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In September of 2014, the Lubbock Christian University School of Education announced that 100 percent of its Dec. 2013 and May 2014 undergraduates had found jobs in their field. The School of Education regularly sees 96 to 98 percent of its undergraduates find jobs, but these recent graduates are part of a record number who have found jobs immediately after graduation.
Three of those graduates recently visited LCU and shared the experience they had attending the School of Education and how it helped them transition to teaching in the classroom.
Caleb Blakeney (’14), who works as an assistant band director/long term substitute at Lubbock High School, said that LCU’s School of Education faculty were not only encouraging and helpful, but continue to remain involved in his career. He said that he was prepared for his career in a variety of ways, all ranging from lesson plans to classroom management, and that the School of Education taught him how to teach his subject passionately so that all of his students can succeed.
When asked about his first year of teaching, Blakeney said, “I have greatly enjoyed my time at Lubbock High … Sure there are challenges, but there are challenges at every school … In the end, the things that make this job worthwhile are sharing the message of Christ through the way I treat students and act in my everyday life, working with the students, and teaching music, which I love.”
Michelle Morazán (’14) teaches first grade at Anton Elementary School. She said that the first year she has spent in the classroom has been an exhilarating experience and that she has had the opportunity to implement many skills she received from her time at LCU.
“We learned so much in all of our classes and were given the opportunities to observe and teach in classrooms early on. I was allowed to make many original lesson plans of my own that I have used in my classroom. It’s great to know that the lessons and time put forth in my projects at LCU were put to use after graduation,” Morazán said.
Jeanne Romo (’13) is a third grade dual language teacher at Bean Elementary. She shared that her experience at LCU not only prepared her for a successful career, but strengthened her spiritually. She said that her professors poured their faith, knowledge, and life into her, which has adequately prepared her for the classroom.
“My first year has been exceptional. I received an exemplary rating for implementing the Gomez & Gomez Dual Language Enrichment Model with fidelity in my third grade classroom. LCU instilled in me to love each one of my students, and I truly do. I love them all. Love has been the foundation of the LCU legacy and I proudly carry it on,” Romo said.
Blakeney, Morazán, and Romo are an example of the success that the School of Education is seeing with its students. Schools looking to hire new teachers are also taking notice of the quality education being provided by LCU. Dr. David Boyer, Dean of the School of Education, said that he received phone calls from several Lubbock ISD schools seeking to hire LCU graduates even after the new 2014-15 school year began.
“Many schools seek out LCU graduates because of the reputation that both the university and the School of Education hold,” Boyer said.