Educational Leadership in the News

Read recent news articles about USF's Educational Leadership program and its graduates.

Maude Graham District 1 teacher of the year finalist

Master's student Maude Graham recognized as finalist for Teacher of the Year in Polk County Public Schools

Maude Graham, a graduate student in USF's M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, was recognized as the Polk County Public Schools' District 1 finalist for Teacher of the Year. Graham teaches English language arts and social studies at Rosabelle W. Blake Academy in Lakeland, Fla. 

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Laura Meehan

Doctoral student Laura Meehan recognized as 2021 Hillsborough County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year 

Laura Meehan, a doctoral student in USF's Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, was recognized as the 2021 Hillsborough County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year. Meehan is a music specialist at Caminiti Exceptional Center in Tampa, which serves some of the district’s most severely challenged students.

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Associate Professor selected as Scholar-in-Residence at David C. Anchin Center

The David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching welcomed Dr. Vonzell Agosto as a scholar-in-residence for the 2020-21 academic year. During her residency year, Dr. Agosto will research how educators engage in "the race talk" with their students as a way of bridging the home/community-school gap and to increase racial equity, race-consciousness, and race-conscious relationships. She will also draw on her ongoing practice and research with “Theater of the Oppressed” to facilitate professional development opportunities for teachers and school administrators and will make a presentation in the Anchin Center’s speaker series. 

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Sara Kay Bonti

Alumni Spotlight: Sara Kay Bonti

After spending more than two decades serving in the classroom as an English teacher, USF alumna Sara-Kay Bonti moved into a school leadership role to help support other educators in the field. To recognize her ongoing collaborations with the university in her role with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Bonti was recognized as the USF College of Education’s 2020 recipient of the Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award.

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Robert Bhoolai

Alumni Spotlight: Robert Bhoolai

Following a career change to teaching, Robert Bhoolai enrolled in USF's Educational Leadership master's program to learn how to better drive student learning and achievement. In 2019, he returned to USF to pursue his Ed.S in Turnaround School Leadership to better support his work as principal at Robinson High School.

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Tanetha J. Grosland, PhD

Assistant Professor receives FJER’s 2019 Reviewer of the Year Award

Tanetha J. Grosland, PhD, an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education, was awarded the 2019 Reviewer of the Year award by the Florida Journal of Educational Research (FJER).

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Associate professor selected as President-elect of University Council for Educational Administration

College of Education Associate Professor William Black, PhD, was selected as President-elect of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). UCEA is a consortium of 106 higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. The organization promotes research on the essential problems of schooling and leadership practice and research aimed at improving the preparation and professional development of educational leaders and professors. Additionally, the UCEA plays a role in positively influencing local, state and educational policy for the benefit of schools and children.

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