Student teachers further their knowledge of education at Pre-Service Seminar

After semesters of preparation, Alcorn State University’s future educators are ready to test their teaching abilities in a classroom setting.

Six Alcorn seniors participated in a week long Pre-Service Seminar, a program where student teachers are exposed to various teaching tasks, legal issues in education, professional knowledge and professional practices in the field of elementary and secondary education. The seminar was held in the Walter Washington Administration Classroom Building.

Brittany Lyles, a Natchez, Mississippi native and DeAnte Spann, a Morton, Mississippi native expressed their excitement for starting their teaching careers.

“I’m very excited,” said Lyles. “I’ve been working toward this goal by passing required testing and enduring the hard work that comes with becoming a teacher. I’m ready to start my career.”

“It feels good to reach this point during my senior year,” said Spann. “I look forward to gaining lots of knowledge and hands-on skills that student teaching will provide.”

Vicksburg, Mississippi native Jazmine Sanders not only anticipates being in the field of education, but she is also looking forward to graduating.

“I’m excited because not only am I getting closer to earning my college degree, but I’m also closer to living my dream as an educator,” said Sanders. “I look forward to being in the classroom and learning more so that I can become an effective teacher.”

Smithdale, Mississippi native Kayla Cloy and Port Gibson, Mississippi native Geneiiah Weddington both shared their pride in reaching this point in their college careers.

“It’s a good feeling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m so happy to have made it this far. I’m ready to start my career as a teacher,” said Cooley.

“I am so happy because I love children and I am ready to be their role model and educator. I look forward to playing a role in their educational and personal development,” said Weddington.

LaShundia Carson, who is the director of student teaching and field experience in the Department of Education and Psychology, is confident in the students’ abilities and anticipates great accomplishments in their futures.

“Alcorn’s student teachers left the Pre-Service Seminar with an abundance of knowledge that will allow them to be staples in the field of education,” said Carson. “I look forward to witnessing their rise as educators.”

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