Education majors gain teaching experience in the community

May 28, 2014
Doudna Hall

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been preparing teachers since 1866 and was the first normal school in the state. Today, it continues its tradition of preparing its students for careers in teaching through a variety of volunteer opportunities in the local community area. Several students participated in these volunteer teaching opportunities this semester as part of a 20-hour service requirement for the Ethnic and Gender Equality in Education class taught by Edina Haslauer.

Lauren Goodale, a junior elementary education major from Des Moines, Iowa, completed her volunteer teaching through a mission trip to Greenwood, Miss., through St. Augustine’s Catholic Parish in Platteville. She volunteered in a classroom at a private school and helped the teacher with anything that was needed including assisting students, making bulletin boards and printing worksheets.

“This is my second year doing the mission trip, and it was during the first trip last year that I realized I wanted to go into elementary education,” said Goodale. “I love working with kids and making a difference in their lives by seeing how they look up to their teachers.”

Goodale also helped read stories to the children, take them outside for recess and work on art projects.

“Volunteering is rewarding for you and for the people you’re helping,” said Goodale. “I’m passionate about teaching in under resourced areas. I see how much need there is there and see how much I am able to help.”

Goodale will complete a two year program through the University Catholic Consortium after graduation. The program sends students seeking master’s degrees to underprivileged areas to gain experience in teaching.

Ashlyn Simonson, an education major with a minor in early childhood education from West Bend, Wis., worked at Lincoln Elementary School in Dubuque, Iowa as part of the St. Mark Youth Enrichment Program. She volunteered with the after school program for K–5 children to help them with homework, do arts and crafts, play outside and do other activities.

“The biggest thing I gained from my experience was the diversity aspect,” said Simonson, who attended private schools in her youth. “The schools I went to had little diversity, and Lincoln Elementary had so much more. It was cool to see how these kids really rely on this after school program and have a lot of fun. The little girls look up to us, and it’s cool to be almost a big sister figure to them.”


Contact: Edina Haslauer, School of Education, (608) 342-1116,

Written by: Angela O’Brien, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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