Amid the excitement of class photos, extracurriculars and new supplies, the back to school season can be daunting and stressful for students who find reading and math challenging. Student volunteers and interns from the Brock Learning Lab are helping local students from Grades K-12 by offering literacy and numeracy tutoring.Read more
Articles tagged with: Concurrent Teacher Education
Richard Armacinski’s years of hard work and dedication were rewarded on June 12, 2019, when he won the Dean’s Medal for Education and the Distinguished Graduating Student Award – Concurrent Intermediate/Senior at the Faculty of Education’s Convocation ceremonies.
The Dean’s Medal is awarded to the graduate in each Faculty with the highest standing for a first honours degree and a first pass degree. Armacinski was also the recipient of the Don Galbraith Preservice Teacher Award of Excellence and the Alpha Delta Kappa International Award.
“It is an honour, and I am so humbled to have received this award,” said Armacinski of winning the Dean’s Medal.
“This success is not only mine, however. Without the guidance of my parents, family, friends and professors I would not be the person I am today.”
Armacinski, who graduated from the Concurrent Teacher Education program, wasn’t always sure teaching was the right path for him. His mom worked as a Public Health Nurse in schools and inspired him with stories about teachers making a difference in the lives of students.
“I came to realize that teaching was not a profession, rather a vocation and a calling to work with students in a capacity that will assist them to make solid life decisions, whereby they want to learn and come to school and utilize their gifts to their potential,” said Armacinski.
With an older brother who had also attended Brock, Armacinski was familiar with the University’s community and scenic location as well as the opportunities offered to students.
“I chose Brock for many reasons,” said Armacinski. “The Concurrent Education program has a reputation unlike any other university. The program provides students with great experiential learning where they can put theory into practice.”
During his time as a Concurrent Teacher Education student, Armacinski was able to build lifelong friendships with his classmates in his two faculties. He also appreciated opportunities to get to know professors within small classes.
“Everyone was always so welcoming and there was always an opportunity to ask for clarification and guidance when need be.”
This support has been critical to Armacinski’s academic success. Achieving his academic goals meant many late nights working on assignments and studying on his own or with classmates.
“I was very lucky to have a strong foundation set with a solid group of like-minded friends to get me through my challenges.”
His dedication extended beyond the classroom as he balanced working and volunteering. Armacinski took part in the French Club at Brock and played intramural soccer. He also volunteered with the Brock Niagara French Contest and Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Armacinski will be returning to Brock in September to pursue a Master of Education (MEd) specializing in Administration and Leadership in Education.
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
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
Concurrent Teacher Education (Junior/Intermediate)
Christina De Silva’s Brock career ended on a high note with her receiving the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario Galbraith Preservice Teacher Award of Excellence. She was nominated for the award by Susan Docherty-Skippen, an Instructor in the Faculty of Education. De Silva is graduating from the Concurrent Teacher Education program. Her first teachable subject is history and her second is biology.Read more
At the end of her first year as a student at Brock University, Nicole Chirichella found herself facing a greater challenge than studying for finals: a cancer diagnosis.Read more