Written by Craig Schreiner
In WHY I TEACH, Ola Bamgbose, assistant professor of counselor education at UW-Whitewater, says she likes contributing to the growth and development of her students as she helps prepare them to be professionals.
When learning becomes “romance,” you know you are in a conversation with Ola Bamgbose. Having worked in the helping profession for more than 20 years, Bamgbose brings practical experience to students who plan to work with children and families as mental health counselors. She describes her teaching role as more of a “professional co-participant learner” than an authority figure in front of a class.
“I like being at the beginning of students’ journeys as they come into the program and into graduate study academia. I like challenging students to excel and reach the high expectations set for them. I like being challenged by students to do the same as an instructor, because I believe that through this mutual challenge, students learn — that to be effective professionals, there must be a romance for learning.” — Ola Bamgbose
WHY I TEACH is a series about the dedicated faculty at UW-Whitewater’s two campuses who make every day a teachable moment — and every place a learning place — by their expertise and example. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)