UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Hannah Hetrick has been chosen because the Penn State College of Education student marshal for the summer 2022 graduation ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, on the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. Stephanie Hopkins has served as her tutorial adviser.
Hetrick, from Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, is a Schreyer Honors College student, and can graduate with a bachelor’s diploma in elementary and early childhood schooling. She additionally earned her Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificates. Graduating with a 4.0 grade level common, Hetrick was on the dean’s listing each semester.
During her Penn State tutorial profession, Hetrick acquired the President Walker Award (2019); President Sparks Award (2020); Evan Pugh Scholar Award, junior and senior yr (2021, 2022); and the Academic Excellence Scholarship through Schreyer Honors College (2018-2022). She was a member of the Penn State Outing Club in 2019-22, and in her senior yr she acted as chief and facilitator of the membership’s Book & Media Club, organizing bi-weekly conferences and discussions. She additionally was a member of the THON leisure committee (2018-19).
As a part of her involvement within the Schreyer Honors College, Hetrick performed analysis for her last honors thesis.
“My research was conducted under the supervision of Elizabeth Smolcic,” Hetrick stated. “I interviewed teachers working in a variety of culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms to determine how theories promoted within preservice teacher programs — specifically ESL certification programs — translate to actual classroom practice.”
Hetrick did her student educating in a third-grade classroom at Corl Street Elementary School within the State College Area School District, and did student educating overseas as an English educating assistant at Atenas Preschool and Escuela Colina Azul.
“The biggest lesson that I will take from my time at Penn State is that there’s always more to learn,” Hetrick stated. “Over the course of my four years here, my ideas, perspectives and beliefs continued to evolve in ways I couldn’t have imagined. This lesson excites me as I embark on new adventures and reminds me to remain open-minded to new opportunities for learning.”
After commencement, Hetrick plans to proceed to journey world wide, to construct relationships and connections with folks, and to be taught and develop.
“I know that, even in places and situations where I’m not teaching professionally, my background in education will help me to nurture a sense of community,” Hetrick stated. “I do, of course, also hope to teach professionally, in a variety of educational settings that allow me to leverage my learning from Penn State and to evolve my practice as an educator.”