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MSU student Jacey Peterson uses her parents as role models in determining her future.
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Leadership proves positive for MSU student

It's natural for a child to want to follow their parents' career path - think hockey's Bobby and Brett Hull, George H.W. and George W. Bush, or three generations of the Fondas. For Carpio native Jacey Peterson, the choice was simple: she'd combine both parents' careers and make her own mark. Her mom is a teacher, and her father is a business owner. Peterson also knew that Minot State University could get here there.

"It made sense for me to be in business education," said Peterson. "Minot State was the right place for me to go, and I knew the classes I could get here would be exactly what I needed to become a teacher."

After enrolling at MSU, Peterson immediately became involved in several organizations including Phi Beta Lambda and the National Business Education Teacher Honor Society chapter of Pi Omega Pi. She is also passionate about Student Ambassadors through the MSU Office of Enrollment Services, and advanced from member to president of the organization. Peterson says she has acquired the leadership skills necessary for a successful teaching career through her experience as a Student Ambassador.

Peterson began her 16-week student teaching placement in August at Minot High School Magic City Campus, under the supervision of three cooperating teachers. After observing each class, she began teaching and feels she now understands what it takes to be a good instructor.

"I didn't realize how tired I would be at the end of the day," Peterson laughed.

Peterson applied her acquired classroom knowledge and leadership skills towards teaching strategies by adapting and applying them in the classroom. Peterson also discovered her love of teaching business at the high school level.

"I was excited to see how different teachers prepare and handle classroom situations," said Peterson. "I can compare different methods and then decide how I want to handle my own classroom."

"Jacey is an exceptional student. She has had a wonderful student teaching experience, due in part to her diligent and outstanding academic efforts at MSU," explained Jan Repnow, MSU business information technology instructor and Peterson's advisor.

"Her students in the high school arena will benefit from her creative and dynamic lessons. She will make an exceptional teacher," Repnow said.

Peterson will graduate from MSU in December, after completing her student teaching; she plans to substitute teach in and around Minot next year. Spring semester, she will begin a Master in Education with a concentration in business.