Knollwood is a Professional Development School and is in a partnership with Black Hills State University. The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent, confident, and caring professionals. In an effort to reach that goal, BHSU has prescribed to a new model which imitates the medical model. Elementary Candidates are placed with the same teacher for both the Student Teaching Practicum and the Student Teaching Internship. This year long residency involves two professionals (mentor and intern) sharing the classroom. This is my second year as a mentor in the program and I am extremely pleased with the process. Last year was a positive experience for everyone involved- the students, my intern, and me. This year promises to be the same.
My intern this year is Ms. Kolbach. She has a true passion for teaching and a genuine love for kids. I am proud to mentor her in this learning journey. I know the students and I are going to learn as much from her as she will from us. Ms. Kolbach has already shown great desire and commitment to gain as much from this experience as possible. In fact, we even got together before school year officially started.
|Ms. Kolbach and Mrs. Roller at Alternative Fuel this summer.|
|Mentors, Mrs. Roller and Mrs. Tautkus, with their interns, Ms. Kolbach and Ms. Hoscheid.|