Follow Christ, Lead the Way
Teacher Education Grads following Their Passion for Education and Family image
Lauren (Bivens) Sisley & Sam Sisley started at OCU the same year and quickly found each other. Both were in the Teacher Education - Middle Childhood program with concentrations in Social Studies and Reading/Language Arts and graduated in May 2011. They were married June 4, 2011, a month later.
 
Since Sam was born and raised in England, they have made many trips there to enjoy the land and culture of Sam's heritage.
Lauren was able to procure a job at Teays Valley School District in Pickaway County the summer following her graduation.  If interviewing is not nerve-wracking enough, Lauren was asked to teach a lesson to the Board of Education.
 
Currently, Sam is employed at Metro Early College (STEM school) teaching English and History in the Middle School. He has been there since August of 2013.
 
In September 2012, they were blessed with an adorable daughter, Arianna Elizabeth Sisley, to add to their family.  She is such a joy to them and enjoys her share of international communication and travel to visit her grandparents in England.

Articles of Interest

Summer Institute Courses image

Summer Institute Courses

Summer Institute Courses image

Published: May 10, 2019

This summer, Ohio Christian University is offering summer courses that will help K-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree. The institute gives instructors the opportunity to earn degrees and gain knowledge in a shorter period of time. Each course lasts for six weeks and counts as three credit hours. There will be two separate six-week terms throughout the summer. The cost of these graduate level classes is $990 per course. There is a simple application and approval process for the program. The University will also be offering special topic classes that count
This summer, Ohio Christian University is offering summer courses that will help K-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree. The institute gives instructors the opportunity to earn degrees and gain knowledge in a shorter period of time. Each course lasts for six weeks and counts as three credit hours. There will be two separate six-week terms throughout the summer. The
This summer, Ohio Christian University is offering summer courses that will help K-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree. The institute gives instructors the opportunity
OCU Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Inducts 28 New Members image

OCU Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Inducts 28 New Members

OCU Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Inducts 28 New Members image

Published: April 26, 2019

CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO—Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is pleased to announce that 28 preservice educators have been invited and inducted into its membership through the Alpha Iota Sigma Chapter of Ohio Christian University. The initiation ceremony took place on April 9, 2019 at The Ministry and Performing Arts Center. The ceremony opened with Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost at Ohio Christian University, giving the welcome and prayer. Dr. Ann Shelly, of Kappa Delta Pi, installed the new members, the Alpha Iota Sigma Chapter and the officers. Mr. Jonathan Davis,
CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO—Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is pleased to announce that 28 preservice educators have been invited and inducted into its membership through the Alpha Iota Sigma Chapter of Ohio Christian University. The initiation ceremony took place on April 9, 2019 at The Ministry and Performing Arts Center. The ceremony opened with Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost at
CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO—Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is pleased to announce that 28 preservice educators have been invited and inducted into its membership through the Alpha

Archived Articles of Interest

Prof. Angela Flowers dances with Isabella Misita, her student at Pioneer Center in Chillocothe

New K-12 Needs Intervention Specialist Degree Program Open for Enrollment

Prof. Angela Flowers dances with Isabella Misita, her student at Pioneer Center in Chillocothe

Published: July 17, 2018

The Ohio Department of Education recently recognized that OCU’s Mild/Moderate Needs Intervention Specialist (K-12) bachelor’s program meets the Chancellor’s requirements and State Board of Education standards for bachelor degree programs that prepare graduates for Mild/Moderate Needs Intervention Specialist (K-12) licensure.  Enrollment into the new program is now open.    Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Department chair explains, “We train teachers who have a Christ-like calling to educate all children, including those with special needs.  With the opioid and poverty crises
The Ohio Department of Education recently recognized that OCU’s Mild/Moderate Needs Intervention Specialist (K-12) bachelor’s program meets the Chancellor’s requirements and State Board of Education standards for bachelor degree programs that prepare graduates for Mild/Moderate Needs Intervention Specialist (K-12) licensure.  Enrollment into the new program is now open.    Dr. Valerie Jones
The Ohio Department of Education recently recognized that OCU’s Mild/Moderate Needs Intervention Specialist (K-12) bachelor’s program meets the Chancellor’s requirements and State Board of
Trauma Informed Care Training Hits Needs Head-On image

Trauma Informed Care Training Hits Needs Head-On

Trauma Informed Care Training Hits Needs Head-On image

Published: June 20, 2018

On June 4 and 5, Ohio Christian University hosted over 150 participants attending the Southern Ohio Trauma Informed Care Training. OCU undergraduate and graduate teacher education students as well as area educators, pastors, administrators, and social workers listened to informative sessions covering topics ranging from classroom teaching to social work case management.  They engaged in dynamic discussions, break-out activities and tasks that raised questions and prompted fresh thinking by even the most inquisitive participants. Hosted by social workers Amanda Knotts and Bryston
On June 4 and 5, Ohio Christian University hosted over 150 participants attending the Southern Ohio Trauma Informed Care Training. OCU undergraduate and graduate teacher education students as well as area educators, pastors, administrators, and social workers listened to informative sessions covering topics ranging from classroom teaching to social work case management.  They engaged in
On June 4 and 5, Ohio Christian University hosted over 150 participants attending the Southern Ohio Trauma Informed Care Training. OCU undergraduate and graduate teacher education students as well
2019 Spring Trip to Learn Education Excellence in Finland and Sweden image

2019 Spring Trip to Learn Education Excellence in Finland and Sweden

2019 Spring Trip to Learn Education Excellence in Finland and Sweden image

Published: June 12, 2018

Learn how the Finnish and Swedish secondary school systems provide world-class education for their students.  These globally top-rated schools maintain their excellent quality of education without homework or standard tests.   Cultural experiences throughout this tour of Finland’s Helsinki and Sweden’s Stockholm give participants an enriching perspective on Scandinavia’s culture and progressive educational practices.  Registration is open now for this once-in-a-lifetime trip that begins in mid-May, 2019. According to OCU Teacher Education Department Chair, Dr. Valerie Jones, “Our aim
Learn how the Finnish and Swedish secondary school systems provide world-class education for their students.  These globally top-rated schools maintain their excellent quality of education without homework or standard tests.   Cultural experiences throughout this tour of Finland’s Helsinki and Sweden’s Stockholm give participants an enriching perspective on Scandinavia’s culture and
Learn how the Finnish and Swedish secondary school systems provide world-class education for their students.  These globally top-rated schools maintain their excellent quality of education without
Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities image

Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities

Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities image

Published: March 2, 2018

Adolescence to Young Adult majors (grades 7-12) take a course within our program called “Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities” in which they are placed with an Intervention Specialist and learn instructional methods for students with disabilities and also with giftedness. This class is only one reason why our AYA program is different from others. Our students are often treated to guest speakers who provide real-world and first-hand information that our students will be able use as they teach. Pictured are Rev. Joe and Peggy Duvall who spoke to our
Adolescence to Young Adult majors (grades 7-12) take a course within our program called “Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities” in which they are placed with an Intervention Specialist and learn instructional methods for students with disabilities and also with giftedness. This class is only one reason why our AYA program is different from others. Our
Adolescence to Young Adult majors (grades 7-12) take a course within our program called “Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities” in which they are placed with an
Teacher Ed Department Meeting Spring 2018 image

Teacher Ed Department Meeting Spring 2018

Teacher Ed Department Meeting Spring 2018 image

Published: March 2, 2018

The Teacher Education Department met for their spring meeting to discuss updates within the programs and also for reminders of very important information. There was also an announcement of European trip to Finland and Sweden in May 2019. Current and future education students will have the opportunity to travel to Finnish and Swedish schools to observe and interact with their students and educational settings that are considered to be #1 in the world, as well as sightsee and experience the culture during their time there.          
The Teacher Education Department met for their spring meeting to discuss updates within the programs and also for reminders of very important information. There was also an announcement of European trip to Finland and Sweden in May 2019. Current and future education students will have the opportunity to travel to Finnish and Swedish schools to observe and interact with their students and
The Teacher Education Department met for their spring meeting to discuss updates within the programs and also for reminders of very important information. There was also an announcement of European