First Rotation as a Teacher (Fall 2014)

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The students in EDUC 458-Methods in Religion, Health, Science and Social Studies are teaching their first rotation in elementary schools. They taught Social Studies to various grade levels for a week.

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Kelli gets dressed up for Social Studies.

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Megan shows off her smile with her class, as she teaches social studies.

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Tabitha and Katy show us coordinates on the globe.

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Heather works with Alexi on writing in cuneiform letters.

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Yvionne stops to smile while writing in cuneiform with Olivia.

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Elizabeth and her students are cheerful and they learn about the continents.

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Laura and the boys are excited about class!

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Yvionne and Heather blend in well with their students.

Welcome to the UC Teacher’s Blog

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We are excited to be one of the first blogs authorized by Union College on their new blog list. This blog is designed to keep you, the graduates of Union College Education Program, teachers in the field and students who are in the education program up-to-date on what is happening in the program.

We invite you to email us with stories and pictures of “where you are now” that we can include in the blog. We hope to make this a somewhat interactive site that will be interesting and current.

Meet our New Teachers for 2014

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Megan Cowin
Megan Cowin (Elementary Education) is teaching 1st-6th grade at Thompsonville Christian School in Thompsonville, Illinois.

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Mollie Cummings (Religious Education) is teaching Religion to 9th and 10th graders at Collegedale Academy in Collegedale, Tennessee.

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Matt Daarud (Social Science Education) is teaching Math and Reading to 1st-6th graders at 1 to 1 Tutoring in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Luis LaPorte (2)
Luis LaPorte (Elementary Education) is teaching 2nd grade at Saipan Seventh-day Adventist School in Chalan Kiya, Saipan.

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Charlotte Messer (Music Education) is teaching 9th-12th grade at Dakota Adventist Academy in Bismark, North Dakota. Her classes consist of choir, a small vocal group, band, handbells, a string group, and private lessons.

Russell Palmer
Russell Palmer (Natural Science/ Religious Education) is a Homeroom teacher and is teaching Math and Bible to 7th and 8th graders at Mile High Adventist Academy in Denver, Colorado.

Chase Shireman
Chase Shireman (Math Education) is teaching Math and Science at Saipan Seventh-day Adventist School in Chalan Kiya, Saipan.

Andrew Stevens
Andrew Stevens (Math Education) is teaching Geometry at Forest Lake Academy in Apopka, Florida.

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Heidi Swayze (Elementary Education) is a teachers aid at College View Academy in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Barbie Wahlen
Barbie Wahlen (Elementary Education) is teaching Pre Kindergarten-6th graders at Westwood Junior Academy in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Elisa Wright (2)
Elisa Wright (Elementary Education) is teaching 1st-8th grade at Sioux Falls Adventists School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Bible Methods – A Correspondence Course

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To teach the Bible is one of the most sacred duties of a teacher. In a Seventh-day Adventist classroom, teachers have the privilege to open the truths and stories without hindrance or any type of prohibition. It is an opportunity to lead young lives to the feet of Jesus each and every day. We run the longest evangelistic series which starts every fall and ends 180 days later – an entire school year. Before a teacher can help students recognize and deal with tht truths and lessons of the Bible, they themselves must be consecrated and committed to those concepts and have a relationship with the Truth Giver. The work of a Seventh-day Adventist educator is one with eternal rewards.

The Bible Methods course is designed for elementary or secondary teachers to strengthen their walk with Christ, gain insigts on the importance of Bible lessons, develop Bible lessons that inform and inspire, search the Web for resources to enhance Bible lessons, develop a Unit of Study, and challenge them to lead their students to Christ.

This course can be ordered by requesting an application form from the Education Department at Union College.

2014 Education Club Banquet

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Every year the Union College Education Club hosts a banquet to honor our graduates. Superintendents, principals, cooperating teachers, and special guests come from all over the Midwest to help our seniors celebrate their success.

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Heidi and her cooperating teacher, Carla.

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A few of our terrific teachers!

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Music professor, Kurt Miyashiro, and a few of the Golden Chords musicians provided banquet guests with beautiful music.

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So proud of all our students!

George Stone School Playground Opening

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For 36 years, Union’s campus has been home to a unique teaching lab–George Stone School, where elementary students train future educators. And until recently, their playground looked like it may have been created 36 years ago as well. Thanks to a generous donation, Union was able to build a new playground for the youngest students on our campus. The grand opening was last Thursday, and it looks like the kids are enjoying the new equipment.
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The Teaching Certificate

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Upon graduation from the Education Program at Union College, new teachers qualify for a Nebraska Department of Education Teacher’s Certificate, which allows them to teach in their endorsement area in the State of Nebraska and an SDA Certificate for the North American Division of the SDA church.

If a graduate takes a position in the public school system in another state, they must apply to the department of education in that state for a certificate since each state has their own Rules & Regulations. Most states expect that a graduate will obtain a certificate from the state in which they graduated. Therefore, each teacher who graduate with an Education degree from Union College is encouraged to apply during the last semester of teacher training.

For further information, visit the website of The Nebraska Department of Education and The Mid-America Union Conference Education Department