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SIU Teacher Education Graduates Working in Illinois Schools:

Ashley Dietz on her first day teaching at Carbondale school district.

Ashley Dietz

Kindergarten teacher

"I am currently teaching Kindergarten in Carbondale school district. This is the same district where I was assigned for my internship and student teaching. The internship really allowed me to communicate with school staff because I was in the building more than just the hours I was required to have. It's really neat to say hello to students in the district who had me during undergrad. I now know many families in the district because of my time spent in the district during the internship.

I hope to eventually return to SIU for my Masters. I have learned so much this first year of teaching. I hope to stay in the Southern Illinois area to continue my career in education. I have no regrets of going into the education field. Even though there are some days that make you wonder why you became a teacher, I can never regret my decision of completing the internship and my choice of changing students' lives daily. "

Katie Groves with Illinois Sentor Gary Forby accepting 2015 IACTE Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award.

Katie Groves

Middle school teacher

Congratulations to Katie Groves, 2015 recipient of the IACTE Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award! "Katherine is dedicated to the profession and contiually seeks out meaningful professional development to better herself and her academic knowledge. She excels at collaborating within her grade-level team and building as a whole," shared Principal Tom Webb of Carterville Intermediate.

James Lockhart at his Internship Pinning Ceremony.

James Lockhart

Resource teacher

James Lockhart is the resource teacher at Unity Point School for grades 3-4.

In addition, Mr. Lockhart co-teaches English Language Arts in third and fourth grade classrooms.