Jessica Middendorf's St. Ambrose

Jessica Middendorf's passion for teaching was ignited and honed at St. Ambrose. After a semester of student-teaching at Pleasant Valley (Iowa) Junior High School this spring, the senior from Galena, Ill., will look to launch her career in the classroom next fall.


  1. I would not be who I am today!

  2.  August 18th, 2010 was a very scary day in my life; it was the day I was moving to college. I have always been a home-bodied person, but I knew that Ambrose was the perfect fit for me so I knew that moving away from home would be a good way for me to spread my wings.


    The day I finally got all settled in, I knew I was in the right place. The reason I say this is because I immediately got involved in as many things as I could: volleyball, campus ministry, and student alumni association. Playing volleyball here was a huge time commitment, but it was probably the main reason I got good grades. Playing volleyball made me learn how to budget my time very efficiently.


     In addition to playing volleyball, I gained so many friendships through being involved in campus ministry and student alumni association, many of those friendships that will last a lifetime.


    Now, how Ambrose has shaped who I am today hasn’t been all about what I was involved in. A huge part of Ambrose shaping who I am today came from the degree I pursued. I believe that Ambrose has one of the best education programs around. Every single one of my education and math courses (I pursued a Math Education degree) has made a difference on shaping my career.


    The professors truly care about you succeeding in their course. They are ALWAYS willing to take time out of their day to help you. I believe that if I did not have professors who not only cared about me but about me succeeding, I would not be who I am today. I know that I can go to them at any point in time to get advice, whether it is during my current student teaching experience or after I graduate. I can remember countless times I went into my advisors office just to vent about anything and everything. He would always be there with a listening ear and to provide me with feedback.


    From August 18th, 2010 to May 10th, 2014, I can say that I am a completely different person. I started as being this scared freshman who went home every weekend because I was so homesick to being a confident senior who has a definitive career path, and who now considers Ambrose as home. I could not have even imagined going anywhere else because I know if it did, I would not be who I am today!