The Misericordia University Teacher Education Department recently honored a group of regional educators including one from Wallenpaupack Area School District, for excellence in education at a reception held to celebrate American Education Week.
Mary L. Gilson, a teacher at Wallenpaupack Area High School was presented an Excellence in Teaching award and recognized for her work with Misericordia student teachers on assignment in the classroom.
Misericordia University student Andrew Casanova, a math and secondary education major from Hawley, nominated Gilson for her award.
In his remarks, he thanked her for being a high school math teacher who supported and fostered his dream of becoming a mathematics teacher, and one who he could go to for help during his college years. "Growing up, I struggled with math but always had a love for it. Knowing my struggles, she always found ways to go above and beyond to keep me from ever becoming discouraged, even after I stopped being her student," Casanova said. "That is what a true teacher is, one who never stops teaching and helping their students, past or present, achieve success."
Patricia McCann, RSM, Ed.D., associate professor of teacher education at Misericordia University, served as coordinator of the event.
The Misericordia University College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences and the Teacher Education Department sponsor undergraduate majors in three areas of specialization. The early childhood/special education program leads to two state certifications in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade and special education. A newly designed middle level education program prepares students for teaching fourth through eighth grades with a selection of five content concentrations including math/science, math/English, math/social studies, science/English, and science/social studies. MU also offers five areas of secondary education preparation for teaching seventh through 12th grades, including biology, chemistry, English, history (citizenship), and mathematics. All of the university’s teacher education programs are approved by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
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