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Reinhardt College's Price School of Education Hosts Annual Connections Conference for Local Educators and Alumni

 On Saturday, March 24, 2007, the Price School of Education Alumni Association of Reinhardt College hosted its fourth annual Alumni Connections Conference for local educators and alumni. The on-campus event was well attended by nearly 70 people, and although it was open to all educators, it also served as a way to foster connections among education alumni and current Reinhardt students.

Price School of Education alumni Jacob Griffith (top) and Jillian Nichols returned to campus as presenters at the Connections Conference held March 24. Griffith teaches at Teasley Middle School and Nichols at Boston Elementary School, both in Cherokee County.

Jillian Nichols, a Reinhardt alumnae, leads a seminar"I think it's wonderful to see our alumni interact with our student teachers and those connections being formed," Harriett A. Lindsey, associate professor of education at Reinhardt and a member of the conference's planning committee, said. "We certainly don't limit the workshop to alumni, but it is mostly alumni taking part.

"This is more than just a conference.  It's more like a family reunion of our graduates with presently enrolled students.  It's fun, along with being informative."  

The planning committee also included two Price School of Education alumni: Letitia Cline, principal at Boston Elementary School in Woodstock, Ga., and Susan Buice, an English teacher at Cherokee High School in Canton, Ga.

Following an opening session in the Hoke O'Kelley Auditorium, 30-minute breakout sessions were held on a variety of educational topics.  Among the outstanding list of presenters was Reinhardt Assistant Professor of Physical Education Dr. Ronald T. Akers, along with recent College alumni Jacob Griffith and Jillian Nichols.  Griffith is a teacher and head of the Social Studies Department at Teasley Middle School in Canton while

Nichols teaches second graders at Boston Elementary.  Other presenters, including several from Cherokee County and Cartersville City schools, talked about different issues facing today's educators. 

"Jacob Griffith's presentation, 'A Survival Guide for First-Year Teachers,' is valuable information for our student teachers, and Jillian Nichols' presentation on 'Differentiated Instruction' is also very valuable," Lindsey stated.

One attendee at the conference was Reinhardt senior Emilie Heard, a middle grades education major who is currently student teaching before graduating in May.  "There's a lot of interesting information here," she said.  "I've gotten some tips in classroom discipline, and just tips to help first-year teachers from teachers who have already been through that."

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