LAURINBURG, N.C. – Sixteen education majors completed their degrees at St. Andrews College while presenting their final projects on Dec. 14. Fifteen of the students majored in elementary education (K-6) while one majored in special education (K-12).
The education department provides each graduate with a pin and some inspirational comments. The official graduation will take place in the spring.
Among these graduates is Amber Putman, the first online graduate. She is a transfer student from East Carolina University and started the program in Block B of 2014. With four children ages 10, 9, 4 and 3, and working full time, “It was the only way I could finish school,” explained Putman.
Putman found it difficult taking two, sometimes three classes every eight weeks.
“Professors always work with you to meet deadlines and are helpful in understanding what is required, though,” she said.
Completing work through Moodle, a learning management system, may seem isolating for students. But Putman said her professors would always get right back to her when she sent them a question.
Completing her student teaching in Rowan County, North Carolina, where she resides, Putnam has already secured a position teaching second grade which will begin in January.
In addition to online learning, St. Andrews offers classes at the Sandhills Community College campus. Students begin at Sandhills earning their associate degree before they enter the St. Andrews education program. Once in the program, they attend four nights a week for two years. The goal is to complete their degree in four years which is obtainable by staying on track and following the course rotation.
Sunnie Ledbetter a Moore County, North Carolina resident, finds the Sandhills campus to be convenient for her.
“The professors at night often stay later than required to give that one-on-one individualized attention,” Ledbetter said.
Student teaching during the day with options of online learning or classes at night give students the options they need for their busy lives. Professor Rebecca Cameron said she finds the program to be a “rewarding profession.”
She enjoys the “pleasure and satisfaction of watching students learn and grow in their chosen field of study while positively supporting learning for their students,” she said.
The graduating students are Ann Billings, Kimberly Boggs, Nancy Cardozo, Mary Cross, Mandy Dalrymple, Kirsten Farley, Crystal Fling, John Hatch, Jamie Hoover, Jamie Knight, Sunnie Ledbetter, Andrea Phipps, Amber Putman, Erica Leseur Rector, Melissa Styers and Joshua Tegard.
For more information about the program, visit www.sa.edu.
St. Andrews College provided information for this story.