MCCC's Future Teachers Club
Hosts Networking/Alumni Event


Seven MCCC alumni reflected on their experiences in Mercer's Education program and gave insight into the transfer process to four-year institutions during a Future Teachers Club meeting with current Education students on Feb. 25. Attendees also heard valuable feedback from Assistant Professor Elizabeth DeGiorgio and Education programs coordinator, Dr. Marianne Reynolds.

Pictured at the event were, back row, left to right: Club President Victoria Echeverri '07 (AA Liberal Arts and Sciences), now a junior secondary education/Spanish major at TCNJ; Amy Brechtel '06 (AA Education), a senior at Western Governors University, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education; Sherry Anderson '07 (AA Liberal Arts and Sciences), a head-start teacher at the Community Development Institute for Mercer County, Hightstown School; Brittany Bennett '07 (AA Liberal Arts and Sciences), who will enter Rider in the fall as a secondary education/sociology major; Elaine Harland '05 (AA Liberal Arts and Sciences), who earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education/history from Rider University in December, 2007; Theresa Mizenko, '89, '90 (AS General Business, Office Systems Technology, respectively), who is interested in teaching children with mental disabilities; and Dan Feingold, '05 (AA Education), who graduated from Rider University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education/history in December, 2007. Seated, left to right, are faculty members Reynolds and DeGiorgio.

While the club usually meets once a month, last semester with a highly motivated club president, the group began meeting twice each month. "Our mission is to provide education majors with the information they need and networking support," DeGiorgio said. "We work hard at providing a knowledge base in child and adolescent development, learning theory, diversity, special needs, and pedagogy so that students not only meet the demands of the four-year institution but most importantly of the teaching profession." The club also sponsors speakers who can help students plan their future careers, and is hosting a transfer workshop for Education majors on March 27 at noon in SC108.

During the meeting, club members even heard from two alumni unable to attend: Warren Schaeffer, who transferred to Rider University; and Rebecca Testa, an early childhood education/psychology major at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), sent prepared remarks. Since the fall semester, guest speakers have included Laurene Jones, director of transfer, career and counseling services at MCCC; Dr. Linda Bregstein Scherr, professor of history and co-chair of the Liberal Arts Program; James Loeper, a field representative from the New Jersey Education Association, and MCCC President Dr. Patricia Donohue. Throughout the year, the club has donated school supplies to Trenton area schools and has also made donations to the English Program at Hightstown Library. Plans are underway for club members to provide tutoring services in the local area.


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