Meredith’s Teaching Alumnae Among Top 50 Nationally

Meredith College made the “Top 50 Alma Maters of National Board Certified Teachers in 2011.” Coming in at 37 in the nation, Meredith College is the only private institution in North Carolina and one of only two private institutions in the nation to make the list.

To earn this recognition, Meredith College had 26 alumnae earn National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2011.

Meredith College’s education program has a unique approach to educating teachers. A Meredith student who plans to become a teacher majors in the field of her choice and, at the same time, pursues a program that leads to teaching licensure. This combination of a college major plus a teacher education program uniquely prepares Meredith graduates to meet the needs of their students.

Meredith College offers the following teacher education programs:
•Birth through Kindergarten
•Elementary K-6
•Middle Grades 6-9 in math, comprehensive science, social studies or English
•Secondary 9-12 in math, comprehensive science, social studies or English
•K-12 Specialty Areas in English as a Second Language, Spanish, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, Family & Consumer Sciences or Health and Physical Education.

For more information on teacher education at Meredith, visit www.meredith.edu/admissions/education.

Meredith also offers graduate programs in education. Teachers can earn a Master of Education with specialties in academically and intellectually gifted (AIG), elementary education, English as a second language (ESL), reading and special education (general curriculum.).

Meredith’s Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for people who have bachelor’s degrees in fields other than education and are seeking initial N.C. teaching licensure in elementary education for K-6, English as a second language (ESL) for K-12, or special education (general curriculum) for K-12.

Visit www.meredith.edu/graduate/education for more information on graduate education programs. 

– Melyssa Allen, Marketing

“Color Music with Pitch”

Imagine colorful balloons entering your door as you eagerly prepare lesson plans for the weeks to come!  One would think that I was being visited by the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol with the excitement beaming across the face of my principal, Chad Jewett.  That’s what I experienced yesterday as members of the Johnston County Education Foundation walked through my classroom door with colorful balloons and a check written in my name.  My name is Katie Perkins, and I graduated from Meredith in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.  In July of 2009, I began my teaching career at West Smithfield Elementary School teaching general music and chorus to kindergarten through 5th grade students.  I have worked diligently to build the music program over the years, so in November of 2011 I wrote my first grant titled “Color Music with Pitch” in hopes of being one of the lucky recipients of a check for up to $500.00 for funding a project in my classroom.  The application was judged by former educators and community leaders based on the following criteria: (1) Creativity, defined as a novel idea, a new way of looking at an old idea, or a lesson that will bring out creativity in the students, (2) Benefit to students, (3) Ability for the project to continue after the funds are depleted, (4) Potential to motivate the students in their studies, (5) Cost-effectiveness, (6) Alignment with curriculum, (7) Methods used to evaluate project effectiveness.   Through this experience, I was reminded of why I chose to become an educator.  Despite the economic downfall, foundations still care about supporting classrooms to influence the education of our students.  I was also reminded of the influence that education has had on my career as an educator.  Through my education at Meredith, I gained the confidence to be persistent in what I feel is right as an educator and learned to push for whatever materials and support are needed for the success of my students.  I also acknowledge the opportunities to be involved in traditions at Meredith, such as Cornhuskin’ and Stunt, which broadened my creativity of various activities in the classroom.  What has made this entire opportunity so special is that the grant will benefit over 600 students and that in my heart I know that Meredith College is a contributor to the influence of music in the lives of every child I teach.  Thank you, Meredith College, for influencing the melody of the song I help write in the hearts of the students that enter my classroom.

-Katie Perkins, ’09

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