Carroll University officials and supporters gathered Sept. 16 to officially reopen the newly renovated Education Hall, which is now home to the university’s new School of Education and Human Services. The building at 326 N. Barstow St. was severely damaged by straight-line winds in June 2019 that left it unsuitable for occupation.
“I am very excited to reopen and dedicate this space as it will educate the next generation of effective and culturally relevant educators and school leaders. Education Hall has been transformed into an amazing place to collaborate, learn and grow,” said Carroll President Cindy Gnadinger
. “And our new School of Education and Human Services will allow us to expand and develop academic programming to meet emerging societal needs. As a leader in the community, we strive to be responsive to those we serve – students, community organizations and our business partners.”
Interim Dean Dr. Kathy Kramer
said: “Our education program has collaborative partnerships with school districts and community organizations throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Students graduate from Carroll with a wide variety of experiences in learning, teaching and networking—all preparing our future educators to transform learning in their schools and communities.”
Jasmin Mateos, a senior in Carroll’s education program, was among those attending the event. “My mission as a future teacher is to advocate for all students in my classroom—to provide them with the services and tools they need to become lifelong learners. Carroll has provided me the foundation for that future while nurturing my passion and commitment to help all students grow a love for learning,” she said.
The 11,367-square-foot Education Hall was designed to offer students and faculty numerous bright and airy spaces for collaboration, study and learning:
- Main floor: Three classrooms, faculty offices and a student workstation. Two of the three classrooms are separated by a Skyfold wall; when retracted, it creates one large classroom/event space.
- Top floor: A conference room and two classrooms, including a model classroom designed to mimic the real-world teaching environments our students will experience when they begin working with Carroll’s partner school districts.
- Lower level: Computer lab, spacious curriculum area, open space, and a student break area with vending machines.