Making their Mark St. Bonaventure's newest School of Education grads share their success ~ #BonniesTeach

It's a new school year - and no one is more excited to hit the books than St. Bonaventure education graduates from the Class of 2016 who are starting their first year in elementary schools around the country. Our newest alumni sought out positions in New York, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and South Korea!

{Here's a peek into some of their classrooms}

Micaela María Young, ’16, a kindergarten teacher in Clymer, N.Y.
St. Bonaventure University prepared me to dive right into the classroom, plan curriculum and develop a new kindergarten classroom. I have been immersed in the art and science of teaching through 1,000+ hours of classroom experience. I have become a socially just teacher through the example of the Franciscan tradition. I am competent in educational pedagogy and research, which gives me the skills and knowledge to teach any curriculum and any child.
Clymer Central School

BONA BENCHMARK: St. Bonaventure is celebrating its 100th year of teacher education! The first certification courses were offered in 1916.

Luci Kovalovsky, ’16, a fifth-grade science and social studies teacher in Candor, N.Y.
Telling interviewers that I am a St. Bonaventure alumna has been my strongest asset. The education program provided me with hours of classroom experience that increased my passion and confidence as an educator.
Candor Elementary School

BONA BENCHMARK: 100% of the School of Education students who earned undergraduate degrees during 2015-16 are employed in full-time teaching jobs, are in graduate school, or have been accepted to grad school.

Lindsey Bellman, ’16, a kindergarten special education resource teacher in Glenn Dale, MD.
I really feel that Bonaventure did a great job preparing me for my teaching career. Being in the classroom working directly with students since the beginning of freshman year gave me the hands-on experience and confidence I needed to have my own classroom.
Glenn Dale Elementary School

BONA BENCHMARK: St. Bonaventure is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This performance-based accreditation system ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

Kelsey Flanagan, ’16, a special education teacher in Rochester, N.Y.
St. Bonaventure prepared me to work with students in a variety of different settings. Now as a teacher in an urban school district, I will be able to use the tools I learned at St. Bonaventure to differentiate my instruction to fit the needs of all students. I truly feel prepared for the first day of school!
Kodak Park School #41

BONA BENCHMARK: St. Bonaventure offers bachelor’s degrees in childhood studies, elementary/early childhood education, elementary education, elementary/special education, physical education, and sport studies.

Rebecca Weitzel, ’13, ’15, is teaching at an international baccalaureate school in Vietnam; she previously taught two years in Kuwait
I have been able to get job offers all around the world and have been able to hit the ground running because of the education I received at St. Bonaventure University. I am still a beginning teacher, but I have already had the opportunity to mentor other teachers due to the experience I got through St. Bonaventure's education program.
Becca Weitzel's classroom in Vietnam
Lindsey Enright, ’15, ’16, a second-grade teacher in Ridgeland, S.C.
I am so grateful that I chose to go to St. Bonaventure for my B.S.E in Elementary/Special Education and my Master's in Differentiated Instruction. St. Bonaventure allows for placements from freshman year all the way to senior year allowing you to work alongside veteran teachers and with students from various grades. By taking classes where they discuss differentiating as well as being culturally responsive, it has allowed me to get to know all my students and use their interest and cultures in everyday lessons and teaching. St. Bonaventure prepared me amazingly for my career in teaching.
Ridgeland Elementary School

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