Student Stories

Libby Otto

Finding Purpose: Libby Otto, '14

Education is the purest form of social justice.

Libby Otto ’14 says that idea was a central theme during her time as an undergraduate student at Hamline studying to be a teacher. Now, as a middle school English teacher in Roseville, Minnesota, she incorporates that philosophy into her own classroom to empower students. 

“As a teacher, I have the privilege of working with students in the most influential parts of their lives,” Otto said. “I have the privilege and responsibility of challenging their ideas, their stereotypes, and their beliefs. I have the privilege and responsibility of making change within a classroom with hope that they will pass on the knowledge that they have discovered and worked so hard for in my class.”

Although she has always been passionate about education, when she started her college career Otto had doubts about whether teaching was the right path for her. But with Hamline’s emphasis on giving education students numerous real-world classroom opportunities, she quickly discovered her purpose.

“I was able to see what does and doesn't work in a classroom, how to shift the lesson plan to make improvements, and spend time with administrators throughout the school day to get an inside perspective,” Otto said.

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