After graduating from college, Brianne Hogenson went on to teach in Muscatine before moving to Council Bluffs, where she was able to experience teaching in a bigger school district and city.
But after some time, she realized she wanted to be back in a small town like the one where she grew up.
When she was offered a position in Carroll, she knew the small, rural community was just where she wanted to be.
“I love the feel of the smaller towns like I grew up with in Oskaloosa,” Hogenson said. “When the Carroll job came up, I was really excited to work in a smaller community. It seems like everybody is kind of in it together in this community. That small town togetherness is what I was looking for.”
Hogenson, 29, began this fall as a new seventh-and-eighth-grade science teacher at Carroll Middle School.
After leaving Oskaloosa, Hogenson attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she graduated in 2015 with a degree in elementary and middle school education with endorsements in math and science. She currently is pursing her master’s degree in school counseling at Buena Vista University and plans to graduate in 2021.
Hogenson said that so far, the school year is off to a great start. She looks forward to further getting to know the staff and students at Carroll Middle School.
“I just think it’s going to be a super year,” she said. “The staff and the students all seem completely on board to make this an amazing year for everybody, so I am really excited for it.”
Times Herald: What about teaching brings you fulfillment, and what was the specific moment you learned that teaching was for you?
Hogenson: I come from a family of teachers. My mom is a teacher, my dad is a counselor (and) my stepdad is a superintendent, so I kind of came from it. I love watching kids grow from confusion and (then) watching that light switch and watching them get excited and being able to guide them to help them figure out their own passions.
Times Herald: How do you engage your students?
Hogenson: I do a lot of hands-on (activities). I don’t really actually tell them anything. It’s a lot of labs and discoveries. We debrief at the end so we can all share our ideas.
Times Herald: Who was your favorite teacher growing up and why?
Hogenson: Mr. Weinreich; he was the choir teacher at my high school. He really cared about all of us. He always made sure we were always on top of our homework. If we were having a bad day, he always made us feel more comfortable, and he was very understanding. He did anything he could to make sure we were the best we could be.
Times Herald: What’s something about you that your students wouldn’t expect without getting to know you?
Hogenson: I am a really big nerd. I like comics and superheroes. I am a big fan of the Marvel movies, but I like the DC shows more.
Times Herald: Extra credit question: Cyclones or Hawkeyes?
Hogenson: UNI is my team.