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Norwood Young America, Minn.
Lutheran Classroom Teacher
What’s Next: Second grade teacher, St. Lorenz Lutheran School, Frankenmuth, Mich.
Elizabeth (“Liz”) Bartels came to Concordia with a passion for becoming a Lutheran teacher. Through her educational and hands-on experience, Liz will begin next fall as a second grade teacher at St. Lorenz Lutheran School in Frankenmuth, Mich.
“I wanted to go to a school where I could learn to be a teacher who taught not only traditional subjects but could also help build students’ faith,” said Liz. “Not only has Concordia fuelled my passion for becoming a Lutheran teacher, but has also given me the skills to obtain a job fulfilling my lifelong dream of teaching children about God and growing their faith.”
Liz struggled to enroll at Concordia because of affordability concerns, but thanks to financial aid and Concordia’s generous supporters, she was able to follow her lifelong goal of becoming a Lutheran teacher. Liz’s passion has led her to places that she never thought about before college and she now graduates as a double-major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and double-minor in Lutheran Confessionalism and Special Education.
At Concordia, Liz has been able to build her knowledge base and learn how to apply this education and teaching strategies into the everyday classroom. Liz feels that the welcoming community and thoughtful instructors added immeasurably to her education.
“I consider my professors my mentors and support system. Through their instruction, support and coaching I have gained the skills and confidence to be a successful teacher.”
Not only has Liz excelled academically, but she has a strong presence on and off campus. After joining the Shades of Harmony Gospel Choir as a freshman, Liz has led the group as President for the past two years. She also has served as a Resident Assistant for two years, been a member of three service trips (including Jamaica and Nicaragua twice), restarted the Teachers of Tomorrow Club, been a member of the Theology and Ministry Club and served as a Peer Minister. She has also spent a lot of time in the community volunteering at six or more schools in the Twin Cities.