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 Steele, a PhD Educational Leadership-Higher Education 2012 alumni, 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.
At 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, EDL Higher Education Alumni, 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.
Jason Cassidy, EDL Higher Education Alumni, 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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Dawn Eades, Counselor Ed/Student Affairs 1999, for her election 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 Rawlinson, MEd 2006, Counselor Education/Student Affairs, 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.
Julianne Garner of Verona, N.J., a recent graduate of the HEHD 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.
Sarah 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.
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.
Brian Stuart 2006 Student Affairs masters graduate, was recently elected Treasurer of the South Carolina College Personnel Association.
Linda Jameison, 2004 Student Affairs masters graduate, was recently elected President Elect of the South Carolina College Personnel Association.