Pencils are being traded for dry erase markers, college textbooks are being replaced with math workbooks, and presentations now include leading group reading sessions. The WVU Parkersburg spring 2020 student teacher candidates are making the final transition from student to professional by sharing the classroom with experienced teachers in five West Virginia counties, including Jackson, Pleasants, Roane, Wirt, and Wood.

The West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Education Division presents the following student teacher candidates:

• Hanna Argabrite (Wood County Schools)

• Paige Burner (Wood County Schools)

• Hannah Hamon (Jackson County Schools)

• Hannah Harvey (Wood County Schools)

• Shawni Hill (Wirt County Schools)

• Brittany LaMar (Wood County Schools)

• Camie Martinez (Wood County Schools)

• Alexis Saunders (Roane County Schools)

• Laura Taylor (Pleasants County Schools)

“I am excited to apply the teaching theories and strategies we learned to the classroom and improve my own methods as I get a real feel of what it is like to be a teaching professional and create positive relationships with the students,” candidate Shawni Hill said.

Hill is a Joseph Badgley Minority Scholarship recipient. Established in Nov. 2017, the scholarship is made available to self-identified minority students enrolled at WVU Parkersburg with the intent of completing a baccalaureate degree in elementary education.

“Receiving the Joseph Badgley Minority Scholarship has been wonderful because it offers the extra monetary support that makes schooling a possibility,” Hill said. “Being a mother of three and having a husband that works to provide for the family, the scholarship allows me to pursue my education while also making sure the needs of my family are met.”

In the elementary education program, students gain hands-on experience as early as their freshman year observing and practicing teaching skills in real school settings. This includes learning key decision-making skills, creating effective lesson plans, developing and assessing one-on-one and group instruction, integrating new technologies into the classroom and more.

“Starting today, our WVU Parkersburg students will leave our classrooms for elementary classrooms as they aspire to be teachers,” WVU Parkersburg Education Division chairperson Dr. David Lancaster said. “At the end of their clinical placement, they will be a certified teacher; they will also be my colleague and considered to be a hero in many of their students’ eyes. I am so proud of these wonderful individuals.”

Visit wvup.edu/education to learn more about WVU Parkersburg’s accredited programs.

About WVU Parkersburg

Established in 1961, West Virginia University at Parkersburg is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Academic credits earned at WVU Parkersburg are transferable to any institution in the West Virginia higher education state system as well as other accredited institutions throughout the country. WVU Parkersburg is the only public community college in West Virginia accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees.