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CMN Senior Paula Fernandez Scores High on Education Exam

 

Paula M. Fernandez

"Head of the Class" has a special meaning now for Paula M. Fernandez, a senior in the College’s teacher education program. Fernandez was notified earlier this month that she scored in the top 15th percentile nationally on a segment of The Praxis Series exams measuring elementary education content knowledge.

 

Praxis tests are required in many states, including Wisconsin, as part of the certification process for individuals entering the teaching profession. The Recognition of Excellence citation given to Fernandez reads, in part, "Your exceptional performance earned a score that ranks within the top 15% of all test takers who took this assessment in previous years" and "indicates a high level of proficiency in an area vital for professional educators."

 

Alphia Crepeau, chairperson of the CMN program in Education, calls the citation "something to celebrate and a level of achievement we've come to expect among our students." CMN has awarded baccalaureate degrees in Education since 2012, and in each year since then, one or more students has earned the citation for excellence. Fernandez joins Shannon Neuman and Denise Ludvigsen, 2012 graduates, and Andrew Manthey, Class of 2013, on the Praxis exam honor roll.

 

Fernandez is scheduled to graduate from CMN in May with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education. She currently works as Cultural Resource Specialist for the Menominee Indian School District.