The Teacher Becomes the Student: An Example of Lifelong Learning

  • Sarah Louise Hessenauer University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Keywords: continuing education, lifelong learning


Lifelong learning is required for many professions. Lifelong learning is “proven” through engaging in continuing education. Continuing education can take many forms; however, many state licensing boards only look at continuing education in a narrowly defined way. In this narrative, I reflect on my continuing education experience of auditing a class at the university where I teach. I discuss learning about class concepts and, more importantly, myself through this opportunity.

Author Biography

Sarah Louise Hessenauer, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Sarah Hessenauer was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. Sarah attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 1990 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 2003. From 1990 to 1991, she attended the Helen Bader School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she received a Master of Social Work degree. In 2011, Sarah received her PhD in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. Currently, Sarah is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.