Monday, January 10, 2011

College of Education confers first bachelor’s degrees

Daytona State’s College of Education conferred its first Bachelor of Science in Education degrees to 11 graduates during December commencement ceremonies.

"We are very proud of this group of graduates," said College of Education Academic Chair, Dr. Les Potter. "They now move into their professions with the proper knowledge and preparation to be successful, but also with the passion required by teachers to make a difference in children’s lives."

Of the first 11 graduates, nine are elementary education majors and two are exceptional student education majors. Six members of this group already have secured teaching positions in Volusia County.

Dr. Potter pointed to a unique senior internship attached to the Daytona State College education degree programs that he believes gives graduates an edge. All senior interns spend 14 weeks in either Volusia or Flagler County schools and follow the same schedule as their cooperating teachers. "For the first few weeks, the senior interns observe and teach mini lessons," he said. "By week five, however, they assume full teaching responsibilities and their cooperating teachers are observing them."

He added, "Upon graduation, our BS in Education students not only earn their diplomas, they also are certified in their subject area with endorsements in reading and ESOL."

The 11 graduates are Vanessa Beckman, Lloyd Clayborn, Hope Crawford, Andrea Dixon, Alison Francis, Tiffany Hunt, Brianna Laue, Laura Matthews, Christine Pageau, Monica Reulbach and Lindsey Roseboom.

Congratulations to all our December graduates!