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

Natalie’s interests—athletics, health, coaching, teaching—are central in her academic and career choices. “I knew I wanted to teach physical education at the middle-school level. Adding the health endorsement gives me different experiences than being in the classroom and the gym and opens additional career options.”

Health, says Natalie, is a required subject and won’t be eliminated in schools. It focuses on nutrition, stress management, environmental health and more. Having a health endorsement opens doors to teach community health at a health department, a rehab program, service center or other health-related area.

“North Central’s health education program requires 150 hours of field experience. That’s a lot. And I feel I’m better prepared than friends in similar programs at other schools.” Natalie hopes to eventually create her own health curriculum with content that’s informative, relevant and relatable to students.