College of Education News

August 2015

September Faculty Spotlight

September 1, 2015 - Meet Dr. Margaret Werts, a special education professor, who has a passion for teaching, and loves to watch as students become educators that too share in the joy of helping others learn. Dr. Werts is entering her 18th year as a professor at Appalachian State in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education. She reflects on how much the department and college has grown through the years she has been here. Up until recently where it was known as Language, Reading... [more]

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Awards $100,000 to Appalachian to Support Math Education

August 12, 2015 - The Department of Curriculum and Instruction has been awarded a two-year $100,000 grant to help support mathematics education. This grant will provide training to roughly 35 elementary mathematics teachers, who will then use the tools they have learned through this grant to better educate their students. “The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation believes that classrooms with well-prepared and supported teachers are the cornerstone of strong public schools. Having a good teacher... [more]

Music in the Mountains

 August 11, 2015 -Teachers and media coordinators from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Watauga County Schools visited the Reich College of Education on July 29-30 to participate in the Mountain Music in the Classroom workshop. With grant support from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, educators collaborated with faculty in the Center for Appalachian Studies, Belk Library, and the Reich College of Education to design online lesson plans about local music history for area schools.To... [more]

Rhododendron Society of Appalachian State University 2015 Inductees

August 7, 2015 - The Rhododendron Society of Appalachian State University honored three alumni for their prestigious award given annually. Chad S. Beasley, Bill G. Rhinehart, and T.R. Richards were inducted on July 25. The Rhododendron Society was established in 1999 and remains the most esteemed award received in the College of Education. The mission of the Rhododendron Society is to honor graduates of Appalachian State who serve as teachers, librarians, human service professionals, or... [more]

Digital Leadership Conference

August 5, 2015 - The Reich College of Education hosted the Educational Leadership for the Digital Age Conference on Monday July 27th and Tuesday July 28th. The Keynote speaker was Mr. Eric Sheninger, a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership in Education (ICLE). He spoke on topics such as “Leadership for the Digital Age”, where he discussed his own personal success as a principal at New Milford High School (NJ). Creating an environment where children have a desire to learn... [more]

August Alumni Spotlight

August 4, 2015 - Meet Vicki. Vicki Walker, a 2011 graduate in the Child Development: Birth through Kindergarten program, is our August alumni spotlight. Vicki, who is a current pre-school teacher in Catawba County, embodies what the Reich College of Education represents. A major goal of the College of Education is to create an environment for students to grow and develop into educators. Vicki certainly exemplifies that mission. “Education is important to me because it opened doors to an... [more]

July 2015

Alumni to join The North Carolina Teacher Voice Network

July 13, 2015 - The North Carolina Teacher Voice Network is a program that engages teachers across North Carolina in meaningful conversations regarding education in the Tar Heel State. We have five Appalachian State alumni that have been selected as North Carolina Teacher Voice Fellows: Mr. Barry Richard Barber, Dr. James A. Brooks, Stacey Mrazek, Lucas Pasley, and Amanda Wallace. The primary role of the fellows is to create a forum for teachers to share their experiences, raise concerns, and... [more]

May 2015

Highlighting our Retiring Staff, Ms. Jill Holmes

 May 15, 2015 - Ms. Jill Holmes, the assistant to the director of the early core field experience, has retired following the spring semester. Ms. Holmes served as the PSY 3010 coordinator for the past five years. Ms. Holmes worked with all teacher education candidates at Appalachian State University in their early core field experiences. She observed her students as they developed into educators during their first involvement with teaching. “Students grow so much during that time!”... [more]

Jan Stanley Receives Harvey Durham Freshman Advocate Award

May 5, 2015 - Jan P. Stanley, director of the James Center for Appalachian Educators in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education, has received the Harvey R. Durham Freshman Advocate Award for 2015.   Jan P. Stanley, center, has received the Harvey R. Durham Freshman Advocate Award at Appalachian State University. Pictured with Stanley are Chancellor Sheri N. Everts and Durham, former provost at Appalachian for whom the award is named. (Photo by Jane Nicholson) A monetary... [more]

Recognizing our Retiring Faculty, Linda Veltze

May 5, 2015 - What has my time spent in the RCOE meant to me?It has meant the opportunity to use and develop my mind and heart to the fullest, to take what God blessed me with in academic talent and use it for the development of academic talent in others. It has allowed me to be an educator for the world, and not just for Boone, to teach in Karlsruhe, Germany, to supervise student teachers in Mexico City and to work in collaboration with many others to provide books for  children in... [more]
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