Education Program Names New Field Placement Coordinator
Mary Baldwin College welcomes a new coordinator to organize and manage field placements for all education students in its undergraduate, post-graduate, and graduate programs.
Lori Wall comes to MBC from Staunton City Schools, where she is a special education teacher with the Shenandoah Valley Regional Program (SVRP) at Ware Elementary School. She has taught for the SVRP for 10 years, both in Augusta County and in Staunton, affording her numerous opportunities to build connections with teachers and administrators in multiple school divisions.
“The teacher education program is delighted that Lori will be joining our team this summer,” said Rachel Potter, director of MBC’s Graduate Teacher Education Program. “Her enthusiasm for our mission to train teachers to be reflective practitioners of inquiry-based instruction is highly evident.”
Among other duties, the field placement coordinator secures appropriate on-site supervision and troubleshoots situations that arise regarding such placements, and she provides general supervision over the entire field placement process. Additionally, she is the primary point of contact at MBC for public and private schools regarding the field placement program.
“I am looking forward to joining the Mary Baldwin community in July,” Wall said. “I have always aspired to work in higher education, as I have enjoyed working with student teachers and practicum students and being [an MBC] teacher partner. I am blessed to now have the privilege to be able to support future teachers as they accomplish their goals.”
Wall has experience conducting staff development and training, and is a clinical faculty member with the Mid-Valley Consortium for Teacher Education. She is particularly excited about building and maintaining MBC’s relationships with local school divisions that surround the regional centers throughout Virginia.
Wall earned a degree in interdisciplinary liberal studies from James Madison University (JMU), and she has a master’s degree from JMU in early childhood special education. She lives in Waynesboro with her husband, Dave, and is expecting her first child this fall.