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EAC Education Department holds its first Education Tea

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EAC Education Department holds its first Education Tea

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—The Eastern Arizona College Education Department held its first-ever “Education Tea” on Dec. 6, to promote the College’s new focus on its education degree.

Students and guests enjoyed a variety of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cookies, and cake. Education majors and students with an interest in pursuing a career in elementary education attended the event. “The purpose of this get-together was to allow our education students to enjoy a break before finals and to stay focused on their long-term goals,” said JoAnne Ellsworth, EAC Education Instructor. “We’ve gotten off to an excellent start this year. These students are the cream of the crop.”

At the gathering Ellsworth announced Magdelyn Weir as the first recipient of the Arthur & Gwendolyn Eve Excellence in Education Scholarship. This scholarship was founded to assist education majors in paying the $50 fee to register their fingerprints, a requirement before teaching in public schools.

In addition, Jon Lewis, State Chair for the College of Education at University of Phoenix, made a presentation about the university’s new Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Teacher Education. This accelerated program will allow community college students with an Associate of Arts degree in education to complete their baccalaureate degree in 18 months.

Ellsworth hopes to make this an annual event at Eastern Arizona College. For more information about EAC’s education program, contact her at (928) 428-8312.