Allie Rothenberger Named Spring 2010 Student Marshal for Penn State College of Education
by Jessie Parsons (April 2010)
Allie L. Rothenberger of Leesport, Pa. has been honored with the title of Penn State’s College of Education Spring 2010 student marshal. She lead the student procession at the College of Education commencement ceremony on May 16. She selected her student teaching supervisor, Michele Tellep, to escort her as the College’s faculty marshal.
Rothenberger, an elementary and kindergarten education major, has achieved a 3.99 GPA over her eight semesters at the University Park campus. She has been on the Dean’s List each semester; she received a President’s Freshman award for freshmen with a 4.0 GPA. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.
Her final semester of college was spent completing her student teaching practicum at Schuylkill Haven Elementary School. The second-grade classroom is fully inclusive, with over half of the students formally identified as having a learning disability.
“Not only did these students inspire me and my mentor teachers, they inspired each other as well,” Rothenberger said. “Before this experience, I considered myself shy. Student teaching taught me how to let go and use excitement and enthusiasm to motivate the children. Furthermore, I learned the patience it takes to work with students of all ages and abilities. Every day I was reminded of the innocent and fun nature of children and why I truly want to be a teacher.”
Through her practicum experience, she also learned just how much work it takes to be a teacher. “When you want to be the best possible teacher you can be, you are doing work for your classroom every waking hour, and with undying excitement. The most valuable lesson my mentor teacher taught me was to always remind yourself that you are there for the children, and to keep that as your focus. I learned that teaching is about discovering the love of learning and doing everything in your power to instill that love in your students.“
She has acquired many memories from her student teaching experience, but her favorite remains when a student with speech difficulties showcased his robot dance on stage in front of the whole school. “The joy on his and everyone else’s faces was priceless,” she describes.
During her time at Penn State, Rothenberger has been a part of intramural soccer and basketball, THON, the EDUCATE technology program, and the Penn State Sign Language Organization. She has also been a one-on-one tutor for the State College Area School District and a day camp staff director at Glenside Elementary Day Camp in Reading, Pa.
This summer she plans on continuing to work at Glenside Elementary Day Camp, and she hopes to secure a teaching position in the Berks County area for the fall. She is currently coaching the girls’ soccer team at Schuylkill Valley High School and would like to continue to do so next year. She would also like to begin coaching basketball or volleyball as well.
Rothenberger is very honored to be named the College’s student marshal. “I have had the opportunity to work closely and teach with many fellow education majors; they have all been hard-working, kind, and dedicated to the teaching profession,” she said. “I am thrilled to represent all of our hard work.”