This year marks Takoda Institute instructor Lloyd Wittstock’s thirty-first year at the American Indian OIC. Lloyd holds Master’s Degrees in English and History from the University of Wisconsin and began working for the AIOIC in the 1983, first helping with computer training and then writing proposals. Eventually his responsibilities shifted to focus on the educational side of the agency.
Along with teaching hundreds of students over the years, Lloyd has also taught a diverse range of classes. Present and past classes include: Business Communications, Technology Communications, Administrative Assistant, Integrated Software, and Introduction to Computers. When asked his favorite classes and why, he mentioned either Business Communications or Introduction to Computers because of the diversified skill sets among his students. He talked about how people of all different ages and abilities take these classes, and the importance of taking the time to meet students at their skill level and help them move upward. Teaching students with such a wide range of skills and training is a job that requires much patience, but it is also one of Lloyd’s favorite parts. Along with his time and patience, Lloyd also gives his students a tight weekly schedule, so there is mutual understanding of the expectations for the classroom. When asked the best advice he gives students he said, “When in doubt, just click,” meaning, you never know unless you try. It is easy to tell from Lloyd’s demeanor that teaching is something that he both enjoys and is good at. Takoda Institute student, Charlene Molina, says of Lloyd, “he’s an excellent teacher to discuss everything with! I can talk to him about school work, politics, animals, economy and much more. Sharpest mind I know.”
Considering his significant experience, Lloyd is considered to be one of the American Indian OIC’s “historians.” Having a staff member with such extensive knowledge about the organization is instrumental for both the students and administration. Lloyd can shed light on the history of the organization when crucial decisions need to be made and the students use him as a resource to learn more about the school in which they are enrolled.
The American Indian OIC is grateful to have someone with Lloyd’s education, experience, and positive attitude as a member of the team.
Fun Facts about Lloyd:
He has five step children and five grandchildren. Some of Lloyd’s hobbies include: gardening, biking, tennis, and movies. When asked his favorite part about Minnesota, he replied all the different terrain and scenery. His favorite place to visit outside of Minnesota is San Francisco.