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Paula Schmidt

Chair/Associate Professor of Education
Email:  
Office: 112 MJH 
Mail Stop: 1733 
Phone: 6573 

Degrees Held

BS, Winona State University
MA, Marian University

Ed.D. University of Northern Iowa

Paula's Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that all students bring unique experiences, perceptions, and abilities to the classroom.  These differences shape who they are and how they interpret the material being presented.  I believe in embracing, not stifling, these differences in my students. My teaching philosophy is based on the constructivist learning theory.  I believe that it is my role to create and maintain a classroom environment that allows students to construct, deconstruct and reconstruct their learning in alignment with content that I present.

Having the opportunity to live my philosophy daily is one of the greatest gifts of educating pre-service teachers at Clarke University.

Paula's Greatest Clarke Experience:
I have enjoyed watching teachers develop in Clarke's Education PDS program.  It is amazing to meet students as freshman or sophomores and then years later place future students in their classrooms for observation!  It is rewarding to watch students learn and grow as they become excellent teachers.

Clarke's Impact on Paula:
The relationships I have formed with students, faculty and staff at Clarke are the best part of working here.

Why students should choose Clarke:
The atmosphere at Clarke is outstanding.  In addition, the Professional Development School Program in Education is the best model for pre-service teachers that I have ever seen.

Paula's Activities and Interests:
I enjoy reading and spending time with my family and friends.

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