26 students predared for teacher certification

St. Johns River Community College reported to Historic City News that they recently recognized 26 students for completing the Educator Preparation Institute’s teacher certification program.

The Educator Preparation Institute was developed in 2006 to streamline the certification process for holders of a non-education bachelor degree.

Participants are awarded a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate upon completing the EPI courses, passing the Florida Teacher Certification Exam and submitting the required paperwork to the Florida Department of Education. No other coursework is required, and the program can be completed in less than a year – on campus or online.

Program graduates from St. Johns County are Michelle Cloutier, Margaret Gordy, Elizabeth Hertz, Christina Lemley and Jaime Smith.

Clay County program graduates are John Blanton Jr., Christopher Carella, Steven Doughty, Lindsey Edmonson, William Ford, Rebecca Huckert, Marianne Hillary Medina, Mark Michaels, LaRee Moody, Sara Myers, Sheila Occhiogrosso, Daniel Pearce, Treena Petrelli, Scott Sanborn and Julia Tadlock.

Other graduates from Putnam County are James Lancaster and Tim Ross, from Duval County are Lisa Webb, Maria Emede and Michele Mergen and from Volusia County is Diana Santucci.

In order to participate in the EPI program, an applicant must have earned a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university and possess the disposition suitable for becoming a teacher.

For more information on the college’s EPI program, call (386) 312-4242.