More than 150 Valencia education students, their families, friends, education faculty and administrators from Orange County Public Schools celebrated The Teacher Education Program (TEP) Fall 2017 semester achievements at the “TEP Hall of Fame: Recognizing our Future Teacher Leaders Awards Celebration,” on Thursday, December 7, 2017, in the Performing Arts Center. Over 75 certificates of achievement for academic excellence and classroom leadership were awarded to students in the program.
The celebration opened with a welcome address by Stacey Johnson, president, East and Winter Park Campuses, and Nancy Mauer, interim dean of social sciences and physical education. The Valencia Future Educators (VFE) club officers were recognized, and certificates for VFE Most Active Members and Leadership were given to students for their participation in weekly workshops and community service projects at the Coalition for the Homeless and A Gift for Teaching.
Director of the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) Rachel Allen gave the keynote address highlighting the importance of connecting peace studies to our education field of study, acknowledging the great partnership of PJI and TEP. Collaborating with Valencia organizations is a strong contributor to the teacher education program success. Peace ambassadors from PJI were recognized for their contribution to the Valencia community through their service learning experiences. Over the last two years, TEP students donated an average of 10,000 service learning hours to Orange County Public Schools through their volunteer service in several education courses.
Students also shared their service learning posters with attendees.
The TEP program at East Campus gives students access to four A.A. degrees (Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary and Physical Education – coming fall 2018) along with programming focused on preparing our students to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in a field of education. A variety of weekly workshops is offered through the VFE club, targeting more than 400 students enrolled in education courses.
Thank you to Lauri Lott, adjunct professor, education, service learning liaison and VFE advisor, and to Yasmeen Qadri, professor education, and Muslin Ambassadors for Peace advisor, for leading this program.
To learn more about the TEP program on East Campus, click here.