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A testimonial commonly shared by students in Point Park University's School of Education is that staff and faculty foster a caring, close-knit environment where students feel encouraged and valued. 

"There is just such a strong sense of community in the School of Education," said Shyanne Rippole '21, a graduate of the B.A. in Secondary Education program and an English teacher at Sto-Rox Jr./Sr. High School. "They will root for you and guide you through this time."

This family-like atmosphere is exemplified each spring at the School of Education's Celebration of Student Teaching, an end-of-year tradition that brings together all undergraduate and graduate degree recipients to cheer their accomplishments and share the meaningful experiences they've enjoyed in their programs. 

"For all of the students who have completed their degree program and their final semester of student teaching in a school district, it is a great cause for celebration," said Darlene Marnich, Ph.D., founding dean of the School of Education. "Faculty, staff, cooperating teachers from the school districts, student teachers and their loved ones gather for an evening that pays tribute to each person who plays a role in the years it takes to become a certified teacher in Pennsylvania."

Pictured are attendees at the 2023 Celebration of Student Teaching. Submitted photo.

Students selected from various education degree programs shared impactful reflections during the "Most Memorable Moment" portion of the evening. Presenters included:

Pictured are students at the 2023 Celebration of Student Teaching. Submitted photo.

Photos submitted by Elisabeth Ehrlich, Ed.D.


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