D&E student teachers gain experience

Submitted photo Davis & Elkins College education students met with their co-operating teachers and Davis & Elkins College Associate Professor of Education and Field Placement Coordinator Dr. Jennifer Tesar for a session before beginning their experience in the classroom. From left are, seated, students Sarah Gustafson, Whitney Timbrook, Grayson Blythe, Kelsey Arbogast, Hannah Evans, Tina Wulin, Allie Lapollo, Tori Louk and Meaghan Eyler; standing, cooperating teachers Ashley Richardson, Chrishele Siler, Danielle Riggins, Jan Michael, Amy White, Sarah Wamsley, Lucy Godwin and Charlotte Snider.

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College seniors working toward careers in education are entering the final phase of their undergraduate experience as they take a lead in the classroom as student teachers. During the spring semester, each student will complete assignments in two classrooms.

“Our student teachers have spent more than 120 hours in K-12 classrooms observing, co-teaching, co-planning, tutoring and learning to teach to prepare them for their semester-long student teaching placement,” said Davis & Elkins College Associate Professor of Education Dr. Jennifer Tesar, who also serves as field placement coordinator for teacher education. “With the help of our Professional Development School liaisons and school administrators, we pair our students with excellent classroom teachers who serve as mentors and help our students learn to take over classroom responsibilities.”

Students working under the mentorship of cooperating teachers are: Whitney Timbrook of Fisher, assigned to Ashley Richardson, art, Elkins Middle School; Grayson Blythe of Wooster, Ohio, assigned to Chrishele Siler, English, Elkins Middle School; Kelsey Arbogast of Beverly, assigned to Danielle Riggins, Midland Elementary School; Hannah Evans of Kerens, assigned to Jan Michael, Tucker Valley Elementary/Middle School; Tina Wulin of Faber, Virginia, assigned to Amy White, Third Ward Elementary School; Allie Lapollo of Richmond, Virginia, assigned to Sarah Wamsley, Midland Elementary School; Tori Louk of Mill Creek assigned to Lucy Godwin, Beverly Elementary School; and Meaghan Eyler of Keyser, assigned to Charlotte Snider, English, Elkins Middle School.

Sarah Gustafson, of Bridgeport, will spend the spring semester completing a teacher-in-residence program in math at Elkins High School. The intensively supervised and mentored residency program for prospective teachers during their senior year refines their professional practice skills and helps them gain the teaching experience needed to demonstrate competence as a prerequisite to certification to teach in West Virginia public schools.

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 elementary 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.