Student Spotlight – John Gerlitz

Meet John Gerlitz, a Master of Arts in Teaching candidate, who is currently completing his student teaching at Indian Hills Middle School in Clive.

Gerlitz says of his experience at Simpson:

“I decided I wanted to complete a teaching degree during a military deployment to Afghanistan. I began exploring my options and eventually narrowed my choices to a couple of schools including Simpson. In the end the deciding factor for me was Simpson’s friendly staff.

Liz Glodek (my Simpson advisor) worked very hard to prepare me for a quick transition from deployment to school. She even stayed late in the office one day so that she could conduct an online interview with me while I was thousands of miles away. Simpson College has offered me the tools I needed to complete my teaching degree while also demonstrating the faculty’s commitment to the student body.”

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