— Misericordia University teacher education majors recently received their student teaching classroom assignments for the spring semester during an orientation program in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.
Twenty-six Misericordia University student teachers participated in the program, which prepares the undergraduates for classroom observation and instruction in public and private school districts.
The Teacher Education Department at Misericordia University requires student teachers to observe student instruction for 14 weeks in two different classrooms as part of their educational and professional experience.
Students spend the school day in their assigned classrooms at first observing and then gradually teaching classes.
Misericordia's Teacher Education Department was one of the first teacher preparation programs in Pennsylvania to meet the state's more rigorous requirements.
A recent report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education gave Misericordia high marks in many areas, but especially for its work to implement early and continuous field experiences, and for its extensive student teaching program. The department was fully accredited by the state in 2000.
The following students received their classroom assignments: Kristen Abrams, Liberty, N.Y.; Matthew Armstrong, Waymart; Kimberly Athanas, Montgomery, N.Y.; Elizabeth Borel, Wyalusing; LindsEy Campbell, Slatedale; James Cerulli, Larksville; Kimberly Clark, Stroudsburg; Marisa Clarke, Hanover Twp.; Shaelynn Dragon, Interkman; Giovanna Feula, Long Valley, N.J.; Rachel Hasay, Shickshinny; Matthew Karabin, Port Reading, N.J.; Brittany Kneal, Shavertown; Taylor Lawler, Harveys Lake; Noelle Lesisko, New Ringgold; Patrick Martino, Jim Thorpe; Sean McGuigan, Middletown, Del.; Sarah Munley, Vernon, N.J.; Daniel Nicolette, Montague, N.J.; Gina Raniero, Milford; Susan Ruotolo, Noxen; Amber Schmidt, Scranton; Patrick Smith, McAdoo; Megan Martin, Shavertown; Fredrick Hockenbury, Dallas; and Angela Slovik, Hazleton.
For more information about Misericordia University Teacher Education Program, please log in to www.misericordia.edu or call (570) 674-6400.
Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 32 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.