Graduates Return to Class as Teachers

Feb 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 8-4: Racism, Tribal College News
By Cheryl Red Eagle

After spending four years in the classroom as students, four Sitting Bull College students will now move to “the other side of the desk” and begin teaching. The four are graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Sinte Gleska University under a cooperative agreement with Sitting Bull College. All have recently completed their student teaching assignments on the Standing Rock Reservation, which is located on the border between North Dakota and South Dakota. They will now seek to become certified in the state.

Mary Ann Condon said she chose the elementary/special education degree because she wants to “work with children who have special needs.” Virginia Long Feather says, “I feel there is a need for Native American educators in classrooms with Native American children.” Della No Heart says her seven years of experience working with children shaped her educational goals. Joe White Mountain, Jr., has always been interested in teaching. “I feel that this is the area that benefits people the most.”

Kathy Froelich, teacher education instructor at Sitting Bull College, says the graduates represent the advantages of beneficial partnerships. “The schools that we have worked with deserve a lot of credit for helping these students shape their careers and their goals.” Laurel Vermillion, vice president of academic affairs, agrees. “We’re as proud of the local community as we are of our graduates.”

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