See how students of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership are making a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

November 2014

Katheryn Kennedy, a PhD in Education student, published “The Justin Time Challenge” in the November issue of Science Scope, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The article promotes innovation in lesson design through the integration of science, engineering, and music. This is the second article Kennedy has had accepted by an NSTA journal in the past two years.

September 2014

Yolanda M. Jordan, a Doctor of Education (EdD) student, was recently named principal of Bolingbrook High School in Illinois.

Danielle Kovach, a Doctor of Education (EdD) student, was recently named the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) 2014 Teacher of the Year. The award recognizes a CEC member who provides exceptional direct services to students and whose work exemplifies the best in special education teaching.

June 2014

Robin Hertel '08, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Education (EdD) student, was recently elected to a second term on the board of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) for 2014–2017. She is a faculty member at North Central Kansas Technical College.

May 2014

John Krenik, a PhD in Education student, presented “The Influence of Problem-Based Learning on Drawing Ability” and “Creating a Visual Culture Online Learning Course From Theory to Research to Practice,” based on his dissertation research, at the National Art Education Association National Convention in San Diego in March. Krenik is an art teacher at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans, Mass., as well as an award-winning artist.

April 2014

Mary Durr ’12, an MS in Instructional Design and Technology graduate and a Doctor of Education (EdD) student, published A Cry in the Night: The City of Lights’ Dark Side (Outskirts Press, 2013). She is a trainer at Time Warner Cable in Jackson, Miss.

February 2014

Molly Gerrish, a PhD in Education student, was recently named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year for the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she is an assistant professor. The award is presented to a faculty member nominated by peers who meets or exceeds performance criteria including effectiveness in teaching, professional involvement, and accomplishments.

Derek Olson, a Doctor of Education (EdD) student, was part of a group of Minnesota Teacher of the Year award winners invited to come to the state capitol to offer insights on teaching to members of the Senate Education Committee. Olson, a teacher at Afton-Lakeland Elementary School in Lakeland Shores who was named 2008 Teacher of the Year, addressed the topic of teacher evaluations.

Beth Oswald, a Doctor of Education (EdD) student, was one of only 13 educators nationally selected for the Hope Street Group’s 2014 cohort of National Teacher Fellows. A teacher at JC McKenna Middle School in Evansville, Wis., Oswald will participate in a yearlong fellowship program to train and network with teachers across the country. Hope Street Group, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunity and prosperity for all Americans, sponsors the fellowship as part of its efforts to transform the teaching profession and improve student outcomes.

 Read accomplishments from previous years.