Educator Commitment Signing at John Brown University

JBU Students to sign their commitments to teach in Arkansas when they graduate in 2021 and 2022

SILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas (April 12, 2021) – The Department of Teacher Education is hosting a signing event for JBU teacher candidates who are committing to teach in Arkansas when they graduate in May, December and May 2022. Guests from the Siloam Springs School district will speak as well as JBU representatives will say a few words. The event will highlight the partnership between JBU and the local school districts as they work together to prepare teachers.

This is an initiative promoted by the Arkansas Department of Education. Universities across the state are hosting events throughout the week to highlight their partnerships with local school districts and emphasize the commitment to preparing high-quality teachers, encouraging them to teach in Arkansas. The “Commitment from the students” is when they will sign their certificates. This will be a good photo opportunity.

The program schedule will be as follows:
Welcome – Chip Pollard, JBU President
Commitment from ADE – TBD
Commitment from JBU – Ed Ericson, Vice President Academic Affairs (JBU)
Commitment from the College – Dick Ellis, Dean of College of Education and Human Services (JBU)
Commitment from the Department – Curtis Cunningham, Department Chair of Teacher Education (JBU)
Commitment from the District – Jody Wiggins, Superintendent of Siloam Springs School District

The Following students will be present for the certificate signing:

Laura Perkins - Hometown: Siloam Springs, Ark.
Brooke Pigeon - Hometown: Siloam Springs, Ark.
Kinsey Cox - Hometown: Gravette, Ark.
Alyssa Garrison - Hometown: Owasso, Okla.
Katie Friesen - Hometown: Enid, Okla.
Kaitlyn Thomas - Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Eden Hinton - Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota  

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2021), JBU enrolls more than 2,200 students from 37 states and 48 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, with top programs including nursing, psychology, kinesiology, engineering, biology, family and human services, and graphic design. Eighteen graduate programs are available in business, counseling, cybersecurity, education and higher education.

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