Featured Faculty Friday – Gretchen Norland

Gretchen Norland webFebruary 15, 2013

Mrs. Gretchen Norland

Assistant Professor of Secondary Education Getting to know you…

What is your favorite sandwich?

BLT with extra B and T

What is your family like?

My husband is a farmer and musician, and our 3 grown children are also very musical and talented in their own areas. We all share a wonderful sense of humor.

What is your favorite hobby?

Doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabbles, and creating games.

What is your favorite joke?

Why don’t they export cattle from Sweden? (the Swedes want to keep their Stock-holm.)

Do you still have your tonsils?

Yes

Would you bungee jump?

Absolutely not

What is your favorite cereal?

Frosted Mini-Wheats

Do you untie your shows when you take them off?

No

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Cherry red

Mountain hideaway or beach house?

Beach house in Maine

What is your favorite sport or television show to watch?

Wheel of Fortune! or and old Twilight Zone episodes

Do you have a special talent?

I can name over 100 countries in Asia and Europe by memory, as well as point them out on a map, because of my map songs. (They’re found on “Mrs. Norland” on YouTube.)

Where were you born?

Kansas City, Kansas

What is one thing you wish everybody knew about you?

I have two constant companions who follow me wherever I go, especially into the classroom. I can’t help it. Their names are Humor and Laughter.

Getting to know your program…

What is your academic program?

Education

What is your favorite course to teach?

Teaching and Learning Strategies, and Reading Strategies

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Transforming students into fabulous teachers

What is the worst part of your job?

I have students in class for such a short period of time.

If you could describe your teaching style in one word, what would it be?

Eclectic

What three things would you want all students to know or do?

Be kind and honest, think things through, and believe in yourself.

What makes your academic area important?

We are preparing students to be outstanding role-models in education and make a difference in our world.