Southeastern Louisiana University students Matthew Anderson, of Central, and Meagan Payne, of Denham Springs, were named Outstanding Student Teachers by the College of Education at its honors convocation May 1.

Anderson was honored for his student teaching in elementary education, while Payne was honored for her work in secondary education.

The college also honored Thomas Bellavia, current assistant superintendent of administration for the Tangipahoa Parish School System, as its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. A 1967 graduate with a degree in secondary education in social studies and science, he earned a master’s in administration and supervision in 1970. Bellavia taught at Amite High School from 1967 to 1970, then served as principal of Roseland Elementary from 1970 to 1987 when he moved to Amite High School, serving as principal until 1990. In 1990, he moved to the Tangipahoa Parish School System central office to serve as supervisor of secondary education and later became director of personnel. He became the assistant superintendent of administration in 2003 and continues to serve in that capacity.

The college also announced the recipients of departmental honors, scholarships and grants and new members of the Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa.

Rae Scarcello, of Ponchatoula, also was named Outstanding Graduate in Elementary Education.