Lynne Gerhardt is integral to all of the School of Education’s undergraduate programs. She meets with all new students and many of their families to provide a plan for their program and answer their questions about coming to NMU. As Director of Teacher Education Student Services, she helps keep track of changes in state requirements and makes sure our programs meet all mandated requirements. She examines students’ records and decides if they have met and continue to meet department criteria for admittance and continuation in the teacher education program. Lynne is the person who brings concerns about a student continuing in the program to our Teacher Selection and Retention Committee. Ms. Gerhardt developed easy to use program plans for the multitude of programs we offer and explains individual plan requirements to faculty and students. Lynne is always there to answer questions about advising and to alert us to concerns about any advisee who is not fulfilling program requirements. Lynne is integral to all aspects of our undergraduate programs.
Lynne spends many hours outside of the business day meeting with future students and their families. She provides them with all the information they need as they choose their university. She shares her delightful sense of humor with them and makes them feel at ease with NMU as a place to study. She also maintains strong ties with the registrar’s office, the Dean of Students, and other offices at NMU. These connections make it easier for her to facilitate the needs of students and faculty through open communication. Ms. Gerhardt has a desk full of thank you notes from families expressing their appreciation for her kindness and consideration for her helping them decide to come to NMU. Often students will bring their families by when they are visiting to say hello to Lynne. Many students acknowledge that Ms. Gerhardt was the reason that they chose to come to Northern. We believe it is largely because of her genuine care for the students, willingness to drop whatever she is doing to help and her authentic way with them and their families that they feel the initial connection with NMU and the School of Education.