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Strides of

Excellence innovating, excelling, leading

Message from the Dean Greetings from the SIUE School of Education. I am excited to share with you our latest edition of “Strides.” As you will discover on the following pages, it has been an extremely productive and exciting year for the School and its faculty, students and alumni. This is truly a great time to be a Cougar! This fall, the School adopted a new vision: Innovating, Excelling, Leading. This vision is guiding our work as we plan for the future, while building on the School’s foundation of excellence. With this vision, we are embarking on Goals 2021, an ambitious 10-year strategic plan that focuses on the themes of individual relevance, regional responsiveness and international recognition. This spring 2012 semester, the School of Education enjoyed a record-breaking total enrollment of more than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students. We are experiencing the most growth in our human sciences programs, including:

Our Mission

The SIUE School of Education engages and prepares learners by: Creating an inviting, collaborative and rigorous academic atmosphere Integrating theory and practice to inform teaching, scholarship and service Challenging learners to synthesize knowledge and generate diverse perspectives Stimulating critical dialogue Promoting ethical action, social justice, personal responsibility and effective leadership to serve diverse individuals, organizations and communities

Our Vision

Innovating, Excelling, Leading

• Psychology • Exercise Science • Community Health • Speech-Language Pathology

In order to support the professional development for our critical schoolbased partners across the region, we are offering graduate programs in nine off-campus sites that include administration, early childhood education, and curriculum and instruction. The new Ed.D. in Educational Leadership was rolled out last year with an initial cohort of 18 students, who will be ready for graduation in May 2013. It is truly invigorating to work with these exceptional doctoral students and their faculty. The School is also fully engaged with the University’s major gifts campaign, with a focus on student scholarships and outreach that includes support for the on-campus Attention and Behavior Clinic, Cougar Literacy Clinic, SpeechLanguage-Hearing Center and Weight Management Clinic, along with our very unique partnership with the SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School. Through each of these initiatives, we are providing critical support to the community while giving students rich opportunities to develop research, leadership and practical skills related to their future professions. Please let us know if you are interested in supporting our students through these campaign objectives. I invite you to visit us the next time you are at SIUE. We’d love to catch up with you and share how SIUE’s School of Education is innovating, excelling and leading into the next decade—and beyond! Sincerely,

Bette S. Bergeron Dean

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Defining Excellence, SIUE’s major gifts campaign, is about propelling the University to a new level of prominence and performance. Great things are happening all around SIUE: outstanding national rankings, transition to NCAA Division I athletics competition and the largest enrollment in the University’s history. Peers, community members and students all recognize SIUE’s momentum as an institution that is raising the bar in higher education. With the decline of state funding, SIUE needs the support of private gifts from alumni, friends, citizens and corporate partners. The SIUE School of Education continues to serve as a leader in the preparation of educators and other professionals. The Defining Excellence Campaign priorities focus on initiatives that support the academic success of students and provide outreach to the community.

Campaign Goals: Student Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships: $1 Million Scholarships provide students with the financial assistance they need to succeed in college by minimizing tuition debt and helping them to complete their degree on time. Graduate assistantships provide students with tuition assistance while they work part-time as they pursue an advanced degree.

Attention and Behavior Clinic: $16,000 The Attention and Behavior Clinic provides comprehensive ADHD assessments to children and consultation to parents and schools for management of inattentive, hyperactive and disruptive childhood behavior.

Cougar Literacy Clinic: $15,000 The Cougar Literacy Clinic helps improve the literacy development of elementary through high school-aged students who have reading and writing difficulties. Individualized assessment and instruction are provided by qualified graduate students in the literacy/reading master’s program under the direction of literacy professors in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The clinic also serves as a library, providing text and media resources for students, children and families.

Speech-Language-Hearing Center: $300,000 Speech-language pathology students begin their clinical experiences in the SpeechLanguage-Hearing Center. The on-campus center provides community residents of all ages with diagnostic and treatment services for a variety of communication problems.

Weight Management Clinic: $1.5 Million Through services provided by the Weight Management Clinic, members of the SIUE and Metro East communities learn to lose a modest amount of weight and prevent further weight gain.

SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School: $1 Million The SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School provides underrepresented students with the opportunity to succeed through a rigorous curriculum that prepares them to be college-and career-ready. Please contact Angela Thorp, Director of Development, for more information on how to support the School of Education’s campaign priorities. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 618-650-2432.

Alumni Hall of Fame School of Education alumni make significant contributions to a range of professional fields on local, national and international levels. Congratulations to our outstanding alumni including Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel Scott M. Foley, ’95 BS Psychology

Scott M. Foley, Dr. Cleveland

Lieutenant Colonel Foley, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, has served for 22 years. His service career began at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. He served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award Board of Examiners, Department of Commerce, as a 90th security forces squadron training and logistics officer; F.E, at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo.; an operations officer at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.; and a force protection/antiterrorism officer in Qatar. Foley has been recognized by the Department of Defense as the Best Antiterrorism Program Manager of the Year. He has deployed numerous times in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Hammonds Jr. and Dr. Jean Harrison, the 2011 SIUE Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees for the School of Education.

Foley now serves as the commander of the 63rd Security Forces Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. and prior, the commander of the 96th Security Forces Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Recognized for meritorious service during combat operations in Iraq, Foley has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He has also received several Air Force Meritorious Service and Commendation medals, as well as the Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War of Terrorism Medal and Kuwait Liberation Medal. Foley is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and a lifetime member of the SIUE Alumni Association.

Dr. Cleveland Hammonds Jr., ’63 MSEd Counselor Education/School Counseling

Dr. Jean Harrison, ’87 Specialist Degree, ’96 Doctor of Education

The late Dr. Hammonds spent more than 40 years in education with 27 as a school superintendent. For three years Hammonds was selected as one of “The Executive Education 100,” described as North America’s best and brightest superintendents. He retired in 2003 after serving as superintendent of the St. Louis Public School District. In his seven years with that district, he was credited with reducing the dropout rate and improving the graduation rate, student attendance and ACT scores. During this time, the district was removed from the financially distressed designation by the State of Missouri. Hammonds was also named Administrator of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Education Office Personnel and received the University Council of Educational Administrators Excellence in Education Award.

Dr. Harrison began her career as a speech-language pathologist in 1974. Her 30-year career at SIUE began in 1979 as an off-campus supervisor. She later achieved rank of associate professor and eventually chair of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, retiring from that position in 2010. Harrison has been recognized for her commitment to students and her profession, receiving the SIUE Special Research Initiative Award in 1990 and the SIUE Teaching Recognition Award in 1995. She was twice recognized with the SIUE Excellence in Graduation Education Award and seven times awarded the SIUE Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

Hammonds served as president of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators and has been recognized for his service to organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, The United Way and Junior Achievement. He was serving as an adjunct professor of education administration at SIUE when he passed away in September 2010. Yvonne Hammonds received the Alumni Hall of Fame award on behalf of her late husband, Dr. Cleveland Hammonds Jr.

Combining her work in education with leadership roles in professional organizations, Harrison frequently presents on topics ranging from auditory processing disorders to narrative language in children.

Strong Vision, High Expectations Passionate about students, Gina Washington is enthusiastic to be a part of the excitement at the SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School. With the new stateof-the-art STEM Learning Center and dedicated faculty and staff, the Charter High School is emerging in the area as an educational leader, preparing students to be career-and college-ready. Washington has played a major role in directing the school with her strong vision and high expectations. With 16 years of experience in education, Washington has served as teacher, vice-principal and principal of schools around the area. She joined SIUE as the director of the East St. Louis Charter High School in August 2011. Her vision is for the school to be recognized nationally for increased academic achievement while simultaneously creating a learning environment in which high expectations for students are implemented in order to prepare individuals to become successful decision makers and life-long learners. “I’m very passionate about young people and creating clear goals for them,” Washington said. “Education is power and failure is not an option.” Washington received a bachelor of science in education at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. and a master’s in secondary administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she recently presented at the Teach for America Conference. Her focus was creating high expectations for African American students while closing the achievement gap.

“I’m very passionate about young people and creating clear goals for them.”

Doors Open to High-Tech Learning The SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School is home to a nearly $1 million cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classroom. The new state-of-the art facility, named the William Frederick Graebe Sr. STEM Learning Center, is the result of a special donation as part of Defining Excellence: The Campaign for SIUE. The Learning Center features the latest technology, including a 70-inch multi-touch SMART interactive LCD board, 3D scanning and printing, and HD teleconferencing capabilities. It also includes a fabrication laboratory that allows users to design and create prototypes with moving parts that can be tested. “This Center will provide the next generation of professionals with access to competency in the STEM disciplines, which are so critical for obtaining gainful employment in the global economy,” said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. The new center will be a “model, high-technology STEM classroom” to provide students access to the latest technology, equipment and curricula, and will support teachers in providing students with handson, “minds-on” science learning, said Sharon Locke, director of the SIUE Center for STEM Research, Education, and Outreach. Locke said the Learning Center, which is part of the SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School, will also be

used as a training facility for teachers throughout the region. “The Center will be designed to promote 21st century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and technology literacy,” Locke said, adding it should draw regional and national interest. SIUE faculty, students in STEM disciplines and teacher candidates will work with the Charter School to support high quality STEM education and study the use of technology in the classroom and its broader impact. “The investment goes far beyond the technology and equipment that will be put in place—it is also a commitment to the teachers who will teach the students,” Locke said. “Strong STEM education is one of the foundations for a vibrant regional economy.” The new Learning Center is part of SIUE’s strong commitment to STEM education in the greater St. Louis region. The University’s STEM initiatives provide students with a strong foundation to succeed in college.

“The Center will be designed to promote 21st century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and technology literacy.”

Fellowship Provides Support for International Excellence SIUE’s School of Education is currently home to Yu-Tung Chen, the first recipient of the Dremuk-Watts Fellowship in Special Education. After graduating with a bachelor’s in Arabic language and literature from National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Tung Chen traveled the world as a tour leader and businesswoman introducing tourists to foreign countries. During her travels, she encountered many children with disabilities struggling to be successful in the classroom. From these experiences, Chen developed a passion for working with children with special needs. In Taiwan, she volunteered as a tutor at orphanages and eventually received a special education teaching certificate from the Taipei Municipal University of Education. During the next twelve years, Chen worked with children with varying degrees of special needs at a

“The Dremuk-Watts Fellowship has given me opportunities I wouldn’t otherwise have.”

local Taiwanese elementary school. She chose to further help students with special needs by enhancing her own education. With the support of her family, Chen began researching universities across the U.S., an advocate in the area of special education. Her decision to attend SIUE was based on its academic reputation, outstanding professors and array of student resources. Chen is now working toward a master of science in special education. In order to attain her professional goals to support students with special needs, Chen and her husband were prepared to exhaust their family savings. She planned to find part-time campus employment to cover her additional expenses while her husband would work full-time and care for their eight-yearold sons in Taiwan. Thankfully for Chen and her family, she received the Dremuk-Watts Fellowship in Special Education, which provides financial support to international students with a background in teaching special education who want to pursue an advanced degree. The scholarship has not only taken away the financial burden from Chen and her family, but it has also given her the opportunity to have her sons join her in the United States. “I’m excited for my children to live with me, learn English and attend the Edwardsville School District,” Chen said. “The Dremuk-Watts Fellowship has given me opportunities I wouldn’t otherwise have.” Chen is so passionate about SIUE, she blogs in Chinese to her friends, family and professional connections in Taiwan. “There is so much that I want to share about my experiences here,” she said. “I write about the academics at SIUE, the beautiful campus and the charming city of Edwardsville.” Chen is looking forward to completing her degree so she can return to Taiwan and make an even greater impact on what she describes as “exceptional” children. In the meantime, she is making an important impact on the School’s faculty and students through this international collaborative.

Yu-Tung Chen

For more information about the Dremuk-Watts Fellowship program application and deadline please contact Professor Linda Forbringer at

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society The Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education is dedicated to scholarship, leadership, professional development and service. The Lambda Theta Chapter, SIUE’s KDP chapter, is devoted to enhancing the quality of education in this region. Each year, members engage in community service activities, such as facilitating children’s art projects at Healing Through the Arts at St. John’s Mercy’s Hospital in St. Louis, raising funds to support the Special Education Centre students in Jos, Nigeria, and many more. This year, four SIUE student members attended the Centennial Kappa Delta Pi Convo in Indianapolis, a three-day professional development conference designed for teachers at all stages of their careers. Two members were chosen to present their undergraduate research in a round table setting. Leah Woodson, chapter treasurer, presented research on using audio analysis to improve teaching. An elementary education major and Dean’s List student, Woodson is earning endorsements in math, science and social science and student taught in a second grade classroom at Webster Elementary School in Collinsville. Ashleigh Hopps, chapter secretary, presented research on collaboration through lesson study. Also a Dean’s List student, Hopps student taught in a kindergarten classroom at Wolf Branch Elementary School in Swansea and earned endorsements in mathematics, language arts, social science and science.

Award in 1997, has been a member since 1991. She has presented at eight Biennial KDP Convos, served on four Convo planning committees and supports the local chapter. “Students who join Kappa Delta Pi at SIUE are making a commitment to excellence in their coursework, their character and the many educational projects they pursue outside of the classroom,” Kathy said. “These special projects build and influence the next generation of educational leaders. As alumni, we need to support and mentor our successors.” For information about the Lambda Theta Chapter at SIUE and ways to support the chapter, contact Dr. Barbara O’Donnell, professor of curriculum and instruction, and associate dean in the School of Education, at

Karen Korte, chapter foundations representative and centennial liaison, compiled 45 years of Lambda Theta Chapter history for the centennial time capsule and served as delegate to the international business meeting. She student taught in Caseyville Elementary School and is a Cougar Pride Scholarship Recipient and a Board of Trustees Scholarship Awardee. Tamatha Hicks, chapter president, represented the chapter in Convo regional leadership meetings. A Dean’s List student for six semesters, Hicks student taught in the Bethalto School District and earned endorsements in social science and science. The Lambda Theta Chapter membership is not limited to undergraduate education majors but also includes School of Education alumni. Kathy Weber, adjunct faculty in SIUE’s early childhood education program, 1997 National State Teacher of the Year award recipient and winner of the Milken Excellence in Education

Leah Woodson

New Faculty

New Staff


Curriculum and Instruction Liza Cummings, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Office of the Dean Jacee Malinoski Office Support Specialist

Shadrack Msengi, Ed.D. Assistant Professor

Angela Thorp Director of Development

Jennifer Bolander August 2002-August 2011 Associate Professor Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Kinesiology and Health Education Bryan Smith, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Office of Clinical Experiences, Certification and Advisement Monica Kempland Academic Advisor

Josh Wooten, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Craig Skinner Academic Advisor

Huaibo Xin, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Lindsey Loyd Office Support Associate

Psychology Elizabeth McKenney, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Curriculum and Instruction Sara Carr Office Support Associate

Special Education and Communication Disorders Kathryn Brady, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Assistant Professor

SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School Gina Washington Director

Susanne James, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Kimberly Allen Faculty Associate, Special Education Matt Johnson Faculty Associate Math/Science Stacey Lampkin Faculty Associate, Counselor Shawn Roundtree Faculty Associate, Social Worker

David DeWeese August 2002-December 2011 Associate Professor Department of Curriculum and Instruction William Gallagher September 1990-December 2010 Assistant Professor Department of Curriculum and Instruction Frances Karanovich August 2007-May 2012 Assistant Professor Department of Educational Leadership Director, SIUE East St. Louis Charter School (2010-2011) Emily Krohn September 1982-May 2011 Professor, Department of Psychology Program Director, Clinical and Child School Psychology Peter Theodore August 2000-May 2012 Associate Professor Department of Educational Leadership

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