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Student and Alumni Highlights

Congratulations to Jade Leung - 2016 PA Teacher of the Year Finalist!

Jade Leung, B.S.Ed. '05 and M.S.Ed. '06, who's a Shaler Area High School science teacher, has been named one of 12 finalists for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year award.  Congratulations and good luck, Jade! 

Congratulations to Janice Kazalas - 2016 PA Teacher of the Year Semifinalist!

Janice Kazalas, M.S.Ed. '94, who is an Autism Support Teacher in the Pine Richland School District, was named a 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of the year semifinalist. Congratulations on your success!

Congratulations to Recipients of the Frank E. Bolden Scholarship Fund

The Frank E. Bolden Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 to provide scholarships for students who are pursuing a teaching career in Early Childhood Education or Special Education in accredited education programs in Western Pennsylvania.  This year's recipients were graduate student in Special Education Ciarra Lewis (B '14) and undergraduate student in Early Level (PreK-4) Education Brittany Ofcharka.  Congratulations to you both!

Sophomore Emily Grecco Selected As Participant For Civil Rights Anniversary

This year, the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. To mark this historic occasion, forty students from across the United States were chosen to travel to Washington, D.C. and interact with senior Government officials and more than half a dozen of the original Freedom Riders who paved the way for so many of the civil rights this country knows today. We are excited that sophomore Emily Grecco was one of these fortunate students! Learn more about Emily's experience, along with connect with her to ask questions, on her blog.

Congratulations 2013-2014 School of Education Graduates!

This year, the School of Education awarded 210 Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Master's, and Doctoral degrees! We are all so proud of the achievements they made during their academic career at Duquesne University, and anticpate a long line of future accomplishments from these individuals.

Leading Teacher Excellence Award Recipients Announced

During the May 10th School of Education Diploma Ceremony, the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Alumni Leading Teacher Excellence Award Recipients were announced and Dean Welch (pictured far left) presented their plaques. The recipients are Katelyn Emigh (Undergraduate; pictured right), Nicole Albanese (Graduate; pictured left), and Ashlee Beckett (Alumni; pictured center). The Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award is given to an individual whose performance demonstrates excellence in one of the three Themes of the Leading Teacher Program: Leadership, Diversity and Technology and is framed in the Spiritan Tradition of Caring. The School of Education congratulates these recipients on this prestigious endowment!

Leading Teacher Program in Urban Education Graduates First Cohort!

Six students graduated as inaugural members of The Leading Teacher Program in Urban Education on May 9, 2014, and have successfully completed all requirements of the four-year program. The Leading Teacher Program in Urban Education was designed to prepare highly effective teachers to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students for 21st century classrooms. Through the specialized training of this program, these future teachers have demonstrated a commitment to improving student achievement through the use of powerful teaching strategies in urban schools. These six individuals were presented with white and red sashes symbolizing their commitment to serve as educational leaders that are prepared to address the challenges of providing high quality instruction for children to achieve social justice and equity.

Dr. Arnetha Ball, inaugural Sizemore Urban Education Distinguished Professor, hooded the graduates and Dr. Launce Brown, current Sizemore Urban Education Distinguished Professor, congratulated the graduates as they walked across the stage.

"Connecting with Others Engaged in Same Mission" 

As our Mission states, serving the community is an important ideal that not only our students contribute to, but also our alumni. Check out Jessie Gluck '12, who helped develop "Philly Teacher Convenings: Lend Your Voice" a conference aimed at fostering teacher, student and community voices in Philadelphia's public schools.

Recipient of an Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity and Leadership Award

John W. Foster from Reading, Pa, is a sophomore dual degree student in the School of Education and Liberal Arts, majoring in Secondary Education Social Studies and International Relations.

John was elected President of two organizations during his freshman year: the Collegiate 100 and St. Ann's Living and Learning Center. His freshman year, he was inducted into the Director's Circle. He currently serves as Tower's Living Learning Center President, the Executive Vice President of Residence Hall Association and as a Eucharistic Minister.

John won the campus-wide Public Speaking competition held by the Duquesne University Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. He was recently named the Co-Student Spiritan Division Student of the Year and the Junior Achievement Student-Teacher of the Year.

Additionally, he is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, an auxiliary unit of the American Legion that assists veterans.

John plans to graduate in 2017, work for the government and later teach his experiences as a history teacher.

School of Education alumna Ashlee Mae Beckett '05 honored with Duquesne University's Mind, Heart, and Spirit Award

Ashlee is recognized for her commitment to educating students at Mt. Lebanon School District's Jefferson Middle School through relevant and engaging activities, including spearheading development of an annual International Club & International Night fundraiser to benefit orphanages in Colombia and Haiti. Learn more!

Hear our students talk about their own experiences and what they love about DU's School of Education.

Rachel Brown
Hometown: Wexford, PA
Class of 2014
Early Childhood Education Major
"I really like my professors. They care if I'm learning how to make a difference in the classroom, and they want to help me get to the point where I can."
Rachel's Experience

SoE Senior Awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Congratulations to Kathryn Gallagher '13 for being awarded a 10 month Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in the Slovak Republic! Kathryn is an Elementary Education major in the School of Education's Leading Teacher Program as well as an International Relations major in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts. Learn more about Katie in the Duquesne Duke!