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University of Iowa News Release


April 30, 2007

UI Education Majors Serve As Student Teachers During Spring Semester

(STUDENT NAME) of (HOMETOWN) is participating in a semester-long assignment as a student teacher of (GRADE/S) in the (NAME OF SCHOOL DISTRICT) as part of (HIS/HER) training to become a teacher through the University of Iowa College of Education. The student's cooperating teacher(s) is (TEACHER NAME).

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 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 first and last name, the grade level he or she is teaching, the school district and the name(s) of the cooperating teacher(s) if available.

Bettendorf: Noel Staub, grades 7 and 8, Iowa City Community School District, Martha McAndrew.

Boone: Dan Terrell, grades 6-8 and 9-12, Linn-Mar School District (Marion), Steve King, middle school, and Steve Stickney, high school.

Coralville: Laura Widness, grade 5, West Des Moines Community School (Urbandale), Barb Drustrup.

Decorah: Erica Ruen, grade 1, Mid-Prairie Community Schools (Kalona, Iowa), Suzanne Yoder.

Glenwood: Jenna Johnson, kindergarten, Iowa City Community School District, Kathy Saehler; and grade 3, Clear Creek Amana Community School (Amana, Iowa), Michelle Wieland.

Harlan: Stephany Coenen, grade 6, Iowa City Community School District, Gary Glenn.

Indianola: Allison Stille, grade 2, Iowa City Community School District, Amy Sorensen.

Iowa City: Laura McFarland, grade 5, Clear Creek Amana Community School District (Oxford), Bev Stolfus.

Mount Vernon: Anna Bigley, grade 3, Aldine Independent School District (Houston, Texas), Bridget Pegues.

Wellman: Hanna McDowell, grade 4, Williamsburg Community School District, Ronda Hall.

Williamsburg: Anne Birrell, grade 2, Iowa Valley Community School District (Marengo, Iowa) Pat Kooiker.


Barrington Hills: Jennifer Nolan, grade 4, Iowa City Community School District, Stephanie Heitman.

Carol Stream: Andrew Mayner, grades 9-12, Columbus Junction High School, Jeff Martin.

Chicago: Megan Ann Cebrzynski, grades 1 and 2, Kate Wickham Elementary, Iowa City Community School District, Priscilla Gomez-Stream.

Mount Prospect: Nicole Guarino, grade 7, East Prairie School District 73, (Skokie, Ill.), Angelica Zickgraf.

Mundelein: Kelsey Darden, grades 9-12, Iowa City Community School District, Therese Guedon.

Naperville: Christina Catalano, grade 2, Naperville Community Unit District 203, Marlene Ustian.

Naperville: Lindsay Morgan, grade 7, Northwest Junior High, Iowa City Community School District, Pat Curley.

Oswego: Sarah Dondelinger, grades 9 and 11, Linn-Mar Community School District, (Marion, Iowa), Angie Axeen.

Park Ridge: Marissa Frankos, grades 1 and 2, Iowa City Community School District, Carolyn White.

Plainfield: Amy Malek, grade 2, Adams County School District 14 (Commerce City, Colo.), Trisha Campbell.

Rockford: Danielle Tazelaar, grades 3 and 4, Iowa City Community School District, Laurie Martin.


Cincinnati: Brianne Butler, grade 4, Iowa City Community School District, Jennifer Zimmerman.

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

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