Education

EDUCATION NEWS

The Department of Education welcomes Dr. Mindy Eichhorn as Assistant Professor of Education. Dr. Eichhorn is a Math Specialist and will be teaching Undergraduate and Graduate courses.

Gordon recently approved a new minor in Speech Pathology. 

2014 Department of Education Graduates: What are they doing now?

From Nicky Turk, Success Academy, Bronx, NY:
I am very fortunate to say that I will be working for the Success Academy Charter School network at their Bronx 2 elementary school next year as an Associate Teacher. The majority of classrooms within the school network have a Lead Teacher and an Associate Teacher, who studies under the experienced teacher for a year before becoming a Lead Teacher themselves. I first heard about these amazing schools through a Gordon education alumnus who currently works at the same Bronx school. Success Academies are some of the best performing schools not only in the city, but in the state of New York. They are known for their innovative curriculum and work ethic of their scholars, but more importantly for the joy that lives inside these classrooms. That is truly what drew me to this school network in the first place. I first fell in love with the urban school setting during my freshman Intro to Education course, which my Gordon professors quickly recognized and set me up on a path to further nurture that passion. This quickly developed into an interest in public school reform, which is how I came across the world of charter schools. I am thrilled to become a part of the Success Academy team because they are on the forefront of the education reform movement, with their schools and practices as impressive evidence for what is possible in public schools.

From Jessie Dupre, Hood Elementary School, Lynn, MA:
With the close guidance of Gordon professors, I was able to market myself as both an elementary and special education teacher. With Gordon always utilizing the most current research-based, cutting-edge techniques and programs in the education field, I was immediately set up for success. Gordon had prepared me to be a contributing educator in the Lynn Public Schools during my student teaching, which ultimately lead to my current position as a 2nd grade classroom teacher at Hood Elementary School.

From Christa Johnson, Bates School, Salem, MA: 
I am excited to be a 2nd grade teacher in Salem, MA, confident that my Gordon experience has given me the tools necessary to impact the children who will be in my classroom. With a variety of authentic, hands-on teaching experience through my practicum and classes, I feel I have been prepared for a smooth transition into my teaching career.

From Our Alumni:

Katie Ernst, Dever Elementary, Boston and Christ the King Dorchester Church:

I am so grateful for the opportunities that I had at Gordon - both in the college classrooms and the elementary classrooms. I'm excited to be able to see my faith and work with children intersect and am thankful for the way that Gordon prepared me for this! The past three years I've been teaching in a Boston Public School (4th and 5th grade at the Dever Elementary). While I was teaching, I was also volunteering at my church, organizing the children's ministries. This fall, I will be coming on staff with my church (Christ the King Dorchester) full time as the Director of Children and Youth. I will be strengthening our current ministries (elementary/middle school youth group and Children's Church) and increasing our community outreach and engagement (hosting community events and supporting families of our youth group students). I am most excited about being able to work with families to support their children's education. The last few years have showed me how difficult it can be to navigate the Boston public schools, and I am hoping to help families with necessary paperwork, be in contact with teachers to help student learning, and work with these students so they can reach their potential. I've known most of our youth group kids for the last four years, so I am excited to be able to jump right in, and to have the chance to continue to see their faith grow.

Hand-Delivered Education
Luke Reynolds '03, penned "On Being a 32-Year-Old Paperboy" for the Spring 2013 issue of STILLPOINT. An accomplished middle-school teacher, Luke is also the author / editor of multiple books, the newest of which, Break These Rules (Chicago Review Press), is an anthology of essays by young-adult (YA) authors, and will be published in fall 2013. 

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Joyful Rigor
Aleah Tarnoviski '12, was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of STILLPOINT for her exceptional work as a lead teacher in the Bronx. "I can go back to my freshman year and trace the education department's influence in where I am today," she says.

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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Gordon's undergraduate education programs are field-based, grounded in the liberal arts and built upon a Christian philosophy. The programs promote holistic learning by:

  • Integrating faith and learning
  • Sending you into area classrooms for field experience during your freshman year
  • Requiring you to choose one of the approved liberal arts as a second major

Completion of any of the undergraduate teacher education programs allows you to be eligible for:

  • An initial Massachusetts teaching license
  • A comparable initial teaching license in all 50 states and US territories

Gordon's programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Higher Education Coordinating Council and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). Gordon is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

TRENDSETTING APPROACH TO READING
The Education Department practices a philosophy of teaching that is setting a benchmark of excellence across the nation. The methods for teaching reading in particular employ a systematic approach that is based on scientific research and has proven effective in classrooms.

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS FOR FIELD EXPERIENCE

  • Cobbet School, Lynn 
  • E. J. Harrington School, Lynn
  • Hood Elementary School, Lynn
  • Buker School, Hamilton-Wenham Regional Partnership 
  • Gordon in Lynn

PARTNERSHIPS FOR URBAN STUDENT TEACHING

WHERE ALUMNI GO
Due to the high emphasis on preparatory experience, you will be highly qualified for teaching positions upon graduation. Teachers have been placed in many areas throughout the world, including, but not limited to:

  • School systems across the U.S.
  • Christian schools
  • Global missions opportunities
  • Graduate studies

CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Education
Gordon College
Wenham, MA 01984 USA

P 978 867 4315
F 978 867 4663

 

 

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Downloads

Title II report 2008-09 (XLS)
Title II report for results from Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure

Title II report 2007-08 (DOC)
Title II report for results from Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure