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Pierre Indian Learning Center
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Harlee Mowery

Majors: English, Secondary Education
Minors: Psychology, Education Policy,Special Education,Writing, Deafness and Hearing Studies, Rehabilitation and Human Services,
Hometown: Berwick, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this experience from the College of Education's Eve Shellenburger. She suggested this opportunity to me because it would help me learn more in the realm of both of my majors and several of my minors.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This experience was amazing for me. There were so many different experiences that I was able to participate in. At the Pierre Indian Learning Center, the student population comes from various levels of poverty and this is reflected in their emotional states and academic performances. Individuals who work at the school become so much more then educators. They are counselors, parents, friends, and so much more. All of these things helped me understand what my majors and minors are really about. Understanding the aspects of these students lives promotes a better understanding of how to help them.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has been one that impacted me academically every day. I received a deeper understanding of what it means to be an educator and an individual whose goal it is to help others. These students need more then academic knowledge, especially in terms of traditional English that will further them in their lives. For example, the students are struggled to make complete sentences, and speaking fluently. This is where my English degree helped along with my ESL training. I was able to practice my education and English skills and use that knowledge to help the students. Some of the students also needed various accommodations and other services which gave me the opportunity to utilize skills I learned during course work for my minors. This experience furthered my education in both the College of the Liberal Arts and the College of Education.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My future career goals and plans are to work within a school teaching English in a general education classroom. However, being in a general education classroom also means that there will be inclusion students that I will be working with. This is one of the reasons that I wanted to come to the Pierre Indian Learning Center. Almost every student at the school has an IEP that includes reading and writing. It was very important to me to work with these students to improve their English abilities and further the skills that they already possess. This experience confirmed that I am doing what I love and that I made the right decision in teaching English.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students depending on their fields of study. The Pierre Indian Learning Center has so many facets that come together within such a small space. Working with the students in the classroom, in the dorms, or as a psychology counselor are just some of the experiences to be had here. There is so much to learn and I cannot descried how beneficial is was to me.

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