The Faculty of Education welcomed its newest graduates on June 12, 2019, with two Convocation ceremonies. Family, friends and the Brock community celebrated the successes of hundreds of students. During the ceremonies, several graduates were recognized for their achievements.
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When she stepped off the plane in September 2018, Brock student Esther Wainaina had never been to Canada.
Wainaina travelled more than 12,000 km from Kenya to enroll in Brock’s Masters Preparation Certificate in Education (MPCE) program in pursuit of a new career developing labour and education policy. She will graduate from the program on June 12, 2019.
Like many of her classmates, Wainaina has had to adjust to a foreign culture and a new academic program, not to mention the Canadian winter.
Unlike many of her peers, Wainaina also has had to balance being a full-time MPCE student with the day-to-day care of her three children while her husband remains in Kenya to work.
The Faculty of Education Convocation ceremonies on June 12 celebrated the achievements of the Faculty’s newest graduates.
During the ceremonies, Spirit of Brock medals were awarded to an undergraduate and graduate student who have demonstrated the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, the University’s namesake. Kimberly Radersma was awarded the graduate Spirit of Brock medal for the Faculty of Education.Read more
Th Brock community gathered on June 12, 2019, to celebrate the newest Faculty of Education graduates. A highlight of the day’s ceremonies was the awarding of the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Medals to an undergraduate and graduate student who demonstrate the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, the University’s namesake. Lauren Saly won the Faculty of Education undergraduate award.Read more
As the Brock community celebrates the successes of its newest graduates, Convocation also offers a moment to honour the contributions of faculty members and sessional instructors.
In 2019, the Faculty of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes Shelley Griffin, Associate Professor, while Nancy Gallacher (BEd ’81, MEd ’89) has received the Faculty’s Sessional Teaching Award.Read more
Consecutive Teacher Education (Junior/Intermediate)
Richard Liu’s career path has taken some unexpected turns.
After studying biochemistry and psychology at the University of Toronto, Liu found himself uncertain of his next steps.
“I was profoundly lost after graduating from undergrad,” said Liu. “It took a while for me to step into the world and find my passion.”Read more
Bachelor of Education in Adult Education
For Karen Bordonaro, graduating from the Bachelor of Education in Adult Education (ADED) marks her sixth degree.
Bordonaro feels strongly about lifelong learning. A Liaison Librarian at Brock University, she already holds a PhD in Foreign and Second Language Education, an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Master of Library Science, an MA in German, and a BA in German and Spanish.Read more
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE)
Charlene Hall has always wanted to be a teacher. After completing a diploma in Early Childhood Education, Hall took the next step towards her goal by enrolling in Brock’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) program.
Hall used the BECE program to pursue her personal interests as well as her professional ambitions. At every opportunity, Hall opted for electives on Indigenous spirituality to learn more about her heritage.Read more
Concurrent Teacher Education (Junior/Intermediate)
For Olivia Hodder, coming to Brock taught her as much about herself as it did about being a great educator.
“If I had to sum up my whole teaching experience it would be trying to solve some family history as well as trying to figure out who I am as a person and who I want to be as a teacher,” said Hodder, a Concurrent Teacher Education graduate.Read more
Concurrent Teacher Education (Intermediate/Senior)
Nicole Tsitsopoulos has always wanted to be a teacher. When she crosses the stage on June 12, she is one step closer to her dream.
For Tsitsopoulos, Brock offered a chance to pursue teaching along with another passion: chemistry.Read more