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By Kourtney Palmi

Since she was a little girl, Amy LaRue, senior lecturer in the Health and Human Performance department, always dreamed of becoming a teacher. It wasn’t until about five years ago when she decided to take a “roundabout path,” landing her at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS).

LaRue is currently teaching classes while attending graduate school. After student teaching in her undergraduate program, LaRue decided to change direction on her future plans. “I decided I wanted to teach at the college level,” said LaRue. “I like the relationships I build with students at UWS and appreciate the small campus.”

As a student herself, LaRue finds it easy to relate to those around her. “Considering I’m where students are myself, I have empathy and understanding of the level of commitment. I understand students’ roles, jobs, relationships, and sports.” said LaRue.

By working full time at UW-Superior, attending graduate school, and maintaining a life outside the classroom, LaRue still makes the time for her students. “I had Amy for the first time this semester. She excels at making sure her students are succeeding in the classroom,” said student Bekah Wyatt.

Teaching at the college level and being close in age to students on campus can be hard sometimes, but LaRue is all smiles. “One of the biggest struggles [she faces] is not having the capability to help those students who really need it. It’s hard to watch [them] go down the wrong path.”

LaRue continues to make a difference in the lives of her students, even after their graduation. “She has been one of the most impactful connections I’ve made,” said graduate student, Alyssa Lauzon. “The classes I had with her directed me towards my passion for health and wellness. She is always available as a mentor and friend. I am extremely grateful for my relationship for her.”

LaRue is finishing up her Ph.D. in education while studying psychology, hoping to graduate in May.