Grad Profile: Jon Montero

WOU senior Jon Montero is standing in front of large rock structures. Jon is wearing a black Adidas shirt and glasses.

Jon Montero is a graduating student from Seattle, Wash., who is completing a degree in Exercise Science.

Why did you choose WOU?
I chose WOU because I was excited about the hands-on experience you receive when taking the courses. In the first year you practice teaching to your peers and in the second year you teach at the primary and secondary level schools.

What was your most memorable class?
Outdoor Education/Adventure Education with Gay Timken. We spent a whole weekend, as a class, in Central Oregon rock climbing, white water rafting, and camping.

WOU student Jon Montero stands in front of a large rock structure, with rock climbing gear on. John is wearing a black WOU basketball shirt.
Montero on a rock climbing excursion

Do you have any advice for students?
Yes, start assignments early and do not wait until the last minute. If you are having a tough time understanding assignments, reach out to your teachers at WOU. They are more than willing to help you.

Who stands out from your time at WOU?
Marita Cardinal, she was my adviser and professor. She was always willing to spend time with me and others during non-office hours to make sure we felt ready for teaching days.

What was your most visited spot on campus?
The 24 hour room. No matter the time of day, it was always open to work on group projects. The printer was always a life saver.

What is your favorite building on campus?
Old P.E. It has been a great place to go to rehearse my teaching presentations and I loved the fact that there were mirrored rooms to practice dance routines. There was also plenty of P.E. equipment to use for any sort of fitness activities.

What do you love most about the major/minors you completed?
Having a small cohort that allowed me to build lifelong friends.

What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
Representing WOU for the 2020 SHAPE America major of the year.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I was accepted and will continue my education at Oregon State University. I will be working towards a Masters of Adaptive Physical Education.

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