The Elementary Education Department is excelling in their field and competing with larger universities across the state! Florida College is excited to announce exemplary results from the Florida Department of Education. The results are based on data of first-time examinee testing attempts from students who took the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) test from January 2015 to December 2016. Florida College students placed in the top five in the state in two testing categories—science subtest and professional education! “These glowing results are evidence as to how well our students who go through the Florida College Elementary Education Department are doing overall,” said Mike Benson, co-chair of the department. “They're thriving and are well-prepared to get a teaching job immediately after graduating. We may be small in size, but the data obviously shows we compare greatly to some of the bigger, more well-known ‘top institutions’ in the state.” Many of the program’s professors, including now retired department chair Tim Fannin, took time to tutor students individually to prepare for the state certification tests. Florida College students scored highly in comparison to major state schools such as the University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Miami and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Below are quotes from students who took this test and are now excelling in their careers as teachers. Congratulations to these former students and their accomplishments in the education field! “I felt very prepared to take the certification exam because of the specific way that many of our subjects were taught, but even more than that, I felt prepared to take on a classroom full of children. “Being a teacher is hard work. It can take a toll on [...]
Pam Stewart, Commissioner of Education in the state of Florida, spoke to students on Friday, March 30 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Commissioner Stewart spoke at the daily chapel assembly in addition to students in the Elementary Education department at a special luncheon at which President Payne was in attendance. During her visit, Mrs. Stewart spoke about the importance of leadership, especially the value of having Christian leaders, saying leaders are made, not born. She also emphasized the value of teachers and the impact they have on their students every day. Commissioner Stewart has served nearly 40 years in education, beginning her career as a school teacher at Florida College Academy. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts from Florida College, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the University of South Florida and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. She earned her certification in educational leadership at Stetson University. She resides in Tallahassee with her husband, Jack, with whom she shares two grown children who followed her lead and became educators. They are also proud grandparents to three grandchildren who are currently benefiting from Florida’s public education system. Her sister Sharon Clark is the event coordinator at Florida College. Florida College invites guest speakers like Commissioner Pam Stewart to visit campus for the Distinguished Speaker Series in order to provide students with opportunities to learn from others who are positive role models and successful in their chosen fields.
Originally from Boston, Solomon Johnson did not know about Florida College until his senior year of high school, when he found the college on a Google search. He was looking for schools with a music program and Florida College intrigued him because its academics were taught from a Christian viewpoint. “I have seen the most growth in my faith since coming to campus,” Solomon said. “The Bible classes have given me a better understanding of God and allowed me to formulate my own beliefs. I have seen different perspectives and have professors who are willing to help me understand the Bible further.” Solomon developed a strong interest in music around middle school, and since then, he has not stopped seeking ways to expand his knowledge. He soon discovered that his main interests were piano and conducting. “Having professors that specifically tie piano and conducting together for me is unique, as well as the opportunity I have to build a personal relationship with them,” Solomon said. “Whether it is talking about my faith or challenging me to do more musically, the professors here push me to grow.” Solomon is studying Music Education and he was honored with the college’s 2018 academic award for this program. He is heavily involved in music through Wind, String and Jazz Ensembles. Solomon conducted in the String Ensemble holiday concert as well as the fall and spring Wind Ensemble concerts. He participated in the society Arete last year and is a current member of the upper division academic honors society Phi Theta Kappa. “Planning ahead and doing a little bit everyday helps me balance my academics and music,” Solomon said. “I always make time for people. It is most [...]