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Dr. Nancy Casey, Chair
ncasey@sbu.edu
(716) 375-2141
Plassmann Hall Room B48
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

What Can I Do With This Major?

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

SBU Elementary EducationThe undergraduate major in elementary education is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching in today's elementary schools.

Students are prepared for the teaching profession in a way that is reflective of Franciscan service to others - an ideal that is central to the mission of St. Bonaventure University.

Elementary education majors prepare for New York teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6). Our graduates work in school districts all over the country, and should you want to teach outside of New York, our certification office will advise you on obtaining certificates in other states.

Teachers are best prepared when they learn how to teach in real classrooms, so our program involves students in extensive field experiences beginning freshman year. While you develop knowledge about teaching, you will spend a significant amount of time interning and teaching in actual classrooms.

Within a curriculum focusing on developmental learning theories, pedagogy, principles of classroom management, and sound educational research, SBU education majors are encouraged to be active participants as they create their own knowledge and develop as teachers.

For the two semesters before student teaching, you will be involved in a Professional Development School program where you and about 15 other SBU students (along with two faculty members) spend two days a week at a local elementary school. You will develop the skills needed to create supportive learning environments for children.

You will learn to adapt curriculum so that you can meet the learning and developmental needs of all children. By the end of your four-year program, you will be ready for your own classroom where you will be able to construct learning opportunities supportive of the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of a diverse student population. You will be a caring, professional educator.

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Elementary Education at SBU

Our majors get 1,000 hours of actual classroom experience.

Zimmer, Kayla

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Elementary Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375- 2167
E-Mail: kzimmer@sbu.edu
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B37
Courses Taught
  • EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching 
  • EDUC 220/220L. Basic Instructional Design 
  • EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction 
  • EDUC 310. Methods and Models: Social Studies and Language Arts 
  • EDUC 312. Developmental Reading 
  • EDUC 325. Literature for Elementary Grades 
  • University 101: Skills for the Good Journey 
Academic Degrees
  • Ed.M., Elementary Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A., English, State University of New York at Albany
Other Interests/Community Involvement
  • Faculty organizer of the School of Education Book Club
  • Enchanted Mountain Aquatic Club, Swim-a-Thon director and Meet Manager
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Girl Scouts
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments
  • Co-presented with Dr. Nancy Casey at the 2006 Professional Development Schools National Conference (March 23-26, Orlando Florida) Guiding Inquiry: Shepherding and Scaffolding Action Research in the PDS
  • 2006-2007 Keenan Grant:  Response Systems in the Education Classroom: Using Technology to Actively Assess Learning in Process, $2,690.
  • 2007-2008 Keenan Grant: Using Literature to Engage Students in Conversations about Teaching, $610
  • Artwork has been on display in the St. Bonaventure Quick Center Gallery and the Yale University library
Teaching Philosophy

It is my belief that my role in the classroom is to guide my students toward success. The field of education is ever-changing so it is as important that students learn “how to learn” as it is for them to learn the skills necessary to become effect teachers.

I believe in an active, engaged classroom where learning happens through lecture, projects, discussion, group and individual work. I also believe in assessing students through a variety of methods including papers, projects, participation, exams and quizzes, group and individual work, because no one assessment can tell me everything there is to know about student success in the classroom.

Current Research Interests/Projects Pursuing a Ph.D. in reading at SUNY Buffalo; current research involves theory and language
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