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Stefanie Skaggs

Junior High Math Teacher at Campbell R-2 School District

Elementary Education

Graduated in 2015

Explain your career path

I graduated in 2015 with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I then earned my certification in and began teaching Adult Education at the Malden Semo Regional Campus through Poplar Bluff School District. I began my studies for my Master’s Degree in Secondary Education which I just graduated with this Summer (2018). This will now be my second year at Campbell High School as the Jr. High Math teacher.

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?

For my Undergraduate Studies, my major was Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. For my Graduate work, my major was Secondary Educafion: Educational Studies. I was led to these majors and career path thanks to my amazing and loving teachers at Zalma High School and one particular person, Ms. Tiffany Dannenmueller, who always believed in me and made me understand I could do whatever I wanted to with hard work and dedication.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

Southeast had a great program for Education and was close to home. I enjoyed everything about Southeast as I have attended Cape Campus, Sikeston Campus, Malden Campus and also online classes.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

I was influenced most during my time at Southeast by all of the professors who dedicate their time to helping the students learn. It’s not just a class with information and tests, they make the learning meaningful and make sure you understand.

Share your best college memory.

My best college memory is getting better and better at walking up Cardiac Hill! It was a struggle and became easier as the semesters passed (although it was still challenging even then!)

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

The most important thing I learned at Southeast was to be myself. I learned so much about myself during my time in college, that I wouldn’t change for the world. I opened up and blossomed into the person I am today because of it.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Diverse. Influential. Caring.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

My greatest professional accomplishment is finally graduating with my Masters Degree, never thinking I would make it this far.

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

The Teacher Education Program at Southeast prepares teachers for all situations, classrooms, and students. The diversity of the classes and the content has pushed me to be the best teacher I can be because I know what I’m doing.

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Build your resume. Take advantage of part-time jobs or volunteer opportunities that will supply you with experience in your field of interest. Also, take advantage of the internship opportunities that Southeast offers. Be strategic in your choices so that the skills you acquire will help you later on in life.

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

My advice would be:

1. Don’t schedule 8 am classes. You won’t make it.
2. Don’t skip classes no matter how tempting.
3. Do your best work from day 1 so you can look back on the last day and see what all you’ve accomplished and be proud of your best work.


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