Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Notables. . .

More than two dozen Daytona State College School of Education students recently helped set up and manage Holly Hill School’s Fall Carnival fundraiser.
As part of their coursework, the Bachelor of Science in Education students must visit the K-8 school daily to tutor children in the Holly Hill Extended Day program.  These pre-service teachers were involved in planning and set-up for the fall carnival event, as well as participating in the action with parents, teachers and Holly Hill students. The annual fundraising event is sponsored by the school’s PTA.
The Holly Hill K-8 grade school has been designated a Professional Development School with Daytona State College’s School of Education.  Holly Hill is Volusia County’s first K-8 school, opening in August 2011.  

“This was a great learning experience for our junior and senior education majors," said Daytona State’s Dr. Joy Lewis, the School of Education professor who supervises the student interns. “We will continue working with the local school on professional development, grant writing, readying practicums, tutoring, mentoring, school improvement and reform."

She added, “All the faculty members in our department have worked in middle and elementary schools as teachers and administrators, and have been very helpful already to the school. A great partnership has begun!”

Dr. Michelle Thompson
English faculty Dr. Michelle Thompson, writing under her pen name Michelle Donice, has published her first novel entitled “The Other Side of Through,” published by Plenary Publishing.

The fiction work, according to the author’s website, centers around Jessie Winters, a woman who has it all: the perfect house, a loving husband, an adorable little girl, a career and all of the outer trappings that signify a rich and blessed life. But underneath it all, something she can’t quite identify is missing. A chance encounter leads to an extramarital affair that ultimately forces Jessie to confront her past and find the courage to move beyond her artificial life into a world where she lives on her own terms.The book is available at Amazon.com.