College of Education News

July 2014

Tess Riedl Retires

Tess Riedl, Administrative Support Specialist for the Reading Education and Special Education (RESE) Department at the Reich College of Education, has retired after over 24 years of dedicated service to the University. Riedl supported the Department Chair, performed a variety of administrative duties, and planned and monitored financial information for the department. Riedl began her career in the Reich College of Education in 1989 as a staff member in the Human Development and Psychological... [more]

RCOE Alumnus Awarded Alamance Community College "Faculty Member of the Year"

Alamance Community College has awarded John Neathery the W. Ronald McCarter Excellence in Teaching Award. Neathery, a Sociology Instructor, holds an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) post-graduate degree in Higher Education Teaching from Appalachian State University. His innovative teaching style incorporates music, costumes, and props to help explain difficult concepts in his sociology classes. He advises his students on life issues that go beyond class schedules. Neathery serves as faculty... [more]

Rhymer Retires after Over 26 Years of Dedicated Service

Karen Rhymer, Records Manager in the Dean’s Office of the Reich College of Education, has announced her retirement after over 26 years of dedicated service to the University. She has called the College of Education “home” for the last 15 years. Rhymer (pictured center) is known around the College for her wonderful sense of humor and for being a friend to all. Her incredible knowledge of the curricular process of the College will be greatly missed. Rhymer and her husband, Duane, have two... [more]

McGee, Palmer and Taylor Inducted into Appalachian’s Rhododendron Society

Three Appalachian State University graduates whose careers have helped change the lives of countless students were inducted into the Reich College of Education’s Rhododendron Society during ceremonies held July 12 at the college. Honorees for 2014 are Dr. Jerry E. McGee of Monroe, president of Wingate University, Dr. Michael H. Palmer of Durham, a retired Louisburg College educator, and J. Warren Taylor of Sparta retired Alleghany High School teacher and community servant.  Established in... [more]

Dr. Monica Lambert to Serve as Acting Associate Dean

BOONE—Dr. Monica Lambert will serve as acting associate dean of the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University for the 2014-2015 school year. Lambert began her duties July 1. Lambert joined the faculty in the college’s Department of Reading Education and Special Education in 2001.  She has served as department chair for 5 years. She is also the Student Support Director for the University’s College STAR program (Supporting Transition, Access, and Retention: A UNC System... [more]

Department of Reading Education and Special Education Named in Honor of Dr. Dorothea Rau

The Reich College of Education's Department of Reading Education and Special Education recently held a reception recognizing the naming of their department in honor of Dr. Dorothea Rau. Dr. Rau taught as a tenure-track professor at Appalachian State University from 1979 to 1992, devoting twenty-six consecutive semesters to supervising student teachers and interns in special education. Her courses focused on instructional methods for special needs and children with learning disabilities.... [more]

Alumni Spotlight: Andy Dang '14

Meet Andy. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Andy came to Appalachian State University in 2006 and received his undergraduate degree in Political Science. Originally hoping to pursue a career in law, Andy was instead inspired by his mentors within several organizations on campus to follow their footsteps and make a difference in the lives of students. He knew that receiving a graduate degree in higher education would be meaningful to him, so he decided to work towards his M.A. in Higher Education... [more]

May 2014

2014 RCOE Faculty Award Recipients

Outstanding Teaching Award Beth Frye Students in Dr. Frye’s courses consistently express their appreciation for her extensive literacy knowledge, passion for her content, high expectations, and enthusiasm. She gives her students real-world experience by taking them out into the schools to model reading assessment. They are able to observe, first hand, how to conduct assessment and interpret the data. Dr. Frye worked with Drs. Bradbury and Gross to teach an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based... [more]

Scholarly Teaching Academy honors first graduates

Lecturer Barbara Michel redesigned her First Year Seminar course through a new, two-year Scholarly Teaching Academy at Appalachian. The academy gave her the resources and encouragement to make the course more focused on team-based learning and community building. The results: students were better prepared for class, spoke up more, and evaluated the course at or above the departmental average for all sections of that course each semester since. [more]

February 2014

ASU Student Teachers Dinner

Elizabeth, '80 and John,'76 Bumgarner hosted a dinner for the ASU student teachers of Davie County in their home on February 18, 2014. The ASU student teachers for their county all reside in the Mebane House in Mocksville, NC. Elizabeth, also a graduate of the Reich College of Education, is a teacher mentor for the Davie County School System and a member of the Reich College of Education's Advancement Board. The Bumgarners are loyal alumni and even have an ASU room in their home! They... [more]
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