Introducing college minded student to the field of education with observational experiences and hands-on projects.
GRADE: 11 & 12 | DUAL CREDIT OPTION
A huge shortage of teachers in Indiana makes this class the place to be to prepare for a steady, rewarding career.
Classes meet at Flint Lake Elementary, Valparaiso, or at Willowcreek Middle School, Portage. You will have a chance to work with elementary or older students under the supervision of licensed teachers. You will learn how to make lesson plans, interact with children, tutor individuals and create displays and projects. You will learn about helping students with special needs to be at their best. In any education class, high school students serve as a role model, so they are expected to dress and conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Expect an opportunity to earn dual college credits through Ivy Tech Community College and to compile a valuable file of your work as you look forward to a possible college major in education.
- Purdue Northwest
- Ball State University
- Vincennes University
- Indiana State University
- Indiana University
- Calumet College
- Ivy Tech Community College
- Elementary Teacher
- Middle School or High School Teacher
- Special Education Teacher
- Child Care Worker
- Social Worker
WILLOWCREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mrs. Warne earned her BS in elementary education from Ball State (Go Cards!) and her Master’s Degree in Education from IUN (Go Hawks!). She has been teaching for 25 years. This is her first year as a CTE teacher. She taught elementary school for 19 years and 6th grade Math for 6 years. She has been actively involved in the Quality Schools team, a team leader, Challenge Education, District Tech Team, and SEL. She first heard about this amazing program when she was a PHS junior. She signed up to take the program her senior year and she was hooked! She knew from this experience that she wanted to be a teacher. The story continues! After getting a job with Portage she was fortunate enough to have this program at the elementary school she was teaching at. For 18 years, the students from this program were in her classroom. She says it was amazing to be able to share her experiences with the students and now she is excited to work with the CTE students! In her spare time Mrs. Warne serves as an AFSP advocate for Northwest Indiana. She went to Indianapolis in February to meet and discuss with local legislators the dire need to change mental health services in our area. Too many families are shattered and broken due to suicide and mental health issues. This year, she was awarded a grant for a Social Emotional Learning room at Willowcreek MS for teachers and students. She has also started a private Facebook Group called Y.A.N.A for those who have been affected by mental health issues. #StoptheStigma #CJW. She also participates in the Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk in honor of her mother who was diagnosed 2 years ago and all of the families affected by this horrible disease. She enjoys spending time with her sons, golfing with her husband and their friends, traveling and getting together with extended family. She loves to laugh and make others laugh! She loves everything Prince and loves to jam to the 80’s and 90’s music. Her favorite food is Hungarian Chicken Parikach. Interesting note…her husband and she have been together since 8th grade and her sons both have the same birthday, March 9th but 3 years apart!
FLINT LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Mrs. Zecevich completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Ball State University. She has been teaching for 41 years. She has had the experience of teaching children with a variety of disabilities and needs. During her career she has been a classroom teacher and a part of a team that evaluates children to determine if they are eligible for special education services according to Article 7. She has been an active member of the Indiana State Teachers Association her entire career. That membership has enabled her to be a part of maintaining excellence in the schools and her profession. She has attended workshops/training that has kept her up-to-date in the latest trends in education that are driven by data. During her tenure as a teacher, she has also served on many committees that develop procedures to ensure that teachers are implementing and following best practices. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking. She does not have a specialty but enjoys trying lots of recipes. She does most of her cooking in the fall and winter months, as she spends much of her summer outside. She enjoys spending time planting flowers, weeding in the garden and cutting the grass. She also enjoys going to the Dunes and hearing the waves and feeling the sun! Summer is the best season for her!