Marlene (Steinhardt) Domasky '71

I went to Sheboygan County Teachers College. It was about time to graduate, and I had a teaching job. However, I found out that, in four years, I would have to have a Bachelor's degree to teach.

I was raising my six children alone, so I couldn't teach, take care of my children, and get a Bachelor's degree. My minister suggested Lakeland College so, in the Fall of 1969, I enrolled. I took many English classes because I enjoyed writing. I found my religion classes to be quite interesting. I also took classes in the summer. In the Fall of 1970, I was to intern in a school in Plymouth, and I had to be there early. With six children to feed and get ready for school (and taking the youngest to the babysitter), this was impossible. I talked to Mr. Crowns at Horace Mann School. He had many students who had learning problems and was looking for someone to help him. Towards the end of session, Mr. Crowns told me that there was a job available at Urban Jr. High. I applied that day and had an interview. The next day I asked my English teacher, Mr. Pena, and the Dean of Lakeland College if I could get my last four credits with independent study, if I got the job. Both said I could, and I got the job.

In May of 1971, I went to graduation. We were all sitting outside, when suddenly it started to rain. All the guests sat on the bleachers and the graduates sat close together on the floor. I was so proud as I walked across the stage to receive my diploma. I saw my mom and dad sitting with my children. A picture and small article were in the Sheboygan Press the next day.

I taught eighth grade Academic Core (students with LD, ED, and CD etc.) for four years. Then I got married again and moved to Kewaskum, WI. There I taught sixth grade for twenty years. After that I taught fourth grade at Farmington Elementary School because the middle school was very crowded. I also got my Master's degree on teaching every student.

My education at Lakeland College has helped me lead an excellent life. Thank You.


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