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STAC’s 36 Student Teachers Successfully Placed

Jan 22, 2021

STAC’s 36 Student Teachers Successfully Placed

STAC is proud of its 36 student teachers who, just this week, started their assignment in schools throughout Rockland, Orange, Westchester, and Bergen counties! Each student teacher has trained diligently on Google Classroom, Zoom, Flipgrid, and Nearpod to prepare for their hybrid and remote classes, while still keeping tabs on regular planning and their NYS certification assessment: the edTPA. The College’s School of Education has reached all corners of the United States and has successfully placed student teachers in Florida, Connecticut, and Texas. Last semester one student taught in Los Angeles, California, and next semester, one will bring her expertise to North Carolina. Kudos to Professor Christine Markham, for working with STAC’s partner school districts to ensure a safe learning environment for our student teachers and the young future leaders they will be mentoring.

When COVID-19 struck in March 2020, our College’s affiliate supervisors—comprised of retired teachers from area school districts—moved from in-person to virtual observations of STAC’s student teaching candidates. “It’s not surprising to see how successful our candidates are. With the support of our STAC faculty and staff, along with their classroom teachers and college supervisors, our student teacher candidates continue to be ready to meet the challenges of teaching kids in school or remotely—even during a pandemic,” notes Professor Markham. There is a Japanese Proverb that our College’s School of Education has adopted: “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day spent with a great teacher.”

Professor Markham reflects, “You can’t imagine our pride each semester when we say, “Welcome into our profession.” It’s our task to help shape our student teachers into the great teachers that will touch the lives of countless children.”

STAC Education student sitting in classroom holding pen at her desk, candid photo, smiling.

STAC is proud of its 36 student teachers who, just this week, started their assignment in schools throughout Rockland, Orange, Westchester, and Bergen counties! Each student teacher has trained diligently on Google Classroom, Zoom, Flipgrid, and Nearpod to prepare for their hybrid and remote classes, while still keeping tabs on regular planning and their NYS certification assessment: the edTPA. The College’s School of Education has reached all corners of the United States and has successfully placed student teachers in Florida, Connecticut, and Texas. Last semester one student taught in Los Angeles, California, and next semester, one will bring her expertise to North Carolina. Kudos to Professor Christine Markham, for working with STAC’s partner school districts to ensure a safe learning environment for our student teachers and the young future leaders they will be mentoring.

When COVID-19 struck in March 2020, our College’s affiliate supervisors—comprised of retired teachers from area school districts—moved from in-person to virtual observations of STAC’s student teaching candidates. “It’s not surprising to see how successful our candidates are. With the support of our STAC faculty and staff, along with their classroom teachers and college supervisors, our student teacher candidates continue to be ready to meet the challenges of teaching kids in school or remotely—even during a pandemic,” notes Professor Markham. There is a Japanese Proverb that our College’s School of Education has adopted: “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day spent with a great teacher.”

Professor Markham reflects, “You can’t imagine our pride each semester when we say, “Welcome into our profession.” It’s our task to help shape our student teachers into the great teachers that will touch the lives of countless children.”

For more information, contact: Annie Lombardi, 845.398.4016 or [email protected]
 

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s approximately 2,000 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities and in Social Mobility, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is a candidate for accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.