Colleen Uremovic

A Servant Leadership Spotlight on Colleen Uremovic

Q | You are a current student. What made you choose to attend USF?
One of my uncles is a principal who has always spoken highly of USF’s education program. I wanted to go to a university that already had a solid program in place to help me become the best possible educator I could be. Plus, I grew up in the Joliet community and this community has truly made me who I am today, so it was important to be able to keep that connection.

Q | Did you plan to pursue special/elementary education from the start or was it something that developed over time?
I knew coming in that I wanted to study elementary education in order to help instill foundational skills in students that they would need to be successful all throughout life. I served as a tutor in high school and worked with individuals who did not know how to add three-digit numbers without a calculator or multiply one-digit numbers. My goal as a teacher is to ensure that I provide my students with these skills at an early age so they do not fall behind and so they have the tools to be successful down the road. I grew up around individuals with special needs who did not receive the assistance they needed. As a result, it was important to me to earn an endorsement in special education so that I am able to provide my students with support. Once I started taking education courses, it was clear that an endorsement in English as a second language (ESL) would also help me prepare more students with tools for success.

Q | As a student leader on campus, what groups have you been involved with?
Currently I am still involved on campus as the president of Kappa Delta Pi’s Psi Upsilon Chapter, I’m the only current Joliet Professional Development School Partnership student member, and I’m a Saints Ambassador. Before my workload with student teaching increased, I was also actively involved on campus as a member of University Success Scholars, the History Club, the Student Activities Board, a Peer Minister, a Summer Academy mentor, a Foundations mentor, an Orientation Board member and a member of Schola Cantorum.

Q | What does servant leadership mean to you, and what have you learned about leadership at USF?
Being a servant leader means really listening to the needs of others, providing opportunities to help them grow, and assisting with developing the tools necessary for them to be successful on their own. During my time at USF I have learned about the importance of advocating for others and creating opportunities that will benefit people from diverse backgrounds.

Q | What role will servant leadership play in your future classroom?
In my classroom, I will lead by example and listen to and look out for the needs of my students. Not only will I advocate for them, but I will also encourage them to advocate for themselves.