Kyle Henry, ’12
Gaining an international classroom perspective
Minor: Political Science
Shurmur Center for Teacher Development, Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Sigma Tau Delta honorary English fraternity, Order of Omega, Detroit Free Press intern
"For a young man who had never left the country before, learning about the differences in educational systems between the United States and France was certainly an incentive to go abroad. Not only did I immerse myself in the learning approaches to French adolescents and the educational culture, I learned a lot about how I perceive myself as a secondary teacher in the United States. Using my experiences from France as well as those from Albion, I have become more confident in my own approaches to helping young students grow as free-thinking individuals."
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Jason Moritz was born in Davenport, Iowa, and attended K-12 public schools in nearby Bettendorf until moving to the Chicago area in 1988 to attend Northwestern University (BA, economics and geography, 1992). After returning to the Quad Cities to work as an economic development planner at the Bi-State Regional Commission in Rock Island, Illinois, he returned to school at the University of Iowa (MA, geography, and secondary social studies teaching certification, 1998). While at Iowa, he co-wrote an article with Dr. Paul Robbins entitled "Resourceful People and People's Resources: Teaching the Cultural Ecology of South Asia" published in the Fall 1999 issue of Education About Asia. He was also a graduate teaching assistant for contemporary environmental issues and human geography courses.
Jason moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and for two years taught 7th grade world history and geography at Audubon Middle School in the Crenshaw District. He left middle school teaching to attend UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (MLIS, information studies, 2002). After graduating from UCLA, he worked as an archivist for both Universal Studios and DreamWorks SKG and as a substitute reference librarian at the Glendale (California) Public Library. He also taught physical geography courses at Los Angeles City and Pierce Colleges. Jason and his wife Melanie moved to Jackson, Michigan, in the summer of 2007. They enjoy traveling, reading, gardening, and watching movies together.
Carol Gnich is the Placement Coordinator in the Education Department, a position she has held since retiring from the Albion Public Schools in 2002 after 32 years of teaching at the elementary level. Before coming to Albion she taught in Seattle, Washington, at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, and in Lincoln Park, Michigan.
In the Education Department Carol has also served as a supervisor of student teachers and as an adjunct instructor. She received her BA in Elementary Education and her MA in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan.