ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College seniors in the Teacher Education Program are gaining practical experience this semester as student teachers at public schools in Randolph and Tucker counties. Each student will complete assignments in two classrooms.
Student teaching is the culminating experience in the Teacher Education Program with teacher candidates working full-time in public school classrooms under the mentoring of a qualified co-operating teacher. By the end of two seven-week teaching placements, student teachers have gained valuable experience in planning, teaching and managing a classroom.
Students working under the mentorship of co-operating teachers are: Kaitlyn Buoni of Sewell, N.J., assigned to Scott Cutright at Elkins High School and Cortney Cooper at Coalton and Homestead Elementary schools; Travis Cleaver of Petersburg, W.Va., assigned to Cooper at Coalton and Homestead Elementary schools and Cutright at EHS; Huiying Dai of Elkins, assigned to Matt Hollen and Charlie Gear at EHS; Amber Evans of Hambleton, W.Va., assigned to Christina Dotson at Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School and Shane Eakle at Tucker County High School; Samantha Hornish of Cairo, W.Va., assigned to Cathy Duffield and Dawn Kittle at Third Ward Elementary School; Matt Lawrence of Parsons, W.Va., assigned to Rich Leitner at Elkins Middle School and a class at TCHS; Nicola Merriman of Wheeling, W.Va., assigned to Nanette Seligman at EHS and Ashley Richardson at EMS; Katie Harris Shiflett of Montrose, W.Va., assigned to Stacie Friddle at Third Ward and Chris Gear at Midland Elementary; Katie Stalnaker of Beverly, W.Va., assigned to Candy Cain at Third Ward and April Kelley at George Ward Elementary; Kendal Williams of Nanticoke, Md., assigned to Schell Hopwood and Pat Lambert at Jennings Randolph Elementary School; and Katie Wilson of Timberville, Va., assigned to Shelley Burda at EHS and Kelly Vandevander at EMS.
The Davis & Elkins College Teacher Education Program prepares competent, caring and qualified teachers for schools in Appalachia and in national and global communities. Students seeking certification in elementary education grades K-6 undertake a major in education, which leads to the awarding of a Bachelor of Arts degree. A student seeking certification in a content specialization (grades 5-9, and/or 9-adult) must declare a major outside of education with a declared minor in education.
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 www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: Davis & Elkins College seniors working in the public school system as student teachers this semester are, from left, front row, Nicola Merriman, Kendal Williams, Samantha Hornish, Katie Stalnaker and Huiying Dai; back row, Matthew Lawrence, Katie Harris Shiflett, Hannah Evans, Travis Cleaver, Kaitlyn Buoni and Katie Wilson.