Kate Ascah Named Student Marshal for Penn State College of Education
by Joe Savrock (May 2009)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Kate E. Ascah was honored as student marshal for the Penn State College of Education’s spring 2009 commencement. She lead the procession of graduates at the College’s baccalaureate ceremony May 16 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Richard Kubina, associate professor of special education, escorted Ascah as the College’s faculty marshal.
Ascah, majoring in special education, has amassed a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. She was inducted into the Pi Lambda Theta National Education Honor Society. She also is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, for whom she serves as volunteer service chair.
A Schreyer Scholar, Ascah based her honors thesis on a system she developed for creating memory aids to promote independence for adults who have Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.
Ascah has worked extensively with special-needs citizens. Since 2006 she has been serving The Arc of Centre County in two capacities—as goal manager and as residential program worker—most often working 20-hour weeks even while attaining Dean’s List status in each of her semesters.
She also worked for a year as a caregiver for a two-year old child with autism.
Ascah completed her student teaching practicum at Altoona (Pa.) Area High School, gaining experience in a life skills classroom for grades 10–12. She taught reading, mathematics, writing, cooking, health, language arts, life skills, and technology. In addition, she lead her students into the community to practice social, leisure, and shopping skills. Her student teaching supervisor was Kathleen McKinnon, coordinator of teacher education programs for undergraduate special education majors.
Ascah graduated from State College Area High School. She is the daughter of Robert and Jill Ascah of State College.
Ascah hopes to secure a teaching position next academic year.