Allen Establishes Education Computer Lab at D&E

Date Posted: 

Monday, May 20, 2019

ELKINS – Education students at Davis & Elkins College now have a new space for learning, studying and sharing ideas to implement in their own classrooms. The Joyce Butler-McKee Allen Education Computer Lab was recently dedicated in Liberal Arts Hall.

A longtime Davis & Elkins College Trustee and retired educator, Allen provided funding for 20 laptops, educational software and furnishings for the lab. 

“Joyce often provides gifts that will directly benefit students,” said D&E President Chris A. Wood. “We are very grateful to have Joyce as a Trustee.”

The lab is utilized by all education students, both during class time and as a facility to prepare lesson plans. The software includes some of the same educational programs that are used in schools where the students will teach. One program allows the students to create online quizzes that are projected onto a whiteboard. Simultaneously, the class marks their responses and the teacher sees the results immediately.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for Davis & Elkins education students to be exposed to state-of-the-art technology which they can utilize in the field and in their future classrooms,” said Associate Professor of Education Dr. Jennifer Tesar. 

Students also spend time in the lab practicing for the Praxis test in reading, writing and math, and in their content area.

“Technology is very important these days, so it’s very important to me that the students have the tools they need,” Allen said. “I am so pleased these students are going into the teaching profession.”


Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood presents Trustee Joyce Allen with a plaque that will hang in the Joyce Butler-McKee Allen Education Computer Lab in Liberal Arts Hall.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at or call 304-637-1243.

Allen Establishes Education Computer Lab at D&E