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UMatter students and project team at USF St. Petersburg

USF receives $1.2 million gift to expand assistance to students with intellectual disabilities

A $1.2 million gift from Andrew and Eileen Hafer will benefit UMatter, an innovative, inclusive postsecondary education program in the USF College of Education created to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience higher education and campus life.

September 30, 2021Alumni and Friends, College of Education News

Extra Yard for Teachers with USF Football

Join us for USF's Extra Yard for Teachers Celebration on Sept. 18

To show our appreciation for the difference you make in the lives of many, we're offering all educators discounted USF Football tickets and an invite to a pre-game tailgate to celebrate Extra Yard for Teachers Week, an annual salute to teachers supported by the College Football Playoff Foundation and its partners.

August 9, 2021Alumni and Friends, College of Education News, Community Engagement

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USF Alumna Sarah Ann Painter named Florida 2022 Teacher of the Year

USF Alumna Sarah Ann Painter, Elementary Education `02, was named the Florida 2022 Teacher of the Year by the Florida Department of Education. Painter is a fifth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School in Pinellas County, Fla.

July 29, 2021Alumni and Friends

Christopher Brunelle

College of Education alumnus earns Cox Education Hero Award

College of Education alumnus and former USF Noyce Scholar Christopher Brunelle received the Cox Educator Hero Award, an award presented to teachers who demonstrate dedication to the teaching profession and go above and beyond for their students.

June 1, 2021Alumni and Friends

Suzette Kelly

Alumni Spotlight: Suzette Kelly

Ever since she began teaching Sunday school students, USF Alumna Suzette Kelly, PhD, knew she would eventually pursue a career in education. While an administrator at a preschool in Jamaica, Dr. Kelly learned about USF’s master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and quickly enrolled.

May 12, 2021Alumni and Friends, Student Life

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Alumni Spotlight: Edna Jones Miller

A three-time graduate of USF, Edna Jones Miller was motivated to pursue a career in higher education thanks to her student involvement activities on campus.

May 5, 2021Alumni and Friends

LaShawn Frost

Alumni Spotlight: LaShawn Frost

USF Alumna LaShawn Frost entered the education profession after being inspired through volunteer work at a Sarasota County teen parent program. Since then, she's advanced her career into impactful leadership roles and serves as principal at Booker Middle School in Sarasota, Fla.

May 5, 2021Alumni and Friends

Troy Sadler

Alumni Spotlight: Troy Sadler

Troy Sadler, PhD `03, has dedicated his career to helping prepare the next generation of science educators to provide high-quality instruction to their students.

May 5, 2021Alumni and Friends

USF College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award recipients 2021

USF College of Education announces recipients of 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Each year, the College of Education presents our Distinguished Alumni Awards to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our graduates. Recipients are selected by a committee of College of Education faculty, staff and administrators from nominations submitted by the USF community.

May 5, 2021Alumni and Friends, College of Education News

Mellissa Alonso-Teston

Alumni Spotlight: Mellissa Alonso-Teston

Since graduating, USF alumna Mellissa Alonso-Teston began teaching and advanced into a district position in 1996 that enabled her to author and lead Hillsborough County Public Schools' Reading Coach Project. In 2017, Alonso-Teston’s desire to become an education researcher motivated her to pursue a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Studies at USF.

March 3, 2021Alumni and Friends, Student Life

College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations Now Open for College of Education Alumni Awards

Nominations are now open for the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education's Distinguished Alumni Awards for the 2020-21 school year.

January 27, 2021Alumni and Friends, College of Education News

Julia Genkinger

Student Spotlight: Julia Genkinger

Julia Genkinger always knew she wanted to become a teacher. The USF graduate, who earned her bachelor’s degree in English Education, says she was eager to take on every opportunity she could while a university student.

January 26, 2021Alumni and Friends, Student Life

About the USF College of Education:

As the home for more than 2,200 students and 130 faculty members across three campuses, the University of South Florida College of Education offers state-of-the-art teacher training and collegial graduate studies designed to empower educational leaders. Our college is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and our educator preparation programs are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education.