Rachel Fawver ’10 VIDEO Degree: Master of Arts in Education Career: Ettrick Elementary School Principal and Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District Director of Instructional Services Rachel’s Story
Fawver had a rewarding career teaching English when she decided she wanted a
leadership position and the ability to have a greater influence on education as
She enrolled in Viterbo University’s
Master of Arts in Education program.
“Viterbo had the licensure programs
for which I was looking, was very friendly to working adults, and had a servant
leadership component,” Fawver said. “Now what I love about my job is that I’m
serving the entire community and I’m an instructional leader.”
Fawver has always enjoyed working with people, and
her current position gives her the best of both worlds—community, staff, and
student interaction combined with her role in shaping the district’s curriculum
and education services.
“We are here for everyone—the students their
families, staff members, and the entire community,” she said. “It’s a people
business. That’s the best part of the job. No two days are the same, and you
know you’re needed. It feels good to know I’m positively impacting people.”
As a principal, Fawver said she stresses the
qualities of “passion, persistence, and perspective” and the importance of
being a role model to her teachers. She also believes strongly in teacher
collaboration, servant leadership, and welcoming the entire community. To her
students, she extolls the virtues of hard work, being a good friend and helping
one another, being welcoming to others, striving to meet high expectations, and
having pride in themselves.
“I had a great experience at Viterbo,” Fawver said.
“The program helped to mold me into the leader I am today.”