Rebecca Petersen is a living testament to the proud tradition of teaching educators at Montana Western; both her grandparents graduated with education degrees from this institution. Today, Rebecca is in pursuit of an education degree of her own.
Petersen is a native of Alberton, Mont. She came to Montana Western in 2008 and is now a sophomore in elementary education. She plans to teach kindergarten through third grades.
When asked about her own education, Petersen says the transition from high school to Montana Western has been a smooth one.
"The admissions process was really easy," she explains. "They were helpful whenever I had questions and they always called me and assisted me when I didn't have something done."
Petersen says the same about her experience in class.
"I like the smaller classes," she says. "I can always talk to my professors and there's always tutoring so I can get help whenever I need it."
Petersen was a teacher's assistant in high school and has always had an admiration of children. Now she is learning how to turn her passion into a fulfilling and successful career as an educator.
Her grandma, Betty-Ann, is particularly pleased.
"She's really excited that I switched over to education," Petersen says with a smile.
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