Jessica Bennett (BSED '13, MED '15, PHD '20)
Lifelong learning. For some, it's just a catchphrase. But in the College of Education, it's what fuels our daily work.
It's an inner voice that pushes us to question and debate what we encounter every day. It's a genuine curiosity about the world and a desire to know more about it. And it's what happens when we learn by doing, tackle problems, and examine solutions.
This commitment to never stop learning also helps unite the faculty, staff, and students in the University of Georgia College of Education. Our reasons for coming here may vary, but it's this internal motivation that unites us to improve the lives of those around us.
This connection to our communities and the desire to make them better is also a common thread that runs through our degree programs, research, and service activities. Although this work spans a wide range of disciplines, including teacher preparation, communication sciences and disorders, counseling, movement and exercise science, and educational leadership, it is bound by common commitments. Our students, staff, and faculty share an openness to learning and growing, a need to make positive change, and a desire to connect on a personal level to improve human lives.
I am proud of the work that takes place within the walls of Aderhold Hall, River's Crossing, Ramsey Student Center, on our campuses in Gwinnett and Griffin, and in the communities we serve. On any given day, you can find someone rethinking the way we learn in several ways: how social justice is achieved, how humans move, how policies shape our communities, and how real-world experiences enrich everything we do. This year's annual report offers a glimpse into the ways we connect discovery and learning with our communities; my hope is that, through these examples, you too can feel a part of our shared vision to improve the world and the lives around us.
Because the bottom line is, we all share this passion. We all want to improve the world around us and lift others along the way.
This is what unites us: The drive to never stop learning.
Denise A. Spangler
Carly Wender, doctoral student studying how virtual reality and exercise can address anxiety, depression, and chronic pain
Scott Dougan, UGA associate professor whose daughter received a traumatic brain injury following a car accident two years ago
Claudette Tucker, mathematics education doctoral student and scholarship recipient