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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 5, 2003

UI Students Student-Teach This Fall

(Student name) of (hometown) has begun a semester-long assignment as a student teacher of (grade/s) in the (name of school district) in (city) as part of (his/her) training to become a teacher through the University of Iowa College of Education.

Student teaching is one of several practicum assignments students must complete in order to be licensed as K-12 teachers by the Iowa Department of Education. Students typically complete their student teaching in the second-to-last semester of their education at the UI. Students who meet special requirements have the option of completing part of their student teaching assignment abroad.

As student teachers, the students perform many of the duties that will be expected of them as full-time teachers. Under the direction of a cooperating teacher, they lead classroom sessions, create lesson plans and gain practical experience in many of the organizational and management skills needed to be effective teachers.

Founded in 1872, the University of Iowa College of Education was the nation's first permanent, college-level department of education. Since then the college has gained an international reputation of excellence in fields as diverse as rehabilitation counseling, testing and measurement, and language and literacy. It is home to the Iowa Testing Programs, developer of the widely used Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; to the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; and to such top-ranked programs as Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education, and English Education and Literacy.

EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a student from your readership area is student-teaching this semester. Students are listed alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa students listed first. Each entry includes the student's name, the grade level he or she taught, the school district and the location of the school.


BELLEVUE: Tim Walsh, Grades 5-6, Iowa City Community School District, Iowa City, Iowa

BETTENDORF: Erin E. Priester, Grades 10-12, North Scott School District, Eldridge, Iowa

CLINTON: Matthew Monahan, Iowa City Community School District, Iowa City, Iowa

DAVENPORT: Lora Rode, Grade 3, Davenport School District, Davenport, Iowa

DENISON: Rianna Furne, Grade 3, Bondurant-Farrar, Bondurant, Iowa

DEWITT (two placements): Grades K-1, North Scott School District, Parkview, Iowa; and Grades 1-2, (no school named), Dublin, Ireland

FARMINGTON: Amy Forsythe, Grades 6-7, Mount Pleasant Community School District, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

GLENWOOD: Beth O'Rourke, Grads 1 and 5, Council Bluffs School District, Council Bluffs, Iowa

LECLAIRE: Sara C. Wehrman, Grade 5, Pleasant Valley Community School District, LeClaire, Iowa

MARSHALLTOWN: Sarah Hoffman, Grades K-2, Hartwick, Ladora, and Victor (HLV) Schools, Victor, Iowa

MOUNT VERNON: Emily Krall, Grade 4, West Branch Community Schools, West Branch, Iowa

MOUNT VERNON: Abigail Neal, Grade 3, Mechanicsville North Cedar, Mechanicsville, Iowa

NORTH LIBERTY: Amanda Martin, Grades 1-2, Iowa City Community School District, Iowa City, Iowa

OTTUMWA: Diana Alig, Grade 2, Roosevelt, Iowa City, Iowa

TIPTON: Nikki Dawson, Grades K-1, Tipton and West Liberty School District, Tipton and West Liberty, Iowa

WATERLOO: Bobbie Sheeley, Grade 3, Iowa City Community Schools, Iowa City, Iowa (Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier)

WEST DES MOINES (two placements): Courtney Nelsen (4304 Mary Ann Circle, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265), Grade 5, Des Moines Independent School District, Des Moines, Iowa; and Grade 5, Manly Village Public Schools, Sydney, Australia

WEST LIBERTY: Erin Kirchner, Grade 3, Wilton School District, Wilton, Iowa

WILLIAMSBURG: Rinthea Satterlee, Iowa Valley-Marengo School District, Marengo, Iowa


ALGONQUIN: Courtney Vanderheiden, Grades 6-8, Huntley No. 158, Huntley, Ill.

GRAYSLAKE: Allison King, Grades 9, 11 and 12, Linn-Mar High School, Marion, Iowa

LAKE BLUFF: Laura Szech, Grade 2, Iowa City Community Schools, Iowa City, Iowa

MCHENRY: Alyson Kriewaldt, Grade 2, Cary School District No. 26, Cary, Ill.

NORTHBROOK: Dana Meltzer, Grade 3, 30 Willowbrook Elementary, Northbrook, Ill.

PEKIN: Rhawnie Roberts, Grades K-3, Iowa City Community School District, Iowa City, Iowa

WHEELING: Dara Bengelsdorf, Grades 3 and K-6 general music, 102 Aptakisic-Tripp School District, Buffalo Grove, Ill.


PLYMOUTH: MegAnn Michael, Grade 2, Evanston-Skokie School District, Evanston, Ill.


LEE'S SUMMIT: Jessica Kyanka, Grade 3, Lone Tree Community School District, Lone Tree, Iowa

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,