The road to success

B.S. Special Education graduate Lynzi Knudtson shares her experiences at UW-Stout
June 2, 2016
Lynzi Knudtson  accepts her B.S. Special Education degree from Chancellor Bob Meyer
Lynzi Knudtson accepts her B.S. Special Education degree from Chancellor Bob Meyer / UW-Stout

Name: Lynzi Knudtson 

Hometown: Melrose 

Major: Special educationvocational rehabilitation 

Awards, honors: Chancellor’s Award, WIAC Scholar Athlete, UW-Stout Scholar Athlete 

Why did you choose UW-Stout? I had the chance to continue playing softball and get the education I was looking for in special education. Continuing to learn in the classroom and on the field was a huge selling point for me. 

What are the biggest challenges you faced in getting your degree? The biggest challenge I faced was all of the stigma behind becoming a teacher. It was a challenge hearing how ridiculous I was for being a teacher in Wisconsin with how things are going these days, but I love what I do and that was enough to push aside all of the negative comments. 

What stands out about your college experience? Being a student-athlete is what stands out the most for me. I was held to a higher standard, and that is what pushed me to be such a successful student and even better person. 

What’s next? I have been offered a teaching position in the New Richmond school district at Starr Elementary School, teaching students with learning disabilities and emotional behavioral disabilities in grades kindergarten to fifth grade.


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