November 2011 Student Spotlight

November 2011 Student Spotlight



Judi Torneten


Hometown: McCook, NE
Program of study: MS, Special Populations

Why did you choose Creighton? A friend finished his masters degree at Creighton and highly recommended it for graduate school. I found out about the Special Populations in Education program, and it sounded like the perfect fit for my professional goals. The program is flexible enough to meet my interests and needs.

What made you decide to pursue education in this program? As a music teacher, I come in contact with every student in the school. I want to be able to better serve students of all needs - and this program gives me the tools to do so. I've also always been interested in other cultures, and this program gives me a chance to work with students who are immigrants.

What are your interests outside of graduate school? I love traveling with my family, teaching music, and singing with Opera Omaha. I became a teacher after working in corporate marketing for several years. Teaching  was really a calling for me. I needed to do something with my career that made me feel passionate about life. It has changed my life and I love it! I'm also blessed to be able to perform in the Opera Omaha chorus. Being a professional musician stretches me and makes me a better teacher.


What is your most memorable experience at Creighton? I've met some wonderful people at Creighton. I'm overwhelmed by the dedication and encouragement of the professors in the Education Department, and my interesting colleagues who are teachers from all over the metro area.

What is one thing that you have accomplished that makes you proud? As part of my program, I completed independent research on schools in Southern India. It was an incredible experience to travel with my family to Kerala and live in an ashram for six weeks. I got to know teachers and students and even had a private music lesson from a Carnatic teacher in her home.

What have you most enjoyed about your experience at Creighton?  Meeting other colleagues in education from schools around the metro. Ok, and getting a picture published in Shadows was pretty cool, too.


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