Alumni & Friends

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Each year the USF College of Education is proud to present three alumni awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of graduates who have made a positive impact in the field of education.

Alumni, staff, faculty, students and friends of the university are invited to nominate College of Education graduates from across all three USF campuses each year in early spring. Award winners are recognized at a ceremony in May in recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

2023 Award Recipient Graphic

Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award recognizes an individual who has graduated from the USF College of Education and who has demonstrated long-term contributions, achievement, and service within Education or a related profession – locally, statewide, regionally, nationally, and/or globally.

Past Recipients
Recipient Award Year USF COE Graduation Year and Degree
Dr. Earl Lennard 2014 ’63 B.A. Special Education
’93 Ph.D. Vocational Education
Ms. Doris Ross Reddick 2015 ’70 M.A. Special Education
Dr. Michael A. Grego 2016 ’89 M.Ed. Educational Leadership
’97 Ed.D. Educational Leadership
Ms. Joanna Fox 2017 ’99 B.A. English Education
Mr. Joe Tomaino 2018 ’71 M.A. Business Education
Dr. Mona Jain 2020 ’84 Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Education
Dr. Troy D. Sadler 2021 ’03 PhD. Science Education
Dr. Dominic “Dick” J. Puglisi 2022 ’69 M.A. Social Science Education

Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award

The Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award recognizes an individual who has graduated from the USF College of Education and who has created and sustained partnerships within the community, within the college, and/or between the community and the college to promote and advance the field of education.

Past Recipients
Recipient Award Year Graduation Year and Degree
Ms. Freda Abercrombie 2014 ’88 M.A. English Education
Mr. Christopher S. Christoff 2015 ’96 Special Education
Dr. Stephanie Holmquist Johnson 2016 ’05 M.A. Career & Technical Education
’14 Ph.D. Career & Workforce Education
Dr. Aracelis A. Rogers 2017 ’04 Ph.D. Adult Education
Erin Sapp Santiago 2018 ’94 M.A. Exceptional Student Education
Sara Kay Bonti 2020 ’88 B.S. English Education
’07 M.Ed Education Leadership
Dr. LaShawn Frost 2021

’04 M.Ed Educational Leadership
’07 M.Ed Educational Leadership

Dr. LaSonya L. Moore  2022

’03 B.A. Special Education
’07 M.Ed Educational Leadership 


Young Educator Alumni Award

The Young Educator Alumni Award recognizes graduates of the College of Education who serve as exemplary leaders and role models in the field of education among their peers and in their communities. Nominees must have graduated from USF within the last 10 years and be 35 years old or younger.

Past Recipients
Recipient Award Year Graduation Year and Degree

Mr. Tyler Campbell

2017 ’12 B.S. English Education
Alex LaSpina 2018 ’09 B.A. Elementary Education

Ms. Francesca Perrone-Britt 


’10 B.A. Elementary Education
’12 M.A. Reading Education
’20 Ed.S. Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Edna Jones Miller


’12 PhD Higher Education Administration

Ms. Caprice Edmond


’15 M.A. Elementary Education
’17 M.Ed Educational Leadership

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