My hometown when I was a student was
I graduated in
Major: Elementary Education
Minors: English, Social Studies
I currently live in
I am now
Since graduating from Alma
Professionally: I worked for two years as a reading specialist for Vestaburg Community Schools, then accepted a position with Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) teaching sixth grade. Within TCAPS, I have taught fourth, fifth and sixth grade, and have also been a reading specialist and principal intern. I am currently the K-5 district technology curriculum coordinator, which means I provide professional development and coaching for elementary staff on the best ways to integrate technology into their teaching. I have a Master’s degree in educational technology K-12 from Michigan State University. In my spare time, I teach technology integration classes for teachers across the state of Michigan in coordination with our intermediate school district. I recently became a Google Certified Trainer and I run a Facebook site, Making Technology Elementary, and do technology consulting for schools and businesses on my own time.
Personally: I married John Brostrom (class of 2001). We have two beautiful daughters (Norah is 5 and just started kindergarten this year, and Stella just celebrated her ten month “birthday”).
My Alma education
definitely got me where I am today. My education professors were amazing. They taught me how to be innovative, how to design a lesson for a class of diverse learners and how to foster a love of learning in my students. My English professors helped me hone my writing craft. The small class size ensured that I was given the coaching I needed in order to shine. The connections I’ve made through Alma have lasted many years. I still make alumni connections often as I travel across our 14 elementary schools for training (I wear my ID badge on my Alma lanyard every day). Go Scots!
My favorite place(s) on campus included
the Alpha Gamma Delta house, Bruske Hall and Joe’s for Joe’s Bread.
My favorite professors(s) included
Dr. Mark Seals, Dr. William Palmer and Dr. Robert Vivian.
My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is
anything involving my girls from 3rd North Bruske! We had SO MANY good times together.
My off-campus study experience(s) included
a spring term teaching second grade in Jamaica. It was an amazing experience! Their culture is so different from ours…and was definitely different from my small hometown in the Upper Peninsula. It was truly an unforgettable experience.