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Five 新澳门六合彩 School of Education Seniors Awarded for Excellence

Several 新澳门六合彩听听students were recently honored for excellence in student teaching: Mallory Hiatt, Hayden Mullett, Olivia Bergman and Beverly Winters. Anna Huggins was awarded the school鈥檚 Micah 6:8 award.

鈥淭hese ladies and this gentleman exemplify the excellence, both in and out of the classroom, of Grace School of Education graduates,鈥 said Dr. Cheryl Bremer, dean of the School of Education at 新澳门六合彩.

Each year the听听selects one or more students who demonstrate excellence in their role as student teachers. Recipients are awarded a plaque and recognition for their achievements in the classroom.

Mallory Hiatt of Rochester, Indiana, was named Outstanding Future Reading Teacher.

According to Hiatt, who received an听听as well as an听听from Grace, her family has played an invaluable role in her decision to become an educator. Her grandmother, grandfather, aunts and uncles were teachers, one sibling is a teacher, and another plans to major in education.

As a student in Grace鈥檚 education department, Hiatt cites her practicum at Jefferson Elementary School in Winona Lake, as especially formative.

鈥淣othing prepares you more than learning from experience,鈥 said Hiatt. 鈥淚 got to create and teach my own lesson plans and differentiate those plans for the students. I learned new teaching styles and strategies, classroom management, handling behaviors and so much more.鈥

Hiatt has found the relationships she formed with her students to be one of the most rewarding aspects of the profession. 鈥淭here are many stories I could share that I will never forget,鈥 said Hiatt. 鈥淭he students are the core of teaching, and their success is the common goal we all share.鈥

This fall, Hiatt will return to Jefferson Elementary to teach third grade with her mentor teacher, Shawn Longenberger. A former athlete on听听roster, Hiatt looks forward to coaching Jefferson鈥檚 cross country team as well.

Hayden Mullett, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was named Outstanding Prospective Secondary Education Teacher. A听, Mullett was inspired to pursue education by many of his educators, including his second-grade teacher.

鈥淪he was so relational and encouraging,鈥 said Mullett. 鈥淎s I entered middle and high school later on, I discovered how teachers can have an important impact on students without even knowing it.鈥

According to Mullett, his placement under Grace alumnus Hunter Reed at Warsaw High School was the highlight of his practicum experience.

鈥淢r. Reed was a great resource, helping me transition to taking over his classroom and giving me wisdom on lesson planning and connecting well with students,鈥 said Mullett. 鈥淢y favorite part of the year was getting to teach his government classes and preparing his senior students for post-graduation.鈥

This fall, Mullett plans to teach social studies in either Warsaw or Fort Wayne. A former听听he also hopes to coach cross country and track. Long term, he aspires to be a school administrator or a professor at 新澳门六合彩.

Olivia Bergman of Swanton, Ohio, was named Outstanding Prospective Special Education Teacher. A dual-licensure major in听, Bergman describes her second-grade teacher as not just her inspiration to pursue education but a lifelong friend.

At Grace, Bergman has found her professors to be a significant resource, supporting her as she鈥檚 progressed through her education.

鈥淣ot only did I have the chance to be their students, but I was able to work for them and see how they truly live out their mission,鈥 she said. 鈥淭he professors greatly care about their students and the future of education.鈥

Post-graduation, Bergman plans to teach second grade at Madison Elementary School in Warsaw.

鈥淚 hope every student of mine knows how loved they are and the value of hard work,鈥 said Bergman. 鈥淚’m thankful to have been challenged and supported throughout this journey, and I want the same experience for my students.鈥

Beverly Winters of Clayton, Indiana, an听, was named Outstanding Prospective Elementary Education Teacher.

Many teachers in Winters鈥 life have informed her choice of career, from her mother, who currently teaches, to her educators throughout childhood.

鈥淭here are so many people who have inspired me to become a teacher,鈥 said Winters. 鈥淚 think the only person in my life who was surprised I went into education was me.鈥

Winters says the connections she made with her students was her favorite part of her placements.

鈥淓ach student has impacted me in so many ways 鈥 from learning more about their interests, to attending their sports events, to having mini dance parties in class,鈥 said Winters. 鈥淚 have loved getting to know them and growing alongside them.鈥

In the fall, Winters will teach third grade at Mill Creek West Elementary in Amo, Indiana, where she attended elementary school as a child.

Learn more about 新澳门六合彩鈥檚 School of Education at听.

Photo attached:(left to right):听Mallory Hiatt, Hayden Mullett, Olivia Bergman, Beverly Winters and Anna Huggins.

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