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Student Teaching 'Journey' Celebrated at WC Reception

44 Complete Student Teaching Experience

April 8, 2010

Wilmington College senior Natalie Reiber (center) introduces her cooperating teacher, Theresa Barley, a first grade teacher at Wilmington's Holmes Elementary School, to James Reynolds, vice president for academic affairs, at Wednesday's Student Teacher Reception.

Wilmington College senior Natalie Reiber (center) introduces her cooperating teacher, Theresa Barley, a first grade teacher at Wilmington's Holmes Elementary School, to James Reynolds, vice president for academic affairs, at Wednesday's Student Teacher Reception.

Aspiring teachers at Wilmington College spoke of the “wonderful, meaningful experience” of student teaching that will catapult them into careers as educators at the spring Student Teacher Reception Wednesday (April 7).

The event each semester brings together student teachers, cooperating teachers, principals, superintendents, student teaching supervisors and members of the Education Department as the culmination of the students’ three-month experience in the classrooms of area schools.

Forty-four teacher education students were placed in schools throughout southwest Ohio.

The students described the experience as pivotal in their preparation to become teachers.

“It was a wonderful experience; I enjoyed long discussions with my cooperating teacher.” said one.

“I want to thank my cooperating teacher and superintendent for all the support I got during my student teaching journey,” added another.

“I’d like to thank the Education Department for putting us where we were — we loved it,” one said in speaking on behalf of his fellow student teachers.

One cooperating teacher noted, “Having a student teacher keeps you refreshed in your profession. Wilmington College has done a very good job preparing its students.”

“I’m going to miss my student teacher,” added another.

James Reynolds, vice president for academic affairs, said they are on the threshold of a most important profession — serving students.

“This is an incredible journey you are embarking upon,” he said. “You have many opportunities ahead of you and we’re so appreciative of who you are and what you’ve become.

“You have a true calling. We thank you for joining a community of learners,” Reynolds added.
“You’re giving us a gift by serving the world as a teacher.”

Michele Beery, associate professor of education, said teaching is a profession in which one can make a difference.

“I’m counting on you to do good,” she said. “We will miss you, but you are forever ours.”

Pamela Nickell, director of field placement, perhaps gave the students the greatest compliment: “I hope any of you will have my grandson in your class someday.”