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Meet Hillary Singer

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WLC Class Of: 2014

Major: Elementary Education

Current Occupation: Language Arts Teacher, Pilgrim Park Middle School

Find something that you are passionate about. If you don't love what you do, you'll spend the rest of your life working.
- Hillary Singer 

  • Hillary Singer knew with certainty that she wanted to be a teacher, but getting clinical experience in local schools as a Wisconsin Lutheran College freshman made her even more confident that education was her passion. She looks back at her time at WLC and remembers the rigorous coursework, hours of student teaching, and demanding expectations. But she has no regrets. Hillary secured her position as a language arts teacher before she even graduated and says she felt prepared for the transition from college student to full-time teacher. She credits this to her WLC preparation.

    There’s no such thing as a typical day for Hillary, who teaches about 110 seventh-graders every day. Her students are diverse, with different learning abilities and interests. Flexibility is a must.  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a new teacher, she says, and finding a work-life balance can be challenging. Her relationships with her WLC professors have been a great source of comfort, and she fell back on them for support well beyond graduation.

    Reflecting on her first year of teaching, Hillary feels proud that she made it through while growing professionally. She learned to accept that she will make mistakes and that they are necessary to progress. Moving forward, Hillary would like to go back to school to get her reading certification and would consider becoming a reading specialist at some point in her career.

    Hillary thanks Jim Holman, her advisor and the head of WLC’s Education department, for always making her feel important and keeping her best interests in mind, and the Education department for always making her feel supported and confident in her abilities. She also thanks Dr. Marty Moldenhauer, a professor from her English minor, for helping her to continue to grow her love of reading and writing.