Alternative Careers in Teaching
I was working as a licensed athletic trainer at Bellin Health for over 15 years. While I wanted to continue helping people become healthier and better athletes, I was missing that precious time with my family due to work commitments.
I chose the UW Oshkosh ACT program because I could get my teaching degree while still working fulltime. I graduated with a teaching licensure in science education in 2015 and have been teaching middle and high school science for over three years in the Suring School district.
After graduating from college in 2009 with my bachelor’s in rehabilitation psychology, I didn’t really have a clear path to where I wanted my career to lead. After some volunteer work in Madison schools, I realized that I loved kids.
I was thankful the ACT program allowed me to continue working fulltime. I wouldn’t be teaching chemistry and AP chemistry at Kewaskum High School and science to seventh graders at Sabish Middle School without the ACT program.
I earned my bachelor’s in chemistry and biology from Tabor College and received my doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) from Kansas State. For 15 years, I worked towards building my small but successful veterinary practice in Whitewater. I was looking for a career change and had been looking into a path into the teaching field for quite a while.
I chose the UW Oshkosh ACT program because it was flexible, and I was able to fit the classes into our current family schedule. I have been teaching science at Fort Atkinson High School for over two years. I have found the classroom management and the differentiation of work with each student to be rewarding.
My goal in life was to see the world and make lives better. I graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Michigan Technology University and began work with Kimberly Clark. My work as a senior process engineer afforded me the opportunities to explore the world. I visited Australia, China, Peru, Twain and even lived in South Korea for five years, where I started an engineering center.
The best part of my job was training and working with people from around the world. Soon I began to think about my next steps and wondered if I could take that passion of teaching while eliminating some of the other elements of the corporate world.
The UWO ACT program was quick, efficient and a healthy change of pace. They looked at my transcript and crafted a customized educational plan for me. I have been teaching math at Appleton East High school since 2016.
I heard about the ACT program from a friend while working on my master’s degree in natural resources. I spent most of my career working in the field of wildlife biology. I was monitoring endangered bird species and helping to increase breeding pairs while increasing protection for endangered habitat.
I thought that working with students and teaching sustainable conservation was an exciting career opportunity. UW Oshkosh helped me earn my teaching certification, and I now am able to involve kids in the process of learning about and protecting our natural resources in my science classroom of Peshtigo Middle School.