Monday, October 15, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Education will host "I Am Moving, I Am Learning" Oct. 22 at 11:40 a.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free to the public.
"I Am Moving, I Am Learning" is a national pre-school initiative that promotes healthy habits and active learning in early childhood and will be presented by Joe Smith, a national board certified teacher in physical education and trainer for the program. He will speak on the importance of physically and mentally engaging young children in their learning.
Smith has more than 30 years teaching experience in science, mathematics, social studies and physical education in Pre-K and grades K-9. He has received several honors and awards, including: Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year in West Virginia for 2003, Wood County Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010, and was a West Virginia State Finalist for Teacher of the Year 2009-2010. Smith earned a master's in physical education/teacher education from West Virginia University.
The "I Am Moving, I Am Learning" initiative was started in 2005 by the Office of the Administration for Children and Families as part of Head Start - a federal program intended to ensure that children from low-income families are prepared for school by promoting language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge, physical development and health, and social and emotional development.
The mission of the education department at Westminster College is to prepare early childhood/special education and secondary teachers who are distinguished by their subject matter knowledge, interpersonal capacities, pedagogical skills, and professional attitudes.
Contact the Education Department at (724) 946-7180 or email for more 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 and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" 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 42 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.