Northwestern student teachers begin assignments in area schools

August 30, 2018

Senior education majors are beginning their student teaching assignments in area schools. The students along with education faculty include (front row, left to right) Dr. Martie Young, Jamie Sutherland, Adrianna Tibbetts, Heather Armbruster, Tricia Franke, Dr. Christee Jenlink; (second row) Bailie Hollingshead, Jessica Butzback, Jennifer Gilbreath, Cole Ward, Ethan Kennedy, Jared Fast, Katie Couey, Kelsey Schumpert, Katlyn Anderson, and Ryann Blackburn.

Students leave Northwestern Oklahoma State University with the knowledge to succeed in a particular field. In their final semester, 14 senior education students have received their student teaching assignments and have entered area schools to gain hands-on experience.

The students will return to campus for seminars in November and their portfolio exit interviews in December. Graduation is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Listed below are the students, their hometowns and teaching assignments.

Agriculture Education – Jared Fast of Newkirk, Drummond High School (Drummond)

Early Childhood Education – Kate Anderson of Enid, Taft Elementary School (Enid); Heather Armbruster of Burlington, Waynoka Elementary School (Waynoka); Jennifer Gilbreath of Enid, Garfield Elementary School (Enid)

Elementary Education – Ryann Blackburn of Balko, Horace Mann Elementary School (Woodward); Katie Couey of Hill City, Kansas, Eisenhower Elementary School (Norton, Kansas); Jamie Sutherland of Enid, Hayes Elementary School (Enid)

English Education – Bailie Hollingshead of Woodward, Waller Middle School (Enid)

Health and Sports Science Education – Jessica Butzback of Blackwell, Newkirk Elementary School (Newkirk); Ethan Kennedy of Watonga, Washington Elementary School (Alva); Kelsey Schumpert of Anadarko, Washington Elementary School (Clinton)

History Education – Cole Ward of Kennedale, Texas, Alva Middle School (Alva)

Music Education – Adrianna Tibbetts of Beaver, Woodward High School (Woodward)

Special Education – Tricia Franke of Covington, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale School (Enid)

Teacher candidates also were able to take part in the Teacher’s Closet premiere event that helped each student get up to three, free and “new” professional outfits to help transition their wardrobe to professional dress. For more information or to donate gently used or new clothing to benefit young professionals contact Dr. Jen Oswald, assistant professor of education, at (580) 327-8451 or or Dr. Jennifer Page, assistant professor of English, at (580) 327-8473 or Find “The Teacher’s Closet” on Facebook for updates.

For more information on Northwestern’s teacher education program contact Dr. Christee Jenlink, professor of education and associate dean for the School of Education, at (580) 327-8450 or


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