Jamie Riley

Jamie Riley, Class of 2017, Early Childhood Education/Special Education

In the world of higher education, one often hears about the esteemed pursuit of the "college experience." For Jamie Riley, the experience that Lake Erie College offers is second to none.

Jamie is a member of the class of 2017 majoring in early childhood education and special education. Originally from Prospect, Ohio, she was initially drawn to LEC's individualized education and family atmosphere.

Jamie's college decision was solidified after she met with Dr. Carol Ramsey in the School of Education and Professional Studies to discuss her options. "After this meeting, I knew I was guaranteed one-to-one student/teacher instruction and a quality degree in education," she said. "I truly believe because of the education program I will be one of the most prepared teachers upon graduating."

In addition to her work in the classroom, Jamie is a member of the Storm volleyball team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Student Government Association.

Her favorite activity, however, is student teaching, which she has been doing since her freshman year. Jamie credits this engagement in the classroom for allowing her to network and engage with many teachers in the area. "I have gained more experience working with students and with content then I could have ever imagined," she said.

Jamie has also collected many cherished stories from her time in local schools. “I love talking about the work I am doing in various classrooms and the teachers with whom I work," she said. "I love to tell people about the silly little memories my friends and I have made together. LEC has provided me with too many stories to count and enough memories to last a lifetime. I'm sure I will be talking about my college career for years to come."

In the next five years, Jamie hopes to have a job as either a general education teacher or a special education teacher in Painesville or back home in the Columbus, Ohio area. She also hopes to be coaching high school volleyball.

Jamie urges prospective students of the College to embrace the opportunities that await them here with open arms. "These experiences might not necessarily be in your field of study but each experience, be it in the classroom, the gym, a clinical study environment or with friends, will shape who you are and who you will become," she said. "At Lake Erie College, you will constantly learn about yourself and will truly have the chance to develop as an individual."