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Testimonials from School of Education Alumni


"Our partnership with MSU Denver's School of Education is a critical factor in our tiered professional development at Peak to Peak. Our teachers value the opportunity to mentor pre-service teachers, and their ongoing discussions of the art and craft of teaching help both the master teachers and the Metro students grow and develop. The partnership between our schools makes everyone better, which positively impacts student achievement and helps keep our school at the forefront of new teachers' minds when it comes time to seek jobs. We are delighted to partner with MSU Denver in doing this important work."

- Megan Freeman, Director of Professional Development at Peak to Peak Charter School

"This program is designed to push future educators to think in ways in which students are taught life long lessons everyday within the classrooms. To be honest, I feel like MSU Denver has prepared me to feel confident when helping students be successful not only in the classroom, but in the real world as well."
- Maggi Gomez, K-12 Foreign Language Teacher (Spanish)

"All of my professors were not only able but willing to work with me on an individual basis. When it was time for me to do my student teaching I felt like I had someone else in my corner to support me and help me outside of the classroom."
- Philip Ouellette, Secondary Social Studies Teacher

"The program definitely prepared me for a career. I felt confident that I knew the best practices for students and was hired after my first interview. At MSU Denver, my class sizes were small so we were able to discuss ideas and actually knew our professors instead of just being a warm body in a large room. I was able to get field experience hours with helpful feedback/constructive criticism from my professors and cooperating teachers. I feel that the education program is very intensive and that graduates enter the "real world" qualified as well as enthusiastic."
- Sasha Kern, Secondary English Teacher

"I appreciate the program at MSU Denver because of the dedication of the professors, the small class sizes, and the relevancy of the work. I had several incredible former classroom teachers who went above and beyond to not only make learning happen, but to help with student teaching and finding a job. There were never more than twenty to twenty–five students in a class, and the work that we did everyday was immediately applicable in the classroom and led to meaningful learning."
- Robert Hultman, Secondary English Teacher

"I was instructed in the VALUE of empathy and the enormous impact everything we do or say in the classroom has on our students. MSU instilled in me a selfless desire to improve the lives of my students, and for that I am eternally grateful."
- Jason Warren, Secondary English Teacher

"I loved going through the Teacher Education program at MSU Denver for so many reasons: we had awesome professors who were overflowing with helpful advice; we were able to have teacher education courses in both the education department and English department; and the teacher community at MSU is one that stays with you even after you leave the university. I’ve found that I am tremendously more prepared for my career than many others who went through different programs, and I am so thankful I ended up at MSU!"
- Robin Romero, Secondary English Teacher

"I was told, just a few weeks into my student teaching, that the way I handled the classroom, I appeared as though I had been teaching for years instead of weeks. It is only because of MSU Denver's amazing program that I feel prepared enough as a teacher to have the confidence I do in the classroom. I could not have asked for a better training and I have no doubt I will be successful because of how well all of my professors prepared me."
- Marlana Ernst, Secondary English Teacher

"MSU Denver gave me the confidence to excel in such an amazing, rewarding profession."
- Elizabeth Miner, Physical Education Teacher, 2014 Colorado Teacher of the Year

"Metropolitan State University of Denver's rigorous education program assisted me in becoming a leader in my industry by providing me with the training to be organized, have focused and clear goals, and understand how to address the variety of needs and personalities of those in my business. Dr. Bernhardt and Dr. Reimer in particular were inspirational in their ability to teach by example and be open minded about every student's opinions."
- Ben Hornick, Secondary Social Studies Teacher

"The Art Education Program at MSU Denver prepared me in a way that I believe no other program could. The rigor and individualized feedback provided me with necessary tools to successfully teach in the art classroom. "
- Jesse Bott, Art Teacher

"This program prepared me for my teaching job better than I could have ever imagined. The professors teach with a wealth of real world experience who are dedicated to their practice and their students."
- Danielle Fries, Physical Education Teacher

"Teaching kindergarten in a Title I school with a large population of language learners comes with challenges, but I feel well prepared after graduating from MSU Denver's M.A.T. program. My education was so connected to what I now experience on a daily basis; I am still reflecting on coursework and conversations with professors to help me think about my teaching approach every single day."
- Betsy Maletz, Master of Arts in Teaching, Kindergarten Teacher, North Star Elementary

"MSU Denver allows you to be who you are and gives you the wings to enjoy the journey while embracing that journey with a diverse community of people from all walks of life who will someday “make the difference” in a child’s life by teaching, inspiring and motivating."
- Lisa Nolan, MSU Denver Alum & Principal at Lasley Elementary

"MSU Denver is so affordable that both [my husband] and I graduated debt-free, thanks to internal and external scholarships. The quality of the English education classes was exceptional, with professors passionate about their subject area, content, and students. Personally, I am still in contact with English teachers who I collaborated with during student teaching. Teaching English to seniors at LHS, I always highly recommend MSU Denver because of the reasonable tuition, quality of education, and the diversity of the student population."
- Hannah Hilbert, MSU Denver Alum & English Teacher at Lakewood High School

"I enjoyed meeting and working with everyone I came in contact with throughout my years at MSU Denver. I thrived in being immersed in the school setting during the field practicum and student teaching experiences since it was hands-on learning. I am proud of the solid education I earned at MSU Denver."
- Matthew Hilbert, MSU Denver Alum & Principal at Peck Elementary

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at MSU and gained so much from attending here. I have and continue to recommend the EDU/EDUM program to others."
- Alyson Wells, MSU Denver Alum

"When I was a student at MSU Denver, I was extremely impressed with the quality of professors that I had in the Physical Education department. They were always there to answer my questions and they did a great job preparing me for the real world when I got my first job. They were always there for me when I needed assistance."
- Brad Hull, Physical Education Teacher, MSU Denver Alum

"My preparation at MSU Denver drove my passion to teach quality physical education by giving me the opportunities to have real teaching experiences, observing quality teachers, and putting me into leadership roles throughout my time there. The connections I made with fellow students while attending MSU Denver are continuing today as we help each other be the best teachers we can be. The feedback from the professors was always connected to the classroom and students. The connection with the surrounding communities gave us the first step of success into the real world of teaching."
- Jennifer Smith, Physical Education Teacher, MSU Denver Alum

“MSU Denver had a great reputation and we had expert teachers teaching us. Out of the 25 students who were part of my special education cohort, all of them stayed teachers – it says a lot for the support and instruction we received.”
- Analise Harris, Alternative Licensure Program and Master of Arts in Teaching Alum, 2014

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