Education Students Recognized for Completing Student Teaching
Michele Beery: 'We have all our hopes and dreams pinned on your success'
November 12, 2010
WC senior Katie McMahon (left) chats at the reception with her cooperating teacher, Melody Farmer, a first grade teacher at Cherry Hill School in Washington Court House, and supervisor, Jim Luck. Luck is a 1963 WC graduate.
Jim Reynolds saluted the “courage, caring and willingness to serve” inherent with teaching as Wilmington College recognized those that successfully completed their student teaching experience this semester.
“The faculty and staff in the Education Department have done a great job in preparing you and your successful student teaching has given you important real world experience,” said Reynolds, WC’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.
“Keep your hearts open and be willing to work with every student — your work will have great meaning.”
The College held a reception Nov. 11 honoring student teachers and thanking their cooperating teachers, supervisors and school administrators.
Pamela Nickell, field placement director, described the culmination of their student teaching experience as a point for celebration.
“It’s another step on your road to being the best teachers you can be,” she said.
Michele Beery, associate professor of education and area coordinator, expressed her hope that the soon-to-be-teachers will “hear our voices in your heads” as situations in the classroom arise.
“Please remember that we are yours and you are ours forever,” she said. “We have all our hopes and dreams pinned on your success.”
The student teachers and their mentors offered some observations on the experience.
One supervisor said, “I’ve witnessed these student teachers grow and blossom. I’ve had the two most amazing student teachers I’ve ever had — Wilmington College did a great job preparing you.”
A cooperating teacher echoed those sentiments: “I appreciate Wilmington sending her to me.”
A student teacher exclaimed, “I’ve learned a lot student teaching; I’m excited to graduate and get out there and teach.”
“I grew a lot from this experience and am overjoyed to have seen how much the kids grew,” another said.
“The entire school accepted me like I was an employee there,” said another student teacher.
“I love the kids,” a student teacher added. “It was a privilege to work with them. I found myself crying the last day. I’ve learned so much.”
A cooperating teacher noted about her student teacher, “She was such a bundle of creative energy. She had an excellent rapport with students. Thank you, Wilmington, for letting me have her.”
Another cooperating teacher mentioned she is a 1985 WC graduate.
“I felt I was well prepared when I left the College 25 years ago,” she said. “It’s wonderful to know Wilmington continues to do a great job in preparing its students.”
A supervisor said, “Wilmington does a great job in preparing its students. I am especially amazed at their technology skills.”
A school superintendent gave the seniors some advice as they embark upon interviewing for teaching positions.
“When I look at prospective teachers, I don’t look for teachers that want to teach, I look for teachers that have to teach,” he said. “The key words are enthusiasm and passion for their profession.”