Two Other Outstanding Education Students Are Nominees
Caldwell, N.J., June 30, 2014 – Melissa Brady ’14, of West Orange, is a recipient of a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award from the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Brady, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and English from Caldwell , was delighted to learn that she had received the honor. “I have been truly blessed to have so many wonderful teachers throughout my educational career who guided me to this path, especially my dedicated professors at Caldwell,” she said. “I am ecstatic to begin my journey as an educator.”
Brady student-taught in a second-grade general education classroom and a first-grade inclusion classroom at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange. Two other outstanding education students—Lindsey Hulin ’14 and Jillian Hruscik ’14—were nominated for the student teacher award and received certificates. The students were honored at a state Department of Education ceremony on June 25.
Dr. Joan Moriarty, interim associate dean of education at Caldwell, said the honor affirms the caliber of the students in their program. “We are very excited for our students because this recognition comes from professionals in the field who recognize the student’s passion for teaching and their excellence in the field.”
Brady received the Peggy Harris/Gannon Education Grant Award and the Kappa Gamma Pi St. Catherine of Alexandria Medal at Caldwell’s honors convocation in April and completed her scholar project, “The Portrayal of Characters with Disabilities in Children’s Literature,” with distinction.