Education Department


Current Events for EDUCATION

Distinguished Alum Award at Westmont’s 80th Anniversary Celebration

Cynthia Freeman (‘83) Grutzik received a Distinguished Alum Award at Westmont’s 80th Anniversary Celebration. Grutzik currently serves as Associate Dean for Education at Cal State Long Beach and previously served as President of California Council for Teacher Education.

Education Department hosts Educator Connections
Each fall the Education Department gathers public and private school teachers for a community prayer meeting at Coast Community Church. In September 2017, Kara Berge Baker '14 (Providence Lower School Teacher) and Trevor Oftedal '10 (San Marcos High School HistoryTeacher) offered words of encouragement and inspiration.

Generous donor establishes scholarship fund
In August 2017 the Education Department received a generous gift, establishing a scholarship fund for students who are pursuing a teaching credential.

Celebration of Teaching event honors the profession
The Department of Education welcomed 100 local teachers and student teachers to campus in April 2017 to celebrate the impact that teachers make each day on students’ lives.

Children’s Literature Class hosts Prairie Day
Each April Professor Andrew Mullen lays the framework for his Children’s Literature class to host a Prairie Day (story telling, games, dancing, prairie picnic, craft-making) for local elementary students.

Professor and two alums speak at Leadership Conference
Professor Jane Wilson and alums Laura Trudelle ‘10 Newton and Veronica Gines ‘16 presented at the 2016-2017 Santa Barbara School District’s Leadership Mindset Conferences.

Local Cooperating Teachers receive Excellence in Education Award
The Department of Education awarded their annual Excellence in Education award to Isao Sugano and Nancy Thurston (local 6th grade teachers at Hope Elementary) for their outstanding collaborative work as educators (February 2017).

Westmont alums earn awards
Alana Woodin '10 received Orange Cove's Community 2017 Educator of the Year Award for her work with AVID students.
Emily Hagen ’14 received the 2017 Support Employee of the Year for her work as an Intervention Specialist at Theodore Judah Elementary School.
Katie Curry ’13 received the 2014 Santa Barbara County Young Educator of the Year award.
Ema Diaz ‘12 Edrington received the 2015 Carpinteria Educator of the Year for her work with at an alternative high school.

Professor flourishes on sabbatical
Michelle Hughes's article, "Mighty Teacher Mentors" was published in the Spring 2017 volume of the International Christian Community for Teacher Education Journal. In February, Michelle presented "Untapped Reciprocities Revealed in the Teacher and Student Relationship" at the Southern California Professional Development Schools Consortium Conference at California State University Channel Islands; in March, she presented a poster "Dispositions for Long-term Impact" at the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education Conference in Tampa, Florida. Additionally, Michelle discussed her latest research on "Dispositions: Real-time Active Practice" at a public lecture to George Fox University's School of Education in Newberg, Oregon.

Professor and Cultural Diversity class partner with local students
Each fall Professor Andrew Mullen and his students in Cultural Diversity pair up with students at a largely Latino elementary school to build relationships, listen to one another’s stories, and ultimately to write up the stories in a class book.