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I never thought I would be where I am today. I’m glad I have ended up at Fontbonne and I am thankful for every moment along the way. They say everything happens for a reason and I firmly believe that.

I have met many people here at Fontbonne in this past year but one person stands out to me: Professor Rebecca Foushee. I first met Becky when I was a prospective student ┬álast Spring. She accepted me with open arms and devised my one year plan for me within minutes. She was so engaged and gave me a great impression of what academics would be like at this small but fantastic university. Last Fall, I was in Environmental Psychology, one of Foushee’s favorite classes to teach. Due to her unique attitude and openness, I received a plant during that first week. I still water that plant and keep it in my dorm room where it has almost doubled in size. I take pride in that plant because I feel that it has grown throughout this past year, just as I have done. Foushee’s attitude toward class, students, her busy life at home or her adventurous side is an eye opener and is something I greatly appreciate.

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During my time at Fontbonne, I have met some incredible people from fellow students to faculty members to Fontbonne alum. It is hard to single out just one person I have met who has had a lasting impact on me, but Dr. Kelley Barger has been the most influential professor I have had here thus far. Dr. Barger teaches my Methods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts course for elementary educators, a six hour block that includes teaching reading and writing strategies. For this class, we actually go to a local elementary school and read and write with third grade students. Although this course is very heavy in content and material, Dr. Barger makes it fun, exciting, and interesting the entire time. Not only is she a professional in her field, Dr. Barger is a personable and welcoming person who is willing to help at all times. She allows students to come to her with any questions or concerns, she is willing to work with you before or after class, and she gives away some freebies (yay!) during her class that will help us as educators in the future.

Dr. Barger is a professor who genuinely cares for and respects her students and only wants what is best for them. She connects with her students on a much more personal level than other professors I have had at both universities I have attended and makes an effort to get to know her students. Dr. Barger always keeps her students on the edge of their seat, urging them to learn more. She has original ideas, great advice, and is overall simply fantastic. If any current or perspective students (even if you are not an elementary major) get the chance to take one of her courses, I would highly, highly recommend it!

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