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University of Iowa News Release


Sept. 18, 2008

UI education majors serve as student teachers during fall semester

(STUDENT NAME) of (HOMETOWN) is one of an estimated 115 University of Iowa students 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 UI College of Education this fall. The student's cooperating teacher(s) is/are (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 UI 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 programs as diverse as Rehabilitation Counseling, Educational Measurement and Statistics, Counseling Psychology, Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education, and Higher Education Administration. The College of Education is also home to the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. For more information see

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.

Following are 15 of the estimated 115 UI students currently student teaching. Future releases will be sent to hometown newspapers as students provide permission.


Audubon: Stacy Rustvold, grades 3 and 4, Iowa City Community School District, Janet Galbreth.

Bancroft: Stuart Kennedy, grade 1, Johnston School District, Brandon Schrauth.

Cascade: Brynn Noonan, grade 9 and college grammar, Marion School District, Angie Axeen.

Indianola: Shelby Elliott, grade 4, Mount Vernon School District, Heather. Plathe.

Johnston: Rachel Broich, grade 2, Johnston Community School District, Becky Heikes.

Keokuk: Michelle Spears, grade 4, Marion Independent School District, Pat Miller.

North Liberty: Theresa Strabala, grades 7 and 8, Iowa City Community School District, Kim Kipp.

Red Oak: Mandie Vetter, grades 9-12, Lewis Central Community School District in Council Bluffs, John Drake.

Solon: Cheryl Poduska, grades 3 and 4, Iowa City Community School District, JoAnn Klopp and Jennifer Skarda.

West Des Moines: Elizabeth Hipp, grade 2, Waukee Community School District, Becky Schultz.

Williamsburg: Casey O'Rourke, grade 6, Iowa City Community School District.

Winterset: Thea Koch, grade 6, Cedar Rapids Community School District, Marcia Miller.


Inverness: Brittany Abruzzo, grades 5 and 6, Community Consolidated School District 15 in Rolling Meadows, Ill., Lyn Garb.

Joliet: Amy Hopkins, grade 2, New Lenox School District #122 in New Lexon, Ill., Mary Zastro.

Marengo: Taylor LaBelle, grade 2, Adams County School District 50 in Denver, Colo., Maria Lopez.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Caroline Jones