Morristown, N.J. (April 24, 2015) – Each year, the Elizabethan Education Association (EEA) holds a conference with workshops to bring experts in various fields to the College of Saint Elizabeth to enhance the students' learning outside of the classroom. The event held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, featured keynote speaker Donna Roman Hernandez, former police captain and founder and CEO of Violence and Prevention Specialists.
The EEA is a club under the umbrella of CSE's Student Government Association. Their focus is to fundraise, conduct community service projects and enhance their learning as future educators. As a group, they recognized two Partners in Education, Sister Lillian Sharrock, SC, M.A., principal of St. Augustine's School in Union City, N.J., and Sister Noreen Holly, SC, M.A., principal of St. Vincent Martyr School in Madison N.J. The principals received their awards from the CSE New Jersey Distinguished Teacher Candidate Award nominees, Jessica Canales '15, Katie Cooper '15, and Nicole Francis '15.
The keynote speaker, Donna Roman Hernandez, used her own traumatic history to show the importance of teachers and mentors in the lives of children. As a child and into early adulthood, Ms. Hernandez lived in a domestic abuse situation and told the audience that her salvation was school.
"My teachers were my angels," she noted. "Back then, domestic violence was considered just a family issue, but my teachers would support and guide me by allowing me to spend extra time at school."
She then went on to give the students the red flags of dating a potential abuser. They are:
Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, was presented to the students by Dr. Joann MacLennan, adjunct professor in the graduate program in Counseling Psychology. SEL is now an online certificate program for teachers to help their students understand and manage their emotional health in the school setting.
Students then presented their posters detailing their research projects.