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University of Iowa News Release


March 26, 2007

UI Education Majors Student-Teach In Fall 06

(STUDENT NAME) of (HOMETOWN) participated 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) was/were (TEACHER NAMES).

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 student taught last 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. Iowa students are listed first.


Burlington: Rebekah Williams, grade 1, West Liberty School District, Kathi Haymond.

Cedar Rapids: Becky Frantz, grades 9-12, Linn Mar High School (Marion), Lisa Skilang.

Clinton: Melissa Voss, grade 2, Keeneyville No. 20 (Hanover Park, Ill.), Samantha Seifrid.

Columbus Junction: Michelle Lawrence, grade 2 and K-5 special education, Muscatine Community School District, Luanne Senger and Sheila Kleinschmidt.

Coralville: Kelley Lynn Funcke, grades 2-3, Clear Creek-Amana School District (Amana, Iowa), Kimberly Rosenberg.

Cresco: Todd Rosendahl, grades 6-8, Taft Middle School (Cedar Rapids), and grades 7-12, Bob Manson, and St. Flannan's College, Ennis, Ireland, Fionnuala Rooney.

Davenport: Amy Kelling, grade 3, Harrison Elementary, Davenport Community Schools, Pam Janoski.

Davenport: Amy Sue Skinner, grade 3, Davenport Community Schools, Rhonda Mitchell.

Dyersville: Katrina Sogaard, grade 7 language arts, College Community School District and Prairie Middle School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Jodi Smith.

Fairfield: Sarah Fritz, high school algebra II and pre-calculus, Iowa City Community School District, Kay Nigg.

Griswold: Brooke Josephson, grade 3, Mount Vernon Community School District, Julie Koehn.

Lisbon: Aaron Reasland, high school, Metro High School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Gail Miller.

Muscatine: Kate White, grade 11, Cedar Rapids Community School District, Heather White.

Muscatine: Laura Proffitt, grade 9, Mid-Prairie High School (Wellman), Pete Cavanagh.

Strawberry Point: Travis Bushaw, grades 9 and 11, Iowa City School District, Beth Fettweis.

Truro: Margaret Haines, grade 7, Urbandale Middle School, Ben Luther.

Urbandale: Allyson Hermann, grade 8, Skokie, Ill., Danielle DeCamp.

Waterloo: Heidi Gifford, high school, Southeast Polk (Runnells, Iowa), Grant Schmidt and Carole Henning.

West Des Moines: Lindsay Smith, grades 9-12, Mount Pleasant Community High School, Jenn Kohorst.

Williamsburg: Jennifer Jones, 11 and 12th English, Washington Community School District (Washington, Iowa), Kerrie Pacha.


Buffalo Grove: Ginamarie Scatena, grade 1, District 15 (Palatine), Joan Rafferty.

Downers Grove: Jessica Schultz, grade 2, District No. 102 (LaGrange), Katie Oplawski.

Monee: HollyAnn Lopez, grade 2, West Liberty School District, Jan Wyatt.

Mt. Prospect: Kirstin Kloss, grade 4, Arlington Heights District No. 25 (in Arlington Heights, Ill.), Regina Fortman.

West Dundee: Kristen Giacalone, high school, Crystal Lake Central District 155, Michael Romito and Lynette Anzelmo.


Thiensville: Julieane Rosing, grades 3-4 combined, Iowa City Community School District, Jo Klopp.

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