School of Education News
Value and Flexibility of a Nyack School of Education Degree within and beyond the K-12 Classroom
Dr. Turk recently shared that a graduate degree in education is a growing opportunity, since many older teachers are retiring in the next few years and teaching positions will be available. In addition, the Nyack School of Education (SOE) program also qualifies its graduates for vocations above and beyond the K-12 setting for those interested in ministry, missions, and corporate training positions. Some examples follow:
A 2013 SOE Adolescence Education/History major is employed by AT&T and is doing extremely well financially and professionally after about a year. His supervisor has advised him that his teaching background has prepared him well for a position as a corporate trainer.
Professor D’Amato’s son has an MSED in Adolescent Education Mathematics. Although did not get a teaching position he works for United Water as a Professional Program Manager. He was recently promoted because his boss noticed he had actually been over-qualified for his existing position. His new position is extremely prestigious and challenging. He passed the certification test on the first try.
Dr. Nichols’ daughter is AGAPE (Campus Crusade for Christ UK ) National Communications Director and MOVE journal editor-in-chief. Her preparation for this missionary position: Adolescent Education/English. She has shared that many countries (China and others) no longer accept people as missionaries, but eagerly accept qualified teachers from the United States.
A recent communication from an overseas missionary placement organization confirmed that hundreds of students and their families in China and other countries are being led to Christ by Christian teachers.
As I have stated previously, an education degree is very valuable and flexible, whether a graduate teaches in a K-12 setting, does missions or teaching overseas, or works in a corporation in planning or training. Dr. Tim Keller in Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work supports the idea that if we are properly prepared can also serve Christ in positions outside of traditional ministry or missionary roles. Graduating with an educational degree as a Christian educator from the Nyack SOE superbly prepares us for that role.
-Dr. James Nichols, PhD,D.Min.
Lessons Learned while Teaching in India
I spent the second half of the Fall 2014 semester in New Delhi, India, student teaching at an international school. I thought I went to India to teach, but I learned so much more about myself as an educator, friend, and child of God.
Coming into student teaching, one of my biggest goals was to find my teacher voice, one that would incite respect and love in my students. Like the other lessons that I learned in India, that desire blossomed both inside and outside of the classroom. I am finding my teacher voice, and I am finding so much more. I learned that finding my voice does not mean always having the exactly right, most beautiful thing to say, but it is having something to say that reflects who you are. My voice reflects who I am -- secure, loved, and provided for.
In the classroom, I quickly discovered that I couldn't do it all, and no one expected me to. It is not realistic to be perfect 100% of the time, and to believe the opposite is to set myself up for madness. It's okay to ask for help, or to say no to something that I can't do alone. Outside of the classroom, I learned to relax and be blessed by others through cups of coffee, rides to school, or a bed to sleep in. In India, I was as helpless as an infant. I came with nothing to go on but a few emails and a recommendation from a friend, yet I was met with more hospitality and love than I ever thought possible. It was incredible to see God's faithfulness and provision through the undeserved love of others.
There are a thousand more lessons that I learned, but I would be writing for days if I recorded every single one. What I can share is this -- God is good. He provided for my every need while student teaching so far away. It wasn't easy, and I know that it won't suddenly become easier post-graduation, but I am so thankful for all that I have learned. I welcome the lessons that will continue to mold me into the woman God made me to be.
-Jessica Hannon Childhood Education Class of '15
Blessings from the Dominican Republic
-Anel Vicente Childhood Education/Early Childhood Education December 2014 graduate
Dr. Marie White to Present at SEYS Research Symposium at Queens College October 22
On October 22nd from 11:30 to 1:00, Dr. Marie White will be a guest speaker at the President’s Conference Room in Rosenthal Library, Queens College. Her
topic will be “Teachers as Proactive Agents through Cycles of Self-Regulation”.
Dr. White will be joining other presenters joining her in exploring the symposium
theme of “Implications of Diversity toward the Preparation of Teachers for Urban
School and Communities”.
This promises to be a rich experience for anyone wishing to consider the deeper
issues facing today’s urban educators.
from 11:30 to 1:00, Dr. Marie White will be a guest speaker at
School of Education Homecoming Dinner
The Nyack College School of Education Homecoming Dinner was held in the Presidents Hall
at Shuman on Friday, October 10th, 2014. We enjoyed a fine dinner and fellowship centered
around the moving testimonies of Nyack School of Education alumni.
Dr. Looney welcomed everyone and expressed her appreciation for our outstanding SOE
Dr. Harrigan kept the evening moving along with amusing stories. At one point he showed
us that there was a common theme among the testimonies we heard – that working with the
students who were the neediest resulted in the most amazing stories. All agreed that this is why
We are very proud of our alumni and current students in the School of Education, and we can’t
wait to hear even more amazing accounts!
- Value and Flexibility of a Nyack School of Education Degree within and beyond the K-12 Classroom
- Lessons Learned while Teaching in India
- Blessings from the Dominican Republic
- Dr. Marie White to Present at SEYS Research Symposium at Queens College October 22
- School of Education Homecoming Dinner
- School of Education Students Take the Lead!
- Dr. JoAnn Looney Appointed to NYACTE Board of Directors
- Summer 2014 Update on State Certification Tests
- NYC SOE Team Signs on as Board Members with the CAUSE
- High School Students Visit with Teacher Alyssa Rice-Cruz, Nyack NYC Alumna
- NYC Writing Center Offers ALST Workshop for School of Education Teacher Candidates
- Change to the edTPA requirement
- Annual School of Education Annual Awards Dinner
- SOE Majors Present in CSGE Student Research Conference
- Kara Fulop of GoodSports International and LOGOS Language School of Hungary Visits SOE
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