Get to know Ivy Sutek

By UW-Marinette

UW-Marinette student Ivy Sutek

Age: 35

Hometown: Marinette

High school: Marinette High School

Current program or major: Elementary Education

Why did you choose UW-Marinette? I live and work locally so I needed a school that was convenient to attend but also offered the flexibility to take some classes online. 

What surprised you the most about UW-Marinette when you arrived on campus? When I started, I did not know there were so many veterans attending UW-Marinette. I was pleasantly surprised to find they were treated with care and respect. 

Why did you choose your program/major? I chose elementary education as my major because I enjoy being an educator, and it was a welcome shift in my life after a 15-year career in healthcare. I love working with children at the YMCA and take pride in teaching. 

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? Today's children learn with technology, a big and interesting culture shift since my elementary school days but necessary to keep kids engaged in learning.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? I am a wife and a mother of two daughters, ages 3 and 13. I am the aquatics director at the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA where I teach swimming lessons, CPR, first aid, and child and babysitting safety courses in addition to performing other duties. 

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? Pam Olson (campus information specialist) has taken such great care of me. She is my favorite staff member! But many professors deserve mentioning too. Dan Kallgren has made me love history, and Tonya Meisner has helped me overcome my fear of math.

What do you plan to do after UW-Marinette? I plan to transfer to UW-Superior's distance learning program for elementary education when I graduate. After that, I know God has a plan for me to do something amazing in our local community. 

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marinette students? To non-traditional students, like myself, I would say: Give it a try. Don't let your fears keep you from obtaining an education. The staff here is so wonderful and accommodating because they want to see students succeed.




Brian Becker