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Another fall semester is off to a quick start. The outstanding faculty, staff and students in the School of Education, along with our many partners in Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and in the public schools, continue to provide excellent preparation for teachers and health professionals.

The start of the 2010-11 academic year brings with it the completion of the School of Education's restructuring that began several years ago. The School of Education now comprises the Department of Education and two new groups of professional colleagues, the Elon Academy and the Department of Health and Human Performance. We have also welcomed new faculty members in elementary and secondary education along with a post-doctoral fellow whose scholarship and teaching focuses on college access for disadvantaged and minority students.

We remain committed to the improvement of education and health not only in our local area and in our nation but also in Central America and Central Asia.

Great things are happening here, and we hope you will share the excitement with us. Make plans to join us for our School of Education gathering at Homecoming 2010. Details are included within this newsletter; we hope to see you back on campus for the Oct. 22-24 weekend. As always, we invite alumni and friends of the School of Education to visit us any time in our campus home, Mooney Building, or on our website.

David H. Cooper, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, School of Education

P.S. Please let me know how you like the first edition of our e-newsletter to School of Education alumni. I welcome your feedback.

Alumni spotlight:
Where are they now?

Education alumni are making their mark from coast to coast and around the world. Here are some highlights:

Elon's School of Education proudly claims as alumni the past two Alamance-Burlington (N.C.) School System teachers of the year: Courtney Kennedy '05 (Graham Elementary) in 2009 and Tyronna McKoy Hooker G'09 (Graham Middle) in 2010. Read the Burlington (N.C.) Times News' coverage of Hooker's award.
Five alumnae were nominated by their respective schools for the honor in 2010, including: Danya Cobb Diggs '05 (Andrews Elementary), Shana Alexander McLaughlin '03 (Altamahaw-Ossippee Elementary), Kristen Meetre '04 (Grove Park Elementary), Naomi Warren '05 (Haw River Elementary) and Hollis Sanford Wroblewski '99 (E.M. Holt Elementary).

Debra Briggs Hennelly '88 was named the Stokes County (N.C.) teacher of the year earlier this month. She is a mathematics teacher for gifted and talented students at Southeastern Stokes Middle School which, coincidentally, is where she attended junior high! Read more about Hennelly's award.

While working as a teacher in Williams High School in Burlington, N.C., Jennifer Romano '07 received a Fulbright Grant and traveled to Argentina to teach English. After spending eight months abroad on the grant, Romano returned to the United States to pursue a master's degree in International Education Policy at Harvard University.

Lindsay Travis Bedford ’05 was named the Autism Society of North Carolina’s 2010 teacher of the year. Bedford, who graduated with a degree in elementary and special education, teaches at Ephesus Elementary School in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Preston Williams ’09 was named one of four recipients of the Diane Kent-Parker First-Year Teacher Award in the Wake County Public School System. Williams teaches English in Apex, N.C., at Middle Creek High School, his alma mater.

Please share your success story with us! Submit a Class Note at You might end up on our website or in The Magazine of Elon!

Faculty spotlight:
Stasz travels to Tajikistan on Fulbright Grant

Associate professor of education Bird Stasz received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award and will travel to Tajikistan this fall to work with colleagues in the Ministry of Education to help modernize the nation’s teacher education programs.

Stasz departed Sept. 11 for her monthlong visit to the country sandwiched between China and Afghanistan in the Himalayas. Working with the Tajikistan Pedagogical University, she will assist with school assessments while helping to develop training manuals that are culturally sensitive for educators.

The questions she hopes to help Tajikistan’s educational leaders address have no easy answers: How can teachers be more effective in the classroom with limited resources? And how can teachers guide students to be flexible thinkers and problem solvers?

Read more about Stasz's work in Tajikistan on E-Net and her personal blog.

Welcome home!

Join us Saturday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. for a Homecoming alumni gathering in Mooney Building. Reconnect with faculty and staff, meet current education students and mingle with fellow alumni. We also will be providing brief "wisdom sessions" designed for teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as a discussion of how earning a master's degree can enhance your teaching career. We also will discuss exciting changes under way in wellness, health promotion and physical education. We look forward to seeing you!

Don't miss out on all the activities hosted by the Elon Alumni Association during Homecoming 2010. See a full schedule for the weekend at

Header photo and Bird Stasz portrait, modified for this publication, appear courtesy of photographer Barbara Tyroler.

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School News

Foundation grant funds growth of Elon reading program

An international organization awarded Elon University more than $200,000 for assistant professor Jean Rattigan-Rohr to grow her local reading program by partnering with universities in North Carolina and Oregon. Read more ...

Crawford, Post present research in Paris

Professor Glenda Crawford in the School of Education and April Post, a lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages, presented their work, "Applying Ethnographic Strategies to Enhance Transformation in University Students through Cross-Disciplinary Academic Service-Learning,” at the second International Conference on Education, Economy and Society in Paris, France, in July. Read more ...

Elon M.Ed. students receive degrees

Elon University leaders conferred degrees in August to students in the Master of Education program during a Commencement Ceremony in Whitley Auditorium attended by faculty, staff, family and friends of the graduates. Read more ...

Author comes to campus for learning academy

Children’s book author Jane Belk Moncure made a visit to campus in July as part of the Summer Learning & Enrichment Academy. Moncure, who earlier this year seeded an early childhood collection for the School of Education with a substantial donation of her books, spent time reading to children enrolled in the enrichment program for students with special classroom needs. Read more ...

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