Ashley (Schwictenberg) Landru

Ashley Landru (Schwichtenberg) (2011)Ashley Landru, a 2011 Bethany graduate, is a sixth grade teacher at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Public Schools in Morristown, Minnesota.

WHAT YOU DO • • • I spend my day loving my job while I teach social studies and language arts to sixth graders. I love sharing my love of books each day and laughing with my students. In addition to teaching, I am on many school committees because I enjoy helping my school grow continuously. One of the committees I am on has earned two awards from the state for our continued and exemplary work on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • • I was drawn to the field of education because both of my parents had careers as educators. They enjoyed their careers and passed on the passion to me.

HOW YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE • • • One goal I have is to be a lifelong learner. I’m currently determining if I would like to work towards another Master’s degree or if a Doctorate would be a better fit as I work towards the possibility of being a school administrator or professor in the future.

HOW BETHANY HAS PREPARED YOU • • • The Bethany faculty cannot be matched. From day one, I was surrounded by professors who wanted to see me succeed. When I had questions, the professors were always willing to answer.

WHAT YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT BETHANY • • • My fondest memories of Bethany were made in my education classes with Dr. Browne. I enjoyed taking classes with my core group of education majors because we were like a little family. We pushed each other to learn and grow while we laughed along the way. Dr. Browne took time to get to know each of us as we worked together. She knew my strengths and helped me reflect and build on my weaknesses.

ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS • • • My advice for current students is to practice collaborating with others. One of the most important character traits of successful educators is the ability to collaborate with others while giving and taking constructive feedback.