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New education focuses on the comptences that every teacher needs to help children learn

By Michelle Warmuth, Editorial Assistant

Originally from Jackson, Miss., Lynn Beck, Ph.D., eagerly made her home here in the Northwest when appointed dean of the PLU School of Education in August. "I love it here and I feel very much at home. I love the fact that PLU is a reflective community, always thinking about how we can honor our academic and community commitments," she says with a wide smile.

Beck was drawn to the opportunity to be a dean because she appreciates the chance to open doors that will help faculty and students. "We have wonderful faculty who have a very clear sense of why we do what we do. Our focus is out there on the children and the community. The quality of preparation that students receive here reflects a high commitment to service and excellence."

Lynn Beck, Dean, School of Education "When I go out into surrounding communities, I'm told great things about PLU grads. I encourage alums to come visit PLU and share their ideas or help with projects."
Lynn Beck, Dean, School of Education.

Beck's devotion to education and educational leadership is based on the idea that education is a profoundly human undertaking. Her passion for education is fueled by a strong commitment to people and to wanting them to receive the best opportunity in life through education.

"Right now, the School of Education is in a program redesign process to respond to increased challenges facing educators and to new insights coming from research on learning and teaching. We're focusing on the essential professional competencies every teacher needs to help children learn and planning ways to address these in our program."

Beck's strong belief in education as a caring profession melds nicely with the university-wide motto, "Educating for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care." She and the school of education faculty have adopted a set of core values that include care, competence, leadership, and service and recognize the importance of developing educators who reflect these values.

Beck is struck with the high quality of educators who come out of PLU. "When I go out into surrounding communities, I'm told great things about PLU grads. I encourage alums to come visit PLU and share their ideas or help with projects."

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