With help from her faculty adviser, Jordyn Hyde completed her elementary education degree with endorsements in reading, middle school math and language arts, and K-12 coaching while at Morningside. She is qualified for most teaching positions except at the high school level, and she still will graduate in four years. She was hired in February to teach second grade at Liberty Elementary School in Sioux City.
“A lot of education professors teach multiple classes, so you build relationships with them. They know what kind of student you are and how you learn. As teachers, we will need to do the same thing – figure out how to make our students the most successful. Our professors are so good at demonstrating that. It’s such a small little community that we have and they just care. They model everything that I want to be as an educator.”
“The professors at Morningside all have so many years of experience. To know that the professor who is teaching me how to teach language arts has already taught language arts for years, I just think that’s so helpful. Our professors still have connections in area school districts, and they are always ready to help us. LuAnn Haase is my adviser, and every time I applied for a job, she was like, ‘Let me know!’ And, ‘I’ll talk to them.’”
“Morningside does a great job getting you into a variety of schools so you can get your name out there and make connections with teachers in different buildings. In pretty much all of the Sioux City schools, you’re going to have teachers who know what they’re doing, and they’re going to teach you so well. Our professors choose the very best teachers to guide us in our practicum and student teaching experiences.”
“Even if you’re traveling far away from home, you still have a home here, and everybody on campus makes sure that you know that. It’s a very close-knit community. And then there are so many ways to get involved on campus. No matter what you do, there’s something for you. I am on the competitive cheer team, and this year we were conference champs. That was a big accomplishment.”