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Students and a Faculty Member Welcomed to Catawba's Teacher Education Program


Forty eight Catawba College students and one faculty member were honored in a formal pinning ceremony held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. This event marked admission to the Teacher Education Program at Catawba College.

The ceremony was sponsored by the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE). Ms. Theresa Pierce, Rowan-Salisbury Teacher of the Year, presented the program for the early evening event, which was followed by a reception at the Peeler Crystal Lounge, sponsored by the Goodman School of Education. Dr. Lou Ann Kasias, a Catawba professor of teacher education, decorated the Chapel with an arrangement of fall flowers.

Admission to a teacher education program is not automatic. Admission requirements include the successful completion of PRAXIS I standardized tests of reading, writing, and mathematics and the establishment of a 2.5 or better grade point average. Applicants must also pass a criminal background check.

Those who were pinned during the ceremony from the traditional day program at Catawba included Amelia Baity, Hamptonville; Aubrey Barton, Salisbury; Casey Baucom, Marshville, Kylie Beinke, Raleigh; Lauren Bost, Rockwell; Nicolle Bradway, Rockwell; Gabriella Bressi, Villanova, Pa.; Jamie Caputo, Greensboro; Heather Cheek, Ramseur; Whitney Corriher, Salisbury; Doug Crawford, Salisbury; Deon Cuffie-Joseph, Trinidad, Tobago; Heather Dalton, Harmony; Elizabeth "Lizzle" Davis, East Bend; Stacie Drye, Concord; Jessica Everett, Winston-Salem; Christina Faircloth, Belmont; Jordan Farmer, Walnut Cove; Hannah Fisher, China Grove; Paul Friend, East Greenwich, R.I.; Hannah Gagnier, China Grove; Danielle Garzon, Raleigh; Denise Grissom, Stokesdale; Katie Hopkins, Albemarle; Jarrett Jackson, Huntersville; Misty Jenkins, Salisbury; Katie Johnson, Myersville, Md.; Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy; Brittany Myers, Shelby; Carol Ottinger, Salisbury; Samantha Santoli, Nesconset, N.Y.; Jesse Siak, Hendersonville; Chelsea Starr, Weston, Fla.; Amanda Terry, Cordova; Suzanne Williams, Efland; and Lindsay Yarborough, Lexington.

From Catawba's Birth-Kindergarten Program: Sonya Allman, China Grove; Patricia Doby, Mocksville; Kelli Earnhardt, Salisbury; Susan Gunter, Thomasville; Carolyn Hayes, Lexington; Jennifer Hinson, China Grove; Roberta Mickel, Elkin; Judy Peacock, Mooresville; Fawn Queen, Lexington; Wendy Sheehy, Lexington; Denise Smitherman, East Bend; and Margaret Steele, Mocksville.

Dr. Miren Hodgson of Salisbury, assistant professor of modern foreign language, was also pinned as the newest member of the Teacher Education faculty.

Faculty advisor for the SNCAE organization is Mrs. Amanda Bosch. SNCAE officers for the 2011 - 2012 academic year include Brittany Myers of Shelby, President; Cristin Ritchie of Salisbury, Vice President; Jamie Caputo of Greensboro, Secretary; Heather Cheek of Ramseur, Treasurer; Danielle Garzon of Raleigh, Historian; Senior Class Representative, Julie Gilley of Dobson; Junior Class Representative, Jordan Farmer of Walnut Grove; Sophomore Class Representative, currently vacant; and Freshman Class Representative, Gareth Cobb of Salisbury.


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