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Future teachers dressing for success

Future teachers dressing for success

    09.16.20 | Education by Ed Welch

    Dr. Janice Young, left, assistant professor of education and coordinator of field studies, and Rachel Knight, an Elementary Education major from Easley, go through clothing items.

    The Teacher Clothes Project, sponsored by Palmetto State Teachers Association, was hosted at the School of Education at Southern Wesleyan University in Central Sept 10 and 11. Nearly 50 students were able to shop for professional attire appropriate for student teaching practicums and/or interviews, free of charge.

    “To be able to remove a barrier for our Education majors as they enter the field experiences is a wonderful opportunity. Our students can dress to succeed so they make a wonderful impression for school administrators,” said Dr. Sandra McLendon, dean of Southern Wesleyan’s School of Education. “This is a wonderful partnership between the Schools of Education and the Palmetto Teachers Association.

    McLendon noted that students obtained professional attire needed for interviews, practicums, preclinical and clinical experiences.

    “I’m thankful for the PSTA for the support and generosity of SWU education majors.  It takes a burden off and helps us be professional with Interviews,” said Justin Hart, an education major from Columbia who is student teaching.

    Dr. Janice Young, assistant professor of education and coordinator of field studies in the School of Education at Southern Wesleyan, values PSTA’s partnership with the university to offer free liability insurance to students, as well as legal assistance, scholarship opportunities and other valuable assistance to education majors while student teaching.

    For details about degree programs offered by the School of Education at Southern Wesleyan University, contact Southern Wesleyan University at 877-644-5556, email or visit

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