Lindsay Harkin '15, Kelsey Hainley '15, and Lindsie Blaylock '15
welcomed guests to the reception.
When the Randolph-Macon College Education Department
moved to its present location (Mabry House), the department connected with Hanover
County Public Schools to help them do something with their stark white walls. What
transpired is a story about powerful connections between HCPS and R-MC.
Each year, the HCPS Visual Arts Lead Teacher asks each art teacher (K-12) to submit
student work to be displayed at local venues, one of those being R-MC. Thirteen
pieces were chosen to be displayed in Mabry House for the 2013-14 school year. The
student artists are thrilled to have their work displayed outside of the school
walls and the Education Department is thrilled to have artwork representing the
K-12 spectrum as part of the Mabry House’s décor.
“Our pre-service teachers view the student artwork on a daily basis, giving them
a glimpse into how children see and interpret the world around them,” says director
of Teacher Preparation and Educational Outreach Leslie Roberson. “In a very subtle
way, we are teaching our students the importance and possibilities of expressing
learning through another avenue—the visual arts.”
The R-MC chapter of SVEA (Student Virginia Education Association) recently celebrated
and thanked these student artists by hosting a reception for them, their families
and their teachers.
Jen Stackpole, HCPS Visual Arts Lead Teacher, commented, “We really enjoy this partnership
with R-MC. What makes the experience especially exciting is the hospitality of the
Randolph-Macon students! Each year they host a reception for students and their
families and art teachers, and this year the house was packed. I loved talking with
folks about the positive art education experiences of their children, and what that
means to them. Teaching students to express themselves, observe the world around
them and envision things that cannot readily be seen, to stretch their limits, and
reflect on the work is really at the heart of what we do.”
The R-MC Education Department
With a strong tradition of preparing outstanding teachers, R-MC’s
education minor is a Virginia Department of Education approved educator
preparation program and is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
The teacher preparation program at R-MC creates reflective, passionate educators
who are highly qualified in their content area and in 21st-century teaching skills.
Inspired by R-MC’s own dedicated teaching faculty, our graduates bring to their
own classrooms a commitment to children, youth, families and diversity.
With the first course in R-MC’s teacher preparation program, students are in the
community, working with real students and teachers in local school classrooms. R-MC
education courses fully integrate classroom and experiential learning, opportunities
for collaborative research, civic and global engagement, personalized guidance,
and leadership development.