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Recent Teacher Education graduates assume  leadership roles

Elon University’s Teacher Education program produces classroom teachers that make an impact as leaders outside of the classroom. A number of recent graduates have already assumed department chair positions early in their careers.

Alexandra Solender ’12 is a physics teacher and the new science department chair at Holly Spring High School in Holly Springs, N.C. “I want the science department to be more connected," she said of her opportunity. "We want our students to see us all as science teachers and not just a physics teacher or a biology teacher. All of science is connected and we want to have our department represent that in our teaching.”

Solender credits Elon with helping to prepare her to assume a leadership role so early in her career. “Elon provided me with a great number of leadership positions while enrolled in school and my Elon education classes have more than prepared me for different situations with my students and colleagues,” she said.

Morgan Bailey ’12 is a physical education and health teacher starting her second year as department chair at T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, N.C. Bailey said she has enjoyed the opportunity to introduce her colleagues “to the Elon way - taking our subject seriously, implementing innovative teaching strategies and technology, and incorporating cross-curricular activities into PE.”

Jordan McNeil ’11 is a special education teacher starting her third year as special education department chair at South Graham Elementary in Graham, N.C. She oversees 10 special education staff members, leads department meetings, monitors policies and procedures in the school, and serve as a liaison with the district.

"Because I am interested in eventually moving into EC administration or higher education, having experiences as a teacher-leader early in my career has been invaluable," McNeil said. "Elon helped me develop the knowledge base, self-confidence and collaboration skills that are necessary for taking on a leadership role.”


Jeff Carpenter,
8/31/2014 10:10 PM