Benedictine College Education Department Has Record Enrollment of Student Teachers

  • Friday, April 11, 2003

ATCHISON, Kan. – The Benedictine College Education Department has a record enrollment in its student teaching program, Educators as Builders of Community, with 29 student teachers for the 2003 spring semester. This figure is the highest since 1982. 


The student teachers and their hometowns include: COLORADO: (Lakewood) Candace Madison; ILLINOIS: (Champaign) Monica House; KANSAS: (Atchison) Shelly Aversman, Susanne Drimmel, Crystal Laverentz, Jaclyn Laurie, Chance Massey, Myles Bacon; (Effingham) Charles Watkins; (Ellsworth) Jason Dolezal; (Everest) Alisa Britt; (Great Bend) Kandace Doonan; (Hollenberg) Julie Jueneman; (Horton) Kristi Wilhelm; (Lawrence) Christyn Crane; (Leavenworth) Lisa Carlino; (Oskaloosa) Rebecca Ross; (Overland Park) Kelly Clune; (Seneca) Sharon Stallbaumer; (Severance) Jarred Fuhrman; (Westwood) Darin Hansen; (Wichita) Jennifer Relph and Christopher Rowden; MISSOURI: (Arnold) Tim Eckelkamp; (Lawson) Brad Hubbard; (Weston) Mark Rockford; NEBRASKA: (Arlington) Jessica Keber and (Omaha) Jennifer Kreher; and WYOMING: (Laramie) Danielle Madden.


The Benedictine College Education Department has student teachers in the following partnership school districts: Atchison Public Schools, Atchison County Community, Atchison Parochial Schools, Easton Public Schools, Horton Schools, Leavenworth Public Schools, Ft. Leavenworth Schools, Platte County Schools, Leavenworth Parochial Schools, and Jefferson County Public Schools.


During the 2002-03 academic year, there were 44 student teachers for the combined fall and spring semesters.  Thirty-eight are student teaching at elementary and secondary levels and are working under the direction of Dr. Chuck Osborn, Associate Professor in Education and Director of Field Experiences. Six are student teaching in special education programs and are working under the direction of Jennifer Christensen, Assistant Professor in Education and Director of Special Education.


The Benedictine College Education Department and the State of Kansas Department of Education require student teachers to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and to successfully pass several standardized tests.  In addition, the student teachers must compile an extensive portfolio including course work completed, lesson plans for field experiences, test scores, and teaching evaluations.  This information reflects the ability of these student teachers to be Educators as Builders of Community.


The three main components for determination of degree completion requirements set forth by faculty in the Benedictine College Education Department are 1) successful completion of the standardized senior comprehensive exam; 2) creating a portfolio and giving a presentation to the Faculty Committee on Teacher Education about what they learned during their student teaching experience; and 3) educating faculty and other education students at the Culminating Student Teacher Seminar.  Students may apply for teaching licensure from the State of Kansas once the Benedictine College Education Department and the Faculty Committee for Teacher Education have determined the applicants have met all requirements.


Those interested in the Education Department at Benedictine College or learning more about the student teaching program, please contact Dr. Charles Osborn or the Benedictine College website at