BLUEFIELD COLLEGE STUDENT TEACHERS (FROM LEFT) ARIEL GOINS OF BLAND, VIRGINIA; ALISON MORGAN OF BASTIAN, VIRGINIA; MALLORY CAMPBELL OF TAPPAHANNOCK, VIRGINIA; ARIANA STANLEY MILAM OF ABBS VALLEY, VIRGINIA; AND PAIGE MORRISON BOHON OF MT. GILEAD, OHIO.
The most recent BC teacher education students to complete the student teaching experience during the fall 2015 semester were Ariel Goins of Bland, Virginia; Paige Morrison Bohon of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Mallory Campbell of Tappahannock, Virginia; Ariana Stanley Milam of Abbs Valley, Virginia; and Alison Morgan of Bastian, Virginia. These students spent the fall 2015 semester learning and receiving hands-on training in local classrooms.
“I feel very blessed and lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Teacher Ed Program,” said Goins, who completed her student teaching with Bland County Public Schools. The daughter of John and Kim Goins, Goins graduated from Bland High School and also attended Wytheville Community College before enrolling at Bluefield. She is a member of the Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) and Alpha Chi National Honor Society, and has been named to the Dean’s and President’s lists during her time at Bluefield College.
Bohon, the daughter of Tom and Nikki Morrison, attended Northmor High School. She trained at both Graham Middle and Graham High schools. She has not only been named to the Dean’s and President’s list, but is also president of BC’s SVEA.
“I’ve been very blessed to be a part of this program at Bluefield College,” said Bohon. “The care and dedication the department provides creates professional-ready teachers.”
The fall 2015 students now join numerous alumni in their successes. Bluefield College has graduated well-trained teacher education majors since 1977 – students who have become outstanding educators 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, Secondary Education Grades 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 college also offers a degree without teacher licensure in early childhood education and just recently added an online master’s degree in education in 2013.
“I’m starting to find myself and my passion, thanks to my professors, mentors and colleagues. I’ve found my calling,” said Campbell, who spent her time student teaching at both Tazewell High and Graham High schools. Campbell is the daughter of Howard and Jo Ann Campbell and attended Rappahannock Community College before attending BC.
Milam, the daughter of Shawn and Chanteau Stanley, attended Rocky Gap High School and completed her student teaching at Abbs Valley Elementary and Graham Intermediate schools. She joins her peers as a member of SVEA and was also named to the BC’s Dean’s list.
“This is a wonderful program,” said Milam, “and I cannot wait to use what I have learned from my supervisors.”
Morgan attended Rocky Gap High School and completed her student teaching at Dudley Primary School. The daughter of John and Sonya Morgan, she is also a member of SVEA and said the BC School of Education is a “great program” with a “lovely staff.”
As a result of the college’s commitment to academic excellence and its longstanding partnership with local secondary schools, these five future schoolteachers spent their fall semester gaining significant experience as student teachers in actual classroom settings. The experience, they all said, taught them “dedication, hard work, and the rewards that being a schoolteacher is all about.”v