North Central College - Naperville, IL
Elementary Education major

What distinguished North Central’s education program for Emma was, “the amount of time and how quickly you get into the schools. I was tutoring during my first education class and in my first field experience my sophomore year … all real-world experiences that let you try out different ages and environments and find your best fit.”

Emma discovered her “best fit” when she joined other North Central students for a summer service trip to Kenya and worked with orphans in the schools.

“I saw their drive for learning and I loved the experience. I had considered teaching in high-need schools, but not seriously. Now I know I want to teach in a high-need environment.”

Schools around the College are more diverse than many think, says Emma. “North Central has built strong relationships with schools in many diverse communities and they welcome us.”