Field Placement Office (FPO)

Karen Baar
Karen Baar
Coordinator of Student Teaching & Field Experience
Big Rapids and Traverse City Campuses
Jeff Bean
Jeff Bean
Program Advisor & Placement Coordinator
Flint and Lansing Campuses
Kristen Morris
Kristen Morrison
Art Education Placement Coordinator
Kendal Campus
Debra Warwick
Debra Warwick
Field Placement Coordinator
Grand Rapids Campus


Our goal is to provide education students with field experience opportunities that allow student to observe and work with master teachers, while practicing teaching strategies and techniques learned through the education courses.

We have knowledgeable assistant placement coordinators on each of our campus. For specific information, please refer to the Field Placement Directory. We all work together to uphold our program standards, establish positive relationships with local schools and offer our students the best field experiences possible.

As a pre-service teacher, you will need to demonstrate professional commitment by being involved in the activities of your host school and assigned classrooms. These experiences are built on the concept of a “team” effort. This team includes mentor and supervising teachers, classroom students, school principals, community members, university instructors and supervisors. Together, we can provide a high quality field experience.

As a student, you are a learner as well as “teacher.” Expect to be challenged during your field experiences, not only to learn but to contribute to the growth and development of the young people you will come in contact with during your assignments.

Your successes, in which we hope to share, will be dependent upon your professional commitment, time, hard work and initiative with which you carry out these responsibilities. The Field Placement Offices and this web site are here to help you be successful during clinical field experiences.

Best wishes for exciting and successful field experiences!

Karen Baar
Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Experience

Contact Information

Karen Baar: Coordinator of Student Teacher Placement and Field Experience
Address: Main campus in Bishop Hall-618
Phone: 1 (800) 433-7747 or (231) 591-2689