The Misericordia University Teacher Education Department recently honored a group of regional educators from Wyoming Area, Wallenpaupack Area and Tunkhannock school districts, Adventures in Learning Center, Dallas, Pa., and the Wyoming Valley Children‚??s Association, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for excellence in education at a reception held to celebrate American Education Week.
Three teachers were presented Excellence in Teaching awards and recognized for their work with Misericordia student teachers on assignment in the classroom. Those honored include Jane Denion, a special education teacher at Wyoming Valley Children‚??s Association, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Mary L. Gilson, a teacher at Wallenpaupack Area High School, Hawley, Pa.; and Joanne Yanchick, a teacher at Evans Falls Elementary School, Tunkhannock, Pa. Yanchick is a Misericordia University graduate who earned her bachelor‚??s degree in elementary education and special education summa cum laude in 2007.
In addition, Kerri Manning, a preschool teacher at Adventures in Learning, Dallas, Pa., was presented with the Outstanding Early Childhood Educator Award for her excellence in early childhood education.
A fifth award, the Guardian Angel Award, was given to Joan Marie Radle, a member of the administrative staff at Wyoming Area School District, Wyoming, Pa., recognizing her assistance to Misericordia University student teachers on assignment in the district.
Misericordia University student Andrew Casanova, a math and secondary education major from Hawley, Pa., nominated Gilson for her award. In his remarks, he thanked her for being a high school math teacher who supported and fostered his dream of becoming a mathematics teacher, and one who he could go to for help during his college years. ‚??Growing up, I struggled with math but always had a love for it. Knowing my struggles, she always found ways to go above and beyond to keep me from ever becoming discouraged, even after I stopped being her student,‚?Ě Casanova said. ‚??That is what a true teacher is, one who never stops teaching and helping their students, past or present, achieve success.‚?Ě
In her nomination, Misericordia student Elizabeth Klee, an early and special education major from Shillington, Pa., highlighted Manning‚??s ability to relate to young children and get down to their level, even to the point of laying on the floor during lessons. ‚??She loves her job and thinks of all of her students as her own,‚?Ě Klee said. ‚??She is a great person and great teacher.‚?Ě
Misericordia elementary education student Amanda Sutton, Kingston, Pa., described Denion as having excellent classroom management skills as a teacher of many special needs children at Wyoming Valley Children‚??s Association. ‚??Mrs. Denion treats her students with respect and in turn, they respect her and one another,‚?Ě said Sutton in her nomination paper. ‚??Her lessons are developmentally appropriate, fun, and taught with such passion that even the adults in the classroom listen intently to what she is teaching.‚?Ě
Patricia McCann, RSM, Ed.D., associate professor of teacher education at Misericordia University, served as coordinator of the event.
The Misericordia University College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences and the Teacher Education Department sponsor undergraduate majors in three areas of specialization. The early childhood/special education program leads to two state certifications in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade and special education. A newly designed middle level education program prepares students for teaching fourth through eighth grades with a selection of five content concentrations including math/science, math/English, math/social studies, science/English, and science/social studies. MU also offers five areas of secondary education preparation for teaching seventh through 12th grades, including biology, chemistry, English, history (citizenship), and mathematics. All of the university‚??s teacher education programs are approved by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.