Veteran student proud to finish his college degree at BHSU

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, May 5, 2016/Categories: 2016

B.J. Coslet, special education major from Marshall, Mo., will graduate from Black Hills State University this weekend and build a career combining his love of teaching, coaching, and family.

Special education major from Marshall, Mo., B.J. Coslet, will graduate from Black Hills State University May 7 and plans to teach in Spearfish.

During his second deployment to Iraq, U.S. Army veteran Robert "B.J." Coslet began researching schools to finish his college degree. Coslet says Black Hills State University was the perfect fit for his family, combining location with a stellar education program.

Coslet will join nearly 400 students graduating from Black Hills State University this weekend and plans to teach and coach athletics in Spearfish. A special education major originally from Marshall, Mo., Coslet says his own experience with a reading disability in elementary school impacts his work with students.

"I try to figure out how to get the students to love what they're doing, even while they're struggling and learning. If I can do that, then they can use that success in the future," says Coslet.

Having completed his field experiences and student teaching at Spearfish High School and West Elementary, Coslet says he felt well-prepared going into the classroom thanks to approachable BHSU professors who took the time to get to know him.

Coslet says his first class at BHSU was with Dr. David Cremean, professor of English. He says Dr. Cremean inspired him to finally enjoy reading and helped him become a better student.

"I remember Dr. Cremean and how passionate he was," says Coslet. "He drove me to be better."

Coslet has been an assistant football coach at Spearfish High School for four years. He looks forward to coaching his stepson during his upcoming senior year and continuing to work in the Spearfish School District, a place where he became the teacher he aimed to be.

"Every one of the students I teach is unique and their own individual," says Coslet. "I'm glad I chose the education field."
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