“The relationships you make in the department and at Central as a whole are remarkable. They always talk about it, but you don’t realize it until you’re part of it.”
– Andrew Schlatter ’19
Hometown: Story City, Iowa
Major: Elementary Education
Endorsements: Special education and reading
Scholarships: Presidential, Trustee, Root and Geisler/Penquite
Campus Activities: Central Teacher Academy, Work Study, Pella Middle School Football Coach and Associate Substitute
Career Goal: Earn a master’s degree in administration and become a principal
Andrew Schlatter ’19 jokes that he came to Central with sights set on making big bucks.
“Then I realized it wasn’t my passion,” he says.
Originally a business major, Schlatter switched to education after his first year. He knows he made the right decision.
He was perhaps pushed a little by family. His father, Steve, is high school principal at Roland-Story High School. His cousin, Josh Manning ’03, is principal at Pella Middle School.
“I took a couple of education classes and fell in love with it,” Schlatter says. “Now, here I am.”
Schlatter spent his final semester as a student teacher, first in K-5 special education at Jackson Elementary School in Des Moines, then in fourth-grade at Westridge Elementary in West Des Moines.
“Student teaching has been amazing,” he says. “I was extremely prepared.”
The Central Teacher Academy program was huge for Schlatter.
“I got into CTA and realized it was something I wasn’t going to get anywhere else,” he says. “I was able to gain experience. It gave me a good idea of what teaching is all about.”
Schlatter has accepted a job as a special education teacher in Des Moines and also will be an assistant football coach. He knows Central prepared him for his next step.
“The relationships I’ve had with my professors are amazing,” he says. “I could talk to them at any moment, about anything really, not just education. The relationships you make in the department and at Central as a whole are remarkable. They always talk about it, but you don’t realize it until you’re part of it.”