WI National Guard
Jill Rennicke, Alumni Coordinator

There are many ways to serve others. Often, however, the pressures of daily life require difficult choices. But CS6 (Spring 2013) alum Emma Anderson has discovered a way to balance life as a teacher, student, and a Public Affairs Specialist in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. 

"Hello, my name is Emma Anderson and I am a CS6 alum. I’m currently a student teacher in a Kindergarten classroom in Algoma, Wis. as part of the elementary education program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I will be graduating (or receiving my diploma) in May and even though I thoroughly miss being with my students right now, I have been able to find the joy in connecting over the little things such as virtual read-alouds and google meet show-and-tells. I’m also a Public Affairs Specialist or photojournalist with the Wisconsin National Guard and have been activated as part of the Wisconsin National Guard’s response to COVID-19 since March 19. The best part about the Wisconsin Army National Guard is that I didn't have to choose between two careers I absolutely love, public affairs, and being a teacher. Whether incorporating the outdoors into my lesson planning, appreciating the outdoors while at military schools, or simply finding peace in the solitude of nature in early morning hikes, the lessons I learned from my time at Conserve School has had a huge impact on not only myself but the way I view the world around me."

For more on how this Conserve School alum balances her many roles and gives back to others, click here to view a recent Wisconsin National Guard video featuring SPC Anderson.