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Scott Reilly

Scott Reilly

“I enjoy the opportunity to see guest speakers, listen to local musicians, and be connected to the greater educational community that colleges are essential for.”

Age: 336

Hometown: West Milford, NJ

Current residence: Appleton, WI

When attended UWFox: January 2011 – present; I enrolled in the act! (Alternative Careers in Teaching) program beginning in January 2011.

Background before UWFox:

Over the past 15 years, since I graduated with my B.S. in Wildlife Management, I’ve been doing a variety of jobs and continuing my education.  I spent 2.5 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America, worked as a biological technician in the U.S.A. and abroad, taught English as a Foreign Language in Honduras, and did other odd jobs in the American Southwest as well as in my native New Jersey.  I finally came to Wisconsin a few years back to study for my master’s degree from UW-Stevens Point.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I have a passion for teaching and wanted to work in a classroom.  The act! program was recommended to me by a friend as a way to earn my Wisconsin grade 6-12 teaching certification.  The program is flexible and geared towards older adults who wish to teach after they’ve had careers in other fields.  UWFox offers the courses that I need to complete my state certification in a convenient and cost-effective place.

Have you chosen a major?

I am completing my Secondary Science Teaching Certification and will be certified by UW Oshkosh after my student teaching practicum in the Fall of 2012.

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

UWFox provides all the students with many of the experiences of a large college.  I enjoy the opportunity to see guest speakers, listen to local musicians, and be connected to the greater educational community that colleges are essential for.  I’m impressed by the wide variety of opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to become engaged in!

My professors have also shared with me some of their knowledge, passion, and curiosity about their subject matter and the world at large.  UWFox’s small classes encourage students to engage their professors and learn from them, as well as get to know them as individuals.  I have learned a great deal from the few classes I have taken, something that I appreciate knowing that I could be taking classes online or in another format.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I plan to teach science at either the high school or middle school level.

Other interesting things about yourself that you’d like to share?

I have numerous hobbies, but am most passionate about exploring nature at a human pace (foot, bike, canoe), especially learning about birds.

 

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