Leanne Walter Named 2010 Penn State College of Education Student Marshal
by Holly Huff (August 2010)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The College of Education has named Leanne E. Walter as its Summer 2010 student marshal. She will lead her class at the commencement ceremony, which will be held Saturday, August 14, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.
Walter is a secondary education, mathematics option major. She has earned a 3.92 GPA. As a Schreyer Scholar graduating with Honors, she completed the honors thesis requirement, writing about “Technology In High School Classrooms and Preparation for College Math.”
She has selected M. Kathleen Heid, her academic adviser and her thesis adviser, as her Faculty Marshal. Dr. Heid will escort her at commencement.
During her time at Penn State, Walter was involved in Campus Bible Fellowship, where she served as secretary this past year. She tutored math at the University Learning Centers and played flute in the Concert and Pep Bands. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and she has been on the Dean’s List during all of her semesters here.
Walter completed her student teaching practicum at Altoona Area High School, where she taught a Geometry class and a Statistics and Probability class to students in grades 10 through 12. She said it was a very rewarding experience.
“I think one of the best moments of the experience was, at one point near the end of my time there, one of my students told me that she earned her first ever 100% on a math test while I was teaching. I'm not sure if that had as much to do with me as it had to do with her, but her excitement over that achievement was well worth all the stresses and worries that go along with the student teaching experience,” says Walter.
Walter feels honored to be named student marshal of the College of Education. “It came as a bit of a surprise,” she said, “but I'm thankful that the College of Education is recognizing the effort I've put into my studies here at Penn State.”
At press time, Walter is considering a number of employment options, including a possible opportunity to teach abroad in 2011.
Walter is the daughter of Jeremy and Judy Walter of State College. They will join her at the commencement ceremony. Her parents and older siblings are all Penn State alumni.