I want to be an agent of change in science education

NAME: Brooke Klostermann 
HOMETOWN: Dyersville, Iowa
MAJOR: Biology and secondary education

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Golf team, Student Athletic Advisory Council, National Science Teachers Association, Dance Marathon, Kappa Delta Pi, Tri Beta, Phi Eta Sigma

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: Being on campus, it felt similar to home. At Wartburg, I am not just a number; I feel that professors not only value academics but they also push students to be involved in sports or music and be successful in both endeavors. Wartburg also allowed me to pursue my golf career and provide opportunities of a lifetime with spring break trips.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I have a passion for working with young adults and children. I love being a role model for younger generations and being able to push them to achieve their goals and be successful. I chose science because I want to make science fun and interesting for students and not boring and difficult. I believe I can be an agent of change in science education for high school and middle school students. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I will be a high school science teacher at Dubuque Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa, and coach.  

Brooke Klostermann

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: In my four years, Wartburg pushed me to new limits I didn’t think were imaginable. I was fortunate to work with students of different backgrounds who also had opposite perspectives. Interacting with students with differing perspectives allowed me to see the world through another lens and become more passionate for all students, especially the ones not similar to myself. This prepared me to work with students of all ages in the education field. As a teacher, I need to embrace everyone with compassion and give every student the opportunity to be great. Wartburg provided me the confidence to do that will all my future students.

DID YOU DO ANY RESEARCH AT WARTBURG: I completed research on the nutrient storage of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in two forest herbaceous plants with Paige Shafer and Dr. Golay.

HOW DID YOUR STUDENT-TEACHING EXPERIENCES HELP PREPARE YOU FOR THE FUTURE: I was able to teach in two phenomenal schools and build great relationships with fellow teachers and students. I learned more than I could have ever asked from my two cooperating teachers, Mrs. Hervol and Mr. Angell.

DO YOU HAVE ANY MENTORS ON CAMPUS: Dr. Michael Bechtel. I looked to him as my second father when at Wartburg. He answered any questions, assisted with any future plans, and made me passionate for the field of teaching science.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU COULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I never imagined I would meet as many helpful professors, compassionate and driven friends, and be able to compete and be successful at nationals in golf.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: Becoming first team All-American at nationals junior year and having my teammates and family there with me.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: The ability to be who you are; there were multiple organizations that aligned to my personality. I loved the skywalks and the multiple options of dining (Den, Zesty, and K-Dit) on campus.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Get involved, take risks, go outside of your comfort zones. The four years fly by so make the most of the years you have there.

WHY WAS WARTBURG WORTH IT: The memories I made will last a lifetime!!