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Clinton Township Students Honored by Michigan Teaching Association

July 21, 2009

A Baker College of Clinton Township teacher preparation student was a finalist in the 24th annual Michigan Student Teacher of the Year Competition. Two other students from Baker’s Clinton Township campus received honorable mentions. The event is sponsored by the Michigan Association of Teacher Educators (MATE). The honorees are all June graduates from Baker College of Clinton Township, with bachelor’s degrees in education.

Emily C. Beski — a St. Clair Shores resident, Beski was a finalist in the competition and received $200 for her outstanding teaching demonstration. Her area of study was secondary teacher preparation – mathematics. Beski was a student teacher at Lakeview High School in St. Clair Shores, where she taught pre-calculus.

Lora A. Ellis — a Sterling Heights resident, received an honorable mention. Her area of study was elementary teacher preparation – language arts. Ellis was a student teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Warren. She taught fifth-graders.

Jamie M. Rose — a Macomb Township resident, also received an honorable mention in the MATE competition. Her area of study was elementary early childhood education – language arts. Rose taught kindergarten at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Warren as part of her student teaching assignment.
Designed to encourage exemplary teaching, the competition attracted 59 students from 13 Michigan higher education institutions. Winners were selected on the basis of their knowledge of subject matter, teaching observations and professional image. As part of the competition, students were required to submit a video depicting a lesson they taught while student teaching.

“Emily, Lora and Jamie are very dedicated to their chosen profession and have worked hard to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach our children,” said Lynne Morgan, Baker College of Clinton Township dean of education & human service. “We are very proud of the recognition from this prestigious organization.”

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