WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Four Lycoming College students and future teachers received a Recognition of Excellence from the Educational Testing Service. The recognition honors students who earned a high score on selected Praxis teaching examinations. The students, all seniors seeking certification in secondary education, are as follows:
Kristen Collins, a biology major from Nazareth, Pa.
Christopher Dougherty, a mathematics major from Muncy, Pa.
John VanKirk, a political science major from Muncy, Pa.
Eric Smithgall, a mathematics major from South Williamsport, Pa.
The future educators achieved results equivalent to the scaled score earned by approximately the top 15 percent of candidates who took the test in previous years.
"The education department is proud of the hard work and effort put forth by the students and faculty at Lycoming College," says Dr. Amy Rogers, chair and assistant professor of education at Lycoming. "The collaboration between the content area disciplines and the education department reinforces our belief that allowing students to major in a content area and receive teacher certification produces exemplary candidates."
Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.
Pictured left to right are Collins, VanKirk and Smithgall