Posted: Thursday Nov 29, 2012
Nov. 29, 2012
Ashley Myers of Whitehall, a senior Fred Rogers Scholar at Saint Vincent College who is double majoring in education and theology, recently was selected to attend a three-day conference in Atlanta, Georgia, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Myers, who is preparing for certification as a middle grade (4 to 8) educator in social studies, also participated in the conference’s Tech on Deck Expo where she had an opportunity to speak with some of the more than 10,000 attendees about the importance of parental involvement in digital technology utilizing the Rogers Center’s Early Learning Environment (Ele) website. The unique website provides high quality digital media resources for early learning teachers, family child care providers and families of young children birth to age five, free of charge. Its address is www.yourele.org.
As a Fred Rogers Scholar since 2011, she has had many opportunities to participate in conferences, hear various expert speakers and visit other educational facilities including the Fred Forward Conference in June 2012, the Saint Vincent College Undergraduate Research Conference in April 2012 and the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children conference in October 2011.
Sponsored by the Fred Rogers Center, she had an opportunity at the NAEYC conference to attend sessions that focused on common core standards, how to detect students in a classroom who may be abused in their homes, and how to tell parents their child has a disability. “It was a great supplement to what I have learned in the classroom at Saint Vincent,” she noted. She also had an opportunity to meet and talk with experts in the education of children including Dr. Barbara Minzenberg, deputy director of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, and Dr. Pamela Johnson, executive director of Ready to Learn, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Myers was joined at the conference by Ms. Rita Catalano, executive director of the Fred Rogers Center, and Dr. Michael Robb, director of education and research at the Fred Rogers Center.
Honored with membership in Saint Vincent College’s chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, a national honor society in the fields of theology and religious studies, Myers is a member of the dean’s list.
She has other experience as an educator having served as a tutor for at-risk students in algebra at the Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School in Latrobe, interned as a fourth grade CCD teacher at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, tutored an autistic child in reading fluency and comprehension at NHS St. Cecilia Autism School and served as a volunteer with the Private Industry Council’s Literacy Center in Latrobe.
In addition to her academic pursuits, she has participated in extracurricular activities including the Saint Vincent College varsity cross country team, and serves as a member and secretary of the Saint Vincent College physics club.
Myers will be doing her student teaching in the spring in the Norwin School District and is looking forward to also serving as an assistant track coach at the Norwin Middle School.
Myers has also had several campus employment experiences including service in security with the office of public safety, as a research assistant in the theology department, as an ambassador for prospective students in the office of admission and as a student development assistant in the Saint Vincent Seminary office of development.
In addition to her pursuit of certification in social studies and language arts for the middle grades, she has a double major in theology and a minor in history. She expects to graduate in May 2013 and pursue a middle school social studies teaching position. She also wants to continue her education with a master’s degree in either special education or curriculum and instruction. Geographically mobile, she recently interviewed for a post in Alaska.
Myers, 20, is the daughter of Michelle and Archie Myers of Whitehall (Lehigh County). She graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 2009. She is a member of Immaculate Conception R.C. Church in Allentown.
“I am a passionate and dedicated educator seeking a position in the middle grades where I can effectively interact with and motivate a diverse population of students at a variety of academic levels,” she concluded.
Photo: Ashley Myers at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College.
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