Public school representatives join BPC faculty, students for Advisory Council luncheon

MOUNT VERNON -- Five area public school representatives joined Brewton-Parker College faculty and students for the education division's Advisory Council meeting May 2 in the Holliman-Fountain Education Building on the Brewton-Parker campus.

Council Chair Dr. Melba S. Claxton, professor of education and early childhood education coordinator at Brewton-Parker, conducted the meeting that included a luncheon.

Dr. Laurie Jossey, chair of the education division, and Dr. Bowman Barr, director of student teaching, made presentations to the spring-semester student teachers, who were invited as special guests.

Dr. David Smith, Brewton-Parker's president, offered his congratulations and words of encouragement to the graduating education students in his closing remarks.

The Advisory Council meets once each semester, through which the education division seeks input from public schools in which its students are placed for field experiences. Advisory seminars foster collegiality among professors, pre-service teachers, and public school educators.

Council membership includes public school administrators and in-service teachers from the following school systems: Colquitt County, Liberty County, Vidalia City, Treutlen County, TAPS (Tri-County Alternative School in Wheeler County), Tattnall County, Appling County, Montgomery County, Telfair County, Jeff Davis County, Laurens County, Bacon County and Heart of Georgia Technical College in Dublin.

Other council members are selected arts and sciences faculty of Brewton-Parker, a college student representative, and the education division's full-time faculty.

The public school administrators and in-service teachers who participated in the spring meeting were: Dale Clark, superintendent of Montgomery County Schools; Randy Rodgers, principal of Montgomery County Elementary School; Dr. Larry H. Daniel, superintendent of Laurens County Schools; Dr. Lloyd Horadan, president of Heart of Georgia Technical College; G.J. Williams, director of TAPS (Alternative School in Wheeler County); and Hildegard Stanley, Brewton-Parker professor emeritus of music and an area in-service teacher.

Spring-semester student teachers involved, listed by home campus, were:
Mount Vernon - Cathy Bondurant, Richard Brown, Annie Chavis, Candice Daniel, Billy Dooley, Jessica Eernisse, Timothy Gardner, Shane Griffin, Shelly Horton, Jenny Jacobs, Demetria Johnson, Donna Leggett, Doug Logan, Charlean Love, Belinda McDaniel, Paula Mahaffey, Kelly Redlich and Jeremy Smith.

Liberty County-Hinesville - Jessica Anderson, Kristen Collins, Sofia DeAlejandro, Ryan Herrington, Melissa McCallar, Beth Williams and Rose Wood.

Norman Park - April Allegood, Brenda Arnold, Haley Baker, Stephanie Barfield, Krista Boyd, Darlene Cox, Autumn Dickens, Christy Fuches, Hope Giddens, Haley Hammock, Brandi Kilgore, Regina Kimbrell, Apryl Roundtree and Fran Tillman.

The council's student representative is Courtney Thompson.

Additional education division members involved in the meeting were: Dr. Noel Carroll, associate professor of education and off-campus education programs coordinator; and Skye Jordan, Pat Mercer and Barbara Reid, assistant professors of education. Participating arts and sciences faculty were: Dr. David McMillan, math and natural sciences division chair; Dr. Kevin McCranie, assistant professor of history; and Dr. Ruth Ellen Porter, humanities division chair.

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Dr. David Smith (right), president of Brewton-Parker College, offers congratulations and encouragement to graduating education students, who were student teachers during the spring semester, at the Brewton-Parker education division's Advisory Council meeting May 2 in the Holliman-Fountain Education Building on the BPC campus.