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Educators leading the way

You won’t have to look very far to find a Blugold educator! We produce outstanding teachers who achieve success with their students. UW–Eau Claire alumni teach in every public school district in the local Chippewa Valley and can also be found all across the United States. Wherever and whatever you teach, you will always find a fellow Blugold to support you as you lead your students toward a bright future.

UW-Eau Claire has helped me become a socially responsible, diverse thinker who wants to change the world one student at a time.

Bianca Benkley Teaching - Spanish

So what do Blugolds educators do?

  • Elementary school teacher, Medford Public Schools
  • Math teacher, Aldine School District, Houston TX 
  • 4th grade teacher, Rochester Arts and Sciences Academy
  • Lead teacher, Altoona Family Child Care Center
  • Head football coach and high school technology teacher, Regis High School Ramblers
  • Education specialist, Mayo Health Clinic
  • Instructional designer, Ellevation Education
  • Assistant principal, Chippewa Falls Middle School
  • Early childhood education director, YWCA of Minneapolis
  • Visual and performing arts coordinator, Education Management, Modesto, CA
  • Superintendent, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District
  • Associate Principal, Appleton East High School
Carissa Zibolsky

Following dreams and changing lives

For Carissa Zibolsky, being a Blugold means she can follow her dreams and pursue multiple passions, including majoring in both special education and Spanish. The recent graduate now will use both degrees when she moves to Panama as a Fulbright scholarship recipient, where she will teach English and lead an after-school sports program.

It's an opportunity she feels well prepared for, thanks to time spent studying abroad in Chile, an immersion program in Scotland and student-teaching in Houston, Texas.

“I liked the idea of being able to apply my degrees to the English teaching assistantship and being able to choose a Spanish-speaking country to live in,” Carissa said. "And I chose Panama because it allows me the opportunity to complete an extra project while I'm there. I have proposed an after-school program for students with and without disabilities to come and play sports together, which I am very excited about." 

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