Bo Blocker, Special Education

Bo BlockerCan you share a little about your background and what brought you to UW–Madison?

I earned my bachelor’s degree in occupational studies (pre-occupational therapy) at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. What led me to enroll in the UW-SET Residency program was a career opportunity, and a personal goal to not only advocate but also help achieve equity and quality in the special education services that we provide, resulting in a more meaningful outcome for students with disabilities. Providing quality services is essential now, especially in a new era of Covid-19.

What are you most looking forward to at UW–Madison?

I am mostly excited to network, communicate with like-minded individuals, share thoughts, build each other up, and be on this journey together, progressing in the Special Education program with my cohort.

"Having already taken a few summer classes, I feel motivated, and I am in a positive mindset leading into the fall semester."

How do you feel going into fall semester?

Having already taken a few summer classes, I feel motivated, and I am in a positive mindset leading into the fall semester.

What will your focus be this semester?

I will focus on the outcomes I can control. Becoming a better student and educator this fall, I want this to be a self-reflecting experience. I want to become more comfortable in the role of an educator. I want to view the courses I take as preparation and skills contributing to my professional development, to benefit students in the future.

How do you plan to stay connected with your friends, classmates, and professors this fall?

Fortunately for me, even with social distancing, I have not had to sacrifice communications with family and friends, who have always been reachable for me via Google video chat. And luckily, this has been a useful tool to keep in contact with my classmates and teachers. The easiest way to stay connected with my peers and teachers is through email, scheduling video chat times, and in my program, we have a UW-SET community platform on Canvas that is readily available for students to reach out to one another.

 

"I want to be a part of the community where I grew up, contribute to the advancement of special education services, and advocate for change in societal perceptions, striving for a more inclusive society."

What are your career plans after graduation?

After graduation, I will be looking for opportunities as a special education teacher in my hometown of Beloit, Wisconsin. I want to be a part of the community where I grew up, contribute to the advancement of special education services, and advocate for change in societal perceptions, striving for a more inclusive society.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of school and work?

So, my interest usually seems to be constantly rotating, which keeps my hobbies new and fresh, plus helps me explore. Currently, I am learning to play poker with a couple of friends I am quarantining with during lockdown. One of the most impactful interests that I found through this is Billiard Pool—it is relaxing, it can either be a social event or alone time, and the actual game itself I find stimulating.

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