Bret Zimmerman, a junior history major from Sykesville, Pa., is majoring in history with a minor in secondary education. He hopes to one day teach high school history and to return to Westminster to earn his principal certification from the Graduate and Adult Studies program. He is confident that the experiences he has had at Westminster will make him fully prepared to step into a high school classroom when he graduates in 2015.
Through Westminster courses Bret has had hands-on practicum hours inside local classrooms. He said that these experiences, plus critiques from practicum teachers, showed him what strengths he has as a teacher, but also what he needs to work on before he has his own classroom. Bret also tutored students in Campbell, Ohio, where the education level is lower than the state and national average. This allowed him to experience teaching students who all learn and comprehend information in different ways.
Even with his busy schedule of classes, studying and practicum hours, Bret still finds time to be involved in a variety of activities on campus. Bret is especially busy with football practice. He is a defensive lineman for the Westminster Titan Football team. Bret said that football has taught him time management and leadership skills, and has given him the confidence to try other things on campus.
Bret is also a member of the Student Government Association, the College's chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Highway Litter Control, Student Life and Athletic Council, and the College's Appeals Board. He said that being a part of these organizations has been one of the greatest experiences at college.
"Westminster has really helped me to solidify my future because of the people that are here. I have met extraordinary people who want to see me succeed and set me up with great experiences," said Bret. "Through all these organizations and clubs I have found that society is bigger than just one person. To be able to give back some of my time to others is truly a blessing Westminster has been able to give me."