Welcome, Class of 2011!
For 750 new Bachelor of Education students, Thursday, September 2 was the first day of the journey to become a professional teacher.
Chosen from over 3,000 applicants, the teacher candidates were warmly welcomed by Associate Dean Margaret McNay and Acting Dean Carol Beynon. Addressing them as her newest “teacher colleagues”, Dean Beynon spoke of the challenges and rewards of being a 21st century educator and reflected on the expectations for those in the “important and sacred role” of a teacher.
Susan Hodgins, newly retired Principal of Hillcrest Public School, addressed the Primary Junior and Junior Intermediate teacher candidates while Paul Digby, retired Principal from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, spoke to future educators of the Intermediate/Senior grades and those in the Technological Education programs. The afternoon saw Joe Compeau, from the Richard Ivey School of Business, discuss the importance of personal branding as a professional teacher in today’s world of social networking.
Bachelor of Education students begin five weeks of classes on September 7 before taking on their first classroom practicum placement. Congratulations and good luck to all our new teacher candidates!