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Release: Dec. 18, 2001

UI College of Education to celebrate new teachers Dec. 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A special ceremony at the University of Iowa Friday, Dec. 21, will mark the transformation from student to newly minted teacher for more than a hundred education majors.

The UI College of Education will hold its Teacher Certification Ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Nearly 150 education students who have recently completed their student-teaching experience -- one of the final steps toward certification -- have been invited to the ceremony. Appetizers will be served following the main program.

The keynote speaker for the event is Mitchell Kelly, Ph.D., a graduate of the UI teacher education program who now teaches educational psychology in the UI College of Education. In addition to his teaching certification, Kelly has a bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's degree in social work, and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the UI. In 2000, Kelly received the James N. Murray Award for Teaching, presented each year to a faculty member who "has demonstrated exceptional teaching abilities and an outstanding rapport with students."

Also speaking at Friday's ceremony will be education student Amber Austin, who is among those getting certified as teachers this semester. Austin, who graduated from Iowa's Camanche High School at the top of her class, has majored in secondary English education with a minor in psychology. During her study at the UI, Austin received a full tuition scholarship and has made the Dean's List four semesters. She plans to work in alternative education, as she did during her student teaching experience at Metro High School in Cedar Rapids.