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Director's Message

Dr. Colleen Swain

Welcome to the School of Education website! Within these pages, you'll gain information about how the faculty and students within the School of Education are making a difference in our local community and the education profession. For this spring 2014 message, I want to focus on the work of faculty and students that make such a difference but is often not acknowledged by others – our work in the community.

Our faculty and students spend countless hours working to support and enrich our local community. Let me share with you just a few examples of the ways in which School of Education faculty and students are making a difference in East Texas.

  • On an extremely cold, rainy, (nearly icy) day last December, Mrs. Gilpin and students in the ACE student organization could be found taking turns to ring the Salvation Army Bell at the Brookshires on Rice Road.
  • The ACE students sponsored several children from the Angel Tree. This allowed for children in challenging life situations to have a nicer Christmas.
  • Students in Dr. Kathleen Everling's course participated in service learning projects to address needs within the community. An example of this was three of our bilingual students give a presentation to parents at a local Hispanic church on how to help their children be more successful in schools.
  • Dr. John Lamb and the Phi-Pi Math Education group worked with Academic Rodeo to run and facilitate recent mathematics competitions.
  • Drs. Joanna Neel, Ms. Berni Hansen, and Dr. Ogla Fischer along with SOE education students worked with Academic Rodeo to evaluate hundreds of essays for Academic Rodeo's writing competition. Dr. Olga Fischer was recently recognized by Academic Rodeo for her years of service to the organization.
  • Dr. Julie Delello spent many hours evaluating work for Academic Rodeo's science competition.
  • Mrs. Suzanne Brians and numerous School of Education students assist in the Academic Rodeo's Creative Mindset competition.
  • Dr. Robert Stevens and Ms. Berni Hansen brought the EC-6 Phase III students to assist in the two day Region 7's Model United Nation simulation. Dr. Stevens is an integral part of this and worked the entire week to facilitate the success of this simulation.
  • And the list continues!

As you can tell from reading the SOE Highlights page, not only are our faculty very engaged in teaching and scholarship but also in advancing our East Texas community! I hope you will continue to monitor the School of Education website to capture a glimpse of the great things happening in the School of Education!

It is our hope that you will join us in addressing pressing education problems in the East Texas area. Please take this as a personal invitation to become a teacher or if you are an educator, to advance your craft through one of our Master of Education degrees. Our faculty, staff, and students are eager to welcome you to the School of Education community and are delighted to have you join us in making a difference in the lives of children and teachers in Texas. If I can be of service to you or you would like to partner with us to improve education, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for visiting the School of Education website.



Colleen Swain
Professor and Director