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Meet Megan Pennala
“I came from the womb wanting to be a teacher,” said Morristown native Megan Pennala. “My mom was a teacher, and still is, and I grew up hearing stories of how she had impacted the lives of others. As a kid, I was always playing ‘school’ and bossing my little sister around telling her what homework she had that was due. Education was ingrained in me.”
"“The education program at ETSU isthrough the roof,” Pennala described. “The faculty go above and beyond. Dr. Karin Keith has been an inspiration, as have Dr. Price and Mrs. Yates and all the others. They all have played a role in me being the educator I am today.”
This spring, the aspiring teacher is just weeks away from realizing that childhood dream. In May, Pennala will receive her B.S. degree in elementary education from the East Tennessee State University Clemmer College
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ETSU Names Dr. Janna Scarborough as Dean of Clemmer College
On October 28, 2020 the Master of Arts in Teaching students hosted guest speaker Mr. Vandyck Adade-Yeboah, an international student from Ghana currently seeking a graduate degree in the special education program at Clemmer College. During the guest lecture, he shared with the students his experiences as a graduate of economics and finance. When he discovered his passion for teaching, he left his career in the business world to teach full time. After about a year as a teacher, he realized a need to increase his knowledge and enrolled at ETSU. Eventually, he plans to start a non-profit to help kids in Ghana. Dr. Nivens, Professor of Mathematics Education, and the students in CUAI 5430: Middle/Secondary Curriculum were invited by Vandyck to stay in contact with him and participate in his future work in Africa.
How To: Apply for Clemmer College Scholarships
Clemmer scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now open! Only students majoring in a Clemmer College degree program may apply.
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Win a Clemmer College Swag Bag!
Clemmer College students, want a chance to win a Clemmer College Swag Bag? Make sure your phone number is added and/or updated on Goldlink and you'll be entered into the drawing. Three winners will be chosen on November 9th. For more information on how to update your contact information, watch a one minute tutorial by clicking the link below.
On October 5, Terryl Yates, Clinical Instructor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, presented, “Asynchronous and Synchronous Online Support for Candidates Completing a Virtual edTPA” at the Fall 2020 TACTE conference. The conference was held virtually over Zoom on Oct. 5 - 6th. The conference's topic was: "The New 'Normal School': Teacher Education in a Pandemic!"
Mrs. Yates demonstrated asynchronous and synchronous strategies for supporting candidates by using Screen-o-Matic, Google Sites, YouTube, Zoom, and Microsoft Office 365. In the presentation, Mrs. Yates showed video clips of her classes, where she demonstrates how to collect evidence for rubrics 6-9 while in a virtual learning environment.
Mrs. Yates continues to show extreme adaptability and resilience as Clemmer College students face an increasingly technological teaching experience. She gives special thanks to Cameron Williams, her graduate assistant, who created a google site and the video clips used in the presentation.
CUAI Faculty Member Wins Award!!
Dr. Aimee Govett, Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, was recently awarded a Legacy Award for her service to the Mid-Atlantic Association for Science Teacher Education. The association region officially includes the District of Columbia and the following states: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Dr. Govett is being recognized for having served as a regional representative on various committees and chairing and hosting regional conferences. The award recognizes her long dedication to the field of Education.
Congratulations, Dr. Govett!
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Saturday, October 3, Dr. Alissa Lange, faculty in Early Childhood Education, Drs. Jamie Price and Laura Robertson, faculty in Curriculum and Instruction, presented with six pre-service teacher candidates at the Tennessee Science Teachers Association virtual conference. The presentation, Making Stone Soup: A Partnership Between Elementary Teachers, Pre-service Teachers, and Education Professors, highlighted the collaboration with University School to create integrated STEM projects for grades K-5.
The discussion focused on how their shared “experiences collaborating as a group of elementary teachers, preservice teachers, and education professors feel much like the story of Stone Soup. Over the past four years, each of us brought our own challenges and strengths to the project and made unique contributions of time, energy, and experience.” As part of the presentation, they “share how we organize our partnership and example K-5 projects that integrate science and math. Each year our collaboration results in a wealth of materials and opportunities that benefit all of us, and we believe our model could be adopted by others. We will share tips for starting your own collaboration.”
Presenters: Laura Robertson (CUAI), Alissa Lange (ECE), Jamie Price (CUAI), Cameryn Booker (CUAI), TJ Chase (CUAI), Savana Cleek (CUAI), Daisy Flomberg (ECE), Victoria Moore (ECE), & Audrey Pendola (CUAI)
Dr. Stacey Fisher
Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at ETSU’s Clemmer College, Dr. Stacey Fisher was recently nominated to chair the Literacy Association of Tennessee. Promoting literacy throughout the state of Tennessee is one of the main initiatives and a founding principle of the association.
The Literacy Association of Tennessee “promotes a literate society by bringing together a network of people dedicated to sharing knowledge and information about literacy through programs and services.” As part of this network, Dr. Fisher's works with other individuals and organizations to advance literacy.
To learn more about the Literacy Association of Tennessee, click the link below.
Julianna Maeng Awarded Grant
Julianna Maeng was awarded a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in the amount of $500. She says, "I always thought writing grants was time-consuming and you rarely actually got anything… Now I'm going to be on the hunt!"
As part of one of the M.Ed. in Reading classes, Dr. Karin Keith asks students to do a needs assessment of their school, and then they look for and write a grant to address those needs. Julianna Maeng, a teacher at Science Hill High School, won the grant funding through Dr. Keith's assignment.