Mount St. Joseph University

Learning to Teach

Education, Middle Childhood Education, Current Students

By: Sasha Feldmann

File Under: baseball, education

Junior Simon Schaefer is a student in the Education Department, but to him, it’s like being a member of a family. “Everyone gets along, and professors are always willing to help,” he says. This environment has been invaluable as Simon pursues his own career in education, all the while making the most out of his time at the Mount.

The College Experience

One thing that makes the Mount an ideal school for Simon is the faculty and staff. The 11:1 faculty-student ratio and the dedicated educators make for a strong connection between the students and the professors. In his experience, his professors and advisors never hesitate to help a student who is struggling, whether it be in the classroom or with a scheduling conflict.

This has immensely helped Simon, who is also on the baseball team. He is proud to be a part of the strong student-athlete presence on campus. “Try to enjoy the college experience as much as you can,” he says, “The years fly by in no time!”

Taking on a Challenge

Simon also has strong ambitions for life after graduation. He plans to study to get his master’s degree in either education or leadership. Then, he wants to become a principal and explore the administrative side of education as his career advances. This way, he is able to work directly with not only students, but parents and teachers as well.

In the spring, Simon will begin student teaching. His content areas are math and science, and he will teach full time for 12 weeks. “I can’t wait to see what kind of teacher I’ll become,” he says, “and I look forward to all of the challenges and rewards teaching will bring.”