College of Education News

August 2015

Digital Leadership Conference

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 and succeed using... [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]

April 2015

Summer Student Spotlight: Pankaj Desai

May 1, 2015 -  Meet Pankaj Desai. Pankaj is a current graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in higher education with a concentration in community college and university leadership in the Reich College of Education. Appalachian’s Higher Education Graduate Program interested him because it aligned well with his interest in understanding the nature of higher education in the United States. “The program was recommended to me for the rich experience and involvement of its faculty... [more]

Summer Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Darrell Morris

“Teaching kids to read is a passion for me,” said Dr. Darrell Morris, director and reading clinician in Appalachian’s Reading Clinic. “It fulfills my values and is incredibly intellectually stimulating.” The Appalachian Reading Clinic is the oldest reading clinic in the state of North Carolina. Started in the 1950s by Umberto Price, the clinic provides year-round direct services to students with reading difficulties. Each child who is recommended for the clinic receives 15 hours of one-on-one... [more]

April Student Spotlight: JuanEs Ramirez

Meet JuanEs Ramirez. JuanEs is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in the Reich College of Education. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, JuanEs moved with his family to Hickory, North Carolina to start over after his country became too dangerous from the prolonged civil war. Many of his family members were involved in politics in the country and began to disappear. His grandmother, a member of the Colombian Congress, was kidnapped and held for ransom. His mother,... [more]

April Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Precious Mudiwa

April 8, 2015 - Dr. Precious Mudiwa, school administration associate professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, truly knows the value of an education. “I escaped poverty because of education."  A citizen of Zimbabwe, Precious taught history and Shona (the native language) in a high school there for 14 years. She also served as senior mistress, the equivalent of the assistant principal, and head of both the history and Shona departments. “Schools in Zimbabwe have an... [more]
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