The College of Education spotlights current and former students with inspiring personal stories of leadership, innovation and academic achievement.
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Student Spotlight Archives
Graduate, Exercise Science
Andres Rodriguez time at USF gave him experience training professional athletes. Now, as a recent graduate of the College of Education's Exercise Science program, he aspires to bring his knowledge of health and fitness into his community.
Graduate Student, Social Science Education
Throughout his 18 years teaching, Bretton Varga noticed a lack of LGBTQ+ education in public schools. Because of this, he developed his own digitally interactive curriculum to introduce historic LBGTQ+ concepts into social studies curriculum, and has received national recognition for his efforts.
Graduate Student, Special Education
From campus to country, College of Education doctoral candidate Ashley White is using her time at USF to help reform special education policy and make a lasting impact on the field.
Elementary Education Major
As an Elementary Education major in the College of Education, Ryan Blew is not only an aspiring educator, but he is also someone his coworkers and peers describe as a standout leader in the numerous roles he plays outside of his classes.
Graduate Student, School Psychology
As a doctoral student in the College of Education’s School Psychology Program, Gary Yu Hin Lam took his passion for working with individuals with autism and applied it to a career path that will help him change the lives of many students.
Graduate, School Psychology
After earning two degrees from the University of South Florida's School Psychology program, Dr. Cusumano went on to serve at the National Implementation Research Network and the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center.