The word here this month is "jobs."
As the School of Education's 2012 graduates plant their hard-earned oak saplings in places they will grow and thrive, they're also hoping to plant themselves in great schools where they can continue to show the world that Elon-prepared teachers are amazing. We've heard many encouraging stories from graduates who have been offered positions, but many are still looking and waiting. Please assist them by contacting our office, and we will attempt to match graduates with positions.
We're watching enrollments carefully, as there have been decreases over the past couple of years. We are encouraged to see that the Teaching Fellows Class of 2016 is fully enrolled with students from a dozen states.
We thank all of you for another year of tremendous support for the school. Our total funds raised and number of donors increased over 2011-12, and those funds have supported a number of initiatives. Your gifts have supported three endowed scholarships, student trips to professional conferences and technological tools for faculty who observe teacher candidates. Thank you for helping advance our school.
David Cooper, Dean
Bird Stasz, Carolyn Stuart retire
Two beloved professors in the school, Bird Stasz (pictured left) and Carolyn Stuart (pictured right), concluded their Elon careers in May.
Stasz's career in the classroom included everything from teaching in a three-room country schoolhouse in Vermont to instructing prisoners. But her more than four decades in education concluded with 10 years at Elon, during which she built countless relationships with students and spent time in Tajikistan, thanks to a Fulbright grant. Stuart arrived at Elon in 1996 and worked hard to build the School of Education's special education program, bringing with her expertise gained after several years working in several school systems and with special needs children in an assessment center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Both Stasz and Stuart received professor emerita status before retiring. Click here to read more about these two faculty members, who will be sorely missed.
Elon Academy celebrates
its fifth anniversary with gala
Accomplishments of students whose lives have been changed by the Elon Academy were on full display in late April at the fifth anniversary celebration of Elon's program for academically promising Alamance County high schoolers. At the event, held at Alamance Country Club, current Elon Academy Scholars joined its alumni, families, faculty and benefactors whose generous support and encouragement have made the program possible. Click here to read more about the event.
Congratulations, Class of 2012!
Our most recent graduates already have begun to make an impact close to home and around the world. Whether it's in graduate school or in local and international schools, these alumni are putting their knowledge into practice and sharing their strong ethic of work and service. Click here to see where several of our graduates have landed and stay tuned for more news this fall!