Education faculty, current students, and a recent graduate welcomed prospective Education majors to Accepted Students’ Day. According to department chair, Dr. Beth Kobett, the education students “wowed” the prospective students and their families. “I really loved how the families gravitated towards our students during the Meet with Students portion of the session. Our current students are truly who they come to see and the full force of their participation blew them away!”

Another highlight for visitors was the “We are Brave Like Ruby Door,” created by freshman Joy Lee, who decorated the entrance to our Education Learning space with a tribute to the Ruby Bridges to serve as an inspiration for prospective teachers. Three other first-year students participated in the event: Ashlee Payton, Grace Polak, and Gabby Reyes. Dr. Kobett observed, “Their presence means so much because the prospective SU Education members and their families can most identify with them. They were absolutely amazing sharing their experiences, interviewing the prospective students, and leading fun activities.”

Sophomores Val Carranza and Jenna Coulbourne shared their field placement experiences, bringing incredible energy and enthusiasm to the session. Six juniors also shared their field placement experiences: Wiktoria Bilich, Abby Bruce, Jamie Fritz, Eva Furman, Lauren Green, and Jess Magness. “Everyone was so impressed by their teacherly ways. They were adapting the presentation as they went, showing not only flexibility but grace and poise.” Senior Kayla Moran represented the class of 2022, reporting on full-time internship. “The families so appreciated the opportunity to see where their students were heading in just a few short years.”

Graduate Jocelyn Richards (’20) used her remarkable storytelling talent to impart first-hand knowledge of the education program and of teaching. Jocelyn is in her second year teaching fifth grade at Mars Estates Elementary in Baltimore County Public Schools. “Teaching brings as much joy as it brings its challenges,” Jocelyn remarked, “and knowing that I have a community to lean on throughout my experience is such a privilege. I still speak with many of my fellow graduates and former professors frequently about my job, and they are always there eager to offer a shoulder, advice, or even be a personal cheerleader! I love my Stevenson family!”

Alumna Jocelyn Richards (’20) speaks to prospective students at Accepted Students Day.

Special thanks go to Stevenson Ambassadors Kera Skove and Cassie Schreiber, who led the campus tour and chaperoned the visitors. Wiktoria Bilich and Eva Furman worked many hours to prepare for the event, creating the suitcases, suitcase tags, and other materials for display. Eva and Ashlee Payton also took the photos of the event. The entire Education Department wishes to express our gratitude to all who contributing their time and energy to making the event a success.