Lana Bathon has experienced impressive success while studying Early Childhood Education in college. After winning several awards at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, she hopes to parlay that into an equally impressive career.
Bathon (Tamaroa) attended Rend Lake College from August 1999 through December 2001, where she studied Child Development (the curriculum name recently was changed to Early Childhood Education). Since enrolling at SIUC in August 2002, Bathon has studied Early Childhood Education and specializes in Child and Family Services. She plans to graduate this August.
While at Carbondale, Bathon has been showered with awards resulting from her hard work, including the Highest Honors Award in Early Childhood Education-Child and Family Services, the Shirley M. Rogers Memorial Scholarship, the Bill G. and Marjorie Allen Student Award, the Glenn Abe Martin Student Award and the University Honors Award.
"She blew them all out of the water," said Tina Grounds, Early Childhood Education Associate Professor at RLC.
Even in light of all of the success she has achieved, Bathon said it really was not her plan to continue beyond Rend Lake College and obtain a bachelor’s degree. She said eventually she changed her mind, and after enrolling at SIUC, she found she was well prepared. Classes at the university covered much of the same material she had covered earlier in classes at RLC.
Although she has been a full-time student working three jobs, Bathon said she has studied diligently. She started at SIUC with a 4.0 grade-point average and has maintained it so far, she said.
After completing an internship with Pinckneyville Head Start, Bathon says "wherever a job will take me, I will be willing to work." She said part of the internship consists of creating and posting resumes.
"I have been around children all my life. I love working with them and their families," Bathon said.
For more information about Rend Lake College’s Early Childhood Education Program, contact Grounds or Brenda Heinzmann, Early Childhood Education Instructor, at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1396 or 1397, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321.