The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to the development of professionals who are lifelong learners, creators of knowledge, and leaders of character and integrity. Responding to the changing needs within our global society, our programs prepare professionals to actively engage in an open democratic society inclusive of diverse populations. The college's focus on depth of learning and academic excellence provides our students with the requisites to be leaders dedicated to change in their communities.
In the internship program, outstanding teacher education students may spend a semester developing skills and expertise in participating school districts throughout southeastern Wisconsin while meeting the student teaching requirements. In addition, students are regularly assigned internships within a company or a government agency according to their interests.
In WHY I TEACH, Logan Edwards, assistant professor of health, physical education, recreation and coaching, tells of wanting to be the same kind of mentor and role model he had in teachers and coaches. He designs the diagrams he shows in class, and his lessons consider health from the perspective of mind, body and spirit. Edwards is fond of language and of quoting great thinkers, including Martin Luther King Jr.
In WHY I TEACH, Kathleen Ann Happel, a lecturer of health, physical education, recreation and coaching, prepares students who want to make a difference in adapted physical education and as role models in school and recreational programs. Happel was born and raised in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, and came to Wisconsin in 1988 for graduate school at UW-La Crosse, earning a master’s degree in adapted physical education/special populations. She joined the faculty at UW-Whitewater in 1995 and will begin her 26th year as a lecturer in January.
In WHY I TEACH, Ola Bamgbose, assistant professor of counselor education at UW-Whitewater, says she likes contributing to the growth and development of her students as she helps prepare them to be professionals. When learning becomes “romance,” you know you are in a conversation with Ola Bamgbose.
In WHY I TEACH, Edric Johnson, professor of curriculum and instruction, sees teaching as a performing art and helps future elementary and middle school teachers integrate drama in their classrooms.