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Alumna Update-Cicely Tyson


March 18, 2009

Alumna Update

One year ago, then-graduating senior Cicely Tyson was introducing her namesake – acclaimed actress Cicely Tyson – at B-CU’s commencement ceremonies.

Today, she is receiving accolades herself for her work as a teacher at Samuel W. Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida. 

In a recent note sent to President Reed, School of Education Dean Carol Johnson, School of Arts and Humanities Dean James Brooks and other B-CU faculty, Ms. Tyson writes:

“I want to sincerely thank you all for the supreme educational training that you have given me.

I recently received my evaluation from my principal, and I am a "High Performing" teacher – a rating that most first year teachers do not receive.

I am teaching tenth grade English/language arts at my alma mater in Jacksonville, Florida.

I want you all to know that I am making you proud, and I am telling Jacksonville that Bethune-Cookman University prepares Highly Qualified Educators!!! T

Thanks so much to all of my professors who have put up with me and helped me along the way.

I will never forget you all and our motto "Enter to Learn Depart to Serve". I will serve my community and I am going to give back to the university which has given me an immeasurable amount of knowledge and preparation.”

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