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Fall 2015 Newsletter
During the second week of classes, Solomon Akele Abebe visited the Beloit College campus, at the invitation of Sonja Darlington. Sonja met Solomon while she was in Ethiopia participating in Projects Abroad, a volunteer teaching experience. Solomon was a former teacher at the International Language and Leadership school where Sonja taught, and he also introduced her to artists teaching at the University of Addis Ababa in preparation for her FYI (2009) on environmental cross-currents in Ethiopia and Sudan. Solomon’s scholarship includes a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (2015) and a Master of Arts in Applied Cultural Analysis (2013) from Lund University, Sweden, in addition to a Masters of Arts in Social Anthropology (2008) from the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His work experience includes being a co-founder and project manage
The department of Education and Youth Studies is fortunate to have the following visiting instructors teaching courses during the fall 2015 semester while Kathy Greene and Jingjing Lou are on sabbatical. Please join us in welcoming:
Carol Fox - teaching EDYS 267 "Curricula and Theories for Adolescents"
Carol has both an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in administration. She was a classroom teacher in elementary for 12 years and a principal of elementary schools for 23 years. She retired from Royce Elementary School here in Beloit in 2009. Since that time she has been working with a variety of colleges, including Beloit College, as a supervisor for student teachers and helping with practicum classes. This fall, she was asked to teach the Middle School methods class. There are five students who completed the practicum experience for this class at McNeel Middle School. Carol has enjoyed working with Beloit College students in her class and in previous years. The students are eager to learn about education and want to make the most of their classroom experiences. The students are also very friendly and welcoming. Carol has enjoyed sharing her passion for education with Beloit College students.
Sondra Fox - teaching EDYS 262 "Exploring Language, Literature, and Literacy"
The EDYS department is delighted to have Sondra Fox teaching EDYS 262 this fall. The course was designed to help students become successful teachers of language arts. The academic goals included helping Beloit College students learn the developmental levels of the students they will teach, the research findings about reading, writing, listening and speaking, and the skills necessary for success in the language arts. Students spent time each week putting this knowledge into practice in the community through a practicum experience in which they visited, observed, and practiced teaching at Robinson Elementary.
Brynn Hambly - teaching EDYS 276 "Drama for Teaching and Learning"
Brynn earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Iowa and her BA at the University of Puget Sound, but her most useful education came from working at Seattle Children's Theatre. Brynn taught the EDYS course, Drama for Teaching and Learning this fall. She loves that many Beloit College students are eager to incorporate social justice into their work with young people.
In addition, we are pleased to have Robert Fitzsimmons joining us as the Student Teacher Supervision Manager. Bob is responsible for the oversight of the observation and evaluation of student teachers during the fall semester of 2015. He works with the College Supervisors and Cooperating Teachers to ensure that evaluations are completed in a timely manner. He plays a huge role in making the student teaching placement successful for our student teachers.
Thank you for your dedication to our students!
On Sunday, October 25th, the department of Education and Youth Studies hosted an Open House for its majors.
The purpose was to provide a time for students to relax and connect with other EDYS majors. They enjoyed pizza and ice-cream
with their peers and professors in the newly refurbished Fireside Lounge in MI.
has been on maternity leave/sabbatical since fall of 2014. She will be coming back to teach at Beloit College beginning January 2016! We recently received an update from Jingjing:
I am currently on leave spending time with my family in Arizona. I am busying with writing, and raising my 14-month-old son Kai . We are enjoying lots of good time hiking in the forests and desert of Arizona. I look forward to going back to teaching this January and meeting the new students. I've already heard a lot of wonderful things about this class. I will be offering three courses this Spring: EDYS 204 Constructing Difference, EDYS 276 East Asian Education, Culture, and Society, and EDYS 382 Senior Thesis.
Jingjing Lou, is an associate professor who obtained a B.A. from the Peking University (People's Republic of China) in Russian Language and Literature, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Russian and East European Studies, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from Indiana University at Bloomington. Her dissertation is entitled "The School Wall Crumbles: Pollution, Townization, and the Changing Ecology of Rural Schooling in Northwest China." She has been awarded a Spencer Fellowship (2007-2008), a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad (2007-2008), a 1990 Institute/OYCF Research Fellowship (2009-10), Chancellor's Fellowship (Indiana University, 2003-2007), and a few other research and travel grants. Jingjing is interested in international and comparative education research. She also has research interests in international education and the internationalization of US public schools and higher education. Jingjing has done research and published on the financing and privatization of higher education in Russia, US and China. She has also researched on girls’ education, migrant children’s education, and rural youth’s education and identity development in China. Currently, she is particularly interested in townization and migration and its impact on rural Chinese youth and their education. In addition to teaching and research, Jingjing has also served as a research consultant for a few international and domestic NGOs. firstname.lastname@example.org
ty at Colorado College. In addition to her professional work, Kathy is taking every opportunity to travel, to see her daughters and granddaughter, to spend time in warm climates, and to learn how to reupholster the wingback chair from her office that so many EDYS students have sat in over the years!
Professor Jingjing Lou will be on sabbatical for the fall 2015 semester. She plans to finish a few writing projects and spend time with family. We are looking forward to having her back in January 2016!
Congratulations on a great choice!
Izabella Berman (Fall 2014-Turkey)
Kristen McNeill (Fall 2014-Russia)
Vanessa Peña (Fall 2014-Amsterdam)
The following EDYS majors are currently studying abroad:
Will Banville (Puerto Rico)
Coral Ellis (Sweden)
Cassandra King (Hungary)
Jennifer Putman (Hungary)
Madeline Stein (UK)
Kyndall White (Australia)
Happy and safe travels, everyone!
During the fall 2015 term, nine EDYS students in Track I and II started their student teaching semester. Most students will complete their student teaching in January, 2016.
Elementary / Middle School Certification
Olivia Cañizares at O. A. Thorp Scholastic Academy, Chicago, Illinois
Brigitte Hautzinger at Todd Elementary School, Beloit
Middle / High School Certification
Samantha Anderson at Beloit Memorial High School (English)
Adrianna Baldwin at Beloit Memorial High School (English)
Blake Garcia at Malcolm Shabazz City High School, Madison, Wisconsin
(Social Studies & Psychology)
Brenda Guzman at Beloit Memorial High School (Spanish)
Jim Leyhane at Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois (History)
Alexandria Rehfeldt at Hononegah High School, Rockton, Illinois (English)
Seth Sanderson at Winnebago High School, Winnebago, Illinois (Science)
We wish you all the best!
Congratulations to the following EDYS graduates who are now teaching!!
Emily Wells (Drama teacher at Storey County District, Carson City, Nevada)
Andrew Wood (Semester Long Substitute in the School District of Richfield)
Laramie Wieseman (Biology Teacher at Turner High School, Beloit, WI)
James Jobb (Waukesha West High School, Waukesha, WI)
Lily O'Brien (French Teacher, 8th Grade at Thurston Middle School, Laguna Beach, California)
Nairobi, Kenya. Semaite is as of yet undecided in what he wants to major, but has interests in Anthropology, Political Science, and Philosophy. His hobbies include reading, playing chess and listening to music.
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