Name: Lynzi Knudtson
Major: Special education; vocational 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.