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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

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Summer Institute Courses

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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
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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

OCU Graduate Update - Annie Edmonds image

OCU Graduate Update - Annie Edmonds

OCU Graduate Update - Annie Edmonds image

Published: October 24, 2016

OCU graduate Annie Edmonds shares this update from the field: I am currently working at New Beginnings Christian school  in Columbus Ohio, teaching first grade. There are countless times I refer back to my education while in the classroom. It is so encouraging to know that I still have a great support system at OCU, I know that if I ever needed anything they would be there in a heartbeat! I am thankful for each one of my professors that took time to help me achieve my goals and dreams!  
OCU graduate Annie Edmonds shares this update from the field: I am currently working at New Beginnings Christian school  in Columbus Ohio, teaching first grade. There are countless times I refer back to my education while in the classroom. It is so encouraging to know that I still have a great support system at OCU, I know that if I ever needed anything they would be there in a heartbeat! I
OCU graduate Annie Edmonds shares this update from the field: I am currently working at New Beginnings Christian school  in Columbus Ohio, teaching first grade. There are countless times I refer
Students serve in Paraguay with WGM  image

Students serve in Paraguay with WGM

Students serve in Paraguay with WGM  image

Published: July 24, 2016

Ohio Christian University students had the opportunity to go on a mission trip this year to Paraguay as one of OCU’s WGM Task Force Teams. Andrea Williamson, Student Involvement Director for WGM, led the team and stayed with them through the duration of the trip. “I knew right away that this was the team God planned for me to lead. There were no lightening bolts, no clear direction other than this was the one.” – Andrea Williamson The university team members consisted of five students: Austin Caldwell, Barbee Graves, Haley Robbins, Austin St. Pierre, and Kiirsten Truex. Raising
Ohio Christian University students had the opportunity to go on a mission trip this year to Paraguay as one of OCU’s WGM Task Force Teams. Andrea Williamson, Student Involvement Director for WGM, led the team and stayed with them through the duration of the trip. “I knew right away that this was the team God planned for me to lead. There were no lightening bolts, no clear direction other
Ohio Christian University students had the opportunity to go on a mission trip this year to Paraguay as one of OCU’s WGM Task Force Teams. Andrea Williamson, Student Involvement Director for WGM,
Valerie Jones, left, talks with student Mackenzie Walton in her office Tuesday at Ohio Christian University. Jones, a former Southeastern English teacher, is now the department chair for the teacher education program at Ohio Christian University.

Valerie Jones Leads Teacher Education Program to New Heights

Valerie Jones, left, talks with student Mackenzie Walton in her office Tuesday at Ohio Christian University. Jones, a former Southeastern English teacher, is now the department chair for the teacher education program at Ohio Christian University.

Published: March 7, 2016

Valerie Jones says she never expected to be in an administrative role as an educator, but is looking ahead to the future in hopes she can continue making a positive impact on students' lives. The former Southeastern High School teacher now serves as department chair of the teacher education program at Ohio Christian University, where she has been employed since last July, and has been instrumental in improving the department as a whole. Jones, who is working on her doctorate degree at Marshall University, resides on a farm just outside of Chillicothe with her husband. Jones said it
Valerie Jones says she never expected to be in an administrative role as an educator, but is looking ahead to the future in hopes she can continue making a positive impact on students' lives. The former Southeastern High School teacher now serves as department chair of the teacher education program at Ohio Christian University, where she has been employed since last July, and has been
Valerie Jones says she never expected to be in an administrative role as an educator, but is looking ahead to the future in hopes she can continue making a positive impact on students' lives. The
A New Vision for OCU's Teacher Education Program image

A New Vision for OCU's Teacher Education Program

A New Vision for OCU's Teacher Education Program image

Published: January 20, 2016

Over the past several years under the leadership of now former department chair Valerie Wilson, the Teacher Education program experienced accelerated growth, quickly becoming the second largest program at OCU. That growth will continue under the leadership of new Teacher Education Department Chair Valerie Jones, who joined OCU over the summer with more than 16 years of teaching experience.  Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program graduates competent, confident, caring, and qualified teachers.   “Graduates from OCU’s Teacher Education program are sought after,” 
Over the past several years under the leadership of now former department chair Valerie Wilson, the Teacher Education program experienced accelerated growth, quickly becoming the second largest program at OCU. That growth will continue under the leadership of new Teacher Education Department Chair Valerie Jones, who joined OCU over the summer with more than 16 years of teaching experience
Over the past several years under the leadership of now former department chair Valerie Wilson, the Teacher Education program experienced accelerated growth, quickly becoming the second largest
OCU Education Students Honor Local Teachers with 650 Gifts of Appreciation image

OCU Education Students Honor Local Teachers with 650 Gifts of Appreciation

OCU Education Students Honor Local Teachers with 650 Gifts of Appreciation image

Published: September 25, 2015

  At Ohio Christian University, we strive to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in our students, and as the school year started we wanted to take a moment to thank our community’s teachers. So last week, Ohio Christian University’s teacher education students showed their thanks to Pickaway County’s educators as they formed an assembly line to package nearly 650 gifts of appreciation for every teacher in the county. Each gift contained: A coffee mug Coffee A personal note of encouragement from President Smith According to Valerie Jones, Chair of the Teacher
  At Ohio Christian University, we strive to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in our students, and as the school year started we wanted to take a moment to thank our community’s teachers. So last week, Ohio Christian University’s teacher education students showed their thanks to Pickaway County’s educators as they formed an assembly line to package nearly 650 gifts of appreciation
  At Ohio Christian University, we strive to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in our students, and as the school year started we wanted to take a moment to thank our community’s teachers