Daryl Hanneman (’75) has a spirit for serving others. Growing up, his career goals were, in this order, to be a pastor, teacher, psychiatric social worker, and school psychologist. Having been both a teacher and school psychologist, Daryl declares, "God let me enjoy half of them."
Now, as instructor for Human Exceptionalities in the Classroom, he’s excited to serve the graduates in the MLC master’s degree program with the knowledge he has gained from those experiences. "I’m very pleased to be able to teach our teachers," he says. Daryl’s life of service has made him a perfect fit for this new role.
Daryl has a working knowledge of both special education and Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod (WELS) schools. He served children and their families for the past 25 years as a school psychologist in several public school districts in Iowa as well as serving 10 years as a principal and teacher in a small WELS school in Johnson MN.
His own education has also prepared him to serve students in MLC’s master’s program. "Most of my education was in our WELS system: Zion in Sanborn, MLA in New Ulm, and DMLC in New Ulm. I did my graduate work in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and completed 30 additional credits there for my school psychology license."
Daryl enjoys serving as an MLC adjunct. "I have always been very impressed with the dedication of our teachers," explains Daryl. "They go above and beyond expectations in order to provide what is best for our students. Although this is only the second week of instruction for the new course I am teaching, I see evidence that this will be the case with these dedicated workers as well. What I enjoy most, so far, is observing the interaction among students with like goals and interests."
Daryl prepared himself to teach online by taking two courses in teaching online through MLC. So far, he is very positive about the experience. "During face-to-face instruction, each instructional day was fun and rewarding for me. Now, with online instruction, I expect to experience this same sense of fun and satisfaction. I think I will have even more flexibility in designing lessons to meet the needs of learners than I had with traditional instruction."
Daryl and his wife, Shirley (Martin), were college classmates and now live in Mason IA. They attend and are leaders at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. "We have two daughters and two granddaughters. One of our children lives in Atlanta and one in San Francisco."
"When I’m not working, I enjoy tinkering with technology, gardening, planning travel adventures, and working on my first novel. I very much enjoy organizing and participating in MINI Cooper events in the Midwest." Daryl also likes listening to the music of Handel, Scarlatti, and other Baroque era composers and watching classic movies like Gone with the Wind. Among his favorite books, he lists The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Leaving Las Vegas, and Winnie-the-Pooh.
Daryl has spent a lifetime using his gifts to serve children with a variety of abilities. Daryl wants to pass that joy on to his graduate students. "I hope I can help the students experience a little of the excitement I enjoy."