Evangel professors talk with graduating student teacher inductees prior to a ceremony in their honor on Monday afternoon, April 22. L to R — Shonna Crawford, assistant professor of education, Melany Singer, Nicholas Engleman, Lauren Liberty and Dr. Susan Langston, assistant professor of education.

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Evangel University hosts induction ceremony for student teachers

April 22, 2013 | Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Department of Education honored 46 students for completing their student teaching requirements on Monday, April 22, 2013.

Professors from the education department hosted the induction ceremony. Student teaching supervisors from other departments also were in attendance.

“We are so proud of our student teachers and look forward to having them in the teaching profession,” said Dr. Colleen Hardy, education department chair.

2014-04.22 Ed Dept grads200dpiThe following students were honored during the induction ceremony:

Springfield-area graduates:

  • Vanielle Burres, elementary education major from Stockton, Mo.
  • Kiley Finkbiner, early childhood education major from Willard, Mo.
  • Justine Kahn, elementary education major from Ozark, Mo.
  • Lauren Liberty, early childhood education major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Victoria Morein, elementary education major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Nina Ayres, music education major from DeSoto, Mo.
  • Rachel Delaney, English education major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Nicholas Engleman, history major from Stockton, Mo.
  • Jordan Fielding, physical education major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Kara Totzke, physical education major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Bethany Weimer, business education major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Chad Yates, business education major from Rogersville, Mo.

Graduates from across the country:

  • Kaitlyn Baker, special education major from Troy, Mich.
  • Megan Feith, early childhood education major from DeKalb, Ill.
  • Nicolette Gonzalez, elementary education major from Fukuoka, Japan
  • Micah Goodwin, early childhood education major from North Platte, Neb.
  • Michelle Grubaugh, elementary education major from Cuba, Mo.
  • Kelsie Haggard, elementary education major from Sacramento, Calif.
  • Amy Kolenich, early childhood education major from Youngstown, Ohio
  • Danielle Luebke, elementary education major from Riverside, Calif.
  • Meghan McDonald, elementary education major from Frisco, Texas
  • Emily Mooningham, elementary education major from Morton, Ill.
  • Courtney Orange, elementary education major from Millstadt, Ill.
  • Savannah Page, elementary education major from Clarksville, Ark.
  • Kelsey Palmitessa, elementary education from Sanford, Maine
  • Taylor Rutledge, elementary education from Lamar, Mo.
  • Matthew Sabella, special education major from Hermitage, Pa.
  • Elise Warner, elementary education major from Laurelville, Ohio
  • Mitchell Wilson, elementary education major from Montezuma, Iowa
  • Kelsey Boyer, music education major from Lake Winnebago, Mo.
  • Joseph Brueckmann, music education major from Henderson, Nev.
  • Autumn Brueckmann, mathematics education major from Smyrna, Tenn.
  • Bryanna Fry, biology education major from Lamar, Mo.
  • Joseph Hadinger, mathematics education major from Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jessica Kerby, social studies education major from Morton, Ill.
  • Jordan LeClaire, Spanish education major from Green Bay, Wis.
  • Matt Nicklas, history major from Beach Park, Ill.
  • Laura Patty, mathematics education major from Scotts Valley, Calif.
  • Bradley Sandusky, physical education major from San Diego, Calif.
  • Melany Singer, art education major from Peekskill, N.Y.
  • Jesse Tucker, English education major from Malvern, Ohio
  • Sarah Ward, music education major from Pueblo West, Colo.
  • Erica Bennardo Whitmire, early childhood education major from Bethpage, N.Y.

Master’s degrees:

  • Bethany Smith, secondary teaching major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Randi Leigh Hunt, secondary teaching major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Lynn Ward, secondary teaching major from Strafford, Mo.

Education majors must complete a semester of full-time student teaching in order to receive their degrees.

For additional information, contact Dr. Colleen Hardy at 417-865-2815, ext. 8553.

Evangel University is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions. With an enrollment of more than 2,000 students from all 50 states and abroad, Evangel offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and nine master’s programs.


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