Alumni Update

Former English teacher Kerri Huffman finds ‘simple joy’ in writing her first novel Jan 25, 2023

During her 36-year career as an English teacher at North Stanly High School, Kerri Huffman enjoyed the chance to unleash her creative side through the written word.

In the Media, Alumni Update, English Education

Davidson County teacher publishes first book Jan 25, 2023

Growing up, Sydney Sanders could get lost in book series, plowing though "The Hunger Games" saga and Percy Jackson books.

In the Media, Alumni Update, Elementary Education
Rhododendron in front of App State sign

Rhododendron Society Awards: 2023 Call for Nominations Jan 23, 2023

Do you know an outstanding educator? We want to celebrate their accomplishments! Nominate someone today for the Reich College of Education Rhododendron Society Award.

Features, Alumni Update
Dan Li

Alumni Update: Dr. Dan Li ’14 Jan 23, 2023

Dr. Dan Li, originally from China, graduated in 2014 with an M.A. in professional school counseling. She completed her Ph.D.

Features, Alumni Update, Professional School Counseling

Avery County Native Liz Silvers Promoted to Vice- President at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Jan 18, 2023

Liz Silvers, a veteran educator who was raised in the Powdermill Community of Avery County, has been promoted to Vice-President for Instruction... Alumni Update, Higher Education, In the Media

Emily Barlas

Wilmington's 40 Under 40 Class of 2022: Emily Barlas Oct 4, 2022

Emily Barlas, a graduate from Appalachian State Univeristy's Clinical Mental Health graduate program, is a part of the 2022 40 under 40. 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, In the Media, Alumni Update
Tracey Widmann

East McDowell Middle School’s Tracey Widmann named McDowell County Principal of the Year Oct 3, 2022

Tracey Widmann, principal of East McDowell Middle School has been named the 2023 McDowell County Schools Principal of the Year, administrators... In the Media, School Administration, Alumni Update

Rhododendron Recipients

Alumni Hefner ’99 ’03 ’11, Lockee ’86 ’91, and McCall ’60 ’65 Inducted into the Reich College of Education Rhododendron Society Jun 20, 2022

Appalachian State University alumni Jennifer Hefner ’99 ’03 ’11, Barbara Lockee ’86 ’91, and Maxine McCall ’60

Features, Alumni Update
Virginia Griffith

Cuthbertson Middle teacher off to a strong start May 31, 2022

Congratulations to alumna Virginia Griffith '21 on being named Beginning Teacher of the Year for Union County Public Schools!

In the Media, Alumni Update
Helen Heafner

Uplifting future educators: Helen Beatty Heafner ’43 May 26, 2022

For Helen Beatty Heafner ’43, education was more than a career — it was her life’s passion. 

Features, Alumni Update