ELEMENTARY EDUCATION/SPECIAL EDUCATION, CLASS OF 2024
When Lindsay Paulsen was looking at colleges as a high school senior, she knew she wanted a Christian education. She chose to attend Judson and has discovered a community where she has grown both academically and spiritually.
“I am so blessed to be able to attend a school where I not only learn about things I enjoy, but I also have been able to experience personal growth in my faith life through many of my courses. This growth then reflects outward and impacts my interactions with others,” Lindsay says. “Participating in athletics on the women’s volleyball team, in Dr. Anderson’s choir, getting plugged into student-led worship through a new club called GROW, and meeting godly friends through Bible studies on campus are a few of the many things that I have been able to enjoy at Judson.”
Inspired by one of her elementary school teachers in her hometown of Sharon, Wisc., Lindsay decided to major in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education. She also has some specific goals for herself as a teacher.
“I hope to display a love for my students that reflects the love Jesus has for us. The elementary age is a time for growth, development, independence, and fun. I hope that I can make the school environment a place where students can grow and enjoy learning,” she explains.
To prepare her for this role, Lindsay completed a practicum at two locations, Century Oaks Elementary School in Elgin and the Clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club. By observing and helping students, she was able to learn several creative ways to engage students, even in the challenging environment of online learning. She hopes to one day incorporate these strategies with her own students after she graduates in 2024.
Judson exceeded Lindsay’s expectations in many ways. She appreciates the authenticity of her professors and her classmates. She is also amazed by the variety of ways to grow at Judson.
“There are countless opportunities to not only attend events and activities in which you can get plugged in and be served but more importantly, there are also many opportunities in which you can serve others,” she concludes.