Saint Leo Education Program Honored

March 08, 2011

Saint Leo Education Program Honored

Pictured, from left: Assistant Professor Brian O’Connell, Dean Carol Walker, Assistant Professor Nancy Cerezo, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Education Chair Candace Roberts, Associate Professor Jeffra Flaitz (kneeling), Associate Professor Jane Govoni (kneeling), Associate Professor Valerie Wright, Instructor and Internship Administrator Carol McLeish, and Assistant Professor Kim Higdon.

Faculty from the Education Department of Saint Leo University’s School of Education and Social Services were honored in February when the department competed as a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award presented

 by the Association of Teacher Educators. Saint Leo faculty and School of Education and Social Services Dean Carol Walker were responsible for a group presentation on the university’s undergraduate education program. The team explained how Saint Leo uses extensive field experience, values-based instruction, academic rigor, and strong ties to local school districts to meet Florida’s need for strong K-12 teachers. Fellow finalists for the award were: George Mason University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Florida. The University of Florida was named winner. The awards took place during the association’s annual convention, held in Orlando.