Since graduating from MSU in 2005, Sarah Schmitt-Wilson “has always dreamed of teaching at her alma mater.” This fall, Schmitt-Wilson, an MSU alumna in adult and higher education, got the chance to return to MSU as a full-time adjunct instructor in educational psychology.
She began her educational career at Chadron State College in Nebraska where she grew up and received a bachelor’s in psychology. After graduating from MSU, she worked in Wyoming for a GEAR-UP grant, developing curriculum “from the ground up” for at risk/lower socio-economic students in grades seven through twelve. She is currently finishing her doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado where she is looking at the role of family and educational expectations in the career development of adolescents, specifically the compromise of career expectations.
While at MSU, Schmitt-Wilson not only worked on her master’s, she also worked in numerous departments on campus--career services, athletics, university studies, and family and graduate housing. Her husband Chris, a Billings native, is also an MSU alum from the College of Engineering, and both are glad to be back in Bozeman.
“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to teach and work with college students every day, for I love my job,” said Schmitt-Wilson.
Holly Bolton has been teaching in the school counseling program since the summer of 2009. She recently has taken over the program leader position from Mark Nelson, who became Health and Human Development department head this year. Bolton is no stranger to the program, as she was a student in MSU’s school counseling program several years ago. She said she has been able to use her personal experiences as a student and apply them as an instructor in the program. At the college level, Bolton has been given the opportunity to present and attend a professional conference and found the experience to be “so invaluable” to her development in counseling.
A native of Louisiana, Bolton earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Relations and Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. After receiving her master’s from MSU, she worked for three years at Ophir School in Big Sky, Mont., spending a lot of time in the classroom teaching developmental guidance. She is also no stranger to Big Sky. Since childhood, her family has been vacationing there.
In her spare time, she and her husband, a construction manager in Big Sky, enjoy exploring Montana and spending time with family and friends.
The Department of Health and Human Development welcomes new faculty member, Rebecca Koltz, to campus. Koltz joins the counseling graduate program and is currently teaching five classes, including experiential group counseling, basic skills in counseling, professional issues, and developmental theory.
Koltz received her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and then went to work as a buyer for a manufacturing company in Wisconsin. However, she realized that her interest was in working with people. She went back to school and received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she also discovered she was interested in teaching. While she was there, she became acquainted with Professor Julia Champe, a former student in the MSU counseling program. Champe encouraged Koltz to seek a doctorate in counselor education. Koltz was accepted into the counselor education program at Idaho State University and earned her doctorate in May 2009.
Her research interests include counselor development, live supervision, and creativity in counseling and supervision.
"I'm passionate about counselor development," Koltz said.
Koltz and her husband, an All State insurance agent, have three school-age children and enjoy spending time outdoors camping, floating, hiking, and snowshoeing.