Dr. John DeGarmo ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, recently became host of Foster Talk With Dr. John, a weekly radio show about foster care on BlogTalkRadio. The show, which features the perspectives of foster care experts, recently hosted the president of the National Foster Parent Association; the executive director of Our Fields of Hope Foundation; and former foster children who founded and edit Foster Focus magazine. Dr. DeGarmo is a media specialist in the Jasper County School District in South Carolina.
Martha Belcher ’07, an M.S. in Higher Education graduate, was recently named Teacher of the Year at Stringfellow Elementary School in Moultrie, Ga., for the second time. She teaches first grade.
Dr. Dorothea E. Gordon ’11, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, recently became director of special education for the Grand Prairie Independent School District in Texas. She previously served as the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) district coordinator for teaching and learning.
Duane Davis ’10, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) and Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership graduate as well as a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, recently served on both the Item Selection Committee and Standard Setting Committee for Vocal Music Education (K–12) for the new Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure. He is the director of music at Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary School in Salem, Ind.
Andy Raupp ’09 and Ellen C. Raupp ’07, M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduates, recently launched Chronicle, an easy-to-use iOS application that supports Common Core and other educational standards and employs multimedia technology, through the company they founded, Powerhouse Education. The application is designed to enable teachers to capture student progress and use this data to inform instruction, feedback, and communication. The Raupps, who are both teachers at Hawes Elementary School in Ridgewood, N.J., created Powerhouse Education to provide other teachers with tools to implement educational best practices more easily and effectively.
Lana Thomas ’13, an M.S. in Higher Education graduate, recently became the nursing and allied health simulation laboratory clinical coordinator at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the college.
Dr. Robert Ditch ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was named the 2013 Educator of the Year by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and Jones & Bartlett Learning. Currently an instructor and academic board advisor at the Arizona Academy of Emergency Services, Dr. Ditch has been an emergency medical technician and paramedic for more than 38 years and has served as a first responder at domestic and international disasters.
Dr. Lucinda Hollands '12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, recently measured the results of Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders), a six-month program that launched in January 2013 at Cuyamaca College to help refugees in the El Cajon, Calif., area develop practical English language and health literacy skills. Dr. Hollands, who served as the curriculum assessment specialist for Project SHINE, found that participants exceeded expectations for progress. Dr. Hollands also serves as an exercise science and health education instructor at Cuyamaca College.
Paul Trupia ’12, a B.S. in Business Administration graduate, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) graduate, who also holds a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning, recently accepted a position as an adjunct faculty member at South University in Austin, Texas.
Stacey Milchman ’11, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, recently became one of a group of Florida teachers to receive the Shine Award from Gov. Rick Scott. The award recognizes teachers’ commitment to improving Florida’s education system. Milchman was also named the 2013–2014 Teacher of the Year for Plantation Key School in Tavernier, Fla., where she teaches second grade, and Monroe County Teacher of the Year. A teacher for 19 years, she also volunteers as the communications coordinator for the education department of Love Without Boundaries, a nonprofit organization whose programs in China provide orphaned and impoverished children the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Phyllis Marie Wiggins ’11, a Ph.D. in Education graduate, served as a member of the American Red Cross logistics and transportation team that traveled to Colorado in September to assist flood victims. She has volunteered with a Red Cross disaster relief team in her hometown of Milwaukee since January.
Roxie Nunnally ’10, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) graduate, reports that the Lewis-Help Today Foundation, which she founded in 2010, was recently recognized on FOX13’s “Good Morning Memphis.” She started the charitable foundation to provide food, clothing, and a variety of employment, health, education, and family services to needy residents in Tennessee’s Shelby and Desoto counties.
Dr. Shelley Hamill ’97, a Ph.D. in Education graduate, has been selected as a 2013–2014 SCAHPERD Scholar by the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD). As a SCAHPERD Scholar, she will present her research at the organization’s next conference. Dr. Hamill is an associate professor of health and physical education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and the current president of SCAHPERD.
Dr. Daniel Timm ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, recently gave two presentations as the featured speaker at the Midwest District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance leadership development conference. He also presented at the Wisconsin Indian Education Association conference earlier this year.
Dr. Suzan Nelson ’11, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was recently named the director for the master of science in education program at Saint Joseph’s College Online, which is based in Standish, Maine.
Shannon Blick ’07, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, recently started as the principal of Lawton Elementary School in Ann Arbor, Mich. She previously served as the principal at Wildwood Elementary School in Westland.
Stacci Barganz ’06, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and a technology innovation specialist in a school district in Wisconsin, was recently elected to serve as the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association’s (WEMTA) director at large. She is currently planning the Sunday afternoon “WePlay @ WEMTA: Get Your Play On!” conference session, a series of hands-on experiences for WEMTA members, which features game-based learning.
Jennifer Cenatiempo ’06, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was promoted to principal of Beatrice Gilmore School in Woodland Park, N.J., in August. She previously served as the language arts specialist at Sparta Alpine School and as a first-grade teacher at Ogdensburg Elementary School.
Shelley Dalpiaz ’06, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and a teacher at Cane Bay High School in Summerville, S.C., was named the 2012–2013 American Board National Teacher of the Year. The award is given to alumni of the American Board for Certification of Teaching Excellence who exemplify the organization’s belief that the inspiration to teach comes from a commitment to the community and the desire to make a difference.
Clarice Thornton Davis ’04, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, published Wilhelmina’s Butterflies (Xlibris, 2013), a children’s book that shares one character’s passion for classical music. Now retired, Davis formerly served as an elementary teacher and reading coach in Palm Beach County, Fla.
Dr. Shelley Hamill ’97, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was recently elected president of the South Carolina Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance association. Dr. Hamill is a professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
Barbara Tate ’13, an M.S. in Early Childhood Studies graduate, published a children’s book, Little Mouse, Sister Mouse (Tate Publishing, 2013).
Jodie Hughes ’10, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, started work as the principal of Melrose Elementary School in Wooster, Ohio, this summer. She formerly served as a kindergarten teacher in the Chippewa School District.
Dr. Anthony D. Jackson ’10, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was named the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance Superintendent of the Year in August. He is the superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools in North Carolina. Dr. Jackson previously served as the superintendent of Henry County Schools in Collinsville, Va. His career in public education spans 25 years; he has served districts in Virginia and North Carolina as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, central office administrator, and superintendent.
Dr. John B. Alfieri ’08, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was promoted to superintendent of schools of Livingston Public Schools in New Jersey in May.
Dr. Deborah Proctor ’05, a Ph.D. in Education graduate, was a panelist for a presentation on the Quality Matters Program (QM) and co-presented about Achieve’s Open Educational Resources (OER) evaluation tool at the MN eLearning Summit 2013 in July at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Dr. Proctor is the online and digital learning specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville.
Dr. Curtis Alston ’13, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was named the principal of Lexington Park Elementary School in Maryland in June. He previously served as an assistant principal for St. Mary's County Public Schools.
Dr. Maureen Kroning ’13, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, wrote about her experiences with suicide in an essay titled “The Guilt Suicide Leaves Behind” in American Nurse Today (Vol. 8, Issue 6). She also published “Do Nurses Really Understand Advanced Health Care Directives?” in RN Journal in March 2013. Dr. Kroning is an associate professor of nursing at Nyack College in New York.
Dr. Laura Kieran ’12, a Ph.D. in Education graduate, was honored in June with a 2013 College of Education and Human Services Excellence in Teaching With Technology Award from Western Illinois University. She is an assistant professor at the college.
Dr. Shawn C. Boone ’10, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was named a 2013–2014 Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year in June. Dr. Boone teaches English, history, computer science, and creative writing at Orchard Academies 2C in Bell, Calif.
Dr. Lynn Carey ’10, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was named principal of Mt. Caesar Elementary School in Swanzey, N.H., in June.
Laura Moulder ’10, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for Hillsboro Independent School District in Texas in July. She is a special education teacher at Hillsboro Junior High.
Vannette Simmons ’10, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and kindergarten teacher, won Teacher of the Year at East Ward Elementary School in Killeen, Texas, in June.
Dr. Edward Beyer ’09, a Ph.D. in Education graduate, was named a 2013–2014 Scholar in Residence during a ceremony in May at Antelope Valley College’s Lancaster campus. He is a professor of computer information systems at the college.
Sylvia Hanna ’09, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named principal of Foothill Oaks Elementary in Sacramento, Calif., in July. She had served as the school’s curriculum and instruction neighborhood network coordinator since 2010.
Bridgette Cornelius ’07, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named principal of Bluebonnet Elementary in Round Rock, Texas, in June. She was formerly the associate principal at Cedar Creek High School.
Ptosha Maclin ’07, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named the assistant principal of Kenwood Elementary School in Clarksville, Tenn., in July. She previously served as an academic coach at Barkers Mill Elementary in Clarksville.
Ronald Algeo ’05, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, is the recipient of the 2013 Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Educator Award from Ursinus College. He was recently recognized for dedicating his professional life to providing quality education and creating an environment where students can stretch themselves academically, athletically, and morally. He is the head of the upper school at Malvern Preparatory School in Pennsylvania.
Pamela Friedman ’05, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named one of Westfield’s Outstanding Intermediate School Teachers of the year in June by the Westfield Board of Education and the Optimist Club of Westfield. She is a technology teacher at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield, N.J.
Dr. Zickeyous Byrd ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was promoted to project administrator for the Alabama State Department of Education in June. In this role, he will oversee the instructional leader evaluation system for the state.
Carlotta Challenger ’12, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was appointed principal of the Dominica Seventh-Day Adventist Secondary School in Bridgetown, Barbados, in April. In this role, she is responsible for the school’s daily operations, implementing administrative policies, and providing leadership.
Dr. John DeGarmo ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, published his second book, The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013), to share his experiences and recommendations about becoming a foster parent. Dr. DeGarmo is a media specialist in the Jasper County School District in South Carolina.
Michelle Ellis ’12, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was profiled in the Gaston Gazette on May 3 for overcoming homelessness to become a successful and inspiring sixth-grade teacher at Grier Middle School in Gastonia, N.C.
Dr. Maria Onyia ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate and chief operating officer of Berkley Science Magnet School in Lagos, Nigeria, led a community service project in May to donate a range of school supplies to students at Ogudu Primary School.
Dr. Joseph L. Ricca, Jr. ’10, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was named the superintendent of Elmsford Board of Education in New York in May. He will begin the position in September. Dr. Ricca was most recently superintendent of schools for the East Hanover Township School District in New Jersey, where he implemented targeted instructional analysis throughout the Hanover School District, which led to increased student achievement.
Dr. Sandra Owens ’09, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, started as the principal of Alcovy High School in Covington, Ga., in July. She was formerly the assistant principal at Newton High School.
Dr. Hope Blecher ’08, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, authored “The Common Core ‘Network’” in Educational Viewpoints (Spring 2013), the journal of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. She is a supervisor of English language arts, social studies, and library media services in the North Plainfield School District in New Jersey.
Kristy Garrett ’06, an M.S. in Higher Education graduate, was named the 2013–2014 District Teacher of the Year for District Five Schools of Spartanburg County in South Carolina. Garrett is a fourth-grade English language arts and social studies, gifted and talented teacher at River Ridge Elementary School in Moore.
Wendy Eckerle ’05, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, started as the assistant principal of Brownsville Elementary School in Crozet, Va., in July. She previously served as a summer school principal at Brownsville and Meriwether Lewis elementary schools.
Dr. Alison Grizzle ’10, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was named the 2013–2014 Alabama Teacher of the Year in May. She is a math teacher at P.D. Jackson-Olin High School in Birmingham, Ala. She will serve as an official spokesperson and representative for Alabama teachers for the next year.
Kenneth “Trey” Cox ’09, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and an Ed.S. in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning student, was named the principal of Patrick County High School in Stuart, Va., in May. He will start the position on July 1. He is currently the principal of Uwharrie Middle School in Trinity, N.C.
Benjamin Grey ’06, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was recently appointed the chief innovation officer of Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 in Arlington Heights, Ill. He will begin work in this position in July. He was previously the chief information officer for Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 in Oak Lawn, Ill.
Kimberli Palmer ’12, an M.S. in Higher Education graduate, accepted a position as the director of academic success and retention in the office of student services at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., in December. In this role, she is responsible for the development of new programs and services and the creation of strategies that support student success. She previously served as a registrar at Medtech, a college that specializes in high-demand health and nursing programs.
Dr. Gina Piccinni ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was approved in March by the board of education to serve as the principal of Carman Trails Elementary School in Manchester, Mo. She previously served as principal of Null Elementary School in St. Charles
Dr. Christine Ermold ’11, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was recently hired as the director for elementary education and professional development for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District in Soldotna, Ark. She will begin work in July and provide leadership for more than 700 certified employees in the district. She previously served as the head learner for Sterling Elementary and Cooper Landing School. Dr. Ermold is also the president of the Kenai Peninsula Administrators’ Association.
Kim Harkreader ’11, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was recently named the Sumner County K–4 Teacher of the Year for the 2012–2013 school year. She is a fourth-grade teacher at J.W. Wiseman Elementary School in Portland, Tenn.
Melissa Long ’09, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was profiled in an article in The Times-Reporter in March about her passion for teaching and how she encourages students to pursue various professions as a teacher at Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Michele Mailhot ’09, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, developed a national curriculum titled “Expedition Earth and Beyond” as a contractor for NASA. The program is designed to facilitate student-driven, authentic research projects that study Earth and compare it to other planetary bodies like the moon and Mars and support science, math, engineering, and technology subjects. Mailhot is a mathematics specialist for the Maine Department of Education and the secretary of the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics.
La Tasha Bassette ’08, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, participated in the panel discussion “Developing Good Teachers” at Southern Methodist University (SMU) on April 3. The forum was sponsored by The Dallas Morning News and SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
Dr. Douglas Tedford ’08, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, recently partnered with Irene Barry, a Ph.D. in Education student, to help her produce online courses for rural students in Guatemala as a volunteer for the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation. Dr. Tedford lives in Mexico City and works as an author, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer for Teaching Services Latin America. Barry was featured in “Aztec Teacher Develops Online Courses for Rural Teachers in Guatemala” in The Daily Times on April 8 for her role. She is a transition teacher at Aztec High School in New Mexico.
Ryan Twentey ’06, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and a photography teacher at Parkville High School in Maryland, received the national Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) 2013 Outstanding Young Educator Award in March at ASCD’s 68th annual conference in Chicago. Twentey, who has taught for 12 years, was honored for his innovative teaching methods and his contributions to the school system. As an advanced placement teacher, he works closely with the Community College of Baltimore County to help students prepare for portfolio reviews that could earn them college credit for their high school art classes. He also worked on system-wide curriculum projects and served as the school’s career and technology education chair to help define skills that will make students successful in their chosen careers.
Dr. Deborah W. Proctor ’05, a Ph.D. in Education graduate, will be the co-chair of the Minnesota eLearning Summit 2013 in July on Northwestern College’s campus. She is the online and digital learning specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville.
Maurna A. Rome ’03, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was profiled in the article “Rome Inspires Young Learners” in Kanabec County Times on March 7. The article notes that she recently received the Minnesota Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and was nominated for Education Minnesota’s teacher of the year award. She is a first-grade teacher at Ogilvie Elementary School.
Dr. John DeGarmo ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was a guest speaker at the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association Spring Conference in March and was a guest on the Rhonda Sciortino radio show on Feb. 20. Dr. DeGarmo recently created a series of webinars for foster parents. Topics include welcoming a foster child to your home, the dangers of online technology and social networking, responding to foster children’s needs in public schools, and coping after a foster child leaves your home. The webinars are available on his website. Dr. DeGarmo is the author of Fostering Love: One Foster Parent’s Journey (CrossBooks, 2012), a book about his personal experiences as a foster parent.
Dr. Catherine S. Bridges ’11, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was named Elementary Administrator of the Year by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA) in February. She was nominated by the Grand Prairie Classroom Teachers Association, a local affiliate of TCTA. In the nomination, leaders praised Dr. Bridges for her open-door policy and welcoming attitude toward staff and parents. She is the principal of Juan N. Seguin Elementary School in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Morgan Carter ’11, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named the founding principal of Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary in Providence, R.I., in February. The school is set to open in August and is part of Achievement First, a network of 22 nonprofit public charter schools. Previously, she was the founding principal at the network’s Amistad Academy Elementary in New Haven, Conn., eventually becoming dean before joining Achievement First’s principal-in-residence program.
Amy R. Brown ’04, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named the director of National College’s Florence campus in Kentucky. She previously served as the director of education and dean at Lincoln College of Technology in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Gloria J. Brown-Brooks ’12, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) and Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership graduate, led a presentation at the California Mathematics Council in December. She also presented to rural principals at the San Benito County Office of Education in October.
Dr. Kimberly Handy ’12, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate and an Ed.S. in Reading and Literacy Leadership student, presented the paper “Working With Biological Families: Can I Go and Live with My Uncle Eddie?” in February at the National Association of African American Studies Conference in Baton Rouge, La. She also recently had the paper “Analysis of Educators’ Perceptions Regarding Career and Technical Education, Academic Content, and Blended Curricula” published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (Vol. 1, Issue 1). Dr. Handy is a language arts teacher in the Anchorage (Alaska) School District.
LaTasha P. Bassette ’08, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year at the Harold W. Lang Sr. Middle School in Dallas, Texas. She is currently the English as a second language (ESL) department chair and an eighth-grade ESL teacher.
Stacie Padgett ’08, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named assistant principal of Hillcrest Elementary School in Lake Wales, Fla., in January. The search committee chose her from among nearly 50 candidates. She most recently served as interim assistant principal at Hillcrest.
Olivia McGlothin ’05, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named Teacher of the Year at Russellville Elementary School in Tennessee. The fourth-grade teacher serves as a mentor to new teachers, student teachers, and practicum teachers.
Dr. Bonnie Beardsley ’03, a Ph.D. in Education graduate, was recently named dean of the Northwestern College Violet Schumacher School of Nursing in Bridgeview, Ill. She previously developed curriculum at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City; served as the associate director for the school of nursing at Aurora University in Illinois; was a professor and chairwoman of the department of nursing at Olivet Nazarene University’s Rolling Meadows, Ill., campus; and was the founder and director of the nursing graduate degree program at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.
Dr. Chantrell Bruton ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, recently received a grant from the international education honor society Kappa Delta Pi. Dr. Bruton plans to use the grant to purchase auditory materials to help her English language learner students in the area of reading comprehension.
Dr. Catherine Bridges ’11, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate and principal of Juan Seguin Elementary School in Richmond, Texas, was recently named the 2012–13 Administrator of the Year in the elementary school category by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA). She was nominated for her open-door policy and welcoming attitude toward staff and parents. Prior to becoming principal of Juan Seguin Elementary, Dr. Bridges was assistant principal of Daniels Elementary Academy in Grand Prairie.
Dr. Brucetta McClue Tate ’08, a Ph.D. in Education graduate, published Jolly Meets Cyber Air Bully (AuthorHouse, 2012), her second book about the character “Jolly the Computer” designed to engage children about technology. She also will lead a presentation in March on bullying, gender equity, harassment, drop-out anticipation, and solutions at the Race, Gender & Class 2013 Conference in New Orleans, La.
Amanda Wheeler ’06, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, was named Lewisburg Primary School’s 2012–13 Teacher of the Year in Memphis, Tenn. She was profiled in The Commercial Appeal (Jan. 3), where she explained why she chose to become a teacher.
Tequila Pennington-Calwise ’03, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and a third-grade teacher at Euclid Park Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio, won Essence magazine’s first annual “Hardest-Working Black Woman in America” contest for meeting the challenges of inner-city education, running a nonprofit, and maintaining her work-life balance. She was featured in the article “Higher Learning” in the magazine’s January 2013 issue.
Dr. Chantrell Bruton ’12, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was selected as a Kappa Delta Pi Georgia State Delegate in August. During her two-year term, she will actively engage the state’s constituents and build communities of idea sharing, support, advocacy, and collaboration. She is a first-grade teacher at Southside Elementary School in Cairo, Ga., and an adjunct faculty member with the National Institute for Professional Practice in partnership with Wilkes University.
Nanette Lehman ’10, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and a second-grade teacher at Haines Elementary, was recently named Oregon Teacher of the Year 2012–13. In this role, she will serve as a spokesperson and representative for Oregon teachers and will attend the National Teacher of the Year forum in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Richard Valenta ’10, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, was named assistant superintendent for human resources in the Birdville Independent School District in Haltom City, Texas, in November. He starts the position in January 2013. Formerly the district’s director of personnel services, he was responsible for employee recruitment, hiring, salaries, benefits, staffing projections, and employee services.
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