Featured Alumnus – Amy W. Loring

      Our alumnus, Amy Loring (1989, Elementary Degree 1-8 with a specialization in Special Education K-12) and her sister, Lori Smith run professional development workshops through Ashland University as well as several school districts in Columbus and expand into other areas. Their mission is to motivate classroom teachers and administrators who work with challenging student populations. Their focus is to develop a better background when working with students who struggle in the classroom, whether due to the many issues surrounding poverty, or students with behavioral issues, attention issues, depression, and lack of overall motivation due to outside or internal factors. They give concrete strategies, lesson ideas, activities to foster engagement, and coping mechanisms for teachers who work with these at-risk type of students. They delve into the problems many students face today with testing and societal pressures, lack of schema development, and emergent literacy skills, as well as emotional struggles. Amy and Lori’s Educational Consulting Business is called Two Teachers on the Edge. Please visit their Website or contact them at [email protected] for the possible professional development workshop opportunities and learn from the reflections and challenges of their daily experiences....
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Featured Alumnus – Sara Cunningham

I am teaching at Catholic Central High School in Steubenville. It is my alumni. I am the art teacher which consists of Art 1, Drawing and Painting, mechanical Drawing and multimedia computer class. In the spring my schedule will be sculpture and CAD (computer aided design). I am planning already to add more and specific class to the schedule for next year.  This is my dream job, I have always imagined teaching in this art...
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Featured Alumnus – Amy Ludewig

Major/Certification: Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Working on Master’s Degree in Technology at West Liberty University Hometown: Follansbee, WV Year of Graduation: May 2012/Expected December 2013 for Master’s Degree Professional Experiences: Worked at St. John School in Wellsburg as the Religion, Technology, and Preschool Teacher. Currently employed at Wellsburg Middle School – Teaching Technology in the Writing Lab for Brooke County Schools. Background and Interests/Hobbies: My home is in Follansbee, West Virginia, where I live with my husband, our daughter and our pets. I enjoy helping in my community with the Follansbee Community Days, working at St. Anthony’s Church as a Parish Pastoral Council member, as well as a participating Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Teaching is a passion of mine along with learning and my faith. My interests are my job, reading, technology, and computers.  I love spending time with my family and friends, especially at the beach! Reason for Choosing WL and the College of Education: It is my belief that my life path, choose education for me. I did not hesitate to select West Liberty University as where I would attend college.  My first view of the campus was impressive as I toured with my daughter as she considered her college choices.  That day she made her decision to attend West Liberty University and I would follow her the next summer; the catholic school where I was employed was downsized, so the decision to go back to school to further my employment opportunities was at hand. Change is never easy for me, and I was feeling overwhelmed.  Add to this my daughter’s desire to have her own space, and one would think that attending West Liberty University was not the right choice, but it proved to work out wonderfully for both my daughter and me.  The College of Education offered me support, planning, and educational opportunities that helped me to graduate in two years time.  The teacher education program presented fabulous opportunities that were relevant, practical, and furthered my abilities within my profession. The knowledge of the professors has helped me be prepared, confident, and skilled within my classroom, wherein real life meets the new graduate. Favorite Learning/Classroom/Faculty Moments in the College of Education: Without a doubt my favorite memories, and favorite faculty member are one in the same. “These favorite moments” are any class that I had the honor of receiving instruction from the Dean of Education, Dr. Keely...
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Featured Alumnus – Michael Kane

  Nomination as Louisvilleʼs “Rookie of the Year” in 2011 Mr. Michael Kane is a graduate of Tuscarawas Valley High School and West Liberty University (Spring 2010). While at West Liberty University, Mike earned 3.9 GPA and played football for four years. As one can see, he excelled in both academics and athletics. Mike was one of seven new staff members hired at Louisville High School in the spring of 2010. He was selected from nearly 150 applicants to teach English because of his eagerness to learn and his past academic achievements. Since becoming a teacher in Louisville, Mike has shown his ability to relate to students and has built a great sense of rapport with many of his students. Mrs. Denise Mast, English department chair at Louisville High School, has stated that Mike has shown a willingness to learn and has brought a fresh perspective to the English Department. According to Mrs. Mast, “Mike has brought new realities to a veteran staff.” Mike has shown a willingness to work with colleagues in his field. He has worked with a colleague to develop reading activities for students outside of the traditional school day. He has also utilized technology to help develop students’ writing skills. According to Mrs. Mast, “Mike understands the big picture.” We appreciate and value the ideas Mike is sharing with the students and staff at Louisville High School. In addition, Mike has taken on the responsibility of being a varsity assistant football coach, and is planning to coach baseball in the spring of 2011. Mr. John DeMarco, Louisville head football coach, states that Mike is a “valuable addition” to the Leopard football staff. Mr. DeMarco goes on to say, “Mike relates well with the student-athletes while recognizing the boundaries a coach must have with the athletes.” The folks at Louisville High School appreciate the contributions Mike has made for both the students and the staff in the few short months he has worked at Louisville High School. They anticipate great accomplishments from Mike in future years. They are delighted to welcome him as a member of the Louisville High School staff. (The excerpt is from Louisville Perspective distributed in the Louisville, OH school...
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