Sara Stapleton Serves as Spring 2011 Student Marshal for Penn State's College of Education
by Nancy Stiger (May 2011)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sara Stapleton served as the student marshal for the Penn State College of Education’s Spring 2011 commencement. She led the procession of graduates at the College’s baccalaureate ceremony on May 16 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Stapleton selected Scott Metzger to escort her as the College’s Faculty Marshal.
Stapleton, a secondary education, social studies option major with a minor in history, says majoring in education wasn’t even a decision she had to make.
“I feel like it was the natural choice and something that I have always known I was going to do,” Stapleton says. “I have loved school and kids my entire life, and thus teaching was just the most apparent and obvious career choice for me.
Through her five semesters at Penn State Altoona and four semesters at University Park, she has maintained a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. Stapleton is a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. During her career at Penn State, she has also been honored with the President’s Freshman Award, the President Sparks Award, and the Evan Pugh Scholar Award.
Stapleton completed her student teaching practicum at Altoona (Pa.) Area High School, teaching law and American studies for grades 10 through 12.
“The thing I enjoy and appreciate the most about student teaching is the relationships I have formed with my mentor teacher, students, and support staff at Altoona Area High School,” Stapleton said. “These individuals have provided me with a comfortable and stable learning environment, and have made me feel truly comfortable in my emerging role as a social studies teacher.”
Stapleton graduated from Tussey Mountain Junior-Senior High School in Saxton, Pa. Her parents, Tim and Kathie Stapleton; her fiancé, Kevin Rhoads; as well as other family members planned to attend the commencement ceremony.
Stapleton plans to be married in July 2011 and is in the process of seeking a full-time teaching position.