Maria Bettilyon, Lucy Unzicker, Professor Barbara Wheatley, Erin Keith and Shania Coleman at the 2024 Teachers of Promise Institute in March. (Courtesy photo)

Six EMU students named Teachers of Promise

Six education students from EMU were selected to attend the 2024 Teachers of Promise Institute, which was held March 22-23 in Midlothian, Virginia. The annual event brings together 100 of the top pre-service teachers in Virginia for professional development, mentorship and networking opportunities. 

EMU’s 2024 Teachers of Promise are:

  • Maria Bettilyon, from Ashburn, Virginia; Mathematics, Secondary Education, 6-12
  • Lucy Unzicker, from Benson, Illinois; Spanish, Secondary Education, 6-12
  • Erin Keith, from Stuart, Virginia; Health & Physical Education, K-12
  • Shania Coleman, from Stanardsville, Virginia; Elementary Education, PreK-6
  • Lyndsay Harris, from Stuarts Draft, Virginia;  Elementary Education, PreK-6
  • Alex Gulisano, from Chesapeake, Virginia; Elementary Education, PreK-6

The honorees exemplify strong potential for impacting students in the classroom, high academic standing, commitment to the teaching profession, and embody EMU’s teacher education mission to “teach boldly in a changing world through an ethic of care and critical reflection,” said program director and professor of education Holly Rusher. 

“This is a delightful group of honorees,” Rusher added. “I am confident that these future teachers will positively influence the lives of each student in their classrooms as they create and advocate for just and equitable learning environments.”

Professor Barbara Wheatley is the students’ teacher education faculty advisor. 

EMU’s education program values experiential learning, offering early practicum experiences that help candidates determine their professional path. Teacher candidates choose from 15 different licensure programs. The teacher education program is National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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