My Introduction for EDU657

By Erin Schilke

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A little bit about myself...

I live in beautiful Coeurd'Alene Idaho with my family. I was born and raised here and cannot think of any other place I would rather live and raise a family. My husband and I own our own business, and have two children. Our daughter Hollie is now 22 years old, and our son Coleton is 19.

Hobbies & Interests

I am an avid outdoorswoman who dearly loves gardening and growing many unique species of plants. I am also a huge lover of animals, and enjoy raising my two parrots & a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats. Some of my other hobbies are reading all kinds of books, tutoring high school & college students, and traveling.

Major & Education

After graduating from Coeur d'Alene High School I attended North Idaho College and received my Associate of Science Degree. I later received my Bachelor's of Animal Science from the University of Idaho. I am a huge science buff, especially in topics of zoology, biology, and microbiology, and after completing my Masters degree, hope to teach biology/zoology online and/or at one of our local community colleges.

Reason for Taking This Course

Over the years I've tutored many high school and college students in science and biology, and discovered a true love of helping others come to love the topics as much as I do. This course is one of several higher level education courses I will be taking to help me reach my goal of teaching at the community college level.

One Thing I Know About Teaching in Higher Education

The one thing I know about teaching in higher education is that my students will be very diversified, and the ages will vary anywhere from teenagers to retirees. I will have to keep in mind that there will be students from several different generations, and plan my lessons accordingly.

One Thing I Would Like to Learn About Teaching in Higher Education

Because of the large diversity I will see in my future classrooms, I hope to learn ways to prepare and teach my lessons that will meet each student's needs, along with making the topic fun.