front row (l. to r.) Brooklyn Hendricks '15, Leeanne Jones '14, Tami Suber (State
Office, SVEA); back row (l. to r.) Lindsie Blaylock '14, Samantha Clark '14, Professor
Diana Yesbeck, Kelsey Hainley '15,
Donna Hamilton (State Office, SVEA)
Five Randolph-Macon College Education Department
students recently spent part of spring break attending the Student Virginia Education
Association state convention, which was held in Charlottesville, Virginia. This
year’s convention attracted nearly 200 participants from Student VA Education Association
(SVEA) chapters across the state.
The SVEA is a professional pre-service teacher organization that provides opportunities
for college students to explore education as a profession.
The R-MC chapter is currently led by President Leeanne Jones ’14
and Vice President Hailey Shinault ’13, under the guidance of the
organization’s advisor, Education Professor Brenda Davis. Samantha Clark ’14,
Lindsie Blaylock ’14, and Kelsey Hainley ’15 are also
Each year Virginia chapters are eligible for awards from the Virginia Education
Association. This year, Randolph-Macon’s SVEA chapter received two awards: the 2012-2013
Membership Increase Award and the 2013 Outstanding Local Excellence Award.
“It was an honor for our chapter to receive the awards because we have spent countless
hours reviving our chapter and making it something everyone wants to be a part of,”
says Jones. “We could have not done it without the tremendous support of the Education
Department and our wonderful members.”
The convention provided participants with opportunities to build their skills as
pre-service teachers, network, and share ideas with other students across the state.
This year’s convention began with an outreach to teach projects at Jackson Via Elementary
School in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event was a field day for the students
centered on First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Get Up, Get Moving” health initiative.
Activities included a relay race, obstacle course and golf. At the end of the field
day, the elementary students received a Kroger gift card and participated in a scavenger
hunt to find healthy foods in the grocery store.
One of the highlights from the convention was an opportunity for students to attend
workshops geared at providing tricks of the trade for first-year teachers. One of
the workshops, “Aligning Grading Practices,” was presented by Education Professor
Brooklyn Hendricks ’15, one of the workshop attendees and the 2013-2014
R-MC SVEA President, says, “Professor Yesbeck’s workshop was the most rewarding
of the entire conference. The content was relevant and interesting. It was an honor
to know that she was representing R-MC and that we get the very special privilege
of working with her on a daily basis.”
This year alone the R-MC chapter has received $1,750 in grants to enhance the chapter
and to foster a relationship with the Hanover Preschool Initiative. In the near
future, the chapter plans to participate in R-MC's
Macon A Difference Day. For more information about SVEA, contact Leeanne
Jones ’14 at firstname.lastname@example.org.