Tegan Kriebel, of Elysburg, who will receive her bachelor of science degree in education, family and consumer science education, has been selected as the student speaker for the morning undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 11.
There are 1,585 bachelor’s degree and six associate degree recipients invited to participate in the May 2019 ceremony. Of the bachelor’s degree applicants, 799 qualify for Latin honors with a grade-point average of 3.25 or above. The 9:00 a.m. ceremony,
where Kriebel will speak, is for students from the College of Health and Human Services and the John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Kriebel’s dream was to open her own bakery, but after working as a volunteer at an after-school
program it made her fall in love with idea of teaching.
Kriebel is a 2016 graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts with a certificate in Culinary and Baking Pastry Arts. She completed both the basic coursework and advanced
baking and pastry program, which included an externship at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington. But her experiences volunteering with children changed her course.
“I loved working with the children, seeing how their minds worked, helping them to learn new skills, and building relationships with them,” she said. “So, while I was working at my externship, I looked into the family and consumer science education program
and found out that some of my Academy studies would fit into the course requirements for that program.
“So, after I finished my externship, I enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program,” she said. “Because of the studies I completed at the Academy, I was able to finish my degree in three years.”
During her final semester, Kriebel completed her student teaching experience in the Punxsutawney Area School District’s family and consumer sciences department. In August, she’ll begin work in the Union City Area School District as its family and consumer
science instructor for grades seven through 12. The district is planning to expand the program, so she’s also excited to be in a position where she—and the school’s family and consumer sciences program—can grow.
Kriebel said that she’s always “loved food, especially baking,” and she will use her culinary background in her teaching position. “It’s been a smooth transition to the degree program,” she said. She had the food and nutrition background, so much of her
coursework focused on child development, marriage and family, sewing, textiles, and interior design, along with core education courses.
“In my teaching work, I’ll get to talk to students about food and nutrition along with other basic life skills that will help them to become successful adults, so my culinary background is very valuable.”
In addition to graduating from the Academy of Culinary Arts—which was the only culinary school that Kriebel applied to, “because I knew it was where I wanted to be”—she worked at the Academy as a student worker for two and a half years while completing
her bachelor’s degree.
“Being graduate of the Academy, I felt I could offer information and knowledge to the students from my own experiences,” she said. “I worked closely with the faculty and staff there—it’s a very tight-knit community—and I’ve been able to do a lot of different
jobs related to the many different aspects of the program,” she said.
She’s honored to have been chosen as the student commencement speaker.
“It’s a really, really big honor to represent not only your department, but your whole college,” Kriebel said. “The College of Health and Human Services has always been my ‘home’ college, so being able to represent two departments from which I’ve graduated
is an immense honor.”
Kriebel, daughter of Lori Kriebel and Richard Kriebel, of Elysburg, is a 2014 graduate of Southern Columbia Area School District. She is a dean’s list student, a provost scholar, recipient of the M. Jane Segar Longenecker Scholarship, the IUP Success
Scholarship, and won the 2017 Student Government Association Organization Community Service and Engagement Award. She was a member of the College of Health and Human Services Student Advisory Council and the Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Student Association; she started as secretary and media coordinator, transitioned to vice president and in December, completed tenure as president. Kriebel has attended the Pennsylvania Family and Consumer Science Conference each year, has been an
evaluator for culinary art competitions within the Family Careers and Community Leaders of America competition.
“IUP has given me a chance to be very active and to work closely with staff, administration, and faculty, who have all been so helpful,” she said. Kriebel’s remarks will be focusing on the IUP journey, and how it has only has just begun.
“I think that graduation is just the tipping point of our careers and our life,” she said. “Commencement is a time of reflection, a wonderful time to remember all that we’ve learned at IUP, and the networks we’ve created, but our journey has just started.”
So, will Kriebel be baking her own graduation cake? Oh, yes. She has a side business baking cakes, which she loves.