The Saint Mary’s University “global footprint” includes the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning program offered at the Catholic College of Mandeville, Jamaica. The program attracts working teachers from across the island nation who strive to become better at their vocation.

On May 10, four of this year’s 39 graduates attended the commencement ceremony at the Winona campus. They will officially receive their diplomas in September at CCM commencement, but they wanted to see and experience the university that sponsors their degree program.

One teacher, Andreanna Williams, said the M.Ed. program was very Lasallian in spirit. “We learned to think about working with kids where they are … to recognize that they are individuals and work with them to succeed (in life), not just to do well on tests.”

The teachers and Sandra Hamilton, M.Ed.-Jamaica program director, toured Winona and the Winona campus for four days. Their reaction? One said the campus is “huge compared to any university in Jamaica.” She said her home country was “much tighter, more crowded, and much noisier.”

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