Preparing Educators as Leaders

Let us introduce you to the KU PDS Student Interns

Argentine Middle School

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I am already in the program and simply affirming that I would love PDS placement for my full student teaching in the fall.

DeSoto High School

There are no PDS interns at this school for the 2015-16 academic year.

East Antioch Elementary School

Madison Brand

I want to be placed in the PDS program for the University of Kansas student teaching program because I want to become involved in the world of at-risk schools. When I started studying education, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher to make a difference in the lives of students who really needed... more

Lenora Amador

There are many reasons why I hope to spend my student teaching time in a Professional Development School, the primary of which is knowing that in a PDS I can make the most difference in the lives of my students.  Growing up in Foster Care I attended more than 12 school, was often the... more

Catherine Liebenau

It all began in fourth grade. For both my fourth and fifth grade years I had a teacher named Ms. Eaton. To this day, she remains the reason I chose to go into teaching. By learning in her classroom I became more confident in my abilities as... more

Victoria Pfennig

     I want to be in the PDS program because I feel as though it will be an enlightening and informative experience that will prepare me for my future. I believe I will be challenged and face numerous obstacles as a teacher, but I have no doubt that PDS will make me a better... more

Frank Rushton Elementary School

Abigail Symes

Diversity is an issue that every teacher will have to address in their classroom. A classroom can be a very diverse environment where students have come from many different backgrounds. The children can range in ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, exceptionalities, gender, religion, sexual... more

Danielle Green

Since the beginning of high school I have known that I want to be an elementary school teacher, but ever since my sophomore year of high school I have known that I want to work in a PDS type school.  During my sophomore year I started volunteer babysitting a foster family of six kids.... more

Mikaela Klos

I grew up in a town of only 800 people, went to kindergarten with 13 students in the one class at the school, and graduated high school from the county school with 18 students total. I have only experienced school with limited amounts of students and a large amount of excellent teachers. Now, I... more

Brittany Santana

I want to be in the PDS program because I do not want to be just a teacher; I want to be the most affective and successful teacher that I can possibly be. Since the PDS program focuses on both the quality of teaching and student learning, I can learn to be the affective teacher that I someday... more

Rachel Timmons

When I first heard about this program, I got so excited and knew I had to be apart of it. I knew that there are more placements in the Kansas City area, so after I heard a presentation about the program, I called my dad to see if he would pay for gas. I had already looked ahead to make sure that... more

Abigail Riley

There is that one teacher that everybody will remember for the rest of his or her lives. These are the teachers that really make an impact on their students in a positive way. In the inner city schools it is so important that you make that positive impression on every student that enters the... more

Hocker Grove Middle School

There are no PDS interns at this school for the 2015-16 academic year.

JC Harmon High School

Adam Vaughn

When I first began my studies in education, I already knew of which type of school I was interested in being placed--suburban. I have always felt myself to be better placed at a school with students, staff and parents with similar... more

Raymond Guerrero

I would like to be in the PDS program because I believe I have a lot to offer students in this demographic. I have many life experiences from military service to touring in a band. I have seen both the ugliest and prettiest parts of the world. When I studied abroad in Carpi, Italy, to teach... more

JF Kennedy Elementary School

Hannah Ferguson

I have chosen a career in education because I believe teachers have the opportunity to not only change the world through future generations but, to improve it. I want to be part of this noble profession because I have hopes of one day being among those teachers whom students find inspiring. My... more

Lauren Dollar

When I was in Junior High I knew I wanted to become a teacher, mainly because my mom was a teacher. Then when I came to college I decided that I wanted to create my own path but still help kids so that made me search for another alternative to teacher that still allowed me the same opportunities... more

Meghan Schippers

     As a pre-service teacher interested in working in schools with highly diverse, high needs student populations, the PDS program offers a student teaching environment that will give me excellent preparation for my future career. My drive for teaching stems from my passion... more

John Fiske Elementary School

Cassandra Barrera

I want to be in the PDS program because I want to be challenged to work my hardest so I can become the best educator I can be. I believe that the PDS program will prepare me to be a dynamic educator. This past Fall semester I was given the... more

Katherine O'Conner

I would like to gain experience from the PDS schools I may never get anywhere else. PDS will give me experience with developing schools and with students with diverse backgrounds. I attended a parochial school as a child, and a very good high school, limiting my exposure to diversity. I know... more

Kristen Fisher

The Professional Development Schools program would be an excellent fit for me because it embodies everything that I envision for my future as a teacher. I have always considered teaching in a Title I school, because I know that there is a great need for teachers who are passionate about changing... more

Tawney Carter

I would like to be in a PDS program because I am a caring and committed professional. I believe that teachers can benefit from collaborations because you can never learn enough about educating and professional development. I believe that I can help children raise their achievement levels and... more

Kelsey Mitchelson

I dream of becoming a teacher who is able to make a difference in a child's life. I am lucky enough to be able to say I was extremely blessed in the opportunities I was given while growing up, both in my educational career and life in general. With that being said, I understand that not every... more

Allison Mordan

I would like to join the PDS program. I believe that this program aligns perfectly with the type of teacher I dream of becoming. I am planning on moving to an urban area, Los Angeles, and becoming a teacher in that environment. I have been... more

Kaylee Clements

I full-heartedly believe that every child is entitled to a quality education; however, I do not believe that children are always given this. The lack of focus on children in lower income areas is something that has always tore at my heart. I believe that every child is entitled to an education... more

Jennifer Modisett

When hearing about the PDS program, I knew I had to be a part of it. I have volunteered in a variety of schools and found that I tend to connect most with the students that are harder to manage. They always have good hearts, they just need extra support. Many of the students in a PDS schools... more

Lexington Trails Middle School

Heather Hargrove

I would like to be a part of this program to help make a difference in the students' education experience.  I want to be a positive role model for these students which may enable them to be more successful in their education and ... more

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School

Kassandra Betz

I want to be in the PDS program because I want to be an influence on students. I want to show that schooling is fun and that it is very important. I want to also learn new techniques that will help the students. I want to be able to have the most experience with my degree. This program is what I... more

McKinley Elementary School

Andrea Rivera Cotto

From the very first time I heard about the Professional Development Schools Program (PDS) at the University of Kansas, I did not even think twice in whether I should or should not apply for the program. I knew right away that the PDS... more

Kendra Karlin

I want to be in the PDS program because I think it would be a great opportunity to get the teaching experience in a school different from where I come from. I went to school at a place where everyone was very much alike. After observing... more

Sara Thompson

I would love to have the opportunity to work in a PDS school because I am interested in experiencing a more collaborative learning community.  Working with a seasoned mentor teacher, along with my fellow student teachers, will better prepare me for my first year as an educator.  I have... more

I decided I wanted to teach because I want to help children succeed and get the best education they can. I grew up in a house with 15 people from 4 generations and I moved on average more than once a year because of financial difficulties. I also remember being 9 years old and going to the bank... more

Michaella Schick

There are a number of reasons why I believe that the PDS program would be a great experience for me as a student teacher. First, the schools involved in the PDS program represent the types of schools I would like to teach in. These schools frequently have students that may be lower in income,... more

Merriam Park Elementary School

Shelby Spjuth

My first semester of practicum was in a PDS school and I absolutely fell in love with it. I also went to high school at a PDS school and got to see first hand for four years how this program works.

I have always had a heart for people who are in need and helping those people has always... more

Anna Hagen

I want to be in the PDS program because for the past two summers I worked at a Christian camp, T Bar M, in New Braunfels, TX and got to be a counselor/coach at the camp for five weeks. I worked with High School students, which was a change, but it taught me a lot. I learned to have non-... more

Pinckney Elementary School

Kelly Quigley

To be honest, I have always imaged myself teaching at an elementary school similar to the one I grew up in because of my wonderful experience as a student. I grew up in Leawood, Kansas with the population being 90.3% white. I am in that... more

Paige Stark

I struggled with needing extra help emotionally and academically when I was in grade school. I feel my teachers tried their best to help me but because they had not gone through the same struggles it was hard for them to fully understand. This way I feel like I can connect to the students who... more

Kexin Chen

The PDS program provides various valuable educational experiences in different aspects. To be in the PDS program, I will have more opportunities to learn partnership, to have deeper understanding of what a school, districts and their programs look like, and have more information about effective... more

Alex Kezar

I want to be in the PDS program because I want to build relationships not only with my students, but also with the faculty and staff within my school. I think this support structure is so integral because it allows us to bounce ideas off of each other, constructively critique each other (which... more

Emily Kerr

I feel extremely fortunate to go to a school where a program like PDS is available. The more I have learned about the field of education today, the more I have realized there are a lot of challenges that teachers face. I believe that the PDS program is a perfect way to get practical experience... more

Allison Levine

I have grown up very fortunate with the life that I have. I have always had a lunch to take to school, two loving parents to support me, and a school that can provide me with everything I need. This being said I believe that it is crucial that every student receives an equal opportunity to learn... more

Hannah Smith

When I began my journey to become a teacher my end goal was to become someone who can make a difference in a child’s life. In order to be that person I need to train and work to be the best teacher I can be. I want to work with a diverse group of students in many settings so I can be prepared... more

Starside Elementary School

There are no PDS interns at this school for the 2015-16 academic year.

White Church Elementary School

Leena Younes

To be placed in the PDS program would be an entirely advantageous and unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of every student. I am fully aware that I am entering a place that would soon become one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences. I understand that I will be... more

Kimberly Pollock

The idea of a PDS program is what draws me to it. I like the idea of having a more connected experience to the school and the teachers. Co-teaching to help better the educator and the students. I have read about PDS programs and have been able to talk with several different PDS student teachers... more

Jane Baer

I want to be in the PDS program because it has always been a goal of mine to work in an urban school, and I hope that when I graduate I will have the opportunity to work as a special education teacher in a high needs elementary school. This past semester I had the opportunity to complete a... more

Holly Adams

I would like to be in the PDS program because I feel that it is really the only way to get the full experience as a teacher. From the few times that I've heard current teachers talking about their own experiences in PDS schools, there has... more

Amanda Barclay

I want to teach in a PDS school because I firmly believe that a good education is a right that all children deserve. With that being said, I know that many low-income schools are often given less resources and test lower on standardized tests. There is something wrong with this scenario. I want... more

Aubrey Burch

I would like to be part of the PDS program because I want to work in schools that have the highest needs so that I can have chance to have the most impact on the students I teach. I am very grateful for having a lot of people in my life that encouraged me to develop a love for reading and... more

Caitlin Szlenk

If you would have asked me three years ago, I most likely would not have believed that I would be applying to student teach in a Professional Development school. I never thought I had that type of personality, nor did I believe that I was a strong enough person. But during my sophomore year of... more

Cassandra Barrera

After visiting Pinckney Elementary school I realized that I want to teach in a PDS school for my student teaching internship. I want to be in the PDS student teaching program because I believe that I can make a big difference in the lives of these children. As a teacher, we are often the face... more


KU PDS Alliance Contacts

Joseph NovakDr. Joe Novak
PDS Director

Joseph R. Pearson 426
913-707-1152
joehawk58@ku.edu

Nicole SingletonDr. Nicole S. Babalola
PDS Coordinator

Joseph R. Pearson 349
785-864-2874
nsb.singleton@ku.edu

PDS Alliance Spotlight
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Canise Salinas, at John F. Kennedy elementary school in KCK

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