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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

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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

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Kids on Campus

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Published: July 1, 2015

Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids on Campus” – a summer enrichmentprogram for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academiclife on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technologyskills.The program is a partnership with Pickaway HELPS (Higher Education for LearnersPartnership) and Ohio Christian University with generous support from PPGindustries.Campus rarely lacks youthful
Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids on Campus” – a summer enrichmentprogram for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academiclife on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and
Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids
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Kudos to Courtney Teague: Student Mentoring Makes the Grade

Kudos to Courtney Teague: Student Mentoring Makes the Grade image

Published: May 14, 2015

A pre-Teacher Education student was recently in my office to express enthusiastic gratitude for the valuable mentoring received from Courtney Teague, a sophomore in the OCU Middle Childhood Teacher Education program (with concentrations in Math and Science.)   Because of Courtney’s kindness, encouragement, mentoring, and teaching, the student who was struggling in a general education course, was able to pass the final exam three grade levels higher than on the previous two exams. Without Courtney’s pro-active invitation to study together, the student’s GPA would have been much
A pre-Teacher Education student was recently in my office to express enthusiastic gratitude for the valuable mentoring received from Courtney Teague, a sophomore in the OCU Middle Childhood Teacher Education program (with concentrations in Math and Science.)   Because of Courtney’s kindness, encouragement, mentoring, and teaching, the student who was struggling in a general education
A pre-Teacher Education student was recently in my office to express enthusiastic gratitude for the valuable mentoring received from Courtney Teague, a sophomore in the OCU Middle Childhood Teacher
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OCU Teacher Education Student With a Passion for Missions

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Published: May 14, 2015

Ohio Christian University Sophomore and Early Childhood Education major Allyson Jones has grown up being involved in ministry.  Her family has always served together, whether in pastoring or missions work.  Her dad is the President of GO International giving her the chance to travel to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad.  This year she will be returning to Trinidad with a team of OCU Students over Spring Break and will be going to Costa Rica in May.   “I absolutely love what our family does,” said Allyson. “I get to meet so many amazing people through
Ohio Christian University Sophomore and Early Childhood Education major Allyson Jones has grown up being involved in ministry.  Her family has always served together, whether in pastoring or missions work.  Her dad is the President of GO International giving her the chance to travel to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad.  This year she will be returning to
Ohio Christian University Sophomore and Early Childhood Education major Allyson Jones has grown up being involved in ministry.  Her family has always served together, whether in pastoring or
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Enthusiasm For The Classroom

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Published: March 9, 2014

Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early Childhood program.   In her recently submitted paper, "A Tour of the Common Core," Annie enthusiastically quotes Valerie L. Wilson, Ph.D., OCU's Teacher Education Department Chair, "’Ohio Christian University has had a constructivist view on our teacher education program even before our accreditation. We believe in hands-on approaches to learning.’"   She goes on to give an
Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early Childhood program.   In her recently submitted paper, "A Tour of the Common Core," Annie enthusiastically quotes Valerie L. Wilson, Ph.D., OCU's Teacher Education Department Chair, "’Ohio
Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early
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Impacting the World through Education from Wesley’s Point of View

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Published: November 26, 2013

During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and philosophies that can cause students to stray from their faith.  Now, I am not so naive as to think one cannot be a proponent of Christian education while supporting the education processes of local public
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what