all of the classes needed for her education major.
Michel mentioned the idea to Dr. Deb Grosz, director of field experiences in the education department. Grosz was thrilled to help.
“We’ve built some great relationships with schools over there and it’s a pleasure to work with educators in other parts of the world,” Grosz says.
Michel student taught for an entire semester in New Zealand and absolutely loved it. While she was there, she went sightseeing and scuba diving. She also joined a church, getting involved with a small group and making friends along the way.
Michel was even honored to be a guest speaker at her school's awards ceremony.
“I have such respect for Heidi in taking a risk to student teach in a different country,” says Dr. Susan Ellingson, professor of education. “Such a risk shows courage, confidence, independence and a sense of adventure.”
Ellingson traveled to New Zealand to observe Michel student teach.
“It's just one more thing that proves this is an individualized education program with professors who genuinely care,” Michel says.