Teaching Lessons and Taking Names

Alumna fulfills her dreams while finding love in the process

By iPulse staff writer: Stephanie M. Hammerman

Published Saturday, March 24, 2012


It’s not very often we find people that can look at their life and say they would never look back on the decisions they have made because those decisions have lead to where they are now and the successes they have been able to showcase. I would like to introduce you all to the newly married Mrs. Megan Neumann Vander Horst. She went from being one of the top student leaders on campus, involved in clubs and organizations such as; KAT, KOR, and Tri Sigma to being a true role model in her own classroom.


Neumann Vander Horst graduated in 2009 with a degree in elementary education (K-12) and soon afterward went on to gain a graduate degree in exceptional student education (K-12).  Today she is working as a full time teacher at Baby Boomers International Preschool where she is given the opportunity to work with students who are deaf and hard of hearing in an inclusion setting.  “Lynn has not only helped me reach my goal but has guided me to become more than I every imagined,” said Neumann Vander Horst, Alumna, “Through the course of my education I was exposed to situations and environments that changed my life.”


When asked what inspired her career choice to be an educator she explained it was something she always knew she was meant to do.  Neumann Vander Horst explains, “I remember in the third grade, for Halloween, I was Ms. Honey from Matilda because she was the teacher I aspired to be.” While being a full-time teacher, it can be tough balancing work related issues with personal life, but Neumann Vander Horst finds it extremely important to find ways to clearly separate the two. When she returns home for the day or has time on the weekends, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, friends, and engaging in activities that help her unwind and relax.


Being an educator is one of the most rewarding careers a person could choose to delve into and Mrs. Neumann Vander Horst has chosen to taken her career in full stride. As an alumna she was able to take the lessons she has learned right here on campus and apply them to her own life. Making it very clear that Lynn has given her the opportunities to live out her passions. She concludes by stating, “If I am able to make a difference in one child’s life, that is enough for me.”