North Central College - Naperville, IL
Physical Education major, Secondary Education minor

John’s teacher preparation started early. He was placed in practicums at all levels—elementary, middle and high school. He observed and worked alongside great teachers who “really included me in the experience.”

“North Central properly prepares you. Friends at other schools didn’t get the practice hours or classroom experience, so they were overwhelmed when they got to student teaching. They ended up going into another field, after all that schooling.”

John admits he chose North Central because of its coaching legends and track and field program. A star pole vaulter, he was a three-time conference champion. But he stayed at North Central because of what took place in his classes. “The small class size makes possible close relationships with your professors. They learn about you, take an interest in you and know how to give you the best possible opportunities.”