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EAC Education Department holds annual “tea”

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EAC Education Department holds annual “tea”

THATCHER, AZ—Guests, students, and faculty of Eastern Arizona College’s education department joined in celebrating their professional career path at the Holiday Tea held last month in the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center. This year’s featured speaker was JoAnn Morales, division chair of social sciences and head of the early childhood education department at EAC.

Morales spoke about the positive impact of a quality early childhood education, both at home and within the community. She stressed the positive impact on learning and social skills as something all parents, teachers, and community members need to support.

Debbie Pearson and Wanda Evans from Ruth Powell Elementary School in Safford and Stephanie Hoopes from Thatcher High School were also recognized for their support of the EAC education department’s teacher observation requirement. One EAC student who had observed Evans’ class noted, “[She] has a love of teaching that is so apparent. She wanted to convey her love of teaching so much. She just lit up when she talked to the kids and when she talked to me about the kids.”

Two EAC education majors were also honored at the event. Tanzi Rushton and Jenny Call received the Arthur N. and Gwendolyn Eve Excellence in Education Scholarship to help defray the cost of their substitute teacher certification fees.

Other guests at the event included Dr. Janice Given, superintendent of the Thatcher School District; Dr. Mark Tregaskes, Superintendent of the Safford School District; Jonathan Lewis, education department chair of the University of Phoenix–Tucson Campus; and Tim Mills of the University of Phoenix continuing education program.

The Holiday Tea is an annual event sponsored by the education department of the University of Phoenix–Tucson Campus to recognize those students who are currently enrolled in EAC’s education program and local teachers who provide excellent role models for student observations.

Anyone thinking about a career in education is encouraged to call Joanne Ellsworth, EAC’s education department chair, at 428-8312.