Major: Math with Teaching Certification
Hometown: Novi, Mich.
Running is what fueled Meghan Prohaska’s decision to attend the University of St. Francis (USF). As an avid runner, Prohaska was excited to compete on the university’s cross-country and track teams. However, it was the intimate atmosphere the university offered which cemented her decision to attend USF.
Prohaska, who graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in math, said being on the track team helped prepare her for career as a teacher and track coach at Joliet Catholic Academy.
“I absolutely loved being part of the track team, and I learned a lot about teamwork and how to be a mentor because of the coaching I had on USF’s team,” said Prohaska, who currently lives in Mokena, Ill.
Although Prohaska speaks fondly of her time on the team, she said she wouldn’t be where she is as a teacher without the USF math faculty.
“From the moment I started taking classes, the faculty were there to help me succeed and were supportive in my quest to become a teacher,” she said. “I felt challenged to do my best, and I know that I got the best education at USF.”
Prohaska said they faculty were also excellent mentors.
“While I was a students at USF and after I graduated, I always felt the faculty went above and beyond to make sure I would be successful,” she said. “As a first-year teacher, I feel prepared to handle almost any situation.”
Prohaska said one key to being comfortable as a teacher was the number of hours she spent observing in the classroom as a student.
“USF requires their students to observe in the classroom as part of the required curriculum,” said Prohaska. “Those observation hours were an important part of my USF education as it really gave me a first-hand look of what it would be like to be a teacher.”
As Prohaska completes her first year as a teacher and coach, she still makes time for the thing that brought her to the university—running. She will run her fifth marathon in spring 2013.
Major: Math with minors in Finance/Actuarial Science and Economics
Hometown: Joliet, Ill.
When Aimee Eichelberger, USF’s Lincoln Laureate for the 2008-2009 academic year, was asked what USF meant to her, she replied:
“USF means, to me, a great, small community where I have grown both as a student and as a person. It means ‘challenge’ because my math skills and my conviction about life have repeatedly been challenged over the last four years. USF also means great faculty who knows me and my capabilities, new friendships and a lot of hard work.”
Major: Mathematics, Secondary Education
“My math skills are excellent, thanks to the challenges put before me in the Math Program. The faculty was there to support and encourage me both inside the classroom and out. I knew I could go to any one of my instructors at any time for help, and they’d do whatever they could for me.”
“The university is more than academics….more than an educational institution. USF truly became my family.”