Voices in Support of Our Alumni and Our Teacher Preparation Program

"These teachers are the best of the best, and they stand as excellent examples of the kind of leadership we need in order to train the next generation of innovators and help this country get ahead.”

-President Barack Obama, honoring the 97 mathematics and science teachers from across the nation that were the recipients of the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The science teacher honored from the state of Illinois was Miami University alumnus David Bonner, BS '02, MS '04.


“This is my second round of student teachers coming from Miami University and the level of knowledge and experience they come with is unbelievable.  I am certain that if six years ago (when I took over Walsh Elementary) I could have staffed my school with your graduates, I would have the highest performing school in the system. I would love to visit to see what it is you are doing with these students!”

-Krish Mohip, Principal, Walsh Elementary School, Chicago

“I am very proud to be a leader in Talawanda School District and a graduate of Miami University.  When we hire a Miami grad, we know that they are entering the district prepared to teach the next generation of students!”

-Kelly Spivey, Superintendent, Talawanda School District, Ohio

“The teaching candidates that I have hired from Miami have proven to be outstanding professional educators.  When I screen resumes for teaching vacancies, Miami graduates go to the top of the list!”

-Phil Cagwin, former Talawanda School District Superintendent, Ohio

"We love grads from your program. They are always mature, hard workers and well prepared.  We don't have to teach them how to be a professional.  They come to us from your programs with that skill set.”

 -Suzanne Prescott, Director of Early Childhood Programs at the Butler County Educational Services Center, Ohio

“Miami’s Urban Cohort Program would get an ‘A” from me…because of the respect they have for urban education.”

-Alesia Smith, Principal, Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, Cincinnati



 “I am still so appreciative of the education I received at Miami and credit that with making me the teacher I am today. “

-Craig Divis ’03 Secondary Social Studies Education, 2010 Vermont Teacher of the Year

“I think that the Urban Teaching Cohort is THE ultimate student teaching experience that anyone could ask for.  You learn about the community, you’re living in the same neighborhood as your kids—so you’re coming at it from all angles...It’s not just about developing your methods or your behavior management. It’s about developing you as a whole person…”

Chelsea Clark ’11, teacher, Winton Woods Elementary, Cincinnati

“I believe I have communicated before to you my gratitude for the great lessons I learned at Miami. This time I have ‘external and objective proof’ about the great work that everyone does at the School of Education.”

Venia Papanikolou ’08, upon receiving her award as 2011 Cincinnati Teacher of the Year

"The impact Miami had on me is still ingrained in who I am. The years I spent at Miami University were amazing. I feel so lucky to get to do what I love each day!!

-Michelle Morgan, 2012-13 Sylvania Schools Educator of the Year, Ohio

“Everyone who knows me is aware of how proud I am of the education I earned at Miami University, where I feel I was BEYOND prepared and motivated for the classroom.”

-Karen Anthony Streeter ’97 is one of only 12 teachers in the nation to receive the 2011 Distinguished Teacher Award from the National Catholic Education Association


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