Giving to the College

Message from the Dean

February 2024

Dear Friend,

Recently, we honored our newly-minted teacher candidates from our college with our first-ever Pinning and Recognition Ceremony. It was a wonderful experience for all involved, from our faculty and staff who helped make the evening special, to the friends, family and loved ones who came out to support our students, to the students themselves who work so hard and have chosen to pursue a career in K-12 education. Our teacher candidates have reached the point in their academic careers when they have shown a commitment to the profession and are eligible to take upper-division courses in areas such as instructional methods and classroom management.

It’s no secret that Maine, like the entire country, needs more teachers. As the state’s largest teacher preparation and training program, we are doing our part to address this need. We know that giving our students a pin will not solve the many challenges facing our schools and communities, but it does affirm the dedication and perseverance that it takes to become a teacher. We’re excited to launch a new tradition here in the college that does just that.

You can read more about the ceremony below, including a story about two of our candidates finding their passion for teaching.

As always, thank you for reading and please reach out to us anytime at if you have news to share. We’d love to hear from you.


Penny A. Bishop, Dean
Dean of College of Education and Human Development

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