Woodland Elementary Students Make Recent Visit to Saint Leo Campus

November 26, 2013

The Saint Leo University School of Education and Social Services recently played host to nearly 150 second graders from Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. Campus tours were hosted by 10 Elementary Education majors. They are all student members of the Future Teachers of America (FTA) and/or Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society The students toured most of the major buildings and facilities on campus and also had an opportunity to meet, and pose with, Fritz, Saint Leo’s lovable mascot.

The trip is part of Woodland’s College Bound program, which has been in existence for three years. Beginning in second grade, students make visits to college campuses across Florida. Saint Leo is the first institution of higher learning they visit on their four-year tour. In grade 3, they travel to the University of South Florida and fourth grade takes them to the University of Central Florida. In their final year at Woodland (fifth grade), students make a road trip to Gainesville to visit the University of Florida.

Kim Poe, principal at Woodland Elementary, is a 2003 graduate of Saint Leo University, with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, proudly led the group on campus that day wearing her SLU t-shirt. Dr. Valerie Wright, professor of education in the school of education and social services, organized the annual visit.

According to Dr. Wright, her students always look forward to this annual visit from Woodland. “We have a good working relationship with the school and they really seem to enjoy it. For our education students, this is an important part of their community engagement activities. Some of our students may be teaching kids at this grade level in the next few years,” said Wright.

Saint Leo University’s Education Program prepares highly successful graduates sought by area school districts to fill K-12 teaching positions.