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Kathryn Dhayer '20

Intervention specialist major

I have been in schools every semester for field work, and I am currently placed in a resource room for part of the day during my pre-clinical teaching. This experience has helped me feel confident in what I want to do.

Education

Intervention specialist

Hometown

Middlefield, OH

Becoming a Purple Raider

My friends make Mount Union feel like a second home. My friends at school have become my second family. I had heard about Mount Union from a friend that I went to high school with. I chose Mount Union after meeting with a member of the Department of Education. I loved the way that the program was set up, and I was excited to go to a school where I would be in small classes. I would advise high school students to look at many different universities. I thought that I wanted to go to a big school, but after visiting a variety of options I decided that a small school better fit my needs. I received the Trustee Scholarship, Yoder Brother's Scholarship, Jill Herrick Scholarship, and Rotary Club Scholarship to attend.

Selecting a Major

I chose to be an intervention specialist major, because of my experiences in high school. I volunteered in a moderate to severe self-contained classroom my junior and senior year of high school. I fell in love with working with my students and helping them be successful. My ultimate career goal is to work in a school, as either a school psychologist or in a self-contained resource room as a teacher.

Opportunities through Mount

I have been in schools every semester for field work, and I am currently placed in a resource room for part of the day during my pre-clinical teaching. This experience has helped me feel confident in what I want to do. Mount Union has given me multiple opportunities to experience different settings as well. I had an internship for SPIES through the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. My SPIES internship was my favorite, because I got to work one on one with a child with autism to help them generalize social skills in a camp setting. It was a lot of fun to work on behavior modifications and reinforcements. I feel that the Integrative Core has helped me to see the classroom setting from a variety of perspectives, allowing me to take classes outside of my concentration, making me a more well-rounded teacher.