Getting a kick out of education

Comforting new freshmen was the perfect job at Berry for education major Megan Radosta.

Megan’s people skills flourished from day one. As a freshman, she began working in the Office of Admissions as a tour guide. She then served as a Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) leader, introducing incoming students to the Berry community.

“As a SOAR leader, I was most definitely given a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet some incredible people that I may not have met otherwise. I got pushed outside of my comfort zone in almost every way possible,” says Megan, who graduated in May and is headed to Carmel Elementary to teach kindergarten.

Megan’s hard work earned her accolades during her time at Berry. She received the DAR Student Teaching Award for Community Service, demonstrating her outstanding service in the Rome, Ga., area.  Megan also was awarded the Vesta Salmon Service in Education Scholarship and served as an officer of the International Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi.

Berry athletics served as a focal point for Megan throughout the last four years. She was a member of the Varsity Women’s Soccer team, and had the opportunity to lead her fellow athletes as president of Athletes Bettering the Community. She also served as committee president on the Southern Athletic Association Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Megan was not short on mentors on the world’s largest campus. Her support team included Assistant Athletic Director Ginger Swann, soccer coaches Lorenzo Canalis and Eric Gentilello, professors Fran Roe and Eliana Hirano, and of course, her fellow soccer players.

“All of these people have challenged me, supported me and explored this beautiful campus with me,” Megan says. “I am so grateful for every single person I have come in contact with at Berry who has even made the slightest impacts on my life, for my experience at this school would not have been the same without them.”

 

Written by sophomore Faythe Choate

Persistence was the only constant in her journey to graduation

Erin Stewart was a non-traditional Berry student who finally reached her goal after persisting through many setbacks.

Erin, who is 28 and married, graduated in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education. Before coming to Berry, she attended several different colleges and changed her major.

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Making a difference

Recent Berry College grad Jennifer Cortez is spreading the joy of learning to children and adults in the Galapagos Islands.

From the start, the 2018 grad knew she wanted to be a teacher but not just any teacher. Jennifer wanted her teaching to make a difference, to matter.

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Nursing Faculty Presentation

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Cindy Johnson, Assistant Professor of Nursing Rebecca Logan, and Instructional Design and Technology Librarian Jeremy Worsham recently presented at the 14th Annual Southeastern Nurse Educator Symposium in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Their presentation was titled “The Sandbox: Learning Space Development to Enhance Active Learning in Nursing education.”

Dr. Johnson, Dr. Logan, and Mr. Worsham presented the history of the creation of a Sandbox classroom area in the library. This inter-professional project discussed the importance of a learning space to promote active learning which allows educators to use a variety of teaching pedagogies to increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. The presentation described the many ways the Sandbox is used by multi-disciplines on campus and how the nursing department has specifically used the classroom in their curriculum.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education Eliana Hirano

Dr. Hirano and student Victoria Millard recently presented a poster “Student, Teacher, and Textbook Approaches to ESL Pronunciation” at the Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages annual conference in Atlanta.

Also, Dr. Hirano recently co-authored “Recurrent Topics in English Language Teachers’ Written Teaching Philosophy Statements” in the TESL Canada Journal.

Professor of Teacher Education Mary C. Clement

Dr. Clement has published her 14th book, “What Successful Teachers Do”, by Rowman and Littlefield Education, Lanham, MD. Additionally, Dr. Clement taught two graduate courses at Living Rock Teacher Training Institute in Beijing, China, last summer. The courses were assessment and supervision, both for teachers and principals. Each class included Dr. Clement’s workshops on creating mentoring programs and mentoring of faculty. Her 2011 book, “The Mentor Program Kit”, was a text for both courses.

Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology Brian Campbell

Dr. Campbell has been invited to showcase an exhibit of his Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation project (the Berry ABC Project, https://sites.berry.edu/abc/) at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta in their newest traveling exhibition – FOOD: Our Global Kitchen (created by the American Museum of Natural History.) He will work with current Berry College student and ABC Project Research Assistant, Conlan DeLorenzo, and Berry alum, Emily Cornell, to simulate a seed swap and educate visitors on agricultural biodiversity conservation, seed saving methods, and related nutritional and agricultural information.

Crafting success

Harmony Petty (21c) never dreamed of starting her own business, but when friends and family showed an interest in her crafts, she jumped in with both feet – at the age of 14.

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