Brenna Hose

Graduate student pursuing a Masters Degree to be an Applied Behavior Analysis Specialist

My hometown when I was a student was

Portage, Michigan

I graduated in


I studied

Elementary Education and Special Education

I currently live in

Kalamazoo, Michigan. I just moved back from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I am now

a graduate student at Western Michigan University. I am working as a Teaching Assistant in the Special Ed department and working part time at an autism center.

Since graduating from Alma

After graduating, I applied to elementary schools in Colorado. I knew I wanted to live out west. I got a job in mid-June and needed to be out there by the first week in July because it was a year round school. I was hired as a moderate needs teacher k-5. I had to rebuild the program. There were a lot of ups and downs my first year, but I grew a ton in my field. Year two I finally felt like I had some ground under my feet. There were still many ups and downs as a new year brings new challenges. These past two years helped me discover that I want to know more about kids with behavioral challenges. I decided to move back home and get my Masters to become an applied behavior analysis specialist.

My Alma education

Alma’s education and special education program helped me build a foundation to grow upon in my first few years of teaching. It gave me tools in my toolbox to call back upon when I ran into an issue. I have had to use critical thinking skills, and Alma was big on critical thinking in all of my courses.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

I loved walking around campus and the football stadium during games.

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Yates.

She has seen me at my best and my worst, helped me through the program, and constantly believes in me and my abilities.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

My first placement in a special education classroom, freshmen year. It felt like home and where I needed to be.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

I went with Dr. Thelen to Rwanda for a travel-based spring term May 2017. This was an amazing experience where we got to experience the culture first hand. Each of us lived with a host family. We also experienced what it would be like to work in an international school. There were kids there from many different nationalities and backgrounds. I learned something from every student I encountered. We also did some traveling and exploring all of the beauty Rwanda had to offer while we were there.