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Future Teachers from MSU to visit Broadus


March 14, 2019

A group of MSU students will visit Broadus on March 17th through the 20th, as part of MSU’s Rural Field Experience Program, which allows future teachers to experience the teaching lifestyle in a small town, and prepares them for work in rural teaching in communities across Montana.

Here are the student bios, along with that of their teacher, Dr. Jayne Downey.

Alicia Ulrich

Hello, my name is Alicia Ulrich. I was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. I am currently studying Elementary Education at MSU Bozeman and am in my third year. I love reading, writing, and spending time with my family and friends. I wanted to be a part of this experience as soon as I heard about it. I am always looking for new opportunities to gain experience to become the best educator I possibly can. I thank you for inviting me into your community to help me learn.

Heidi Buzzetti

Hello! My name is Heidi Buzzetti and I’m a post-baccalaureate student currently studying Elementary Education with a Science focus. I have an Associate’s degree of Outdoor Education and Leadership from Colorado Mountain College and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies from Montana State University. When I’m not in school, I work at the Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS) as an Educator and now as their Outreach Coordinator. I love everything science and have a passion for sparking that same love in children. In my free time, I love skiing, singing, reading, rock climbing, playing in the woods with my hound dog, Cricket, and raising animals! I can’t wait to meet all the students and teachers in Broadus!”

Bethany McCaslin

My name is Bethany McCaslin, and I am from Powell, Wyoming. I am in my second year of college and my major is elementary education with a focus in early childhood education. I am excited to join you all in Broadus, because I grew up in a small town and I am excited to see what it means to be a teacher in a rural town. I love to see how students learn and grow in different environments and how teachers can utilize their environments to best help the children! I am very glad I will get the opportunity to come and learn from all of you!

Gavin Mercado

My name is Gavin Mercado and I’m a student at Montana State University majoring in Health Enhancement K-12 with a special interest in Coaching. I am from Seeley Lake, Montana and I’m eager to reach out to the future generations of students in this important subject matter!

Anna Ostovich

My name is Anna Ostovich and I am from Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I am double majoring in English- Teaching and Asian Studies with a Japanese focus. Some of my interests include reading, art, animals, and foreign cultures.

Tracy Zuhoski

My name is Tracy Zuhoski and I am a General Science Broadfield/Organismal Biology double major with minors in music and chemistry teaching. I am from Belt, Montana. I chose to be a part of the Broadus experience because I am from a small town and want to teach in a small town in Montana. I plan to teach high school science but also have aspirations of helping with music and math. I love to watch sports and play them too. I am an avid hunter come Fall. I am incredibly excited to participate in this and look forward to experiencing all that it has to offer.

Dr. Jayne Downey

Hi! I’m Jayne Downey. I am a faculty member in the Dept. of Education at MSU and I serve as the Director of MSU’s Center for Research on Rural Education. I am deeply committed to supporting the work of Montana’s rural schools and communities. Along with a team of faculty and graduate students in the Center, we are working on several projects focused on sustaining and strengthening rural education across Montana. One of the key projects we’re working on right now is identifying how MSU can best recruit, prepare, and retain new teachers and administrators for work in rural schools and communities. The Rural Apprentice Program for MSU to bringing 6 of MSU’s pre-service teachers to Broadus during our Spring Break. This is an outstanding opportunity for our pre-service teachers to get to know you and the Broadus community, experience what it’s like to be a rural teacher, build some of their teaching knowledge and skills, and consider the possibility of becoming a rural teacher in Montana in the days ahead. Thanks for your partnership in this important, ground-breaking project!


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