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Education Students Get Hands-on Training (Spring '13)

When students in Bluefield College’s Teacher Education Program completed their studies and graduated this spring, they did so with more than just knowledge obtained from books or lectures.

Chris Shoemaker

June 6, 2013


Bluefield College spring 2013 student teachers (from left) Ashley Lam, Hannah Spicer-Owens, Tracy Muncy and Cheznee Daily.


Thanks to a longstanding partnership with local secondary schools, BC’s future schoolteachers gained vital hands-on experience through a semester of student teaching mentored by current educators inside actual classroom settings.


Often described as the most rewarding aspect of teacher licensure training at Bluefield College, the student teaching component provides “in the classroom” experiences for BC senior teacher education majors, who work and learn alongside educators who have been in an actual classroom setting for many years.


“It’s a valuable opportunity for students to practically apply various theories presented in the college classroom,” said Dr. Donna Watson, dean of BC’s School of Education, which recently added a master’s degree in education to its offerings.


Four BC students completed the on-the-job training this spring, including Cheznee Daily of Mooresville, NC; Ashley Lam of Fredericksburg, VA; Tracy Muncy of Tazewell, VA; and Hannah Spicer-Owens of Max Meadows, VA.


They all spent the spring 2013 semester providing much needed assistance to local schools, while at the same time getting valuable practical experience as teachers in the classroom.


Daily, the daughter of Tom and GayGayle Daily, served as a student teacher at Bluefield (WV) Middle School and Bluefield (WV) High School. In addition to her teacher education studies at BC, Daily is a Student Ambassador, a member of the women’s volleyball team, and a member of the Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA). A graduate of Mooresville High School, she also was named BC’s 2012 Homecoming Queen.


Lam, the daughter of James and Linda Lam, was a student teacher at Princeton (WV) High School and Bluefield (WV) Intermediate School. At BC, she is a Bonner Scholar and has won several Bonner Leader Service Awards. She is also a member of SVEA. Before BC, Lam attended James Monroe (VA) High School.


Muncy, the daughter of Thomas and Brenda Muncy, completed student teaching at Tazewell (VA) High School and Graham (VA) High School. A graduate of Tazewell High, Muncy is a member of BC’s women’s varsity soccer team, where she earned Second Team All-Conference honors in 2009. She is also a member of SVEA.


Spicer-Owens, the daughter of Howard and Cathy Spicer-Burton and the wife of Joshua Owens, completed student teaching at Graham (VA) High and Graham (VA) Intermediate schools. A graduate of Fort Chiswell (VA) High School, she is a member and past president of SVEA and also a frequent honoree of BC’s President’s List.


“The experience that I gained at Bluefield College in the Teacher Education Program helps me every day as a teacher,” said Emily Sears Cook, a 2012 BC graduate whose student-teaching experience at Graham High School led to a job at the school. “I try to incorporate all learners in the lessons. As I plan, I think about all of my students and their various learning styles and try to make sure that I reach the auditory, visual or kinesthetic learner. And, above all, being at BC inspired me to be a positive force in the classroom.”


Bluefield College has graduated highly qualified educators, like Sears and this year’s group of student teachers, since 1977, who have become outstanding teachers and administrators in public and private schools in Virginia and across the nation. Endorsed by the Virginia Department of Education and nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), BC’s Teacher Education Program offers undergraduate programs for teacher licensure in Elementary Education PreK-6, 6-12 (biology, business, chemistry, English, history, information technology, mathematics, and history/social sciences), PreK-12 (art, health and physical education, instrumental music and vocal/choral music), and Special Education: General Curriculum, K-12.


“The training and personal attention I received at Bluefield College is what prepared me for a career in education,” said BC alumna and Raleigh-Liberty (WV) High School teacher Leslie Lambert, one of four Bluefield College graduates named Teacher of the Year in their respective schools or districts in 2011. “My success in the classroom can be attributed to the instructors at Bluefield College who took a personal interest in my success.”




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