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PITTSBURGH, April 30, 2014 – Four graduating PreK-4/Special Education majors from La Roche College presented at the National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference in Slippery Rock, Pa., on April 14 and 15.

The four students were Christiana D’Agostino of Aliquippa, Pa., Amanda De Angelis of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ashlynn Guerriero of Gibsonia, Pa., and Ashley Schmidt of Coral, Pa. The presentations explored the ideas and instructional methods that each student integrated into the classroom during her student teaching experience.

Kathryn Silvis, D.Ed., department chair of education at La Roche, said, “All four students submitted proposals, which were reviewed and accepted by the conference committee. The Education Department at La Roche is proud of these education majors for this accomplishment, and it represents a first step in their professional development as full-time teachers.”

In a workshop session entitled, “Implementation of Student Use of Technology Across the Curriculum,” Ms. Guerriero and Ms. De Angelis shared how they incorporated technology during interactive SMART Board math and science lessons, as well as a Native American unit.

Ms. Schmidt’s workshop, “Primary Centers for Differentiated Instruction,” explained how Ms. Schmidt designed different levels of activities during her Kindergarten Math Practicum placement in the fall of 2013.

Ms. D’Agostino, who requested a student teaching placement in an urban district, tracked the success of a classroom management plan that she implemented to help students take responsibility and increase the amount of academic time in the classroom. She presented a poster titled, “Classroom Management in an Urban School Setting.” 


About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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