Lourdes University has an excellent education program. Aspiring teachers can choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in adolescence to young adult education, early childhood education or middle childhood education. Educators looking to continue their studies can enroll in master’s degree programs in special education, teaching and curriculum, or educational leadership. Several certificate and endorsement programs are also available.

Vince Laverick, Ed.D., is Chair of the Education Division as well as an Assistant Professor. The stellar faculty who prepare future educators include Associate Professor Sister Valerie Grondin, OSF, Ph.D.; Coordinator of Clinical and Field Experiences Therese Hernandez, M.Ed.; and Teacher Licensure Officer and Assistant Professor Sister Rebecca LaPoint, OSF.

Ninety percent of Lourdes education graduates are working in their chosen field in 23 states and Canada. Some of the most recent Lourdes education alumni and student teachers share more about themselves and their career goals.

Daniel Bautista-Macias

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Hometown: Toledo, OH

A little about myself

I love to spend time outdoors and complete any kind of art project – paint, draw, etc. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and going to music festivals (country, EDM, any kind of music really). I have 5 brothers and 1 sister.

My jobs while attending school

I worked at the Movie theater for 4 and 1/2 years and currently still work at DSW. At Lourdes, I worked as a mentor for the Upward Bound program for 2 years.

Student life involvement

Some of my best memories was running cross country because of the friendships that I built. I was also captain of the team.

What I am most proud of as a Lourdes student

The thing I’m most proud of is becoming the captain and building relationships with friends outside of school. Having always been a more reserved person, it was good for me to get out of my comfort zone and taking on leadership roles.

I am looking forward to…

I look forward to having my own classroom, just being an adult in general and starting my career as a teacher.

Abigail Cloum

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Hometown: Lambertville, MI

A little about myself

A graduate of Bedford High School (Class of 2016), I am currently a senior at Lourdes University majoring in Early Childhood Education. I am student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom at Northwood Elementary and am looking forward to graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education in May 2020. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing with my pup Samson (who I am training to become a therapy dog), time spent at the pool in the summer, photography, and crafting.

My jobs while attending school

During my time at Lourdes, I have worked as a part time nanny for 2 young boys. I also have worked at a local ice cream shop in Temperance (Scoops) for the past 5 years!

Student life involvement

In 2018, I became a member of Alpha Zeta Kappa, the Education Honors Society at Lourdes and served as the Vice President. In 2019-20, I was honored to become the President of Alpha Zeta Kappa.

What I am most proud of as a Lourdes student

I am most proud of the growth I have seen in myself as a person and most importantly as a teacher during these last 4 years (although I realize my growth is only beginning and it will be a lifelong process)! I have managed to juggle a lot in the last 4 years that I never would have imagined might come my way.

I am looking forward to…

I am looking forward to actually being hired into a local school district and having the task of educating the students placed in my care. I am already planning for and dreaming about what my future classroom and first group of students will be like!!

Riley Hogan, ’19

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Hometown: Pelham, AL

My current job

I am working at Vanguard Tech Center as a High School English Teacher in Fremont, OH.

Student life involvement

At Lourdes, I played 4 years of soccer and participated in the Gray Wolf Nation student organization for 1 year.

What I am most proud of as a Lourdes student

I am most proud of the friendships I have made and the success I have achieved because of the support from those around me.

I am looking forward to…

I may potentially be moving to Tennessee depending on some news in the very near future.

Mari Locy, ’19

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

A little about myself

I enjoy reading fiction books in my off time.

My current job

I obtained a position as a kindergarten teacher at Blessed Sacrament in Toledo.

Student life involvement

While I was at Lourdes, I participated in clubs like Love Your Melon and Student Government Association.

What I am most proud of as a Lourdes student

I am most proud of landing a job with my teaching license before I walked the stage at graduation.

I am looking forward to…

My next school year looks like for a full and somewhat normal year!

Abigail Miller

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Hometown: Galena, OH

A little about myself

I have five brothers whom I love dearly and am engaged to the most wonderful man who also went to Lourdes. Loving to run and be active, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. One of my favorite hobbies is painting my nails and I love to vacation at the beach. My favorite place to eat is Chick-Fil-A and I love to drink coffee. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, and it is very cool to see my dream almost become a reality! It is my passion to teach children and to watch them grow.

My jobs while attending school

I worked at the Library on campus for three years. I also nannied each summer.

Student life involvement

I played on the Women’s Soccer team for four years serving as team captain my senior year. For four years, I was also a Tau Scholar in the Campus Ministry program and a student leader for those of those years. As a Tau Scholar, I was a leader for the Habitat for Humanity trip and the CLIMB retreat. As a Lourdes student, I was part of the Honors program and a member of the International Honors Society for Education.

What I am most proud of as a Lourdes student

I am proud that I was able to be involved with so many different things throughout college and that I was able to properly manage my time. Having gone through many difficulties in college, I am proud of the way that I have learned how to navigate through hardships.

I am looking forward to…

Getting married this summer. I am also having another knee surgery, which I am very excited for so that I can carry on with everyday activities without pain. After that, I am looking forward to getting my first teaching job and having my own classroom.

Lindsey Motycka, ‘19

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Hometown: Convoy, OH

A little about myself

I graduated from Lourdes University in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.

My jobs while attending school

I have been subbing for the schools in my district, getting my foot in the door and applying for teaching opportunities for next year! In addition, I am helping students with their school work due to E-Learning.

Student life involvement

During my time at Lourdes University, I was involved in women’s basketball, TRIO and worked for the library.

What I am most proud of as a Lourdes student

Something I am proud of is the time I spent at Holy Cross Catholic School. While there, I saw the teacher that I wanted to be. I am proud of this because during this time, even though it was stressful and difficult, I worked hard and saw the positive in all of the situations that came my way.

I am looking forward to…

Due to my experience at Holy Cross, I am looking forward to having my own classroom and using those experiences to be the best teacher I can be!

Jacob Supina, ‘19

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Hometown: Sandusky, OH

A little about myself

I currently teach Middle School Religion at Saint Joseph’s Parish School in Sylvania, Ohio and I am the Youth Minister for the Saint Joseph Parish.

My jobs while attending school

As a Lourdes student, I worked in the Lourdes Dun Scotus Library for four years, was a TRiO tutor and often times was the University mascot at events!

Student life involvement

During my time at Lourdes University, I wrestled for 3 years, ran on the Cross Country team for 1 year, was a Tau Scholar for Campus Ministry, sang for the Lourdes Choir for 2 years, and I participated in service trips such as the Guatemala trip and Habitat for Humanity.

What I am most proud of as a Lourdes student

What I am most proud of is earning a bachelor’s of Arts degree in Theology, a minor in Psychology, and a High School Religion Education Certificate while balancing all the extra-curricular activities.

I am looking forward to…

I am looking forward to one day earning my master’s degree in Theology, specifically Systematic Theology, and eventually teaching High School Theology.

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The Lourdes University Teacher Education Initial Licensure Program is accredited under the Teacher Accreditation Council Quality Principles through the CAEP Accreditation System for a period of seven years, 2015 to 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers TEAC accreditation.

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