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Alumni Magazine 2020

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College of Education alumna Flores supports BIPOC in new UI leadership role

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Isabela Flores (BA ’20 Elementary Education), the new interim coordinator for the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC), wants to show up for young people in impactful ways.

"Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Brian DeHoff

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Hey Hawkeyes! Happy “Where Do You Work?” Wednesday! Meet Brain DeHoff (BA Elementary Education specializing in reading and language arts ‘14.)

UI REACH News - October 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Read the October 2020 edition of the UI REACH newsletter.

Schieltz seeks to foster passion and collegiality among students

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Kelly Schieltz, an alumna of the University of Iowa, recently joined the University of Iowa College of Education as an assistant professor in School Psychology. 

Rebecca Lara awarded 2020 Gilman Scholarship

Friday, September 18, 2020
Rebecca Lara, a student at the University of Iowa College of Education, was recently awarded the 2020 Gilman Scholarship. Gilman scholarship recipients receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. Lara, along with eight other undergraduate UI students were chosen from thousands of applicants from colleges and universities across the United States.

In the news: Tippie Associate Director of DEI inducted into the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Daily Iowan
Gabriela Rivera, the Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Tippie College of Business, was inducted into the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame. Rivera has done lots of work at the University of Iowa to promote Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

Sheppard wants to help students learn to teach difficult histories

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Maia Sheppard, a new assistant professor in social studies education, wants to help students learn to address difficult topics in their classrooms.

Santos seeks to teach the responsibility of being a school psychologist

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Ann Santos, a new clinical associate professor in school psychology, wants to teach her students that with great power comes great responsibility. Santos is a three-time alumna of the University of Iowa, earning her Master of Arts degree in rehabilitation counseling, her Education Specialist degree in school psychology, and finally her Ph.D. in school psychology. Santos was also a clinical...

"Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Kaleb Farnham

Friday, August 21, 2020
Hello Hawkeyes! Happy “Where Do You Work” Wednesday! Meet Alumni Kaleb Farnham (B.A. ‘19 History and Secondary Social Studies Education).
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"Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Laura Matter

Friday, August 21, 2020
Happy “Where Do You Work” Wednesday! Meet alumna Laura Matter (B.A. ‘97 Elementary Education).

"Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Nicholas O'Brien

Friday, August 21, 2020
Happy “Where Do You Work” Wednesday! This week we are highlighting alumnus Nicholas O’Brien (MAT in secondary education in 2010, and MA in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies in 2018).

Velasco advocates for STEM and encourages teachers to do the same

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Richard Velasco, a new Clinical Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education and Science Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, wants current and future STEM teachers to learn more about policy so they become more involved in getting their voices heard and advocate for STEM for their students.

Hoffman part of $1.3 million grant to help students with speech impairments and intellectual disabilities

Monday, August 10, 2020
Lesa Hoffman, professor in Educational Measurement and Statistics, is part of a $1.3 million grant from the Institute of Education Science to help better assess the pre-reading abilities of  students with speech impairments and intellectual disabilities.

"Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Claire Honsey

Friday, July 31, 2020
Happy “Where Do You Work?” Wednesday, Hawkeyes! This week meet alumna Claire Honsey (B.A. ’18 Elementary Education with endorsements in K-6 Reading and Math). Originally from Davenport, Iowa, Honsey works as a fourth-grade teacher at South Prairie Elementary in Grimes, Iowa where she just completed her first year of teaching. Honsey has worked at South Prairie Elementary for two years, where she...

"Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Stacy Karam

Thursday, July 23, 2020
We hope you are having a great “Where Do You Work?” Wednesday, Hawkeyes! This week meet alumna Stacy Karam (B.A. ’97 Elementary Education with an endorsement in reading). Karam, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been teaching for 23 years. She works as the Program Manager for the Program for Academic and Creative Talent (P.A.C.T.) at McKinley STEAM Academy in Cedar Rapids. She has been working at...

Assouline joins five-year National Center for Research on Gifted Education

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The Institute of Education Sciences has awarded the next five-year National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE) to a collaborative team of researchers from universities across the nation, including the University of Iowa.

In the news: Let Iowa's international students stay here and learn

Monday, July 13, 2020
The Gazette
College of Education Educational Policy and Leadership Studies faculty write an open letter detailing the repercussions of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s announcement requiring international students to leave the country if their education is solely online.

In the news: UI alum's summer reading program focuses on diversity

Monday, June 22, 2020
Kendall Bradford, Elementary Education alumna and first-grade teacher at Waukee Elementary, developed a summer reading board game that focuses on diversity and representation. The board game challenges players to read a book that includes another language, read a book with POC characters, and more. The game is available via Google Drive.

"Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Alisa Meggitt

Monday, June 22, 2020
Happy “Where Do You Work?” Wednesday, Hawkeyes! This week meet alumna Alisa Meggitt (B.A. ’92 Global Studies, B.A. ’02 Elementary Education with a social studies endorsement). Originally from Inverness, Illinois, Meggitt has been teaching for 18 years in the Iowa City Community School District. She currently works as a seventh-grade Global Studies instructor. Meggitt loves bringing students and...

"Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Brett Caskey

Monday, June 22, 2020
Brett Caskey (M.A. ’17 Educational Policy and Leadership Studies: Higher Education and Student Affairs), originally from Crescent, Iowa, works as a College Success Advisor at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.