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SOE Majors Present in CSGE Student Research Conference

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Tuesday April 15, 2014

SOE Majors Present in CSGE’s Student Research Conference

The Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement hosted its Third Student Research Conference, Thursday, April 10, on the Rockland campus in Bowman Gym. The theme was “Making a Difference: Contributions from our Disciplines.” Several Education majors presented their research projects, solo or with partners, on a topic in either Education or Science.

Students stood beside their professionally crafted posters and gave oral presentations on the purpose and results of their research project. The projects were truly an asset to the college and a positive reflection on the School of Education as well.

See the titles and photos of their presentations below.

  • Bryan Rock, "The Impact of Informed Intervention on Student Performance: An Insight into the Ed TPA"
  • Mitchell Woodford, "The Importance of Academic Language in a Child's Education Goes Without Saying"
  • Michelle Gonzalez and Trisha Frazer, "Diverse Learning: Education Majors Pursuing Active Integration"
  • Grace Anger and Kassie Neumann, "Lifestyle Integration in Education"
  • Mitchell Woodford with classmates, "Why Not Phage Therapy?"
  • Bethany DeVault and Zachary DeLong, "The Life and Times of a Phage"
  • Anel Vicente with classmates, "The Destructive Bulimia Nervosa: A Nutritional and Psychological Research"

Kara Fulop of GoodSports International and LOGOS Language School of Hungary Visits SOE

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Monday April 14, 2014

Kara Fulop of GoodSports International and LOGOS Language School of Hungary Visits School of Ed

On April 1 the School of Education welcomed Kara Fulop, international director of GoodSports International and LOGOS Language School of Hungary, and Carol Ann Freeman of Nyack College to a chat and luncheon in the Ed Lab. The purpose of the chat was for the School of Education to learn about an English teaching missions opportunity in Hungary.

Kara explained that GoodSports International is a multifaceted ministry that includes a sports ministry (especially in summer), a popular ESL teaching ministry to schools and companies, and an orphanage ministry, all of which are opportunities to share the gospel. LOGOS Language School, the daughter program of GoodSports, provides ongoing English instruction to students of all ages. The school is especially desirous of native English-speaking teachers throughout the year, particularly with an emphasis on conversation. There are also flexible internship opportunities.

Our own December 2013 MAT non-certification TESOL graduate Russell Chun is an intricate part of LOGOS in Hungary, where he recently hosted Nyack TESOL major Carol Ann Freeman as she performed activities for her education program. Carol Ann, says Russell, was “such a blessing to GoodSports and LOGOS. … It was fun and from a ministry point of view it allowed GoodSports to deepen its relationship with both schools.” Upon returning to Nyack Carol Ann hosted Kara Fulop, and brought her to the School of Education to meet us, along with greetings from Russell.

Russell, Kara, and Carol Ann all encourage education majors to consider coming to Hungary for short-term or long-term commitment to ministry in the LOGOS Language School or the GoodSports umbrella program. Russell points out, “My hope is that when a NYACK TESOL student wants to work overseas in Hungary I can quickly place them in either primary or high school.” Expressing appreciation for the education program of Nyack College, he adds, “Truly the NYACK Non Cert course has already launched two missionaries in to the world. Thanks.”

Those seeking more information about GoodSports and LOGOS in Hungary can visit or contact Kara Fulop at

Student Behavior Management Webinar Held in the Ed Lab

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Monday April 14, 2014

Student Behavior Management Webinar Held in the Ed Lab

Dr. Jim Nichols, Chair of the Adolescence Education Department, hosted a professional development event for students on Thursday, April 4.

The webinar, Defining the Consequences: Student Behavior Management with Doug Lemov, was presented.  The webinar addressed 5 principles of classroom culture that critically promote a positive classroom environment that support learning. These principles, discipline, management, control, influence and engagement, were explored in depth by examining both the teacher's and student's perspectives.

Doug Lemov's text Teach Like A Champion, a nationally recognized study of high-performing urban teachers and their practices, is used during methods courses and in senior seminar, the co-requisite course for student teaching.

After viewing the webinar, students enjoyed pizza and conversation.

The students in the Education Department appreciate the School of Ed for hosting professional development events like this one.

Five Nyack Teacher Candidates Receive Scholar-Athlete Recognition by the CACC

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Friday April 11, 2014

Five Nyack Teacher Candidates Receive Scholar-Athlete Recognition by the CACC

Five School of Education teacher candidates have been recognized by the CACC (Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) for their excellence in both athletics and academics. These five ladies are Brianna Kane, Annah Aguilar and Michelle Makela for volleyball and Captain Amanda Halter and Danielle Page for soccer. To be selected for this prestigious honor one must achieve and maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 in the classroom, while also excelling on the athletic field.

These outstanding future teachers were asked the following questions:

  • How have you managed to be successful at both sports and academics?
  • How have the values learned in athletics helped you to do well in your coursework?
  • What time management strategies do you use? Do you do better in season? Do you have an athletic learning style, e.g., do better under pressure?
  • Do you plan on coaching when you teach?

Following are quotes representing their responses:

  • It is by the grace of God that I have been gifted in both academia and athletics
  • Being a Christian athlete has transformed the way I think and act.
  • God deserves my very best efforts, no matter what I am doing on the field or in the classroom.  
  • As a student athlete it is important to remember that you are a student first and an athlete second.
  • Athletics and teacher preparation courses have taught me hard work, discipline, teamwork, perseverance, and time management.
  • God willing I will combine teaching and coaching in the future.

These ladies recognize that God has blessed them with gifts and talents them to influence hundreds for Christ domestically and overseas in classroom and athletic settings. Opportunities through sports for such Christian missionary organizations, such as Athletes in Action, have been enormously successful in fulfilling the Great Commission. Congratulations to them for their achievement and bright futures as Christian teacher-coaches.

Early Childhood Education Students Enjoy Transitions Conference -- Common Core Kaleidoscope

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Friday April 4, 2014

Early Childhood Education Students Enjoy Transitions Conference: Common Core Kaleidoscope

On March 20th the Nyack Teacher Center sponsored the 6th annual Teacher Transition Conference, bringing together pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers from across Rockland County.   The theme this year focused on the Common Core Curriculum across the domains.  Workshop topics included math, science, language arts, TESOL, social studies, and children with special needs.  

Ten Nyack College students majoring in Early Childhood Education attended the conference. It was a great opportunity for students to understand the giant leap between preschool and public school kindergarten, as well as ways to help students, parents, and teachers bridge that gap.  

Shawnja Pratt, an ECE major who participated, appreciated the “series of informative sessions about how to teach math using the common core standards in centers and activities.  There was another session about helping students with anxiety adjust to school.  This was a great place to meet amazing educators across Rockland County, and bridge the gap between the Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers.”

We extend a special thank you to the Nyack Teacher Center for providing two scholarships for Nyack College students and to the School of Education for supporting eight other students to attend this important conference.


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