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4/8/2009 —

Penn State Brandywine’s future teachers won awards for their creativity at the annual Student Pennsylvania State Education Association (SPSEA) Chapter conference held at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, Pa.

Seven Penn State Brandywine junior and senior education in multicultural settings (ELEDM) majors showed off their ideas for the classroom at the conference, and two of the three seniors won first and third place in the Learning Center Competition.

According to its Web site, “The SPSEA was created to provide a unified student voice for those preparing for a career in education, to influence and improve teacher preparation in Pennsylvania, to improve appreciation for teachers and the profession, and to protect the rights of students.”

Brittany Miller, of West Chester, won first place for her learning center titled, "The Angle is Right,” and Samantha Hunter, of Wallingford, won third place for her "Scarecrows" learning center. Senior Mike Matteo, of Philadelphia, also entered the Learning Center Competition.

Senior Brittany Miller won first place in the Learning Center Competition at the SPSEA conference for “The Angle is Right.”

Learning Centers are visual displays of student learning activities developed by either an individual or a Student PSEA chapter. The Learning Center entries are displayed throughout the conference and each entry is judged with monetary prizes awarded to the top three entries in each category.

Samantha Hunter won third place in the Learning Center Competition at the SPSEA conference for her learning center titled “Scarecrows.”

Juniors Carolyn Johnson, of Philadelphia; Ashley McBride, of West Grove; Shana Rush, of Wallingford; and Patti Wray, of Aston, participated in the Achieving Professional Excellence (APEX) Competition and received a certificate to recognize the work the chapter had completed in four areas: professional development, community outreach, political action, and membership recruitment. 

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