Teaching Excellence: The Simpson Way

There’s a reason why Simpson has a great reputation for producing excellent teachers.

Actually, there are many reasons, and they are working in classrooms throughout the country.

For example, two of of the recent Iowa Teachers of the Year are Simpson graduates – Charity Campbell ’96, who teaches in Norwalk, and Scott Slechta ’80, who earned the award while teaching at Fairfield High School.

“Simpson established my love of learning and exploring,” Slechta said. “I was able to take two study trips abroad. My professors established the love of literature and the language.”

Those without Simpson ties look to the College to fill classroom openings.

As one area educator said, “At this point, I’ll only take Simpson students – others are not as prepared and not as well supervised. When I get a Simpson student, I know they have content knowledge, pedagogy and a college faculty offering support. I’m exclusive to Simpson now.”

What makes Simpson education majors stand out from the crowd?

*A quick start. Simpson education majors can take their first education class in the first semester of college.

*Field placements. Because of Simpson’s ideal location, we can offer teacher candidates a wide variety of field experiences in rural, suburban and urban classroom settings.

*Caring and dedicated faculty members. With relatively small classes sizes, students and faculty build solid mentoring relationships that continue after graduation.

So if you’re looking for a College that will prepare you for a teaching career, look first to Simpson.

Morgan Moline of Webster City did. She graduated in May and already has a teaching job in Hartford.

“Choosing Simpson was the best decision I have ever made for myself,” she said. “Through Simpson I have become a better person. Through the resources and opportunities provided for me, I landed a job before graduation. Simpson College is not a typical college experience. I love Simpson College, and I think you will, too!”