Geneva College



Linnea Eriksson - Elementary Education Grad

Linnea ErikssonIf there’s one thing elementary teachers need to be, it’s well-rounded.

Besides being the sole instructors of literature, language, art, arithmetic, history and science, they also administrate naptime, lunchtime, recess and bus schedules and distribute snacks, grades and (hopefully) gold stars.

That’s why it’s crucial for elementary education majors to move beyond the books and get into the classroom. At Geneva, students are exposed to actual classrooms as early as their freshman year. By the time they're juniors, their schedules are set into blocks to accommodate student-teaching observations two to three days per week.

A graduate of the elementary education program at Geneva, Linnéa Eriksson was thankful for Geneva’s early and frequent exposure to the classroom setting. Her junior year found her struggling with whether she could see herself as an elementary teacher, so she took her concerns to one of her education professors, who opened her eyes to the depth of the education realm.

“[My professor] helped me realize that I didn't have to limit myself,” Linnéa says, “but I could use the major to impact education in various ways, including designing curriculum, empowering others through educational reform, and even promote nutrition education.”

Now sure that the field of education is where she’s called, Linnéa says she feels “equipped with the necessary knowledge, teaching methods, and compassion for today’s classroom.”

“At Geneva, I learned a great deal about what it means to approach your students with a love for them and the pursuit of knowledge,” she says.

Linnéa displays this love of others and knowledge in her own life, too. After her semester of fulltime student teaching in the fall of 2006, she completed a once-in-a-lifetime White House internship, meeting people and making memories she will not soon forget.

Her next steps will likely leave a lasting impression as well. This summer, Linnéa spent two months in Switzerland working at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) as a counselor for six- to 10-year-olds as well as teaching English and drama.

When she begins teaching full-time, Linnéa Eriksson will be well-rounded indeed.

- by Brooke Prokopchak ('08)


Linnéa Eriksson was born in Sweden but raised in North East, Pa. After her stint with TASIS and a year studying Swedish, she hopes to teach elementary or special education full-time and eventually pursue educational reform with a possible focus in nutrition education.


View other profiles


Point of Excellence

Geneva has earned the approval of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) for its fundraising and financial practices.

more points >>
Upcoming Events
Geneva chaplain Rutledge Etheridge
Metheny Fieldhouse 10:10 a.m.

The Geneva Reading Series

McCartney Library 7:00 p.m.

Geneva to host National Day of Prayer breakfast
Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to campus for prayer and breakfast on Thu., May 1 at 7:30 a.m.
Celebration Weekend for the classes of ’54 and ’64
Special events for 50- and 60-year alumni are planned to coincide with Commencement.
Geneva Reading Series IV: "A New, New Hope"
The final event in the series for the 2013-14 academic year will be on Apr. 23 at 7 p.m.
Symphonic Band to present Spring Concert
The 68-member ensemble will perform on Apr. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Justin McElhattan named 2014 Serving Leader
The award will be presented at the MSOL Serving Leaders Conference on Apr. 10.