School of Education

Alumni Accolades


Brenda ByrdAlumni Selected as South Carolina National Distinguished Principal - September 2014

Brenda Byrd, 1988 graduate of the Elementary Education program and 1991 Administration and Supervision master’s degree graduate, has been selected as South Carolina's 2014 National Distinguished Principal. The 2014 National Distinguished Principals celebration marks the 31st year that the National Association of Elementary School Principals has presented the prestigious award. Byrd was nominated by the district administration and selected by a panel of judges coordinated by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. Last December she was also named the 2014 South Carolina Elementary School Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. Read more.

Alumni Awarded School Counseling Positive Impact Award - May 2014

Carrie McCain, 2010 graduate of the M.Ed. Counselor Education School Counseling program, and Claire Barnett, 2001 graduate of the M.Ed. Guidance and Counseling program, were awarded the 2013-14 School Counseling Positive Impact Award. Carrie McCain led a mentoring program at Hughes Academy, coordinating mentoring activities for 78 students who were matched with adult mentors. Claire Barnett led a Soaring to Success study skills group at Blythe Academy for 5 students, meeting weekly for 45 minutes during the first semester and bi-weekly after that. Read more.

Alumna Named School and County Teacher of the Year - May 2014

Allison Hahn, 2009 graduate of the Secondary Education Mathematics program, was recently named 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year for her school, Central Cabarrus High School, as well as 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for Cabarrus County, NC. Read more.

Kristin WalkerAlumna Recognized as Clemson University Division of Student Affairs 2014 Employee of the Year - April 2014

Kristin Walker, 2012 graduate of the Student Affairs master's program and current Ph.D. student in the Educational Leadership in Higher Education program, was recently recognized as the Clemson University Division of Student Affairs 2014 Employee of the Year. Kristin was recognized as someone who embodies the spirit of the division, serving on committees and taking on roles outside of her job duties. Whether it be a career counselor with the most workshops offered each semester, or staff member most likely sought out by others within the division, she is always at the top of the list. An example of her impact is Kristin has increased graduate students looking for career counseling by 18 percent last year alone.


Wesley Hutchins and Bart UpahTwo Alumni Win Case Studies - March 2014

Wesley Hutchins and Bart Upah, 2013 Student Affairs master's graduates, recently won the Case Study for New Professionals at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators conference held in Baltimore, Maryland. Wes currently works in Student Involvement and Leadership at East Carolina University, and Bart works in University Housing at Ball State University.

Two School of Education Alumni Receive Awards - March 2014

Amy Hutchison

Amy Hutchison, Ph.D. has been awarded the 2014 Early Career Scholar Awards from the AERA SIG Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning, which promotes the development of evaluation of preservice and inservice programs intended to transform teacher education to prepare technology-proficient educators to meet 21st century learners' needs. Dr. Hutchison graduated from the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program in 2009 and is an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. Her Major Advisor was Dave Reinking.



Jamie Colwell

Jamie Colwell, Ph.D. has been named a finalist in the International Reading Association's Dissertation of the Year Award for her dissertation entitled "A formative experiment to promote disciplinary literacy in middle-school and pre-service teacher education through blogging." Dr. Colwell graduated from the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program in 2012 and is an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. Her Major Advisor was Dave Reinking.



Robbie HookerGraduate Named 2013 Georgia Principal of the Year - December 2013

Robbie Hooker, 2005 Educational Leadership doctoral graduate, was named the 2013 Georgia Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. The Clarke Central High School principal was also nominated for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) award.  Under his leadership, Clarke Central High School has been named among the top 7 percent of high schools nationwide by The Washington Post’s High School Challenge. Clarke Central was one of 10 schools nationally selected as a 2013 MetLife Foundation—NASSP Breakthrough School. Each year, the MetLife Foundation recognizes middle and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement.

Helen Diamond SteelePh.D. Graduate Awarded Dissertation of the Year - November 2013

Helen Diamond Steele, a 2012 Educational Leadership Higher Education doctoral graduate, was awarded the 2013 Dissertation of the Year by the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. Helen is currently the Director of the First-Year Experience at the University of West Georgia, and her dissertation research was entitled: Racial Identity Development of Mixed Race College Students.



Higher Education/Student Affairs Alumni Receive Awards - October 2013

Jason UmfressAt the resent South Carolina/North Carolina College Personnel 2013 Fall Conference held in Winston Salem at Wake Forest University, the following alumni received recognition:

Jason Umfress, Educational Leadership Higher Education graduate, received the Paul P. Fidler Bridge Builder Award. This award recognizes contributions on the part of a student affairs professional and/or faculty member to build a stronger alliance between student and academic affairs. Jason is currently the Dean of Students at Coker College.

John Cassidy


Jason Cassidy, Educational Leadership Higher Education graduate, received the Clarice W. Johnson Outstanding Professional Award. This award is given to a dedicated professional who has made outstanding contributions to the field of student affairs by a “seasoned” professional. Jason is currently the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at Furman University.


Alumna Selected as "Honor Roll" Teacher - September 2013

2008 Early Childhood Education graduate Heather (Hall) Bradshaw was selected as an "honor roll" teacher for Berkeley County School District. This honor was given to the top three finalists for district teacher of the year.

Alumna's School Chosen for 2013 Carolina Panthers Champions of Character - September 2013

2011 School Counseling graduate Sarah (Ashley) Baird submitted an application last year and her school, Orchard Park Elementary, was chosen as the 2013 Carolina Panthers Champions of Character Elementary School winner. Sarah is a school counselor at Orchard Park Elementary in Fort Mill, SC. 

Dawn Eades

Alumna Elected President of the Massachusetts College Personnel Association - June 2013

Dawn Eades, 1999 Counselor Education/Student Affairs graduate, was elected as the 2013-2014 President of the Massachusetts College Personnel Association. Dawn is currently the Associate Dean of Students at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA.

Lakiesa Cantey RawlinsonAlumna Receives Loch Outstanding Employee Award - June 2013

Lakiesa Cantey Rawlinson, 2006 Student Affairs master's degree graduate, received The Loch Outstanding Employee Award at Clayton State University. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the qualities of an exceptional staff member in the Clayton State University Division of Student Affairs. Lakiesa was recognized for her job performance, dedication, professional and person attitude and team player abilities.

Education Graduate Earns Fulbright Assistantship - June 2013

Julianne Garner of Verona, N.J., a recent graduate of the Eugene T. Moore School of Education with a dual degree in Secondary Education and History, has recently been awarded a Fulbright assistantship. The money she received will be used to travel abroad to help teach English to non-English speakers. “Clemson students are competing against the best and the brightest college students in the country, and the ratio of applications submitted to the number of grants awarded is often greater than 10-to-1,” said Stephen Wainscott, Clemson’s representative to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Read more.

Alumna Named 2013 South Carolina History Teacher of the Year - June 2013

Sarah Turpin, Clemson AlumniSarah Turpin has been named the 2013 South Carolina History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY®, and Preserve America. A panel of teachers, administrators, and academics from SC chose Sarah for her use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration that she provides to her students and her career achievements in education. She is also a finalist for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award. In addition, Sarah’s school, Clemson Elementary, will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School. Affiliate Schools receive invitations to regional forums with noted historians, access to an exclusive section of our web site with extensive teacher resources such as lesson plans, toolkits, and primary source documents to use in the classroom, priority access to our Teacher Seminars and traveling exhibitions, discounts to our online store, and free mailings of classroom materials. Read more.

Julie FowlerAlumna Named 2014 District Level Administrator of the Year - May 2013

Dr. Julie Fowler, Clemson Educational Leadership alumna, of Greenwood District 51 (Ware Shoals) is the 2014 District Level Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). Julie is the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the district. She is actively engaged in the educational leadership program at Clemson in many collaborative capacities. 

Two Alumni Elected — April 2013

Brian StuartBrian Stuart, 2006 Student Affairs master's graduate, was recently elected Treasurer of the South Carolina College Personnel Association.





Linda JameisonLinda Jameison, 2004 Student Affairs master's graduate, was recently elected President Elect of the South Carolina College Personnel Association.





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