KOKOMO, Ind. – Three Indiana University Kokomo education majors were among the select few recognized by the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) as “Outstanding Future Educators” during a recent statewide ceremony.
The IACTE awarded the following students for their commitment and enthusiasm for education and outstanding performance during their terms of student teaching: Kellie Boucher, elementary education; Darrell Campbell, elementary education; and Brayton Mendenhall, secondary education English.
The three students were selected out of 46 IU Kokomo student teachers during the 2010-2011 school year.
While the honor of being recognized as a future educator has been an exciting experience, Boucher has found student teaching third graders at Sweetser Elementary in the Oak Hill United School Corporation has its own rewards.
“My student teaching experience has been fantastic, and I have learned valuable lessons that will help me to be a better teacher,” said Boucher, who hopes to attain a teaching position in Howard or Grant counties following her graduation this spring. “I have a very talented supervising teacher who I have learned a lot from. I enjoy the challenge of teaching. Each day I challenge myself by constantly trying to find new ways to make learning fun and interesting for my students. I look for ways to meet the needs of the students as individuals and challenge them by setting high expectations and providing them with activities to stimulate their thinking.
“My day is never dull or boring, and I wouldn't change it for anything,” added Boucher. “The best part of teaching is when you discuss topics with the students and then you see them apply their knowledge in another way. It is very rewarding to help the students set goals for themselves and then celebrate with them when they reach those goals.”
Campbell was a student teacher at Tri Central Elementary School and Mendenhall student taught at Tri Central High School. Both will graduate in May as well.
“Applicants are evaluated on their past performance in their Education program along with their performance in their student teaching placement,” explained Ed Stipp, director of student teaching.
The IACTE presented Outstanding Future Educators awards to student teachers from throughout the state during a special ceremony at the Ritz Charles in Carmel last week.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.