Education Graduate Honored
August 06, 2004

Brandi Hoffman of Salisbury, a recent elementary education graduate from Wor-Wic Community College, was recognized by the Maryland Association of Teacher Educators (MATE) as a distinguished teacher candidate honoree.

MATE recognizes one student from each four-year college or university and one student from each community college in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia that offers early childhood, elementary, secondary or special education programs. The distinguished teacher candidate award recognizes future educators who have a commitment to student learning and reflective, responsive teaching.

A 2002 graduate of Parkside High School, Hoffman is the daughter of Bruce and Lisa Hoffman of Salisbury. She graduated from Wor-Wic with a 3.9 grade point average.

She was a member of Wor-Wic’s Alpha Nu Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Future Educators of America club. This fall, Hoffman will be attending Salisbury University, where she received a full scholarship and plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

“The main reason I am motivated to become a teacher is because of my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Smith,” Hoffman said. “Not only was she an excellent teacher, she was an effective teacher. She had a huge impact on my life, and I will never forget her.”

Hoffman added, “If I can make a difference in even one student’s life, as Mrs. Smith made in mine, then it will be worth more than any other benefit I could receive.”

According to Carl V. D’Alessandro, instructor of education, “Brandi’s perspective on teaching and learning has pushed her to excel as an elementary education student at Wor-Wic. She has developed a firm foundation of skills and tools to bring to the classroom.

“She will be a focused and dedicated teacher,” D’Alessandro added. “Her interest will lie in teaching all children and caring about their future.”