Puma Educators Association

The Puma Educator's Association (PEA) is an Education club for all Saint Joseph's College students majoring or minoring in Education. The club conducts events such as teacher panels, resume nights, and Read Across America. Members also run a tutoring program for local high school students called BUG (Bringing Up Grades).

PEA is also affiliated with the Indiana Student Education Association (ISEA)Indiana State Teacher's Association (ISTA), and the National Education Association (NEA), PEA dues-paying members become members of four associations that provide professional development, networking, and support from educators and professionals from all over the state.

PEA members may travel to Indianapolis for the annual fall conference, which is a professional conference for future educators from across the state. Members are also encouraged to become involved on the state or national level through elected board membership or committee appointments. Scholarship, award, and travel opportunities are available to all dues-paying members. PEA news and announcements are communicated through e-mail and social media.

Teacher candidates wishing to apply for the Student Teacher Excellence Award must be a member of the association for at least two years. Officers for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected in January of each year for a one-year term.

For more information about the Puma Educators Association, contact:

Dr. Karen Venditti
Associate Professor of Education
219.866.6227
karenv@saintjoe.edu

Dr. Lana Zimmer
Associate Professor of Education
219.866.6217
lanaz@saintjoe.edu

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    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

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    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.