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Blessings from the Dominican Republic

Posted by Eric.Nygard on Monday January 26, 2015

There were many gifts awaiting in the Dominican Republic. They went beyond waking up and looking at the mountains, savoring the coffee and enjoying the people. This is motherland, the place where I was born and raised for the first 14 years of my life. Much to my surprise, coming back to Student-Teach was filled with unpredictability. The first week in my Kindergarten classroom was amazing. These children welcomed me and loved me. We did not have the barriers of American culture. I had casual meals with their parents and I hugged and kissed the family as much as I wanted. I taught these 5-year-olds how much freedom they have in their relationship with Christ and that would cause them to better their relationships with one another in a more creative and consistent way. We would share anecdotes and jokes before and after school. We would review lessons and it always baffled me how willing they were to learn outside their classrooms. There was a weekday when there were no classes and I went to volunteer with a ministry that helps one of the poorest areas in the Dominican Republic. They have a school and a Social Work site where they bring as many resources as possible to these impoverished families. As we did a prayer walk around this community, I saw children without shoes or underwear walking in mud. I saw many hungry families and many young children taking adult responsibilities, having to maintain their households. I saw the absence of resources such as water, electricity, a pipe system, etc. I saw many sicknesses and many needs that are yet to be met. But I did not see the absence of laughter, trust, joy and hope. I saw rare faith in the midst of this community and I realized how much I have that I do not need. I realized I want my excess resources to serve the people who have these needs. I want to cherish community, love and faith over material things. I want to bring light into dark places and love children and families of all ages. Student-teaching in the Dominican Republic changed me. It made me come back to what is really important. The connection we share with Christ and one another is priceless. It is worth more than any accomplishment. I want the Lord to push me beyond my worldview and see the world as He sees it. So in the end of Student-Teaching, I discovered that as we attempt to teach we must be ready and willing to learn. We must be willing to put our guards down, to embrace and be embraced, to be content in any situation and exalt our God while we cherish the image bearers he has placed among us.

-Anel Vicente

Dr. Marie White to Present at SEYS Research Symposium at Queens College October 22

Posted by Eric.Nygard on Friday October 24, 2014

On October 22nd from 11:30 to 1:00, Dr. Marie White will be a guest speaker at the President’s Conference Room in Rosenthal Library, Queens College. Her 

topic will be “Teachers as Proactive Agents through Cycles of Self-Regulation”. 

Dr. White will be joining other presenters joining her in exploring the symposium 

theme of “Implications of Diversity toward the Preparation of Teachers for Urban 

School and Communities”.

This promises to be a rich experience for anyone wishing to consider the deeper 

issues facing today’s urban educators.

 from 11:30 to 1:00, Dr. Marie White will be a guest speaker at

School of Education Homecoming Dinner

Posted by Eric.Nygard on Friday October 24, 2014

The Nyack College School of Education Homecoming Dinner was held in the Presidents Hall

at Shuman on Friday, October 10th, 2014. We enjoyed a fine dinner and fellowship centered 

around the moving testimonies of Nyack School of Education alumni.

Dr. Looney welcomed everyone and expressed her appreciation for our outstanding SOE 


Dr. Harrigan kept the evening moving along with amusing stories. At one point he showed 

us that there was a common theme among the testimonies we heard – that working with the 

students who were the neediest resulted in the most amazing stories. All agreed that this is why 

we teach. 

We are very proud of our alumni and current students in the School of Education, and we can’t 

wait to hear even more amazing accounts!

School of Education Students Take the Lead!

Posted by Eric.Nygard on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Amidst the talent present in our School of Education students, we have two 

highlights to share!

Donyelle Harrigan (Early Childhood Education Major) is the co-director of the 

Nyack College Gospel Choir. Here’s a clip of last year’s group:

2013 Nyack College Gospel Choir

Annah Aguilar (Childhood Education Major) is the Nyack Women’s Volleyball 

Team Chaplain.

See her profile at the Nyack Warriors official website here

Dr. JoAnn Looney Appointed to NYACTE Board of Directors

Posted by Eric.Nygard on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Congratulations to our own Dr. Looney on her recent appointment to the Board 

of Directors of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. 

NYACTE is a professional association representing NYS institutions of higher 

education who prepare teachers and other professional educators. They are also the 

state-level affiliate of the national professional association AACTE, the American 

Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

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