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Education Department Hosts Fall Student Teacher Reception

Licensure Candidates Ready to Become Classroom Teachers

November 15, 2012

WC senior Karlee Michel chats with her cooperating teacher (center), Donnie Phelps, who teaches Spanish at Clinton Massie High School, and Gary Louis, associate professor of education at WC.

WC senior Karlee Michel chats with her cooperating teacher (center), Donnie Phelps, who teaches Spanish at Clinton Massie High School, and Gary Louis, associate professor of education at WC.

Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds hearkened the recent political campaign as a “season of incivility” as he addressed the College’s newest teacher licensure candidates Wednesday (Nov. 14) upon conclusion of their student teaching experience.

The Education Department held a reception honoring this fall’s successful student teachers while recognizing their cooperating teachers, principals, superintendents and WC’s field experience personnel.

The president referenced a book that’s been a prized part of his personal library since it was published in 2002. Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni offers advise on “considerate conduct in dealing with incivility.”

Reynolds suggested that new teachers consider these actions when dealing with potentially irate parents, frustrated children and others with whom one might be in conflict.

While many exhibit common sense, he believes these simple acts can only work toward improving a situation: “pay attention, acknowledge others, think the best, listen, be inclusive, be agreeable, rediscover silence, respect other’s time and don’t shift blame or responsibility.”

Reynolds said the soon-to-be graduates are about to embark upon a “wonderful career” that can be personally fulfilling and have such a positive impact on young people.

“You have a incredible opportunity to affect the lives of your students and shape successful citizens of our country,” he said.

Michele Beery, professor of education and area coordinator, said it’s a challenge to be a teacher, but good teachers are up to the challenge. “All of our hopes and dreams are with you,” she said. “But remember, you’re ours and will be ours forever.”

In briefly speaking on their student teaching experiences, some of the new licensure candidates made such comments as: “It was an incredible experience” and “I had a lot of real situations come up and my cooperating teacher helped me cope with them.”

“My cooperating teacher allowed me to add my personality in the classroom,” said one. “The number one thing I learned is to have patience,” added another. “I learned how I can impact students through the positive discipline skills I learned at the College.”

Comments from cooperating teachers included: “She was a excellent student teacher” and “He has an ability to key in on students’ development needs.”

Another one said, “I’m not an alumnus of Wilmington College, but the College’s student teachers are always well prepared. Teaching is about getting the best out of your students — I’m confident he will do just that.”