Elementary Education Majors Presented at State Conference

Monday, December 20, 2010

Three Westminster College elementary education majors presented "The Classroom as Gracious Space" at the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children conference Nov. 11-12 in State College.

Junior Kristen Fedon is a daughter of John and Linda Fedon of Lower Burrell and a graduate of Evangel Heights Christian Academy.

Junior Richelle Tittiger is a daughter of Richard and Maria Tittiger of Ambridge and a graduate of Ambridge Area High School.

Senior Timothy Wolf is a son of Sandra Wolf of South Park and a graduate of South Park High School.

The oral presentation shared the results of a small research study conducted with parents of children who were dually diagnosed with autism and mental health issues. The study gathered information on the strengths and needs of an early intervention program to allow administrators, teachers, and staff to modify the program based on the parents' input.

The students received travel/presentation grants from Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education. The Undergraduate Research Initiative provides funding for students to conduct research and to present their research at regional and national conferences. Visit www.westminster.edu/drinko for additional information about the Drinko Center and its programs.

Contact Dr. Amy Camardese, associate professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Education, at (724) 946-7183 or e-mail camardah@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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