School of Education

Alumni Accolades


Darris MeansDarris Means recieves Young Alumni Roaring 10 Award - October 2015

Counselor education and student affairs graduate Darris Means received the Young Alumni Roaring 10 Award on Friday, October 16, 2015. The Clemson‬ Young Alumni Council presents the award to 10 young graduates annually for their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Darris serves as assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services for the University of Georgia College of Education. Read more.

Jenni CreamerJenni Creamer Receives Tri-County’s Presidential Medallion for Staff Excellence - August 2015

Jenni Creamer, 2006 Master's in Counselor Education/Student Affairs alumni, was honored August 13 with the highest award given for staff excellence at Tri-County Technical College. Creamer provides leadership to the College Transitions unit, which includes admissions and recruiting, high school engagement, TRiO, Bridge to Clemson, Connect to College and comprehensive studies, including developmental courses and college skills classes. President Ronnie L. Booth presented Creamer with the Presidential Medallion for Staff Excellence at the College’s fall convocation. The medallion, along with a cash award made possible by the Tri-County Technical College Foundation, goes to a person who best exemplifies the College philosophy and has contributed the most during the academic year to the development of the College and its students. Read more.

Paul Parker and Brooke Hunnicutt LanceEducation alumni receive highest U.S. award for math, science teaching - August 2015

Paul Parker, 1989 Elementary Education and 1998 Master's Administration and Supervision alumni, and Brooke Hunnicutt Lance, 2000 Elementary Education alumna, have received the nation’s highest honor in science and math education. The two were in Washington July 29-31 to receive the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive in the United States. They were two of only 108 chosen for the award — and they are both alumni of Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education. Read more.

Ginger PhillipsAlumna Receives School Counseling Positive Impact Award - May 2015

Ginger Phillips, 2009 graduate of the school counseling program in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, was awarded the School Counseling Positive Impact Award. The award recognizes school counselors who make a difference in their schools and who collect and disseminate data to demonstrate their effectiveness. School counselor at Mabry Middle School in Spartanburg District 1, Phillips won for her work establishing the "I Can Go To College" initiative for 8th graders in her school. Read more.

Tanisha JenkinsAlumna Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award - March 2015

Tanisha Jenkins received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th annual African American Image Awards. The ceremony was hosted by the Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the faculty member who has made the greatest impact and accomplishments throughout the span of their career while enhancing student life on campus. Jenkins graduated from the Counselor Education/Student Affairs program in 2004 and is currently serving the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as the director of the Office of Multicultural Student Life.

Dan Lepper

Alumni Receives 2015 Humanitarian Award - February 2015

Dan Lepper received the 2015 Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) Humanitarian Award at the SEAHO annual conference in Mobile, Ala. The award recognizes an individual within SEAHO who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for a student in crisis. Lepper is a 2010 graduate of the Counselor Education/Student Affairs master’s program and currently serves as an area coordinator for the Residence Life and Education Department at the University of Florida.

Amy Hutchinson and Dave ReinkingEducation alumna honored by Literacy Research Association - February 2015

Alumna Amy Hutchison, a 2009 Ph.D. graduate in curriculum and instruction, received the Early Career Achievement Award at the LRA’s recent annual conference in Marco Island, Fla. The Early Career Achievement Award is given each year to a member of the LRA who has made significant career accomplishments within seven years of completing a doctorate. An assistant professor of literacy at Iowa State University, Hutchison has been published in Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher and Language Arts. She serves on the editorial boards of three technology journals, and works as a guest reviewer for other journals, conferences and grant proposals. She has also received numerous awards for her research contributions. Read more.


Stacy HallAlumna Awarded Teacher of the Year - December 2014

Stacy Hall, a sixth grade guidance counselor at Riverside Middle School in Greenville County, has received the 2015-2016 School Teacher of the Year Award. She completed her certification requirements in the Clemson University School of Education School Counseling program in 2011. Read more.

Darris MeansAlumni Awarded Dissertation of the Year Award - December 2014

Darris Means, 2007 graduate of the Counselor Education/Student Affairs master's program, has been awarded the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values’ Dissertation of the Year Award. Darris completed his dissertation, “Demonized No More: The Spiritual Journeys and Spaces of Black Gay Male College Students at Predominantly White Institutions”, at North Carolina State University. He will be recognized at the annual conference in February 2015. Read more.

Rebecca Atkinson

Alumna Receives National Orientation Directors Association Award - November 2014

Rebecca Atkinson, Counselor Education/Student Affairs graduate and current Associate Director in New Student and Family Programs at Clemson University, won a NODA-Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education’s Leadership Award for her role with the Region 6 Conference hosted in March 2014 in Clemson, SC at the NODA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Read more.

Alumna Receives Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Leadership Award - November 2014

On November 4, 2014, Blair McCants Adams received the 2014 Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Leadership Award from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This award is given to exceptional leaders of PBIS across the state who were nominated by peers and colleagues. Blair received her master's degree in school counseling from Clemson in 2010 and is a school counselor at White Oak Elementary in Cape Carteret, NC.

Dr. Ronald Knorr

Alumni Named Kappa Delta Pi ‘Teacher of Honor’- November 2014

Dr. Ronald Knorr, assistant professor at Mercer University’s Tift College of Education, is the latest recipient of the Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education. Knorr joins a select group of educators who have been recognized with this honor. Dr. Knorr received his Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Level Education in 2005 and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 from the Eugene T. Moore School of Education. Read more.

Alumni Receive Awards at South Carolina College Personnel Association Conference - October 2014

Matthew Hammett

Matthew Hammett, Counselor Education/Student Affairs, 2007, was awarded the Charles Witten Award at the Fall 2014 South Carolina College Personnel Association Conference. This award recognizes one member of South Carolina College Personnel Association who has served SCCPA within the past year in an outstanding capacity. Matt currently serves as Assistant Dean of Students for Student Involvement at Wofford College. Read more.

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown, Counselor Education/Student Affairs, 2001, was awarded the Clarice W. Award at the Fall 2014 South Carolina College Personnel Association Conference. This award recognizes one member of SCCPA for outstanding contributions to the field of student affairs by a “seasoned” professional. Jeff currently serves as Associate Dean of Student and Director of New Student and Family Programs at Clemson University. Read more.

Katie Bower Maxwell

Katie Bower Maxwell, Counselor Education/Student Affairs, 2013, was awarded the Walter T. Cox Award at the Fall 2014 South Carolina College Personnel Association Conference. This award recognizes outstanding contributions and/or potential in the field of student affairs by a new professional. Katie currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Calhoun Honors College and National Scholars Program at Clemson University. Read more.

Brenda ByrdAlumna 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.


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