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'Education is a people business'

The superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1996, J. Alvin Wilbanks has spent more than 50 years in education.

'I always tried to focus on problems, not things' says Tom Reeves

Retired faculty spotlight: Former faculty member continues to pursue passions for educational access

'I paint happy' says Bob Hart

Retired faculty spotlight: Former faculty member always had a love of art.

'It's about equal opportunity more than anything else'

Brent Hardin, director of adapted athletics for the University of Alabama, is passionate about equity in athletics.

13 recent graduates join teaching ranks in Forsyth County

Among the 319 teachers employed by Forsyth County this fall, 13 of them are new graduates of the University of Georgia College of Education

2015-16 Donor Appreciation and Alumni Awards honor nine for their achievements

Nine COE graduates and friends were recognized for their career achievements and community leadership at the College’s 11th annual Donor Appreciation and Alumni Awards Dinner.

2016-2017 College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards honor 10 for their achievements

Ten COE graduates and friends were recognized for their career achievements and community leadership at the College’s 12th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner.

2017-2018 College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards honor six for their achievements

Six graduates of the University of Georgia’s College of Education will be recognized for their career achievements and community leadership at the College’s 13th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on April 6.

2019 College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards honor seven for their achievements

Seven graduates of the University of Georgia’s College of Education will be recognized for their career achievements and community leadership at the College’s 14th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on April 5.

2020 Mary Frances Early College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards honor eight for their achievements

This year, seven graduates of the College and a professor emeritus received 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards to recognize their career achievements and community leadership.

30 years, 30 miles and a goal for everyone to get active

Sara Hendley made a promise to herself to run 30 miles on her 30th birthday.

A friendship with principle

Athens women bond over four decades of memories and a shared love of education.

A life of savoring the flavors of the South

Betty Hooks Underwood’s visits to her daughter while she was attending college helped change the course of she and her husband’s lives.

A Peabodys-inspired evening at ABC studios

College of Education alumni had a chance to hobnob in New York City in advance of the Peabody Awards with a reception at ABC studios.

A time for self-discovery

Alumna DeLauren Olivia Davis (M.Ed. ’20) received her master’s degree and a student emergency scholarship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the scholarship, Davis could focus on graduating and completing her studies.

A tireless advocate

Whether it’s writing education policy or working to make products safer, Inez Tenenbaum serves for the good of the children.

Advisor receives outstanding undergraduate academic advising award

Anna Williams was recently recognized for her excellence in advising undergraduate students on class selection and course of study.

AJC profiles COE alumnus running for state school chief

The Atlanta Journal Constitution profiles Rome native and Triple Dawg Mike Buck as he runs for state school superintendent. Beck earned bachelor, master’s and Ph.D degrees in education from the University of Georgia.

Akers' youth preparedness initiative in Mississippi wins FEMA award

A University of Georgia College of Education graduate has been nationally honored for his creation of a Mississippi State University Extension Service youth initiative aimed at preparing communities in Mississippi for disasters.

Alumna and professor emeritus receive outstanding research paper award

So Mi Kim and Michael Hannafin were awarded the Outstanding Journal Article Award from the Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT).

Alumna awarded National Council of Teachers of English Fellowship

Stephanie Toliver (Ph.D. ’20) received a 2020 National Council of Teachers of English Cultivating New Voices Fellowship to support her research with Black girls and speculative fiction texts.

Alumna becomes first woman to lead APEC Secretariat

Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria (PhD ‘00), an alumna of the College of Education, became the first woman appointed as executive director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat.

Alumna featured in Forbes for mental health podcast

Joy Bradford, an alumna of the College of Education and a licensed psychologist, was recently featured on Forbes.com to discuss her mental health podcast and passion for promoting mental wellness in black women.

Alumna gets latest UGA degree while teaching overseas

Living in Germany didn’t stop Emily Heath LaFon from getting her MEd in educational psychology.

Alumna helps grow sustainability

The work of Debbie Mitchell, agriscience teacher at Clarke Middle School in Athens, was included as part of a column in the Washington Post online about sustainability efforts at the school.

Alumna hits trifecta with award from Rutgers University

Julia Clark, a three-time Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, has received an award from every institution from which she has earned a degree.

Alumna honored by state's foreign language educators

A College of Education alumna has been honored for her contributions to foreign language education in Georgia.

Alumna is new dean at Texas A&M college

Joyce Alexander, (‘90 MEd, ‘92 PhD) is now the dean of the College of Education and Human Development after years teaching at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Alumna is new president of state school counselors group

Tinisha Parker (B.S.Ed. ‘00, Ed.S. ‘07, Ph.D. ‘13), coordinator of advising and counseling for Gwinnett County Public Schools, began her one-year term July 1.

Alumna named dean of Augusta University's College of Education

Judi Wilson (MEd ‘93, EdS ‘95) will provide a strategic vision for the College’s academic and professional development programs and work with faculty to establish new programs in support of interdisciplinary research.

Alumna named Georgia High School Science Teacher of the Year

Chelsea Sexton (BSEd ‘14), a teacher at Kennesaw Mountain High School, connects science content with topics that directly affect her students’ lives.

Alumna named Oconee Schools' Teacher of the Year

College of Education alumna Paige Cole, a teacher at North Oconee High School, was recently named the district’s Teacher of the Year.

Alumna named to state director position

Dr. Eliza Belle (Ph.D. ‘09) was recently named director of psychology and behavior science for Alabama’s Department of Mental Health.

Alumna receives 2018 Mid-Career Contribution Award from AERA

Kakali Bhattacharya, an alumna of UGA’s College of Education, received the Scholar of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award from AERA for her contributions to education research and development.

Alumna receives 2018 Science Academy Award for Young Researchers

Zelha Tunç-Pekkan recently received the 2018 Science Academy Award for Young Researchers to enhance her studies on children’s construction of fractions and its relationship to algebra.

Alumna receives national award for commitment to gifted education

Heather Vaughn (EdS ‘17), an assistant director of advanced academics at the University of Texas at Austin High School, received the 2017 Master’s and Specialist Award from the National Association for Gifted Children.

Alumna receives New Teacher Assistance Grant

Tita Lovell was recently awarded the New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power to purchase materials and supplies for her high school classroom.

Alumna receives Outstanding Research Award from NC State University

Jessica DeCuir-Gunby (MA ‘00, PhD ‘03), a professor of educational psychology at North Carolina State University, received the 2018-2019 Outstanding Research Award from NC State’s Alumni Association.

Alumna receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Christy Sutton (MEd ‘12) was one of only two elementary teachers in Georgia to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Alumna receives Scholarship of Teaching and Learning award

Associate professor Hillary Steiner was recently honored for her commitment to student-focused research on effective teaching.

Alumna recognized twice for excellence in teaching

Amber Simmons (PhD ‘12), an English teacher at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, was one of only 15 winners nationwide to receive the 2017 National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence Award.

Alumna selected as an inaugural Mellon Faculty Fellow

Alumna and assistant professor Stephanie Jones was selected as a new Mellon Faculty Fellow for applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship and service.

Alumna selected by U.S. Department of State for prestigious English language teaching fellowship

Vicki Hale (M.Ed. ’18), a graduate of the Mary Frances Early College of Education’s TESOL and World Language Education certificate program, has been selected for the 2021-22 English Language Fellow program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Alumna selected by U.S. Department of State to complete specialist project in Iraq

Kathleen McGovern, an alumna of the College’s department of language and literacy education, was selected by the U.S. Department of State for a six-week English Language Specialist project.

Alumna spotlight: Vasti Torres

College of Education graduate thinks critically (and lyrically)

Alumna takes part in cross-cultural leadership

Dr. Cristalis Capielo has been selected to be a Leadership Fellow to the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests, representing the National Latina/o Psychological Association.

Alumna takes wide-angle approach to new role on school board

With a background in counseling psychology, LaKeisha Gantt (MED ‘03, PHD ‘10) adds a new perspective to the Clarke County School Board.

Alumna Tonya Harris Cornileus to give fall commencement address for UGA Graduate School

She joins undergraduate commencement speaker Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist.

Alumna wins award for work in language study

A doctoral graduate’s work in teaching students to analyze different forms of text has landed her an award, a presentation at an upcoming conference and a journal article.

Alumna's achievements featured in alma mater's impact report

Julia Clark (MEd ‘68) was featured in Rutgers University Graduate School of Education’s 2017 Impact Report for her contributions at the National Science Foundation.

Alumna, Israeli scholar consults with faculty on joint research project

Fadia Nasser-Abu Alhija, the first Israeli Arab woman to be appointed an associate professor at an Israeli research university, evaluates student achievement and the structural validity of measures and tests.

Alumni elected to roles in national association

The National Association for Gifted Children recently elected two alumni of the Department of Educational Psychology to leadership roles.

Alumni honors: 40 Under 40 winners

Each year, the University of Georgia Alumni Association honors 40 alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Members have demonstrated dedication to UGA and its mission of teaching, research and service. We are proud to highlight Bynikini Frazier, a 2008 graduate, and Eric Wearne, a 2002 graduate, both named to the 2014 class of the Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40.

Alumni profile: Creative thinking turns science educator into artist

Jamie Calkin started out with a passion for science education, but his doctoral program opened doors to a new career outside the classroom.

Alumni profile: Fostering social justice in the classroom

Mariana Souto-Manning (BSEd ‘01, MEd ‘02, PhD ‘05) wants us to rethink how we’ve structured teacher education.

Alumni profile: Jimmy DeLoach works for others' successes

For Jimmy DeLoach (B.S.Ed. ‘82), there is a difference between being a teacher and being an educator.

Alumni spotlight: Brig. Gen. Maureen LeBoeuf

Picking up a pamphlet can change your life

Alumni spotlight: Cabell Sweeney

If I didn’t try, I’d always regret not trying

Alumni spotlight: Cheri Leavy

I like to build people up

Alumni spotlight: Geraldine Clarke

What I’ve learned is not to enable but to empower

Alumni spotlight: Maxine Burton

You have to look at the opportunities, and that’s what I did

Alumnus blends theory and practice

COE graduate Justin Lane puts his classroom skills to use in special education research.

Alumnus empowers students through books, school library

Andy Plemmons’ biggest goal as a school library media specialist is to empower student voices.

Alumnus honored by national organization for physical education

Brian Culp (B.S.Ed. ‘99, Ph.D. ‘05), a professor at Kennesaw State University, will receive the E.B. Henderson Award at the 2018 SHAPE National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alumnus honored with South Carolina's highest civilian honor

Tom Poland (MEd ‘75), author of several books on South Carolina, received the Order of the Palmetto in recognition of his lifetime service, achievements and contributions to the state.

Alumnus named associate vice president for student affairs

Demetrius D. Smith, an alumnus of the Mary Frances Early College of Education’s department of counseling and human development services, was recently named associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia.

Alumnus named College of Education dean at Winona State

Daniel Kirk (PhD ‘08) previously served as dean and professor of education at American University of Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, as well as associate dean and professor at the National Defense College in Abu Dhabi.

Alumnus named new athletic director at San Diego State

John David Wicker (M.Ed. ‘97), whose appointment at SDSU started Nov. 28, most recently served as the senior associate athletic director for operations at Georgia Tech.

Alumnus named Pac-12 Coach of the Year; wins division title

During his fourth season coaching the Buffs, Mike MacIntyre (M.Ed. ‘91) led the University of Colorado to a 10-2 overall record and an 8-1 conference record, securing the Pac-12 South Division title.

Alumnus pens new book on teacher accountability movement

In it, Tim Mullen (PhD ‘06) explores the consequences of the teacher accountability movement and offers alternatives.

Alumnus pens regular newspaper column

Alumni news: Tom Poland (MEd ‘75) is a featured columnist for the Edgefield Daily in Edgefield, South Carolina.

Alumnus reaches milestone with Order of Palmetto, second Verner Award

Leo Twiggs (EdD ‘70), an alumnus of the College of Education and a celebrated batik artist, has earned two of South Carolina’s highest honors.

Alumnus receives Islamic Medical Association of North America Scholarship

Brian Tromp, an alumnus of the department of kinesiology, recently received the Islamic Medical Association of North America Scholarship. Tromp is one of five scholarship recipients selected out of more than 1,600 applicants.

Alumnus receives national award from federal agency

Ryan Akers (PhD ‘07), an associate extension professor in the School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University, recently received the 2017 Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness.

Alumnus receives staff award from Office of the Vice President for Instruction

Gregory Spillers (PhD ‘17), director of the Pre-Health Advising Office at UGA, was recently honored with the Lightbulb Award for his innovative ideas and creative solutions to improve student services.

Alumnus selected as top 10 finalist for Global Teacher Prize

Kazuya Takahashi, an alumnus of the University of Georgia’s College of Education, was selected as a top 10 finalist for the prestigious Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize for his innovative work in the classroom.

Alumnus' batik paintings garner prestigious 1858 Prize

The Gibbes Museum of Art and its member auxiliary group Society 1858 will name Leo Twiggs (Ed.D. ‘70) the winner on Monday when it announces the results of its annual juried competition.

Alumnus' words cherish days gone by

Tom Poland’s latest book, ‘Georgialina,’ reflects on early days and stories from Georgia, South Carolina.

Award-winning alumnus takes school reformers to task

UGA alumnus and award-winning Georgia educator Ian Altman (AB ‘04, MED ‘06) posts a blog in the August 14 Washington Post listing “seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers.”

Bigger than me: My memories of my first UGA football game

Teacher Rebecca A. Hendrix wrote this essay to demonstrate the concept of a theme to her sixth-grade students at Ashworth Middle School in Calhoun, Georgia.

Breaking the mold

Triple Dawg researches new ways to diversify classroom experiences and support academic success in young students.

Chai wins $25,000 competition grant at New Mexico State University

Alumna Zhen Chai, an assistant professor in the department of special education and communication disorders at New Mexico State University, was among only three faculty members campus-wide to receive a 2014 Launch Grant of up to $25,000.

Cindy Bazzell wins top marketing education honor

Cindy Bazell (BBA ‘02, MEd ‘08, EDS ‘09), who teaches business education courses at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County, was recently named top teacher in her field by the Georgia Marketing Education Association.

Clarke Teacher of Year: 'Those who can do everything, teach'

Clarke County Teacher of the Year and COE alumnus Aaron Jongko (BSED ‘08, MED ‘09) paid tribute to nearly two dozen other top Clarke County teachers in the room during a speech at a Rotary Club of Athens meeting Wednesday, a story in the March 20 Athens Banner-Herald reported.

Class notes: Alumni news and updates from 2018

COE alumna elected president of NSSLHA

Chelsea Walker, a graduate student clinician at UGA’s Speech and Hearing Clinic, was recently elected president of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

COE alumna named associate provost of academic programs at UNO

Caroline Noyes will oversee all assessment processes at the University of New Orleans and provide College units with high-level administrative oversight.

COE doctoral student to serve as diversity advisor at UNG

COE speakers share big ideas at TEDxUGA

A College of Education faculty member, staff member, student and an alumna—Bettina Love, Elizabeth Brantley, Megan Pendleton and Lora Smothers—were among 17 people and groups who shared ideas and performances at the University of Georgia’s second annual “TEDxUGA” event.

College alumna, leader honored by UGA program

Cara Turano (BSEd ‘01) is among the winners of the UGA Alumni Association’s 2015 40 Under 40 list.

College alumni receive tenure at Clayton State University

Two UGA College of Education alumni recently received tenure and were promoted to the position of associate professor at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia.

College alumnus receives honor from national organization

Dr. Larry Gerstein (M.A. ‘76, Ph.D. ‘83) received the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.

College of Education faculty and alumni honored at 2017 AERA meeting

Several alumni and faculty members were recently recognized by the American Educational Research Association for their significant contributions to the field of education.

College of Education to be named in honor of Mary Frances Early

The University of Georgia’s College of Education will be named, effective February 2020, to honor one of the state’s pioneering educators—Mary Frances Early, UGA’s first African American graduate.

Connecting the psychology of pain, fatigue and exercise

Alumnus returns to give next Lewis Lecture this month.

Coordinating efforts to protect medical professionals

UGA Mary Frances Early College of Education alumni and staff are working together to produce face shields for local medical professionals.

Couple's success demonstrates the power of perseverance

Education is a tradition in the Coleman and Sanders families. Now, alumni who came to UGA as graduate students show how the experience elevated their own lives.

Dean Spangler receives 2019 Alumni of Distinction Award from UGA

The University of Georgia Graduate School honored 10 graduates for achieving exceptional success in their professional careers and in service to their community.

Doctoral degree links new UGA police chief to College

Dan Silk’s career in law enforcement spans decades and continents.

Doctoral student wins Teaching Excellence award

Linda Purvis, a doctoral student in the department of mathematics and science education, is a lecturer at the University of North Georgia.

Early childhood education grad is Teacher of the Year finalist

Carolyn Stone is a seventh-grade teacher at Greenbrier Middle School near Augusta, Georgia.

Educating the world: Alumni bring student-led teaching around the world

But thanks to their preparation at the UGA College of Education, alumni are flipping classrooms and creating student-led lessons on a global scale.

Eighth annual Bulldog 100 list features record 10 businesses linked to College

The annual recognition notes the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni.

Executives, alumni honored by graduate school

Allison Moran (M.Ed. ‘91) and Frank Ros (M.Ed. ‘84) received the 2018 Alumni of Distinction Award from the University of Georgia Graduate School.

Financial aid that adds up

Allison McNeece might have taken a longer path to becoming a teacher, but she’s a better educator because of it.

Five Bulldog 100 companies have ties to College

This year’s winners with College of Education ties include BOS Staffing, Breda Pest Management, Hairbow Supplies Etc., Social Empowerment Center and Southern Tradition Tailgating.

Five Bulldog 100 companies linked to College of Education

The University of Georgia’s Bulldog 100 list honors five alumni from the College of Education. The winners were picked from more than 500 nominations.

Five Bulldog 100 companies linked to the Mary Frances Early College of Education

Congratulations to Rachel Florence (BSED ’05), Kelly Chasteen (BSED ’00), Matthew Ades (AB ’94, MED ’96), Christy Shadday (BSED ’93) and Denise Emami (BSED ’97, MSW ’00).

Former military find a home at the College of Education

The next generation: A growing number of veterans now call the College home.

Former student honored for work in educational measurement

A recent graduate student at the College of Education has been recognized for her work in the field of educational measurement.

Francis recognized at Women of Color STEM Conference

College of Education alumna Dionne Cross Francis was recognized for her work at the 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference.

Giving voice to unheard narratives

Two researchers with ties to the University of Georgia’s College of Education believe that amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities is the key to collective healing during times of disaster and traumatic stress.

Gov. Deal appoints 3 with College ties to state board

Three professionals connected with the University of Georgia College of Education were recently appointed or reappointed to the state’s board overseeing licensure and regulation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Gov. Deal appoints alumni to state boards

Four alumni of the College of Education were appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this year to state-level boards.

Governor appoints alumna to state board

College of Education alumna Cheryl Harris was recently appointed to Georgia’s Statewide Independent Living Council.

Graduate named 2016 ACTE Teacher of the Year

COE alumna Cindy Quinlan was recently named the 2016 ACTE Teacher of the Year for her commitment and dedication to the improvement of technical education.

Graduate profile: 'This country has offered us so much'

Experiences as a newcomer to the United States help connect this future TESOL teacher to her students.

Graduate profile: Meeting teachers where they are

Travels abroad have taught Sarah Marie Catalana that sometimes the best way to help teachers is arriving with an open mind.

Graduate student and newly elected commissioner uses literacy to empower

Doctoral student’s path is ‘purely distillable to just loving language and seeing it in everything,’ she says.

Graduate student receives Child Caregiver of the Year award

Darius Phelps was honored by the Georgia Association on Young Children for his exemplary work with children and commitment to the field of education.

Griffeth named 2015 Oconee County Teacher of the Year

North Oconee County High School’s Tim Griffeth (BSEd ‘04, MAL ‘10) is named Oconee County Teacher of the Year, reports an October 14 Athens Banner-Herald story. Griffeth earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure services from the College of Education.

Gwinnett School Chief: Leadership, collective responsibility keys to student success

Gwinnett County School Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks (BSED, ‘64 MED ‘68) writes an essay in the June 16 Atlanta Journal Constitution about the importance of leadership and collective responsibility in raising student achievement.

Join in the conversation: How technology is transforming mental health

New technologies—from social media to podcasts to teletherapy—are moving discussions about mental health into the mainstream.

Kamphaus named dean of University of Oregon College of Education

Randy Kamphaus (PhD ‘83), Distinguished Research Professor in the department of counseling and psychological services at Georgia State University, has been named dean of the University of Oregon College of Education, it was announced June 6.

Kappa Delta Pi elects new president; leadership council

Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education at the University of Georgia, recently elected a new president and leadership council to help foster excellence in education.

Kiracofe featured on NIU College of Education website

Christine Rienstra Kiracofe (MA ‘00, EdD ‘04) an associate professor at Northern Illinois University in the School of Law and College of Education, was recently featured on the NIU College of Education’s website.

Kristy Kowal is making waves

A childhood passion for swimming turned into an Olympic medal for third-grade teacher Kristy Kowal.

Kudos: DeBray to speak at national symposium

Educational policy faculty member Elizabeth DeBray will be among the featured speakers at a national symposium next month marking the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

Lessons in the landscape

Leo Twiggs’ paintings tell stories about injustice throughout the South and around the world.

Letter of recommendation: Working alongside friends and family

Former doctoral student Elizabeth Hathaway shares one of her memories from the Ramsey Center.

Liberman may represent Astros as Teacher of Year at All-Star Game

Retiring Day School teacher Carol Liberman (BSED ‘67)UGA has been selected as a finalist to represent the Houston Astros as the Teacher of the Year at the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota next month, reported the Jewish Herald Voice.

Life's ups and downs add to teacher's perspective

Juggling homework, lesson plans, and volunteer work sets Ana Martinez up for her career

Lisa Harrison receives Osborne Scholarship

Living, and giving, with purpose: Alumna's teaching career turns to technology

Jamie Rife (MED ‘08) connects unmet student needs with community members who want to help.

Longtime faculty member receives President's Medal

Even in retirement, Sylvia Hutchinson, one of the two recipients of this year’s President’s Medal, continues to give of her time and talents to the University of Georgia.

Maddox one of three receiving UGA's Bates Medal of Excellence

Candace Maddox, a program coordinator in the College of Education, was one of three people to receive the Leslie K. Bates Medal of Excellence during the multicultural services and programs Senior Leader Reception on May 9 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Madison Brett to compete in 2014 Miss Georgia Pageant

Madison Brett (BSEd ‘14), who received her bachelor’s in early childhood education in May, will compete in the 2014 Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus June 18-21. Brett won the title of Miss Conyers in February, reported a June 9 story in the Swainsboro News.

MEd student breaks new ground at youth academy

Capt. Jared Smith, who is pursuing an online master’s degree in education, was recently named the inaugural director for the Youth ChalleNGe Academy set to open on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital.

Media mention: Alumna Jones quoted in Education Week

From January 2018 until now, there have been at least 30 separate incidents of “curriculum violence” taking place in schools, according to a College of Education alumna.

Media mention: Platinum award recognizes alumna's efforts to promote healthy food

Recently, the work of Susan Nelson (M.Ed. ‘15), school nutrition director for Baldwin County Schools, has paid off in the form of the platinum-level Golden Radish Award for the district.

Meeler named principal in Conyers

Alumni news: Hillary Meeler (BSEd ‘02) has been named the new principal of Honey Creek Elementary School starting this fall.

Meet a #COEgreatgrad: Daniel Schoon

Daniel Schoon is graduating with a dual degree in mathematics and mathematics education.

Meet a #COEgreatgrad: Heather Higuera

Heather Higuera is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

Meet a #COEgreatgrad: Kelsey Brown

Kelsey Brown is graduating with a dual degree in communication sciences and disorders and theater.

Melissa Varley named superintendent in New Jersey

Alumni news: Melissa Varley (EdD ‘01) was recently named the superintendent of the Florham Park School district in New Jersey.

Mosley appointed to Albany Technical College board

COE alumnus David C. Mosely (BSED ‘65, MED ‘72) has been appointed to Albany Technical College’s Board of Directors, reports a September 16 Albany Herald story.

Nearly 100 take part in fall convocation ceremony

Nearly 100 newly minted graduates of the University of Georgia College of Education walked during the College’s convocation ceremony on Dec. 18.

New mathematics teacher is always cheering for her students

May’s Amazing Student, Cassandra Koes, was introduced to the UGA campus before most other freshman were even moved in, arriving early for cheerleading tryouts.

New scholarship benefits students seeking an education degree

New need-based program also includes summer experience, experiential learning and mentorship.

Olympian recounts long journey from orphanage to success

Hoffa discusses the hardships he faced growing up and the lessons he learned as a student athlete.

Online degree program broadens career path for South Georgia teacher

Online degrees such as the BSEd in Special Education help students like Frederick Mohl increase their classroom expertise.

Over 400 graduates take part in spring convocation ceremony

Over 400 graduates of the University of Georgia College of Education walked across the stage at the Classic Center during the College’s Spring 2016 Graduation Convocation ceremony.

O’Connor and alumna write paper explaining effects of daylight saving time transition on marathon run performance

A new research paper co-authored by Patrick O’Connor, professor in the Mary Frances Early College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, details the effects on marathon run performance when taking place on daylight saving time transition days.

Paper co-authored by professor, alumna recognized among year's best

‘Black Lives Matter: A Call to Action for Counseling Psychology Leaders,’ recently received the Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity Award from the Section for Ethnic and Racial Diversity.

Petersen finalist for Aiken superintendent

Prasuhn publishes article in American Journal of Distance Education

Fred Prasuhn (Ph.D. ‘11), an instructional designer for Western Governors University, recently published an article in the American Journal of Distance Education.

Presidential Scholars event highlights UGA connections

The first-ever awards program honors a College alumna, while a new partnership with UGA houses the Scholars’ archive.

Professor named president of global organization

Laura Bierema, a professor in the department of lifelong education, administration and policy, will serve as the incoming president of the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Professors discuss effect of COVID-19 on education

Stephanie Jones and Hilary Hughes, faculty members in the College’s department of educational theory and practice, participated in UGA’s Ask Me Anything series on Thursday, May 21.

Race between man, machines relies on our grit

Qualities of tenacity, doggedness are what separate humans from artificial intelligence, professor and Founder’s Day lecturer says.

Recent grads win Fulbright teaching awards

Kimberly Buice and Sydney Laseter were among 19 University of Georgia students and recent alumni who received Fulbright awards.

Record-breaking number of College of Education alumni named to 2017 UGA 40 Under 40 Class

Nine alumni of the College of Education were recently named to the University of Georgia’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. This is the highest number of alumni from the College named to the list since the program began in 2011.

Reeves named artistic director of Georgia Children's Chorus

The Georgia Children’s Chorus recently named Carol Reeves (MMEd ‘92) its full-time artistic director, a title she has held on a part-time basis previously, reports a September 18 Oconee Enterprise story.

Researcher navigates the intersections of Latino culture and mental health

Cristalís Capielo is among the next generation of researchers at the forefront of Latino psychology.

Researcher's work promotes school climate change

Catherine Bradshaw turns data on bullying into positive solutions.

Scholarship winner works to inspire new mathematics instructors

Doctoral candidate Claudette Tucker received 2018 Mary Frances Early Scholarship to support research in mathematics education.

School counselors, alumni honored by Georgia peers

Three alumni of the College of Education’s department of counseling and human development services were recently honored by the Georgia School Counselors Association.

Science education grad student honored for pioneering poultry work

Linda Purvis received an award from the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences for her dedication to building the poultry science program at the University of North Georgia.

Seven Bulldog 100 companies linked to College of Education

The ninth annual Bulldog 100 list honors seven alumni from the University of Georgia College of Education. The winners were picked from more than 500 nominations.

Several teacher candidate mentors are finalists for Clarke County's 2017-18 Teacher of the Year

Lindsey Arize and Andrea Rowe, both first-grade teachers and mentor teachers for UGA students, are finalists for the annual Teacher of the Year award.

She took a chance — and landed a great job

A lot of her friends were going off to law school and not getting jobs, but Cheryl Stanga knew she had to get a job and think about improving or changing her career.​

Sibling rivalry fuels research initiatives

Brother and sister pair Michael Cook and Jennifer Cook Edwards credit their success to sibling rivalry and a passion for technical education.

Sister scholars: Supporting black women in academia and life

What started out as an academic writing group evolved into something so much more for three alumnae navigating and exploring their professional and personal identities in higher education.

Six Edudawgs to compete at 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Edudawgs competing this summer include hammer thrower Denzel Comenentia; swimmer Chase Kalisz; triple jumper Keturah Orji; tennis player Ellen Perez; long jumper Chanice Porter; and golfer Sepp Straka.

Speech & Hearing Clinic to host Free Screening Day on Feb. 1

Sport management student named NCAA Woman of the Year

Kinesiology master’s student Keturah Orji was named Woman of the Year during a reception Sunday evening; she is the second College of Education alumna to receive the honor.

Strength in numbers: The Mito Test makes waves

Developed by faculty in the Department of Kinesiology, a simple test using light waves is having a ripple effect among alumni who now use it.

Student speaker celebrates connections

Emily Wallace is fulfilling a freshman-year promise by speaking in front of 4,000 people at Convocation.

Students gain career skills through Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta

Weeklong preview event for fans offers opportunities for UGA sport management students.

Sylvia Hutchinson works for the love of learning

‘I can’t imagine not teaching’ says the retired professor, who continues to work with UGA students and faculty.

The Innovators: A visit with three educators who are pushing classroom boundaries

Whether it’s through hands-on activities or digital tools, educators are re-shaping the way classroom lessons are delivered to 21st-century students.

The never-ending story

Whether it’s through his day job or a weekend hobby, Logan Smalley surrounds himself with tales that spark learning and inspiration.

This year's convocation speaker came to the College in an untraditional way

Exercise and sport science major Creedence Riblett will address classmates during the ceremony at 2 p.m. Dec. 15.

Thomas named principal at Athens elementary

Alumni news: Marsha Thomas (BSEd ‘88) will be the next principal at Stroud Elementary School in Athens.

Three alumnae write handbook on counseling African American women

Several alumnae of the Mary Frances Early College of Education edited and contributed to a new handbook, “A Handbook on Counseling African American Women: Psychological Symptoms, Treatments, and Case Studies.”

Three College alumnae named to UGA's 2020 40 Under 40 Class

Laine Bradshaw (B.S.Ed. ’07, M.Ed. ’07, Ph.D. ’11), Brittany Kisner (B.S.Ed. ’07), and Samantha Livingstone (B.S.Ed. ’05, M.Ed. ’08) were named to UGA’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020 for their personal, professional and philanthropic achievements.

Three College alumni named to UGA's 2021 40 Under 40 Class

Congratulations to Eric Gray (B.S.Ed. ’04), Willie Mazyck (B.S.Ed. ’04, M.Ed. ’06, M.B.A. ’14) and Cara Simmons (A.B. ’03, MEd ’07, Ph.D. ’18) for their personal, professional and philanthropic achievements.

Three College of Education alumni named to 2019 UGA 40 Under 40 Class

Colin Muething (BSEd ‘07, MEd ‘09), Cindy Quinlan (BBA ‘02, MEd ‘03, EdS ‘09) and JaNaè Taylor (MEd ‘03, PhD ‘07) exemplify leadership in their industries and communities and uphold the Pillars of the Arch.

Three graduates receive Georgia Power New Teacher Assistant Grant

The teachers received the 2015 Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grant to help purchase books, computers and other supplies for their classrooms.

Three students receive UGA's Presidential Award of Excellence

Three undergraduate students in the University of Georgia College of Education were honored with the UGA Presidential Award of Excellence for their outstanding academic achievements.

Two alumnae receive Fulbright awards to teach abroad

Kelli Bivins (M.Ed. ‘02, Ed.S. ‘11) and Elaine Dasher (M.Ed. ‘96) will build relationships with teachers in different countries and harness international perspectives in their classrooms.

Two alumni among 10 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year

Two College of Education alumni – Nick Crowder and Hyunjin Son – were among the 10 finalists for the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year, State School Superintendent John Barge (EdD ‘04) announced in a press release on April 7.

Two alumni are directing the Army's new health initiative

Colonel Kevin Bigelman (Ph.D. ’09) and Colonel Nicholas Gist (M.Ed. ’03, Ph.D. ’13), alumni of the Department of Kinesiology, lead the Army’s newest health initiative focused on reducing injury and improving soldier readiness.

Two alumni named finalists for Superintendent of the Year

The College of Education is proud to claim two of the four finalists for Georgia’s 2016 Superintendent of the Year award as alumni.

Two College advisors win UGA’s inaugural Transfer Advocate Award

Academic advisors Emily Robinson and Debbie Hargrave were recently recognized by UGA for their exemplary work with transfer students.

Two College of Education alumni named to 2018 UGA 40 Under 40 Class

Tameka Rish and Michael Williams were recently named to the University of Georgia’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

UGA College of Education named for Mary Frances Early

The University of Georgia held a ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the naming of the College of Education in honor of Mary Frances Early, UGA’s first African American graduate and a pioneering music educator.

UGA Graduate School honors 2 College alumni

R. Steve McCallum (PhD ‘79) and Alvetta P. Thomas (EdD ‘04) were among eight honored with the school’s 2016 Alumni of Distinction Award.

UGA nonprofit distributes free earplugs to growing list of music venues

Since its creation in 2009, We’re hEAR For You—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness for noise-induced hearing loss—has distributed over 300,000 pairs of earplugs to the general public.

Watching mathematics education go global

Retired faculty spotlight: Fifty years ago, the landscape of mathematics education was undergoing a transformation. And professor Jeremy Kilpatrick was there to help make it happen.

Wearing many hats, award-winning teacher pushes kids to be successful

College of Education alumna named Newton County Teacher of the Year

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