The College of Education recognized two December graduates as Teachers of Promise.

Madison Freeman

Madison Freeman

Commerce, Okla., native Madison Freeman excelled in math in middle school. That inspired her to seek a degree teaching math, and now she’s back in an eighth-grade classroom — this time in Tahlequah, Okla., as a newly-graduated teacher.

Freeman transferred to PSU from NEO and said it was a good call: she found encouragement from faculty and numerous hands-on experiences.

For Adriel Madison, a Monett, Mo., native, assisting with a preschool program at church prompted her to seek a degree in Early Childhood.

“I came here because I applied for a scholarship in the Honors College and was accepted, and that was a huge factor,” she said. “But then I realized, once I got here and started classes in education, that I was getting a really in-depth look at interactions with children and hands-on experiences to a level I didn’t expect.”

Adriel Madison

Adriel Madison

Those experiences included working in the Little Gorillas lab preschool, which provides Early Childhood majors the chance to work in a preschool setting before they graduate.

COE Dean James Truelove said the two exemplify what it means to be a graduate of the College of Education.

“We’re proud to be able to recognize them for their achievements,” he said.