Recent Education Graduates Land Jobs

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Alumni, "School of Education" Studies show that an overwhelming majority of teachers believe they are responding to a calling in choosing the field of education, so even with a discouraging outlook in the field due to the economy, these 2011 graduates stayed the course. And their superior Ottawa University training helped them each beat the odds to land jobs this fall. Bryon Cecil Bryon Cecil made the decision to embark on a career in education early on thanks to the positive experiences he had in school, as well as the example of teachers in his own family. “Going into college, I knew I wanted to teach,” he said. “I believe it will be very rewarding to help students succeed in the classroom.” Cecil, who played baseball at Ottawa University, also believes valuable life lessons can be learned through athletics. “Sports help kids grow on and off the field,” he said. “The work ethic you learn on the field or court can translate to anything you do in life. I want to encourage students to look beyond high school.” Cecil received his bachelor’s degree in history and licensure in secondary education in May from The College and will be teaching middle school social studies, 9th grade world history and 9th grade pre-algebra in Drexel, Missouri. He will also be serving as assistant high school football coach, assistant high school basketball coach and head middle school basketball coach. Suzan Wolf In college, Suzan Wolf was unsure of her career path, so she turned to business. After earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1994 and an MBA in international marketing/finance from Kansas State University in 1997, she went on to a successful career in consulting, holding positions at both Accenture and Midwest Consulting Group. It wasn’t until Wolf became a mother that she began to question her career and life goals. “What had been important to me when I was younger wasn’t as important anymore,” she explained. “I realized that I wanted to do something more with my life.” Wolf also felt that the education system was lacking. “There is something missing. Students do not come out of school with the problem-solving or critical thinking skills they need to succeed in the real world. I decided I wanted to be part of the solution to that problem.” Wolf will be teaching 1st grade in Spring Hill, Kansas. She believes her experience as a student at Ottawa University’s Kansas City campus has prepared her well for the classroom. “Being taught by teachers was so valuable,” she said. “The practical, realworld knowledge and tools I received will definitely help me succeed. Christina Lewis Christina Lewis graduated from Ottawa University’s Kansas City campus in 1997 with an English degree and worked in banking, human resources and accounting before making the decision to stay home with her children for several years. When her youngest child went to school, Lewis began substitute teaching, which is when she decided that she wanted to be a teacher.  Lewis found that many of the other students in her classes were also coming into the field of teaching as a second career. “The classroom atmosphere was wonderful,” she explained. “We learned a great deal from our instructors, and we also learned from each other’s life experiences.” Lewis will be teaching 4th grade at Broadmoor Elementary School in Louisburg, Kansas. “I am excited to bring my love of education to my students,” she said. “I want them to like what they’re learning and be able to apply it outside the classroom, so they will have a positive educational experience going forward.” Other recent graduates that have been awarded teaching positions include: Michelle Bowman, The College, 2nd Grade, Hume Elementary, Hume, Missouri Seth Homolka, The College, Math, Central Heights High School, Richmond, Kansas Brian Hutton, The College, English, Ottawa Middle School and High School, Ottawa, Kansas