Lycoming student teachers showcase teaching experiences

Lycoming student teachers showcase teaching experiences

Front Row: Bridget Norris, Megan Fox, Chelsey Poorman, Casey Maguire, Erica Spero, Kelsey Harshman, and Elisa Novak. Second Row: Dillon Durinick, Torey Donato, Alana Myers, Kasey Uppling, Melvin Wentzel, Lycoming's secondary education supervisor, Marlene Cauley, Lycoming's elementary education supervisor, Taylor Kendra, Elise Matalavage, and Stephen Hinton. Not pictured: Zachary Martin, of Montoursville, Pa.

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Lycoming College students preparing for a career in teaching shared the highlights of their student teaching experiences during an exhibit held on campus Dec. 10.

“The relationships our students formed with the teachers and students over the fourteen weeks of teaching at schools leave a lifelong impression,” said Rachel Hickoff-Cresko, Ph.D., chair of Lycoming’s Education Department. “They have learned first-hand about the practical aspects of teaching students with a diverse set of abilities and learning styles.”

The students also benefitted from networking with local educators during mock interviews held Dec. 9. Twenty teachers and administrators from five local school districts conducted 45 individual interview and feedback sessions with the students. Each student participated in three interviews that provided them with valuable advice that will help them prepare for interviews after graduation.

Educators participating in the event included: Rick Coulter, Gerry Fausnaught, Wayne Fausnaught, Marilouise Mazzante, Phil Thomas, and Kris Datres, all who retired from Williamsport Area School District; Brandon Pardoe, Principal from Williamsport Area High School; Justin Ross, Assistant Principal from Williamsport Area High School; Robyn Hannan, from Williamsport Area Middle School; Laura Schmack, from Hepburn-Lycoming Primary School; Richard Poole, Principal from Hepburn-Lycoming Primary School; Darrin Feerrar, principal from Loyalsock Valley Elementary School; Linda LaCoe, from Loyalsock High School; Ken Dady, Ph.D., principal from Jersey Shore Middle School; Jill Robbins, from Jackson Primary School; Patti Jones, from Curtin Intermediate School; Marc Haas, from Lyter Elementary School; Erin Hamilton, from Cochran Primary School; David Reichelderfer, retired from Bald Eagle Nittany Area School District; and Hickoff-Cresko from Lycoming College.

“We can’t thank the schools and educators enough for their support of our program every semester,” said Hickoff-Cresko. “Our students sincerely appreciate the professional guidance they’ve received to adapt what they’ve learned in the classroom into actual practice and to prepare them for future employment.”

Students who completed their student teaching experience this semester include: Bridget Norris, of Williamsport, Pa.; Megan Fox, of Williamsport, Pa.; Chelsey Poorman, of Bellefonte, Pa.; Casey Maguire, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Erica Spero, of Chantilly, Va.; Kelsey Harshman, of Hamilton Square, N.J.; and Elisa Novak, of Ambler, Pa.; Dillon Durinick, of Milford, Pa.; Torey Donato, of Williamsport, Pa.; Alana Myers, of Montoursville, Pa.; Kasey Uppling, of Montoursville, Pa.; Melvin Wentzel (Secondary Supervisor), Marlene Cauley (Elementary Supervisor), Taylor Kendra, of Sellersville, Pa.; Elise Matalavage, of Milton, Del.; Stephen Hinton, of Montclair, Va.; and Zachary Martin, of Montoursville, Pa.

Lycoming College staff members who organize the student teaching experiences and the concluding exhibits and interview events include: Hickoff-Cresko; Amy Rogers, Ph.D., certification supervisor; Student Teaching Supervisors Marlene Cauley (elementary) and Melvin Wentzel (secondary); and Kris Datres, placement coordinator.

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