Published on November 17, 2014 by Dr. Amy Hoaglund  

More than 100 second grade students from Trace Crossings Elementary School in Hoover, Alabama, visited Samford University on Nov. 12 to help celebrate the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education’s centennial year. The event was hosted by Samford education students. 

The goal of the day was to celebrate the milestone year with elementary students by teaching them about the history of education in the United States. Students rotated through various classrooms representing different years, including the Samford School of Education’s founding year of 1915, 1955, and a classroom of the future. Students participated in a simulated lesson from each period, learned playground games of the past and attended a 1955 school dance.

Students sang, recited poetry, completed arithmetic, made crafts and learned how schooling has changed over the years. Amy Hoaglund, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, said one particularly special part of the day was when former Samford teacher education professor and lifelong educator Frances Carter spoke to the children about her own teaching experience in the 1940s. 

“Dr. Frances Carter and her husband, Dr. John Carter, made an indelible mark on the School of Education’s history, so it was only fitting she share in this celebration event,” Hoaglund said. “I think every teacher, child, parent and professor were truly blessed to hear her speak.”

Samford teacher education candidates spend significant amounts of time in Trace Crossings classrooms as part of a K-12 school-university partnership. The partnership allows candidates to become immersed in the elementary school culture.

The School of Education will continue its 100-year anniversary celebration with the Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series featuring former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush on March 26, 2015.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.