CfUT Pioneers: Becoming BLC Cohort
By: Abby Wegner
Bethany Lutheran College is one of our Pioneers that has quickly turned into its own cohort due to the dedication of a few core members. Congratulations, BLC!
Understanding Urban Through CfUT
1. What motivated you to come to the UNITE Conference?
Dr. Ray Dusseau came to one of my education classes and talked to my peers and me about The Center for Urban Teaching. He spoke so passionately about the children and the workers in the program. I’ve been very interested in urban education but, being in Mankato, I didn’t know how to go about being a part of it. After hearing Dr. Dusseau speak, I knew that CfUT could offer me an incredible experience that I had to take advantage of.
2. What was your very first impression of CfUT?
My first impression of CfUT was at UNITE, which is an empowering weekend that unites undergraduates from around the country by immersing them in the mission of the Center for Urban Teaching. Every member leading the conference was full of energy driven by enthusiasm for CfUT’s mission. At first it was overwhelming, but the energy was so infectious that soon every “timid” participant was just as enthusiastic as the leaders. The leaders were also informative about strategies we could implement in our future classrooms. This showed me that they wanted to ensure all future teachers are successful by giving them the tools to be just that.
3. What was your biggest take-away from the Conference?
My biggest take away from the conference was to love children for who they are and to help them thrive. There are going to be days in the teaching profession that seem impossible. However, everything that we as teachers do is to ensure student success and help them earn a better future. I learned that the key ingredient to helping student’s achieve is LOVE through a POSITIVE relationship.
4. What from CfUT did you want to take back to Bethany?
As a result of UNITE, I was inspired to start a cohort at Bethany Lutheran College. I wanted to bottle up as much as I could from UNITE and share it with my fellow classmates. My enthusiasm for the program as led me to share CfUT’s mission with my peers, in addition to the opportunities they could gain from it. I want my peers to graduate with as much experience and resources as they can, so that they are equipped to foster student success.