Meghan Littlejohn Named Spring 2013 Student Marshal for the College of Education
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State College of Education has named Meghan Littlejohn as the Student Marshal for spring 2013. She will lead the College’s procession of graduates during the Penn State Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 5, at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Littlejohn, an elementary & kindergarten education (K-6) major, completed her student teaching practicum during fall semester 2012. She began in a 2nd grade classroom at Whitemarsh Elementary School in Whitemarsh, Pa., her home school district. “It was the only building in the district I hadn’t been in yet,” she said.
After her time at Whitemarsh Elementary, Littlejohn took advantage of the College’s short-term teaching abroad option to complete her student teaching component. She taught at Ashleigh Infant School and Nursery in Wymondham, Norfolk, England.
Her selection as Student Marshal came as a surprise. “I wasn’t expecting it. It was like, ‘wow.’ It’s so nice that they would put me up for such a high honor,” Littlejohn said. “It means that the hard work paid off. You work so hard on everything and take care of the little things and it builds up to one big thing. It’s nice to have that recognition.”
Littlejohn attained Dean’s List recognition in each of her eight semesters at University Park with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. She was also awarded the Jeanne Leonhard Scholarship in Education, Evan Pugh Scholar Award, Marilyn Ruffner Scholarship, President Sparks Award and President’s Freshman Award.
Littlejohn’s positive student teaching experiences prompted her selection of student teaching supervisor James Krombach to escort her as the College’s Faculty Marshal.
“It was mostly because student teaching was such a different experience with different stressors, even more than schoolwork. He was very supportive,” Littlejohn said. “I could always go and talk to him, and it didn’t have to be about schoolwork. I felt like he always thought the best of everyone. It seemed like he was always there for us.”
Her parents, Debbie and Dave Littlejohn, sister Caroline, grandparents, Dorothy and Jack O’Connors, an aunt and uncle, Dorothy and Ed Hilton, and a cousin, Katie Hilton, plan to attend the commencement ceremony.
For now, Littlejohn’s future professional plans are undecided. She said she is applying for elementary teaching positions while exploring graduate school options. Eventually she would like to work in a school setting in Pennsylvania or one of the surrounding states.
Until her future is settled, Littlejohn will have her fond memories of the College to propel her forward. Her favorite, predictably, involves teaching.
“The first time I had to teach in pre-student teaching it was different from the tutoring I had done. You actually are the teacher,” she recalled. “Everything you’re taught, all of the strategies and different perspectives, comes together. It all makes sense.”
-- by Andy Elder (April 2013)