This year's workshop focused on using technology
in the classroom.
For the last several years, the Randolph-Macon College
Education Department has organized an alumni workshop and luncheon for the
elementary pre-service teachers who are about to embark upon their student-teaching
semester. R-MC elementary alumni reconnect with peers, share their experiences,
offer their advice to anxious students and conduct a workshop. This year, the workshop
focused on using technology in the classroom.
Heather Wyatt ’11, a first-grade teacher at Ridge Elementary School
in Henrico County Public Schools, shared how she uses iPads to enhance reading and
math instruction. Lily Collins ’10, a fifth-grade teacher at Beaverdam
Elementary School in Hanover County Public Schools, shared the wealth of resources
offered on HCPS’s BlackBoard system. Autumn White ’08, second-
grade teacher at Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover County Public Schools, illuminated
the many virtues of using SMART technology in the classroom.
The workshop was followed by a delicious lunch from Homemades by Suzanne and lots
of enlightening “hot topic” conversations about what happens in real classrooms
across the state of Virginia— from teacher evaluations, school lockdowns, reading
instruction and working with ELL (English Language Learners).
In response to this special day, Maryanne DallaValle ’10, fourth-grade
teacher in Prince William County Public Schools, said, “This workshop always motivates
me to be a better teacher. Sharing with my peers, the R-MC elementary minors, and
their professors recharges me so that I am ready for a new day tomorrow!”
R-MC Director of Teacher Preparation and Educational Outreach Leslie Roberson is
thrilled that Yellow Jacket alumni and current students are working together to
make the annual workshop a success.
“Congratulations to Kris Wimmer ’11, Sarah Wager ’12,
Heather Brazier ’12, Maryanne DallaValle ’10,
Autumn White ’08, Lily Collins ’10 and Heather
Wyatt ’11 for believing in and supporting these ‘moments of connection.’
The R-MC community is proud of our top-notch educators.”
Alumni interested in connecting with R-MC education minors can contact Roberson
at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Mabry House.