Amber Belch, '18, Euclid Elementary School, 3rd Grade Teacher
I work with third grade students in the general education setting.
My experience at IWU greatly impacted my teaching career. In fact, to this day, it
still does. Constantly, I am reflecting on my work to ensure that I am using best
practices, meeting my students' needs, engaging their minds, inspiring lifelong learners,
instilling the love of reading, and being equitable. Without IWU, I wouldn't have
the knowledge or capacity to teach in the manner I do.
Something that I loved about IWU and will forever be grateful for is the opportunities
it provided. Because of IWU, I was able to teach in classrooms from kindergarten through
twelfth grade, intern in Mexico, mentor at an alternative school, and work with Chicago
Public Summer School students--all before graduating! So, my advice would be to take
every opportunity IWU gives you. It's definitely worth it!
My favorite memory as a student from IWU was probably my last educational studies
class. It was so neat to sit with my cohort, have snacks, and reflect on how far we
had all come. It was a beautiful bittersweet day. That's a memory I will cherish forever--as
it was the end of an era.