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Kristine Jackson

Kristine Jackson

“I have received everything they promised that night including great clubs, a nice environment, a good price and a truly great opportunity to excel as a student.”

Age: 39

Hometown: Waupaca, WI

Current residence: Waupaca, WI

When attended UWFox: Spring 2009 - Fall 2010

Background before UWFox:

Before attending UWFox, I worked at two environmental labs, taught environmental education to local schools, worked on environmental/youth grants through the UW-Waupaca County Extension office and held many positions connected to the Waupaca community.  I have two sons, age 12 and 8, and currently assist my husband with a log home/carpentry business called, “Wild Wood Custom Builders.”

Why did you choose UWFox?

I chose to come to UWFox because the act! program (Alternative Careers in Teaching) fit my needs as a non-traditional student returning to college.  The flexibility of this program allows me to successfully manage and balance home, work, and school.   The act! program has given me individualized assistance and support, while valuing and recognizing my past experiences in the workforce and community.   This innovative program was a defining factor in my decision to become a teacher.

Have you chosen a major?

In 1993, I received a Bachelor of Science Degree from UW-La Crosse, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Biology.  Through the act! program, I am presently earning education credits to become licensed to teach general science, chemistry, biology, and earth science in grades 6-12.

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

I have enjoyed all my classes at UWFox and have a life-long love of learning.  I enjoy the flexibility in fitting the classes into my busy life.  Being a non-traditional adult student has given me a different perspective of learning and has brought new meaning to my classroom experiences.   

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I plan to teach science in a middle school or high school in central Wisconsin.

Other interesting things you’d like to share?

 I never thought about becoming a teacher until I had children of my own.  I now realize the value of education through my own children and can see the excitement of learning through the eyes of children.  With my students, I hope to share my joy of science and nature all around us.  


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