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Welcome to the 127th Commencement of Bethel College.

doug siemens, 2020 commencement speaker

2020 Commencement Speaker

Doug Siemens


Doug Siemens graduated from Bethel College in 1984 with a B.A. in English and a history minor.

After studying English at the University of Kansas and spending time at the University of Sydney, Australia, on a Rotary Exchange Fellowship, Siemens worked as a substitute teacher in the Kansas City and Shawnee Mission school districts.

He began taking education classes in 1991 at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., continuing at College of Santa Fe, N.M., in 1994. He earned an M.A. in special education from the University of New Mexico in 1999.

Starting in 1988, Siemens was a substitute teacher in the Aurora, Cherry Creek and Denver, Colo., school districts; a remedial reading instructor at an alternative school in Denver; a language arts, yearbook and journalism teacher and basketball and track coach at Buena Vista (Colo.) High School; a high school government and economics teacher in Santa Fe; a special education teacher in language arts, math and social studies in Tererro, N.M.; and a special education teacher in language arts and history, and a biology team teacher in the regular classroom, at Los Alamos High School.

Siemens returned to Buena Vista High School from 2000-05 and taught special education at Newton High School from 2005-08. He began in the teacher education department at Bethel College in 2008, and is currently an associate professor and director of the elementary teacher education program.

He completed his doctorate in educational leadership in 2012 at Wichita State University.

Siemens is married to another educator, Lu Ann Zook. Their children, Angus Siemens and Zoe Siemens, are current Bethel students.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.