Davis Elkins College education students who completed the class Science to Children K-6 are Alyssa Jacobs, Amanda Fincham, Skylee Watson, Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Donna Carr, Rhetta Persinger, Kelsie Millner, Elizabeth Liptrap, Kendyl Taylor, Adjunct Professor in Education Nancy Evans-Bennett, Michelle Murphy, Anahi Gomez, Lydia Mullenax Burns, Alice Wagler, Adjunct Professor in English James Messersmith, Melissa Murphy, Leenette Fincham, Cierra Merrill, Hannah Shiflett and Jonna Burnside. Not pictured is class member Lauren Cain.Davis Elkins College students attending the West Virginia Science Teacher Association Conference are, from left, Associate Professor of Education Dr. Jennifer Tesar, Skylee Watson, Melissa Murphy, Lauren Cain, Michelle Murphy, Alice Wagler, Kelsie Millner, Adjunct Professor in Education Nancy Evans-Bennett, Adjunct Professor in English James Messersmith, Rhetta Persinger and Amanda Fincham.
ELKINS — Davis Elkins College education students are prepared to teach the next generation of science students after completing a new class during the fall semester. With a special interest in instructing and mentoring future science teachers, DE alumna and Trustee Nancy Evans-Bennett, ’66, and her husband, James Messersmith, both experts in the science field, led the course.
Students in the class Science to Children K-6 gained an understanding of how to teach their future students to think critically, draw conclusions and apply what they learn to solve problems. The course stressed the use of research-based strategies including hands-on learning, assessment and differentiated instruction to meet diverse student needs.
Evans-Bennett and Messersmith also took the students to the West Virginia Science Teacher Association Conference at Stonewall Jackson Resort. With the theme “Science Teaching in Superposition,” the event included more than 250 science teachers, higher education leaders, preservice teachers and state representatives.