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Recruitment for college doesn’t have to wait until high school

By Alison DeRito, School of Education graduate student, Bridges to the Future elementary education pathway

It isn’t everyday that a student-teacher has the opportunity to share her love for her alma mater with nearly 70 fourth graders.

“Career-changer” leaves corporate for classroom

With a B.A. in English literature from Elmira College and some time travelling after graduation behind him, Christian Austin was ready for his first job. He set out on an insurance career path. Then, feeling that there was something else in store for him, and remembering how he had enjoyed being a writing tutor while in college, he decided to “leave insurance and go back to school.” To be a teacher.

When teacher Mindy Eichhorn went to India to teach abandoned women life skills, her own life changed.

An Affinity with India

Her interest in India started when she was at the University of Tennessee where she earned a B.S. in Special Education and an M.S. in Education.

“I took a class about women and cross-cultural perspectives and something about India was a magnet. I felt pulled to the women of India,” said Mindy Eichhorn, a COE student currently working on her doctorate in international education. Upon graduation from UTenn, she moved to Hartford and started teaching for Hartford Public Schools in the summer of 2002. But her interest in India never flagged.

COE student mentors and elementary school pupils go to a Writing Party

Graduate and undergraduate students in Education 497I, Tutoring in Schools, recently joined pupils from Mark’s Meadow Elementary School’s After School day care program in a Writing Party.

“A writing party is an interactive, cross-age writing experience where individuals of different ages write together,” said Dr. Robert Maloy, senior lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. Dr. Maloy and lecturer Sharon Edwards have held writing parties at schools and after-school programs all around the state.

2009-10 COE Scholarship Recipients Named

The College of Education awarded scholarships to 14 graduate students this year. They are:

Harmony in her classroom

Teacher shares her passion for music with elementary students

Amanda Woolley has had music on the mind since she was 7. Today, the 22-year-old award-winning teacher is spreading her passion for rhythm and harmony to students at the Dorman and Lincoln elementary schools.

A Dream for Improved Education for Women Benefits Bhutan’s Nuns

She was the first girl in her village area to go to school. And now, three decades after leaving home to pursue her dream of securing a good education, Tashi Zangmo’s (Ed.D. 2009) plan to improve the educational opportunities for all girls in Bhutan has become reality, launched with the blessing and the help of the Queen.


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