MA 76, BA 70
Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL)
Committee: Scholarships and Awards
After being chosen for a special MSU overseas study program, Jeanie did her student teaching on an American Air Force base in England. She then graduated from MSU with a BA in Elementary Education with majors in mathematics and science. Jeanie also received her masters from MSU in Elementary Education. She spent the next 30 years teaching in Michigan public schools. The last 26 of those years she taught in East Lansing Public Schools where she mentored many MSU students, most of whom were from the College of Education studying to become elementary school teachers. One notable exception to that was when Magic Johnson and Jay Vincent spent one term in her classroom completing a project for one of their MSU classes. In 1987, after a year of intensive study of Japanese language and culture, Jeanie was chosen as one of 9 exchange teachers from the State of Michigan to the Prefecture of Shiga, Japan. She spent a summer there serving as an ambassador to the local Japanese community and furthering her studies. You can see why she is interested in international education experiences.
After moving to the Chicago area in 1998, Jeanie finished her last years of teaching in Michigan, commuting to Chicago on weekends. She retired from teaching in Michigan when she reached the 30 year milestone. She taught one year in an Illinois public elementary school. Soon after that she was hired as an adjunct faculty member at Roosevelt University for a semester. Jeanie spent the next 8 years as a full time faculty member of Roosevelt University in their College of Education. There she taught mathematics methods courses, pre-student teaching, and occasionally supervised student teachers. All the classes she taught included a field placement component and she was very involved in the local elementary schools. Jeanie retired from Roosevelt in 2011 and was granted Lecturer Emeritus status. After a teaching career spanning 40 years, she is very excited to continue her life long focus on education as she serves on the Alumni Board for the College of Education at MSU.
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