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Expanding a career to inspire the lives of children

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A passion for influencing children to thrive prompted Amber Nichols to shift gears in her career to become an educator.

Nichols chose the WVU Master of Arts in Teaching program because it supported her goal of becoming a teacher. She says she always knew that she wanted to motivate children. “I thought that was going to be a career in children's broadcasting. However, being a teacher and working with children in my classroom generates a deeper, more meaningful effect on their lives,” she said.

Student teacher shifts from theory to real life classroom learning

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Braelyn Young, senior in the elementary education program, is serving as a 4th grade student teacher at Big Elm Elementary School in Harrison County, W.Va. for the 2022-2023 school year.

During senior year, student teachers are placed with a mentor teacher and class. This arrangement allows student teachers to move from theory to practice. They experience having their own classroom with guidance from their mentor.

Education graduate awarded Fulbright Scholarship to build community abroad

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Elementary education graduate Josephine Valentine is one of five West Virginia University alumni selected for a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach English or conduct research abroad over the next year while building cross-cultural relationships.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to build community abroad while continuing my work in education,” Valentine, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., said. “Creating a safe space for students to learn is so important to me. I am excited to connect with my students in Spain and their cultures while providing authentic opportunities for them to practice English.”

Project TRAIN lays a new track to support children affected by addiction at home

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One of every four children in the United States has a parent wrestling with drug or alcohol addiction, based on national data, and is at risk of developing a substance use disorder later in life.

To begin to break that cycle and give adults in those kids’ lives the tools to make a difference,  West Virginia University’s  Project TRAIN has expanded its program, originally focused on helping K-12 teachers support students affected by addiction, to youth camps statewide.

WVU research shows healthy communication after divorce should be all about the kids

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When it comes to keeping the lines of communication open after a divorce, West Virginia University researchers Jonathon Beckmeyer and Jessica Troilo say you can have far too much of a good thing.

Their study of 708 divorced parents of children under 18 shows that even innocuous chitchat between divorced co-parents can put children’s well-being at risk. Simply put, “limit any communication to shared parenting issues,” the researchers suggest.

Registration open for WVU Diversity Cup coed soccer tournament

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The College of Applied Human Sciences, in partnership with the West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will celebrate the spirit of sport, friendship and inclusiveness by hosting the 6th Annual Diversity Cup Four vs. Four Coed Soccer Tournament. For more information, to register and view tournament rules visit the College of Applied Human Sciences Diversity Cup webpage.

The tournament, commemorating Diversity Week 2022, is scheduled on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 on the turf fields located between the College of Applied Human Sciences building and the Student Recreation Center on the Evansdale Campus.