USM teacher education students honored

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LEWISTON – Several Collaborative Learning and School Success Program students from USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College who recently won awards or scholarships were recognized at a year-end ceremony earlier this month.

Two Lewiston teachers, Donna Tardiff and Deanna Nadeau, were special guests. Tardiff, who teaches kindergarten at Montello School, is the current recipient of the Maine Teacher of the Year Award. Nadeau is a first-grade teacher at Montello and was a 2004 Milken Family Foundation National Education Award recipient. Tardiff shared with the group her insights for success in the classroom and some of the rewarding experiences she has had in her career.

The CLASS Program prepares future teachers for careers in the classroom. Students are placed in local partner schools and begin working with mentor teachers to understand the everyday experiences of teachers and students. Upon completion of the program, students earn their bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field, state certification to teach grades kindergarten through eight, and more than 30 graduate credits toward a master’s degree. The CLASS PDS (Professional Development School) Program provides all the education courses and experiences required to become a qualified, state-certified candidate for elementary and middle school teaching positions in the state. The education courses, field experiences and seminars occur on-site in the Sherwood Heights Elementary School and Auburn Middle School.

Applications for fall admission to the program are being accepted. Those interested are encouraged to call 753-6618 or visit the Web at www.usm.maine.edu/lac/class for more information. The program is designed specifically for undergraduate students.

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