Daniel Cole, a Secondary Education student with a focus on Social Studies, received the 2016 Dr. James Sheehan Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award. This award is given by the Ohio Council for the Social Studies and was established in memory of the organization’s past Executive Director, Jim Sheehan. Recipients of this award are selected based on their leadership and academic achievements while studying education.
In his last four years in the Secondary Education program, Cole has maintained a 3.95 GPA while working as a high school football coach and serving as Vice President of CECH Student Ambassadors. He also works at Colerain High School in his student teaching placement, where he has contributed tirelessly to provide the best teaching possible for his students.
“I believe the most important aspect of my teaching is not delivering content to students, but rather developing relationships and mentoring them as they become the best young men and women they can be,” notes Cole. “I would not be the teacher I am today without all the wonderful professors in the School of Education, especially Dr. Prentice Chandler and Amy Bottomley, the two Social Studies methods instructors, who helped me discover how to be a great Social Studies teacher.”
Cole plans on teaching Social Studies in grades 7-12 after graduating from UC. He would also like to get involved in coaching and other extracurricular activities at the school he teaches. Cole stated, “It is a great honor to be the 2016 recipient of this award. There are many great Social Studies teachers in the Secondary Education program, so I am very grateful to be selected as the recipient for this award.”
To see more of Cole’s work, visit his online portfolio here: http://danielcolesocialstudies.weebly.com/