Student Spotlights

Student Spotlights

The College of Education spotlights current and former students with inspiring personal stories of leadership, innovation and academic achievement.

If you know an outstanding College of Education student or graduate who you would like to nominate to be featured in a future spotlight story, please contact Elizabeth Engasser at eengasser@usf.edu.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT ARCHIVES


Heather Agazzi

Alumni Spotlight: Heather Agazzi, PhD

Alumna, School Psychology

Before entering the field of school psychology, Dr. Heather Agazzi was a collegiate track & field athlete who completed her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish at USF. After spending time with young children as a childcare provider, Agazzi began to garner an interest in the field of school psychology. 

Dr. Agazzi is now a pediatric psychologist and associate professor in the Section of Child Development, USF Pediatrics. She is also the internship director of the USF Health Internship in Professional Psychology at the Morsani College of Medicine where she supervises the clinical training of doctoral interns in psychology. 

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Ora D. Tanner

Ora D. Tanner

Graduate Student, Curriculum and Instruction

After seeing firsthand the difference technology has made in improving learning outcomes for her middle school students, USF graduate student Ora D. Tanner decided to go back to school to learn how to change the trajectory of future curriculum.

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Joseph Latimer

Joseph Latimer

Graduate Student, School Psychology

As the son of a teacher and a principal, Joseph Latimer felt confident in his path to becoming an educator. However, after learning about school psychology, Latimer knew he wanted to positively impact students both inside and outside the four walls of the classroom.

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Andres Rodriguez

Andres Rodriguez

Alumnus, 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.

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Bretton Varga

Bretton Varga

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.

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Ashley White

Ashley White

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.

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Ryan Blew

Ryan Blew

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. 

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Gary Yu Hin Lam

Gary Yu Hin Lam

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.

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Dale Cusumano

Alumni Spotlight: Dale Cusumano, PhD

Alumna, 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.

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