Holverson named UWP fall 2003 valedictorian
PLATTEVILLE- Dede Holverson isn't your typical UW-Platteville student. For example, she was born in California, went to middle school in Arkansas and graduated from high school in Burns, Ore. She also earned an associate's degree in general education from the Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas in August of 2000, before coming to UWP as an upperclassman in the spring of 2001.
Another thing that sets Holverson apart is the fact that she returned to school after a successful business career, having worked as a retail clerk, marketing assistant, trust assistant, senior administrative assistant in banking and human resource recruiter. About her experiences, Holverson says, "Early in my life, when I was in elementary school, I had thought about attending college and studying to be a teacher. When I graduated from high school, I had no money, so I found a job. I was in the work force for nearly 12 years before I was blessed with the opportunity to pursue my passion."
Holverson will be graduating in December, having earned an undergraduate degree in middle and secondary level education, with a major in English. One more thing that makes Holverson different? She has been named valedictorian for the fall semester at UWP. To be eligible to represent the graduating class, students must be nominated by a member of the faculty, have the support of their college and interview with a university committee, made up of faculty, staff and students.
Holverson is serious about her passion to teach. She has volunteered and completed a practicum in the Fennimore school district and is currently student teaching at the Platteville High school, where she also serves as cheerleading and dance team coach. Holverson has become known for her calm, caring, confident and knowledgable teaching style.
Through the spring, Holverson will continue to work as the Platteville cheerleading and dance team coach, as well as becoming a substitute teacher while looking for a full-time job teaching English. Holverson resides in Fennimore with her husband, Aaron, and children, Madisun and Spencer.