College of Education News

August 2014

Iredell-Statesville Leadership Retreat Held August 7-8

Teachers and principals from the Iredell-Statesville school system attended the "Reach Just a Little Bit Higher Leadership Retreat" in the Reich College of Education on August 7-8th. Out of the 100 attendees, 27 were Appalachian State alumni and 7 had two degrees from the College.           [more]

#RCOEYoselfie Social Media Contest to Begin August 15th

Beginning Friday, August 15th, Reich College of Education students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in our first social media contest. The contest will last until August 25th. There are three simple steps to enter: Take a selfie anywhere in the Reich College of Education. Be creative and feel free to use props! Upload your photo on Instagram or Twitter. Tag your photo using #RCOEYoselfie. We may repost your photos on our Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts. Don't have... [more]

RCOE Student Sends Books to India

Katrina (Kate) Frey, a Family and Consumer Science major at Appalachian State University, was selected to participate in the International Student Teaching Program for the fall 2014 semester.  She will travel to Chittor, India where she will complete five of the 12 weeks of required student teaching. During her pre-travel research of Appalachian's partner school located in Chittor, India, Frey learned the school was in dire need of children’s books for the school’s library. Frey took up... [more]

Three Graduate Certificates Added to the RCOE

The Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University announced the addition of three new graduate certificate programs. The three programs include a graduate certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching, a graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and a graduate certificate in School Leadership. The Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching is an 18 to 21 credit-hour accelerated teacher licensure program that leads its completers to both an initial teaching... [more]

Framing Crucial Conversations in Education Conference

The Reich College of Education's Department of Leadership and Educational Studies along with the Public School Partnership are hosting a conference this week. The conference, "Framing Crucial Conversations in Educational Leadership" will allow participants to network with other educators and to enjoy several engaging sessions over the three days. Session one will prepare educators to handle change and diversity within their workplace. Day two will help participants think in new ways about how... [more]

July 2014

August Spotlight: Christy Welch '02

Christy Welch '02 dreamed of becoming a school counselor. After receiving her Bachelor's degree from Wingate University in 2000 in Psychology, she applied to Appalachian State University. "When I looked up the Professional School Counseling Program at Appalachian State, I learned that it was one of the best programs in the United States," says Welch. "I went to several interviews at other universities, but the one at Appalachian felt like home and I was excited to start." Welch graduated from... [more]

Faculty and Staff Build Partnership with University in Ethiopia

A group of Appalachian State University faculty and staff including Vachel Miller, Susan Musilli and Kate Johnson (ACT Office), representing the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, traveled to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia in May of this year to work with the faculty and staff at Bahir Dar University.  Funded by an Appalachian QEP grant, the intention for this trip was to lay the foundation for a short-term study abroad course at Bahir Dar in May 2015. Dr. Miller has plans to develop a... [more]

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]
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