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Timothy Osebold shares his reasons for teaching and wins "Why I chose SEHS" video contest

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Macomb University Center
Lecture Hall B
6 p.m. Refreshments

Contact Andrea Lewis for additional information
(248) 370-3996



Thursday, February 2, 2017   |   6:00 PM
Macomb University Center, Lecture Hall B

Why teach? Our world will always need elementary school teachers.  It’s a highly rewarding and fulfilling profession.  An opportunity to help children develop into self-aware individuals, teachers share valuable information and important skills to encourage a love of learning that will serve them the rest of their lives.  Teaching is more than just a job or paycheck.  It’s a calling.  And it could be yours!

If you dream of inspiring young children, join us for an information-filled 90-minute seminar. You will get to hear what it's like to teach in today's classroom from current educators, Oakland University faculty members, and have a chance to speak with an adviser.

What to

Our experienced K-12 educators, representing OU’s School of Education and Human Services, and several Macomb County school districts, will share:

  • A day in the life of an elementary (K-8) school teacher
  • Education requirements and qualifications
  • Salary and career outlook
  • Chippewa Valley Schools
  • Oakland University School of Education and Human Services
  • Romeo Schools
  • Van Dyke Public Schools
OU Elementary Education (K-8) teacher preparation programs include: 
Program advisers will be available to discuss your next steps, or schedule individual appointments at a later date if you have specific questions.


Mike Lerchenfeldt

Mike Lerchenfeldt

School - Iroquois Middle School
Teaches - 7 th and 8 th Grade, Math and Science
Degree(s) - Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education (OU) and Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Prior Occupations - Soccer Referee and Camp Counselor

Why I chose OU
: I chose Oakland University (OU), because I was looking for a top tier education at an affordable price with scholarship opportunities. OU’s Education program has an excellent reputation for training aspiring teachers. Many of the teachers who inspired me in the Lamphere Schools earned their degree from OU. I wanted to become a teacher in order to return the favor and help students. OU seemed like a perfect fit for me. After my first tour of the campus, I knew that I wanted to go to school here. I loved the campus layout and the naturalistic scenery. 

Fred Costello

Fred Costello

School - Romeo Middle School
Teaches - 6 th through 8 th Grade, Reading and English Language Arts Support
Degree(s) - Master of Arts in Elementary Education (OU) and Education Specialist in Leadership K-12 (OU)
Prior Occupations - Sales; sports writer for The Macomb Daily and Oakland Press

Why I chose OU: I chose Oakland University (OU) because of its reputation to produce strong teachers, and the availability of courses close to home—both on campus and at OU-Macomb. The professors I’ve worked with at OU have been instrumental in shaping my abilities as a professional; without them I know I wouldn’t be the teacher and leader I am today.

Choosing teaching as a profession is both bold and inspiring! We encourage you to explore the content on our Why Teach? site to view the inspiring reasons why educators teach.

Students were challenged to create a short video to answer the question: "Why did you choose the School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University?"  Timothy Osebold's video entry won first place. The contest was sponsored by the Oakland University Credit Union during the winter 2015 semester.