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A Magnificent Moment of Connection
A Magnificent Moment of Connection
The Education Department saluted its partners and mentors during the annual student teacher dinner.
Education Department Annual Dinner
On February 18, 2014, the Randolph-Macon College
held its annual student teacher dinner, a longstanding tradition during which the department salutes, celebrates, and genuinely thanks its partners and student mentors.
Attendees included President Robert R. Lindgren, Provost William T. Franz, Education Department faculty, Hanover County Public Schools leaders, classroom teachers, and this year’s R-MC student teachers. The evening can be described as a special “moment of connection” because it featured
Heather Brazier ’12
, Hanover County Public Schools’ Beginning Teacher of the Year and
Caroline Brown ’12
, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Beginning Teacher of the Year.
Brazier teaches fifth grade at South Anna Elementary School and Brown teaches English at L. C. Bird High School. Hanover County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year, Christina Saunders, the reading specialist at John M. Gandy Elementary School, joined recent R-MC graduates to articulate their keys to success in the classroom. The speakers’ insightful comments invigorated the audience, and R-MC student teachers preparing their own career steps were given wise advice to be bold, passionate, positive, reflective and caring.
Education Professor Leslie Roberson commented about these master teachers, “Their passion and professionalism serve as true standards for our student teachers to emulate.”
A major dynamic behind the success enjoyed by R-MC student teachers and the Education Department is the decades-long partnership enjoyed by Randolph-Macon College and Hanover County Public Schools. This year’s collaboration is as strong as ever. This semester, there are 13 student teachers placed in classrooms across the school district.
“We are so proud of our students,” says Roberson. “And to have our
share their success stories shows not only the value of a liberal arts education, but the power of Yellow Jacket pride.”
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.
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