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New horizons for the College of Education
A celebration of the past
Teacher of the year
An update from the Director of Development
Pathways to teaching: overcoming teacher shortages
Helping students take charge of their learning
P.K. Yonge teacher of the year
P.K. Yonge students respond to September 11
The Education College Council
Alumni news update
Dreams come true for former PROTEACH students
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An historic event occurred at the College of
Education during Homecoming 2001. Deans Rod
McDavis, David Smith, Gerardo Gonzalez and Ben
Nelms discussedpast successes, current
accomplishments and future promises within the
College ofEducation. See page 6 for the story.
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is published semi-annually
by the College of Education
Unrersity of Florida
Ben F. Nelms
Kay Shehan Hughes
UF News & Public Affairs
New Horizons for the College of
A Celebration of the Past
Teacher of the Year
An Update from the Director of
Pathmays to Teaching: Overcoirng
Helping Students Take Charge of
P.K. Yonge Teacher of the Year
P.K. Yonge Students Respond to
The Education College Council
Alurri News Update
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For the past two years I have been serving as dean of
the College of Education at the University of Florida.
What a privilege this has been! The experience, expertise,
and commitment of our faculty; the loyalty and support of
our alumni; the successful records of our students and our
graduates; and the collaboration and encouragement of our
provost and university administration-all these strengths
contribute to the effectiveness of the college and its
Of course, the college has had to overcome obstacles
during this past year: budget cutbacks in Florida, the
general decline in public respect for the education profes-
sion, and the national challenge to morale following
September 11. In spite of these problems (perhaps even
more intensely, because of them), our faculty and staff
have demonstrated continuing dedication to excellence
and renewed energy in pursuing promising new initiatives.
We have every reason to be proud of our achievements.
As I sit in my office this month, I hear all around me
sounds of progress. Classrooms in the older wing of
Norman Hall (formerly the P. K. Yonge building) are being
renovated, bringing them into the 21st century by the
beginning of the fall semester. Space on the third floor,
especially the old College of Education library room, is
being freshened up to serve as headquarters for the UF
Alliance project. The terrace level of the southeast wing
of Norman is being closed in to provide a new home for
student services offices and a reception area for alumni
events. And, finally, after all these years, the dean's suite
of offices is being remodeled. The plans preserve its
historic authenticity but at the same time enhance its
administrative efficiency and access.
The new suite will welcome our new dean, Dr.
Catherine Emihovich. Her professional background,
scholarly leadership, and enthusiasm for our mission bode
well for our future. Other new appointments in the
college, highlighted in this issue, document the range of
our promised enhancements in the future and the depth of
the university's support for the college: David Lawrence,
the new Professor and Director of the Early Childhood
Initiative Program, who will work with our Early Child-
hood Education faculty and the university-wide initiatives
for children and families; Dr. Don Pemberton, the director
of the new Lastinger Center for Learning, which will
address especially the critical needs of K-5 schools; and
Dr. Larry Tyree, formerly President of Santa Fe Commu-
nity College, who will provide new leadership for our
collaborations with Florida's superb community colleges.
The UF Alliance (formerly called Opportunity Alliance)
will continue its work with five high schools in Miami,
Jacksonville, and Orlando that are UF's special partners.
So, as you can see, the future looks bright for our contin-
ued work with educators from pre-kindergarten through
The live oak tree that overarches the courtyard of
Norman Hall has always been a powerful symbol to me-of
our glorious and colorful past, our present strength and
service, and our potential future growth. Its symbolism
seems just as appropriate now as it has throughout our
history. Its vigor and dignity inspire us as we look ahead
to bright new horizons.
The mission of the College of Education is to prepare exemplary professional practitioners and scholars: to
generate, use, and disseminate knowledge about teaching, learning, and human development; and to collaborate
with others to solve critical educational and human problems in a diverse global community.
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NEW HORIZONS FOR THE
College of Ec cation
Education in Florida is a fluid and constantly evolving
process. Innovation and creativity, tempered by experience
and tradition, increasingly are the watchwords of the state
system. The University of Florida is continually at the
forefront of this movement,
and recently the College of
Education hired three of the
state's most prestigious
educators for key teaching
and advisory positions to
ensure that educational
standards, programs, and
initiatives are as cohesive
and seamless as possible.
David Lawrence, Donald
Pemberton, and Lawrence
W. Tyree have been hired
to head key offices in
Early Childhood, Elemen- David Lawrence works with p
tary, and Higher Education, respectively, bringing with
them a wealth of knowledge and a passion for high
"We are excited to have all of these gentlemen working
with us," said Interim Dean Ben Nelms. "The three will
serve in teaching and/or advisory positions to the Univer-
sity and the College of Education."
Lawrence, head of the Early Childhood Initiative
Foundation in Miami, was appointed University Scholar for
Early Childhood Development and Readiness. Pemberton,
a lifelong educator and president of the highly acclaimed
intervention program Take Stock in Children, will head the
Lastinger Center. Tyree joins the faculty in the fall as a
professor in the Department of Educational Leadership,
Policy and Foundations. Tyree is known statewide for his
committed leadership as a former president of Santa Fe
Community College (Gainesville, FL).
The addition of all three men promises an injection of
new energy into the already stellar college faculty. It also
emphasizes the college's focused interest on education at
the statewide, if not national, level, which also is under-
I by preliminary plans to form an Institute on
ren and Families.
'he University of Florida should be the place where
ate of Florida turns when it needs assistance and
guidance on children's and
family issues," said Univer-
sity Provost David Colburn.
"The University of Florida is
4e building a major statewide
presence in not only
addressing the needs of
children but also in advanc-
ing important new academic
and research initiatives."
Until 1999, Lawrence
was editor and publisher of
the Miami Herald. A
ate of the College of Journalism and Communica-
at the University of Florida, Lawrence's appointment
diversity Scholar for Early Childhood Development
eadiness was a highly anticipated college addition.
As chairman of
effort he will
SThe University of
1 Florida is building a
major statewide presence
in not only addressing the
needs of children but also
in advancing important
new academic and
remain committed to at the college.
New Horizonsfor the College of Education
Currently, Lawrence heads the Early Childhood Initia-
tive Foundation in Miami. The foundation provides critical
training, education, and support to families of preschool
children. Lawrence will work with UF and the college from
Miami in an advisory position. "Initially, f
Lawrence will report to the provost, but he is
very interested in developing relationships with
UF faculty, especially in early childhood
education," Dean Nelms said. "We have
identified a cohort of at least seven early
childhood educators to begin consulting with
him. The potential exists to develop a similar
model program that can be implemented in
areas across the state."
Lawrence's distinguished communications
career, coupled with his national reputation in
the area of early childhood education, makes
him an obvious and valuable asset to the
college community. Dr. Donald Pembertoi
"Lawrence has led the state and national
effort to develop preschool programs," Provost Colburn
explained. "His skills as editor and publisher of the
Miami Herald are assets in mobilizing academics and
citizens behind this effort."
Also joining the faculty is Dr. Donald Pemberton, a
T he bottom line of our of Take Stock
ork will be in Children, an
L work will be
supporting the front line program for at-
teachers. risk kids. With
a reputation for
ship and fresh ideas, Pemberton is set to head the Allen and
Delores Lastinger Center where he will focus his energies
on struggling elementary schools, providing various levels
of guidance based on need.
"We will do whatever we have to do," Pemberton said.
"The bottom line of our work will be supporting the front
Much of Pemberton's work involves fostering
proactive atmospheres to develop relationships between
non-connected entities that extend the creative capabili-
ties of individual organizations. His reputation for
producing a cohesive unit from disparate groups
precedes him, and many look to him as a leader in the
efforts to improve the overall quality of Florida schools.
"Don Pemberton's work will be instrumental in address-
ing the need of elementary school students, teachers and
parents," explained Provost Colbur. "His work
is pioneering in many respects."
Pioneering, but it is also solidly based on the
pre-existing standards of excellence set by
educational predecessors in the state. "I see the
leadership and the faculty [at UF] wanting to be
a part of an educational renaissance that is
coming to the state of Florida," Pemberton said.
The third and final piece in this puzzle is
Dr. Lawrence W. Tyree, former President of
Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), who
will be joining the faculty in the fall as a
Professor in the Department of Educational
Leadership, Policy and Foundations.
"My passion is to work in ways to prepare the next
generation of community college administrators and
educators," Tyree said. "I see a great need coming in the
next few years, when there is expected to be a huge
turnover at that level."
Tyree's career at SFCC spanned 11 years, and included
recognition as President of the Year in 1992 by the Ameri-
can Association of Community Colleges. Reaffirming his
dedication to professional development of community
college administrators and educators, he used personal
funds to found a professional development fund for the
instructors and staff of SFCC.
With his administrative knowledge and keen insight into
the workings of a successful higher education program,
Tyree, who also has served on the Florida Community
College Council of Presidents and the Board of Directors
of the American Association of Community Colleges, will
prove an invaluable asset to UF and the college.
"UF has for many years been a leader to community
colleges, having trained many of the current leaders," Dean
Nelms said. "The role of community colleges is expected
to expand greatly in the coming years. Some have ambi-
tions to develop four-year programs. We want to build
strong communication with, and leadership to, these
schools and to learn how UF might collaborate in these
programs. We are hoping Dr. Tyree will bring that kind
of leadership back to the higher education leadership
program at UF."
President, The Early
'' Childhood Initiative
Services Council of
* Chairman, Florida Partnership for
School Readiness Coalition
* Co-Chairman, School Readiness
* Publisher and editor positions at
newspapers including the Miami
Herald, Detroit Free Press, and the
Charlotte Observer. He also was an
assistant to the editor at the
Philadelphia Daily News.
* President, Inter American Press
* President, American Society of
* Chairman, National Task Force on
Minorities in the Newspaper Business
* Recipient, John S. Knight Gold Medal
* Recipient, nine honorary doctorate
degrees, including one from the
University of Florida
* Recipient, Ida B. Wells award
* Recipient, First Amendment Award
and Inter American Press Association
* Recipient, Lifetime Achievement in
Diversity, the National Association of
Minority Media Executives
* Various volunteer and sideline
endeavors including work with the
Miami Art Museum, United Way, the
New World School of the Arts, and the
1994 Summit of the Americas
President, Take Stock in Children, Inc.
President, Pinellas County Education
Foundation (founding president)
Guidance counselor and program
Guidance counselor, Westgate
Teacher, Pinellas County
President, Santa Fe
(appointed in 1990)
Council of Presidents
Board member, American Association
of Community Colleges
Chancellor, Dallas County Community
College District (Texas)
President, Gulf Coast Community
College (Panama City)
"President of the Year," 1992,
American Association of Community
Various volunteer endeavors including
work for United Way, the Volunteer
Center, and the Salvation Army
A Celebration of the Past
In November 2001, a very special homecoming was
held at the College of Education. Similar to previous
homecomings, this celebration highlighted current accom-
plishments and future promises. However, Homecoming
2001 also emphasized the ability of the past and present to
successfully coincide. Four deans came together to
celebrate the existence of the College of Education and to
share with those present
their experiences as the
educational leader within
the walls of Norman Hall.
The historical event also
served as a ceremony to
unveil individual portraits
of the deans.
Interim Dean Ben F.
Nelms welcomed the
special guests. The first
guest to speak was Dean
Gerardo Gonzalez. Arthur
Sandeen, from Educa-
tional Leadership, Policy
and Foundations, intro-
duced Dean Gonzalez. Left-to-right: Dean Rod McDai
Gonzalez and Dean Ben Nelms
After his initial words of
appreciation, Dean Gonzalez communicated his past
experiences as the Interim Dean of the College of Educa-
tion. Gonzalez received his bachelor's degree and doctor-
ate in counselor education at UF. In 1976, he founded
BACCHUS of the U.S. Inc., the nation's leading collegiate
organization for the prevention of alcohol abuse. Gonzalez
served as assistant dean for student services and from
1977-1986 was director of the Campus Alcohol and Drug
Resource Center. He also founded the Association of
Hispanic Faculty at UF. In 1987, he joined the Department
of Counselor Education and chaired it from 1989-93. In
1993, he became the associate dean of the College of
Education. In 1999, he was named interim dean of the
College of Education. In 2000, he left to become dean at
Indiana University's School of Education.
Joe Wittmer, a faculty member of the Department of
Counselor Education in the College of Education, intro-
duced Dean Rod McDavis. The Ohio native took over
David Smith's position in 1994. As the ninth dean of the
College of Education, McDavis was familiar with the
principles of UF. Before he became dean of the College of
Education in Arkansas in 1989, McDavis had served as an
assistant professor of counselor education at UF in 1974
and then as associate dean of the Graduate School and
Minority Program in 1984. He returned to UF in 1994 as
dean to the College of Education. McDavis also served as
vis, Dean D
chairman of the board of directors of the Florida Fund for
Minority Teachers, and was a member of the Board of
Directors of the American Association of Colleges for
Teacher Education and the Florida Council on Economic
Education. In addition, he was a member of the Florida
Education Standards Commission and the Advisory Board
of the Florida Institute of Education. McDavis was also a
member of the national
Council of Accreditation
of Teacher Education.
McDavis left UF to be
provost and vice
president for Academic
Affairs at Virginia
sity. He was a leader in
education reform, helped
establish the minority
and increased the
)avid Smith, Dean Gerardo produtivity.
Dean David Smith
was introduced by Paul
Mucci, a Secondary PROTEACH graduate and Dorene
Ross, the interim director of the School of Teaching and
Learning. Smith was the eighth dean of the College of
Education. Smith piloted the College through sixteen years
of reform and development. As the first outsider to take
the prestigious position, Smith left the University of
Montana in 1978, where he was dean of the College of
Education, and transferred his work and style to Florida.
He served as a leader in pioneering and developing the
PROTEACH program, which would elevate the educa-
tional standards of teachers and provide them with the
necessary skills for entering the profession. The College
also reorganized its structure and emphasized integration of
clinical work into all aspects of the program. During
Smith's tenure, the College of Education succeeded in
reestablishing the importance of teacher education at a time
when the government and the public were losing faith in
the power of teacher education. Furthermore, Smith
stressed research, and the College became a leader in
editing professional journals. Through collaborative
efforts with the faculty and staff, Smith launched
programs that increased involvement of alumni, dona-
tions to the school and enrollment. Smith succeeded in
leaving a profound legacy.
The portraits can be seen in their place of honor in the
College of Education Library.
Dr. Rose Pringle
Teacher of the Year
Dr. Rose Pringle, Assistant
Professor of Science Educa-
tion, has been named the
College of Education 2001-
2002 Teacher of the Year.
Since joining UF's faculty in
August 2000, Pringle has
already made a lasting
impression in both her
department and in those she
teaches. Her office walls are
Dr. Rose Pringle decorated with thank-you
cards from former students who appreciate the support
Pringle, who teaches Science Education for Elementary
Teachers to undergraduates, Inquiry into Elementary
Science for the master's program, and a doctoral seminar
on teaching, learning and assessment, is honored to have
been selected as College Teacher of the Year, especially
since it is an award where she is nominated not only by
peers and department chairs but also by students.
"It gives you a good feeling as an educator because it is
important that students recognize you as a good teacher,"
Pringle modestly replies.
When asked about the accomplishments that led to her
nomination for the award, Pringle bashfully smiles and
attributes her success to her commitment and dedication to
Yet she is anything but shy when it comes to talking
about teaching science. She passionately describes the
importance of learning and making it fun. By encourag-
ing her students to become involved in the teaching
process, Pringle models the ideals she tries to instill in
the future teachers.
"I create a hands-on/minds-on experience that will
allow my students to make sense of teaching and learn-
ing," Pringle said.
Emphasizing the ideas that a person needs to be
involved, ask questions, reflect and be interactive, Pringle
incorporates these into her classes. She creates a learning
environment where students are encouraged to take risks
and not be afraid to say what is on their minds.
"I let them know I believe they can learn science,"
Pringle said. "I use their responses and help them think
Pringle guides her students past the preconceived barrier
that science is difficult and helps them build confidence in
themselves as well as their teaching abilities.
"I teach the way I talk," Pringle said. "So, I model for
them my expectations."
She is motivated by seeing her students learn and by
watching them have what she describes as the "a ha"
experience, or the feeling a person has when they suddenly
make sense of what they are learning. Pringle devotes her
time to developing a relationship and understanding with
"I see my students as people who have different needs,"
Pringle said. "I spend the time inside of class to listen to
them and a lot of time outside of class."
Pringle, who received her Ph.D. in Science Education
from Florida State University, has been teaching for
approximately 20 years. She worked with elementary, high
school and college level students in Jamaica where she won
a "Distinction in Teaching" Award.
In addition to being a reviewer for the Electronic
Journal of Science Education, a unique site devoted to
sharing science education information through the Internet,
Pringle conducts workshops with in-service teachers and is
researching the use of assessment as a tool for continuous
Her students are involved in peer and self-assessment in
which they receive feedback from their fellow students and
from the instructor. Pringle emphasizes the importance of
her work as a teacher and in educating her students.
"They are going to be working with the world's
greatest resource-children," Pringle said. "And they
have to be ready."
Criteria used for selecting the College Teacher of the
Year reflect nine best teaching practices: proficiency in
subject matter; organization and clarity of presentation;
stimulation of interest in learning the subject matter;
demonstration of fair, honest, and ethical behavior;
effective instructor-group interaction; effective instructor-
individual interaction; dynamism/enthusiasm; promotion of
divergent opinions and encouragement of critical and
complex thought patterns; and innovation.
NEW FACULTY APPOINTMENTS
Ben F. Nelms
ZBen F. Nelms, Interim Dean and Professor of
English in the College of Education, has been
selected to be the new Director for the Center
for School Improvement. The UF Alliance will
also be housed in this office. Nelms will begin
his duties as director in August of 2002.
Thomas Oakland, Professor of Educational Psy-
chology at the University of Florida, received
the 2002 lifetime achievement award in school
psychology from the National Association of
School Psychologists at its annual meeting in
March. Oakland also received awards recently from the
American Psychological Association's Division of School
Psychology and the International School Psychology Asso-
ciation for distinguished contributions to the science and
profession of school psychology.
E Stuart Schwartz
Stuart Schwartz, Professor of Special Educa-
tion of the College of Education, received the
Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Ex-
cellence in College Teaching, Learning and
Technology at the International Conference on
College Teaching and Learning. The conference was held in
Jacksonville, at the Adams Mark Hotel. 1,000 people from
14 nations were present. Schwartz was chosen from among
41 nominees. In addition, Schwartz was selected as the Uni-
versity of Kansas College of EducationAlumnus of the Year.
The award was given at the commencement ceremonies in
Lawrence, KS last month.
Paul Sindelar, Professor of Special Education,
has been awarded the 2002 University of Florida
Research Foundation Professorship for the Col-
lege of Education. The UFRF professorships are
intended to recognize tenured faculty who have
a distinguished current record of research. Congratulations!
STheresa Vernetson, Assistant Dean for Student
Affairs, will now supervise the Office of Stu-
dent Services which is responsible for coordi-
nating/managing admission to the College of
Education's undergraduate degree programs;
graduation and program completion of teacher preparation
programs at UF; student petitions; student advisement/with-
drawals/audits; collaboration/coordination with the Office of
the University Registrar; Critical Teacher Shortage forgiv-
able loans; certification; Teacher/Advisor of the Year com-
petition; academic progress; out-of-state program comple-
tion forms; Florida Teacher Certification Examination score
reports; freshman and transfer orientation; liaison with com-
munity colleges; liaison with cooperating colleges (HHP, AG,
FA) and their teacher preparation programs; Florida Depart-
ment of Education program approval; follow-up studies of
graduates from NCATE and state approved programs; sec-
ondary and general education minors; and the Dean's Honor
Roll. In addition, Dean Veretson supervises the Office of
Recruitment, Retention and Multicultural Affairs, the student
activities in the College and serves as EEO officer and UF
*Joe Wittmer, Distinguished Professor of Coun-
seling, was recently named one of the top
twenty all time contributors to the counseling
profession. A new book, Leaders and Legacies:
Contributions to the Counseling Profession,
will profile Wittmer.
A national committee of 12 counseling professionals chose
the top 20 contributors to the counseling profession for in-
clusion in the book, with one chapter devoted to each profes-
sional. The chapters chronicle both the personal and profes-
sional lives of the honorees with special emphasis placed
upon their contributions to the counseling profession.
Colleagues at UF, Harry Daniels and Larry Loesch, authored
the chapter on Wittmer whose career at the University of
Florida spans more than 30 years. Wittmer has authored or
co-authored 15 books and more than 75 professional journal
articles. The book, to be released this summer, will be pub-
lished by Brunner-Routledge/Taylor and Francis Publishing
Mary Ann Clark
Mary Ann Clark and Joe Wittmer, Counselor
Educators, have written a school-wide charac-
ter education program consisting of a Teacher's
Handbook titled Teaching Children to Respect
and Care for Others, along with a detailed 80
page Instructor Guide. The character education program
was written specifically for pre-service teacher education stu-
dents and practicing elementary school teachers. The pro-
gram is especially appropriate and effective for use with stu-
dent teachers enrolled in a university course being taught by
an experienced teacher educator and for use by school coun-
selors and other experienced educators in the training of teach-
ers in their respective schools.
E Sandra Witt
Sandra Witt assumed a new role in the College
of Education as Director of Administrative Com-
munications. This position was created in a re-
organization of the College-Wide Support Ser-
vices area (formerly known as the Dean's Area).
Witt reports directly to the Dean of the College and the Asso-
ciate Dean for Academic Affairs. In this capacity, she assists
the deans in a variety of administrative tasks, including the
drafting of communications, the preparation of annual reports,
the monitoring of critical issues, and the management of regu-
lar and special projects.
Iona Malanchuk recently accepted the Head
Librarian position in UF's College of Educa-
tion Library. Iona received a BA in English
from Adelphi Univ. in New York, an MLS in
Library Science from Indiana University, and
an MA in Educational Media from Western
Michigan University. She is certified K-12 in
the state of Florida.
Malanchuk began her career as a professional writer and edi-
tor for the Grumman Corporation in New York. Upon enter-
ing the library profession, she first worked in the graduate
Math, Physics, Astronomy Library of Indiana University, and
then the J. K. Lilly Rare Books Library as a French and En-
glish literature cataloger. Moving to Michigan, Iona accepted
an offer to be an Education Librarian and Assistant Profes-
sor in the Western Michigan University College of Educa-
tion where she remained for 8 years. Promoted to the Asso-
ciate Professor rank, she then moved to the Business School
at WMU for the next two years.
Malanchuk's first experience with the University of Florida
was as an Acquisitions Librarian for IFAS, French Literature
and Language and the Business School. After 5 years in
Library West, Iona accepted an offer to head the Mead Li-
brary at PK Yonge. She now serves as the head librarian at
the College of Education Library.
What Really Works in
More information to
follow in the Fall 2002
COE Alumni Council
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* The Beta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International and the
Department of Counselor Education are pleased to
announce that two graduate students have recently
received prestigious international awards. Chi Sigma Iota
is the international honor society for counselors-in-
training, counselor educators, and professional counselors.
Its mission is to promote scholarship, research,
professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling,
and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic
and clinical excellence in the field of counseling.
* Jessica Parker, an Ed.S. student, received the Outstanding
Entry Level Student Award for 2002. Jessica graduated in
May 2002 with an Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling.
She has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of eating
disorders and is a frequent guest speaker on this topic in
the Counselor Education Department and across campus.
She also has shown skill as a teacher and as a researcher
during her graduate studies. Jessica plans to pursue a
doctorate in counseling beginning in the fall of 2002.
* Marie Bracciale, a doctoral candidate, received the
Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor Award for 2002. Marie
is currently an adjunct instructor at Stetson University. She
has served as a supervisor for practicum and internship
students in the Counselor Education Department for
several semesters. Marie also has demonstrated her
teaching ability both by teaching undergraduate courses
and assisting with graduate courses during her doctoral
studies. Her area of study is domestic violence, and she is
currently preparing to conduct her dissertation research.
* Jessica and Marie received their awards at the Annual
Conference of the American Counseling Association on
March 22, 2002. Beta chapter and the Counselor Education
Department are proud of the achievements of each
recipient. There were a total of 15 award categories with
many applicant nominations from the 223 chapters in
universities around the United States and internationally.
* Stephanie Sarkis, Ed., NCC, LMHC has been awarded an
American Psychological Association Dissertation Research
Award for 2001. This award recognizes excellence in
psychological research. Sarkis is currently studying
ADHD and brain function. She is a doctoral candidate in
the Department of Counselor Education at the University
* The Department of Educational Psychology is having a
productive semester in the areas of research, teaching and
service. Faculty are presenting their work at multiple
conferences including meetings for the:
* American Educational Research Association (Drs. Davis,
Koro-Ljungberg, Penfield and Seraphine),
* National Association of School Psychologists (Drs.
Kranzler, Oakland, Smith and Waldron),
* Society for Text Discourse (Dr. Linderholm),
* CaliforniaAssociation for Behavior Analysis (Dr. Asmus),
* Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
(Dr. Davis), and
* Eastern Educational Research Association (Dr. Koro-
SCHOOL OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
* PT3 Grant, $466,525 for first year (Awarded from US OE-
Dawson and Swain). This is a three-year award. This grant
provides funding to facilitate and accelerate systemic
change related to technology integration in teacher
education. The grant provides support for faculty
development, for the development of technology-based
field experiences, and for refining our electronic portfolio
system. Project staff members have worked this year with
faculty in Physics, German, English Education, and
Science Education to incorporate innovative technology
into course design.
* Minimizing Summer Reading Loss funded through Field
Initiated Studies Grant program from OE (Allington and
McGill-Franzen). This is a three-year award with $248,117
in the first year for a total of $718,000 over 3 years. This
grant supports the study of the impact of enhancing lower
income children's access to books during the summer
vacation period in minimizing summer reading loss.
* Florida Network of Community Based Early Learning and
Professional Development HUBs. This is a state level
early childhood initiative. The University of Florida has
received $50,000 for this year to plan early childhood
research projects. The projects are designed to help early
childhood educators study the impact of incorporating best
practice into early childhood settings.
* A significant new activity is a FIPSE grant "ILET:
International Leadership for Educational Technology: A
transatlantic bridge for doctoral studies." (Collaborative
project across 5 institutions-Dawson and Ferdig). This
project will bring 2 international doctoral students to UF
for the fall 2002 semester, and 2 of our doctoral students
will study in another country. The ultimate goal is to
have 5 visiting doctoral fellows and 5 of our students
* The School of Teaching and Learning is pleased to house
the Journal of Theory and Research in Social Education.
Dr. Elizabeth Yeager is editor of the journal.
* Dr. Richard Allington has been awarded the A. B. Herr
Award from the College Reading Association for
contributions to the profession.
Research Funded in the College of Education, 2000-2001
Funding AgencyAmount Funded
US DOE $36,815
Project Title Date Funded
Creation of an Educational Data Warehouse for
Assessing Student Gains, Teacher Effectiveness, and School Accountability
Gonzalez, G. M./
Kranzler, J. H.
Mercer, C. D./
Nelms, B. F.
Nelms, B. F/
Nelms, B. F./
Sindelar, P T./
The Role of Personalization, Control, and Context in Motivation
Institute for Higher Education (Quality Learning Communities)
$199,955 Partners in Doctoral Preparation: A Unified Leadership Program
Int'l Reading Association $5,000
Literacy Trust, Inc.
Web-Based Course Development: Certificate in Enrollment Mgmt.
The Grammatical and Social Construction of Literacy in a Literature-
based Multigrade Classroom
The Grammatical and Social Construction of Literacy in a Literature-
based Multigrade Classroom
Miami-Dade/Florida Enlace Partnership
Partners for Excellence in Education: Articulated Career Path for
School Readiness Related Professionals
Project PRIDE: Peer Resources in Diversity Education
Project BEST: Graduate Degree in ESOL/Bilingual Education
Clearinghouse for the Study of Community College Resources
Relationships Among Psychometric g. Specific Cognitive Abilities
Project UFLI: An Investigation of the University of Florida Lite
CSPD CORE Grant (#1C006)
CSPD Project Include Grant (Tracking #1C006) / CSPD Project
CSPD Project Pro-Del Grant (#1C006) / CSPD ESE Out-of-field
$400,000 Fostering Excellence in Teaching: Celebrate Teaching
UF America Reads Challenge: Gainesville Reads
Reading Rescue Program
$41,934 The College Reach-Out Program (CROP)
$180,000 Minority Teacher Education Scholarship Program FFMT Annual
$450,000 Career Development and Transition (CDT)(Tracking # 1C006)
$50,000 Hiring Practices Initiatives
Miscellaneous Donors $5,407
Project CONNECT (new)
Systemic Change in Indian River County School District
Advanced Measurement Techniques for Emerging Technologies
Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education (COPSSE)
Project Therapeutic Recreation Special Education (Project TR)
Study of Moral Reasoning of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students
Conflict Resolution / Peer Mediation
Algina, J. J.
An Update from the
Greetings from Norman Hall! Just three months into
my role as the new Director of Development, I can attest
to the positive impact being made by the College of
Education. I have witnessed first hand:
The rich history of this College by meeting
legendary and contemporary faculty. Their
enthusiasm for past projects and current initia-
tives are inviting.
The 2002 College of Education Scholarship
Reception held on Thursday, April 18. Close to
40 students received financial awards from 14
endowments. And the number is growing.
The appointment of the new Director for the
Lastinger Center, Dr. Donald Pemberton. The
College is embarking on some new initiatives in
the K-5 realm; and from the support of Allen and
Delores Lastinger, the College of Education will Mary D
be making great strides in this area. Director
Having the opportunity to be involved in a
very small way with the Alliance Program. Project leader
Dr. Mickie Miller and Dean Ben Nelms have put in
countless hours with five partner high schools within the
state, hoping to encourage their individual measures of
success. My recent ventures to Raines High School in
Jacksonville and Miami Senior High proved how the
College of Education has taken on the role of mentor, and
what a good mentor we are.
This past President's Council Reception in Miami
that honored leadership donors to the University of
Florida. I would like to encourage those of you who
are at that level to become a part of this ceremony next
year it is a wonderful testament of the impact we have
on this University!
The renovations that will be taking place during
the summer months at Norman Hall. Many classrooms
and offices will be renovated as well as a future
gathering area added.
Why am I sharing all of this with you? First
and foremost, it is vital to have all alumni become
ambassadors and spokespersons for our College.
You, as our alumni, are one of our greatest assets!
You can open doors and introduce us to other
alumni, friends, and corporations who will be
interested in supporting our future. You are
critical to our mission. As the College of Educa-
tion looks to celebrate its 100th Anniversary in
the year 2005, we would like you to take owner-
ship and help us celebrate.
Thanks to all of you who have supported the
College of Education during the 2001-2002 fiscal
year. We have one of the most loyal alumni
bodies on campus. Many of you have provided
annual, major and planned giving support. There are
many creative vehicles for giving, and it is gratifying to
know that so many of you have invested in this College
and its mission.
While I'm traveling, I hope to have the opportunity
to meet as many of you as I can. And when you are in
the Gainesville area, please take the time to stop in
Norman Hall to reacquaint yourself with this strong
As I begin my journey with the College of Education at
the University of Florida, I hope to be able to share many
future success stories with you.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful and safe
The College of Ediication has completed a booklet entitled
Exploration a(nd E.Vperimientation: The Road to
Educational Excellence, The College of Education
The booklet is the beginning of an effort to record and
understand the history of tle College of Education at the
tini ersiit of Florida.
t t f t i , i
SeN en COE students and si\ COE facull\ recently
attended and presented their \\or-k at the 13th Annual
Sociel\ for Infoimation Technology and Teacher
Education (SITE) International Conference in
Nash ille, TN SITE (htlp: \\%i \ ance org site! is
an ulternuitonal association of teacher educators \\ ho
ale interested in the creation and dissemination of
kno\\ ledge about the use of information tecllmolog
in teacher education and faculty /staff de elopinent
The Societl seeks to promote research. scholarship,
collaboration. e\cliange. and support among its
membership SITE is the only organization that has
as its sole focus the inlteeation of instructional
technologies into teacher education piogwains.
UF was \\ell represented with 18 presentations.
including full and shorl papels. panels. demonstia-
tions and \ olunleer sel ices Students attending akid
presenting al the conference included Naulaa Ali.
Nnmchu Chen- Sebnen Cilesi/. Mluhanunme
Deinirbilek. Riclurd Harlshorne. Leslie Men man.
and Jutmon Park. Student topics included \ irlual
reality. electronic narniti\ es, and tecluiolo inmnoa a-
left o ril it e/' ilneI i ( 'lleiz, ir Rhord' -etrn il .
.\I hi nni, I ntifrhick, 1 hticaru (t 'Li 1, \1. (Iac tli
lions in pre-scn ice teacher education. Facultl
atiendine included Heather Da\ is. Kara Da\ son,
Ricluud Ferdig. Gail Ring. Rose Pringle, and Colleen
S\\amn. Then presentations, mans done in collabora-
tion \\ ith students. focused on international technol-
og. programs. electronic portfolios student online
collaboration. and LIF PT? accomplishments
U.S. News Ranings
The University of Florida's College of Education
continues to achieve high reviews in the U.S. News' Best
Graduate Schools 2002 rankings. According to the report,
the College of Education tied for 31st among the top
education schools in the nation and 22 among public
institutions. It is the highest ranked college in the Univer-
sity of Florida with four out of the five departments being
nationally rated or having a ranked specialty area.
The specialty areas have been ranked as follows:
"I think the rankings are supposed to be reflective of the
quality of the institution," said Dr. John Kranzler, professor
and Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and
Research in the College of Education. "The rankings
reflect, to a large degree, the prestige of the faculty and the
quality of the students of the program."
The magazine evaluates colleges according to academic
excellence and utilizes both quantitative measures as well
as a nonpartisan view to categorize and rank schools. For
the graduate programs, education school deans and deans of
graduate study programs from over 180 schools are
surveyed. The specialty rankings are weighted primarily on
the reputation of the program and the research activity
conducted, which includes calculating expenditures and
comparing them to other schools. The University of
Florida's College of Education has consistently been ranked
as having one of the best education graduate programs in
the country throughout the years.
PATHWAYS TO TEACHING:
OVERCOMING TEACHER SHORTAGES
The State of Florida faces a crisis that could have long teacher standards and a ret
lasting negative effects if it is not dealt with soon, accord- contribute to what is becor
ing to Fran Vandiver, Director at P.K. Yonge Developmen- nationwide, according to tl
tal Research School. The crisis? A shortage of teachers. Heads, a K-16 educator's a
The shortage is the result of
several scenarios playing
themselves out daily across
the state. U.F.'s College of
Education, P K. Yonge, and
the College of Liberal Arts &
Sciences (CLAS) are working'
to make a dent in that
This creative venture,
entitled Pathways to Teach-
ing. goes beyond minimum
Florida Department of
Education teacher require-
ments for individuals holding P K. Yonge spanish instructor, Peggy Sedlacek, observes Jennifer
bachelor's degrees in fields Orlando in the Pathways to Teaching Program with Derek Cason,
other than education who 9th grade.
enter the classroom, Vandiver explained. The list of that as students are better p
qualifying courses is carefully designed to give future teachers face, more will de
teachers a solid foundation for secondary teaching. reversing the recent trend
Nationwide, 22% of all new teachers leave the profes- you're under fire as a first
sion within three years, according to the US Department of you're not as prepared as y
Education's National Center for Education Statistics. "P K. Yonge can offer t
Florida is not immune to this, facing critical shortages in these students to overcome
mathematics, science and foreign languages. P K. Yonge Pathways provides a one-o
regularly faces challenges filling mathematics and science that benefits both students
positions with qualified teachers, according to Dr. Wes situation for all involved,"
Corbett, Assistant Director. Pathways has the potent
"It is anticipated that by directly working with the teachers, which will hopefi
CLAS, the number of qualified teachers in shortage areas shortage areas. Under the
can be increased," said Dr. Dorene Ross, Interim Director bachelor's degrees in are;
of the School of Teaching and Learning. or a foreign language, pu
The program is already underway with two language education, which allows 1
students currently participating in Pathways to Teaching. subject areas.
One student in science has finished the program. "We are While Pathways is not
hoping there will be more students beginning this summer get a jump on their master
or fall. Like any new idea, it will probably take time to school. The state of Florid
take root, but we are optimistic. We are planning another which individuals that hole
recruitment fair for teacher education programs, including credit hours, eight of whicl
Pathways, in the fall," Ross said. be waived if an individual
Meanwhile, studies show that teachers choose to leave Florida public school.
teaching for any number of reasons, including low pay, "We desperately need b
dissatisfaction and safety concerns, among others. In prepared teachers in our se
addition to this, increasing student enrollment, rising Teaching can help us achie
hiring teacher workforce all
ning an epidemic shortage
he National Association of System
The problem is not neces-
sarily a shortage of people
entering preparatory programs.
"More individuals are entering
teaching than there are jobs,"
according to a report by the
Education Policy Studies
Division. The study explained
that teacher salaries play a
significant role in teachers'
decisions to leave teaching.
"Teachers with high salaries
stay in education longer than
those with lower salaries."
However, salary is not the
only factor influencing the
teacher shortage. It is believed
prepared for the challenges new
cide to stay with the profession,
iway from education. "When
year teacher, you often find
ou need to be," Vandiver said.
he clinical setting to help prepare
many first year difficulties.
n-one experience with teachers,
and faculty; it's a win-win
tial to generate a larger pool of
ully fill some of the critical
program, students getting
as such as science, mathematics
rsue a 24 credit hour minor in
them to be certified in K-12
Master's program, students do
s, with 5 courses in the graduate
a offers a similar program in
i bachelor's degrees can take 20
h are teaching practicum and can
holds a teaching position at a
right, caring, professionally
condary schools. Pathways to
ve this goal," said Ross.
HELPING STUDENTS TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR LEARNING:
P K. Yonge Families Pilot Student-Led
Br ELLEN S. A ATEA, PH.D.
DEPARTMENT OF COUNSELOR EDUCATION
P K. YONGE DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCH SCHOOL
This year P K. Yonge teachers and counselors in the
fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth grades, in cooperation with
faculty from the Department of Counselor Education and
undergraduate education majors from the
School of Teaching and Learning, have
been introducing students and their
parents to a powerful new learning tool: u
the student-led parent conference. D
Designed to help students assume greater
ownership for their learning and academic seventh
progress, this conference format is
organized around students developing
portfolios of their work, discussing these 20, one-
work samples with their parents, and then
making plans together with their parents session
for future learning (Austin, 1994).
Why change from the time-honored
adult-to-adult conference format (i.e.
parent and teacher) with which we are familiar? Although
parent-teacher conferences have been an integral part of
the school program for decades, they have their shortcom-
ings. First, students are traditionally excluded from the
process. As a result, most students are either blissfully
unaware of the conference or worry about what is being
talked about. Because they are left out of the process,
students do not learn much from the experience or gain
significant insights about themselves as learners. Second,
most parents report that the amount of available time
(usually no more than 15 minutes) that a teacher has to
give them for an individual conference is not sufficient to
look at their child's learning in depth. Consequently,
parents often end such conferences having more questions
than when they started, and teachers feel pressured.
Finally, teachers are often exhausted by the hours of talk to
parents, often repeating the same things that they wrote on
a student's report card (Picciotto, 1995).
To address these limitations, teacher and counselor
teams at the fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth grade levels
have redesigned their parent progress conference format.
Students now have an active role in describing their
learning progress to their parents. (Of course, opportuni-
ties for individual conferences to discuss student problems
or progress with teachers are still available if requested by
parents.) To prepare for these conferences, students learn
how to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and
ring the first
ear of the project, 40
grade students from
tdle schools received
s in reading.
personal learning goals. They also learn
how to evaluate their performance on
specific assignments. Each student
develops a portfolio that includes a
personal profile of their strengths and
goals, samples of their work, and personal
reflections about their work. Then, during
an hour-long, evening session, students
take charge of sharing this portfolio with
Participating teachers and counselors
(who collected both quantitative and
anecdotal data from students and parents)
are reporting a number of powerful results
from using this new progress conference
format. First, it is a powerful way to foster in students a
sense of ownership and accountability for their learning and
their performance. Now, rather than having the teacher
"give them a grade," students are much more aware of what
they have done to earn a particular grade. Second, this
process of student evaluation encourages students to take
pride in their work. Parents report benefits to this new
practice as well. Many parents note that the conference
provides them with an opportunity to see samples of their
children's work, and hear their son's or daughter's descrip-
tions of and self-ratings for particular assignments. One
parent said, No%% I have a bigger window into my child's
school work. Rather than feeling closed out by my child's
usual response to my question of 'What did you do in
school today?' with 'Oh nothing,' I have a clearer idea of
what he is doing." In addition, many parents report that
they value the time spent alone with one child at the
student-led conferences. Several have noted that the
conference provides an opportunity for parents to appreci-
ate their child in a new way. These conversations would not
have taken place during their normal busy lives. Parents
often come away from these conferences amazed by their
own children. Not only are the children able to do more
than their parents had thought, but they are able to articu-
late their own progress clearly. Often the students "take
charge" of the conference with such confidence that the
parents are astonished, for they have not seen that side of
their children before. They see the pride their children take
in their work and in their growth, and they sense their
children's excitement about learning. Many also see their
children express frustration or worry about their work.
What parents see at these conferences is authentic. The
learner has been put in the center of the learning and
evaluation process. Thus, students and parents often open up
a more honest dialogue about the student's learning progress.
This is but one of a number of practices which P. K.
Yonge faculty are embracing to foster strong family-school
collaboration, and to serve as a site for demonstrating
"cutting edge" family involvement practices which our
undergraduate teacher education students can learn about
first-hand. Because of the strong positive response from
parents, students and teachers, plans are now underway to
expand the practice of student-led conferencing to the other
grade levels. Teachers and counselors who piloted this
practice are now developing a training manual describing
the lessons, suggested activities, and procedures they have
created for preparing students to conduct such conferences.
Those interested in learning further about this new practice
can contact me, Dr. Ellen Amatea, by mail at the Depart-
ment of Counselor Education, P.O.Box 117046, or through
email at eamatea @coe.ufl.edu.
Austin, T (1994) Changing the View Student-Led Parent Conferences Portsmouth, NH Heinemann
Picciotto, L (1996) Student-Led Parent Conferences How to Launch and Manage Conferences that
Get Parents Involved and Improve Student Learning NewYork, NY Scholastic
Free Apples for
Since 1984 it has been
a College of Education
tradition to give each of
its graduates a lapel pin.
The pin, shaped like an
apple and embossed
with a blue and orange UF, has become
very popular with our graduates.
We are offering these pins at no charge
to our alumni who graduated before this
tradition began. To date, we have sent out
over 2500 pins.
To receive your free College of Educa-
tion apple lapel pin, simply write us. Send
your request to: Apples, Dean's Office,
College of Education, University of Florida,
PO Box 117040, Gainesville, FL 32611-7040.
UF Alliance Expends
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ning to carve its niche as a successful outgrowth of the
Florida One Plan, a group of legislative measures
championed by Governor Jeb Bush back in 1999,
designed to increase minority enrollment in the State
University System (SUS). The most controversial of
these measures was the one that specifically barred the
use of racial preference in the college admissions
process. In order to address the lower number of
minority students enrolled because of this stipulation,
the governor assured Florida citizens that more money
would go into outreach programs to recruit and enroll
minorities. Two years later, the University of Florida's
Opportunity Alliance is growing by leaps and bounds
and delivering on Governor Bush's promises. Recently,
the Alliance added two new partner schools to the list,
bringing the total number to five. The schools added,
Maynard Evans and Jones High School, both in the
Greater Orlando area, made the cut due to lower
performance and grade rankings based on such factors
as test scores, discipline problems and dropout rates.
With their initiation into the Alliance, each school will
receive five academic scholarships worth $12,500.
These scholarships will be given to the top five stu-
dents from these schools. In addition, each school will
receive additional assistance to help with improved
teacher instruction through the use of workshops at the
Summer Institute and individual tutoring sessions in
which upper grade level students will work with
students at feeder elementary schools. Dr. Mickie
Miller, coordinator of the project, is excited about the
new additions and hopes to keep expanding the Alliance
to help as many schools as possible.
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Gainesville Reads Receives
Governor's Family Literacy Award
Recently, Governor Jeb Bush announced the annual
winners of the Governor's Family Literacy Award. This
year, 15 public and private non-profit education and
community organizations will receive family literacy grant
awards totaling more than $700,000. Each organization
was eligible for up to $50,000 per program.
The winning program from Alachua County was
Gainesville Reads at Pleasant Place, which was created by
the University of Florida Gainesville Reads Program in
collaboration with the School Board of Alachua County,
the Department of Children and Families (HRS), Santa Fe
Community College Youth Employment Services, Pleasant
Place, United Way and the March of Dimes. The $43,000
award will provide a family literacy program for pregnant
and parenting teens living at Pleasant Place House in
Gainesville. Jennifer Tragash, Gainesville Reads Program
director, responded to the award by stating, "We are
honored to have been selected as one of only 15 (out of
104) grants to provide family literacy programs to those in
need. This grant fits nicely with the overall mission of the
University of Florida: teaching, community outreach and
service, and research. We are committed to working in
partnership with others in the community to break the
cycle of illiteracy and have no doubt we will be successful
in our efforts at Pleasant Place. We look forward to
continued productive collaboration with all of the agencies
and partners involved in providing this service to the
community at-large, and we invite participation from
corporate and business sponsors, as well."
Governor Bush expressed his belief that it is the
responsibility of every community to ensure literacy for all
citizens. "Today, more than ever, literacy is the key to
opening up the doors of opportunity and achieving success
in life. If we are going to ensure that all our children are
reading at grade level by 2012, then we must ensure that
parents are able to read to them at home," said Governor
Bush. "These literacy programs have made a tremendous
difference in our communities and neighborhoods. They
are dedicated to helping families understand that the
home is the child's first school, the parent is the child's
The 15 winning grant recipients are a diverse blend of
community- and school-based programs. Programs
include partnerships with such groups as libraries, elemen-
tary schools, universities and community-based organiza-
tions. All programs incorporated components to teach
adults improved reading skills and included measures that
assist parents in teaching their children reading. Over the
past two years, the Governor's Family Literacy Initiative,
in conjunction with the Florida Literacy Coalition, has
awarded $2.25 million to start or expand 45 family literacy
programs in our state.
Also during the event, Carnival Cruise Lines announced
a gift of $1.2 million to continue family literacy grants and
to assist with the distribution of "I am a Reader" kits,
through the Governor's Just Read, Florida! Initiative,
which is committed to meeting the goal of ensuring that all
Florida students read at or above grade level by 2012.
"Carnival Cruise Lines is proud to respond to the
Governor's challenge to Florida business leaders," said Bob
Dickinson, president, Carnival Cruise Lines. "Carnival is
committed to assisting parents and teachers to see first-
hand the wonders of increased parent involvement in
education. We believe family literacy and the "I am a
Reader" kits do so in a positive, fun and important way."
A panel of educators from the Barbara Bush Foundation
reviewed all eligible applications for Family Literacy, the
Florida Literacy Coalition, and by the Executive Office of
the Governor. The highest scoring applications were then
forwarded to the Governor's review panel, a mix of
business and literacy leaders in the state. The panel review
members were: Scott Ellington, chairman, Governor's
Family Literacy Initiative Committee; Ron Drew, vice
president, Verizon Communications; Benita Somerfield,
executive director, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family
Literacy; Doreen Outler, grant manager, South Florida
Annenberg Challenge; Jack Newell, executive director,
Region One Literacy Center, Leon County Schools; Teresa
Hernandez, public relations consultant, Washington
Mutual; and Stephania Feltz, a 2002 Governor's Family
Literacy Grant recipient.
Other 2002 Governor's Family Literacy Award winners
include: Oakland Terrace Elementary School in Bay
County; Coral Springs Middle School in Broward County;
Shadowlawn Elementary School in Collier County; Aspira,
Florida International University and Hialeah Reads in
Dade County; Communities in Schools of Jacksonville in
Duval County; Anthony Pizzo Elementary School in
Hillsborough County; Literacy Council of Bonita Springs
in Lee County; Marion County Public Schools; Martin
County School District; Mt. Vernon Elementary School in
Pinellas County; North East Florida Educational Consor-
tium in Putnam County and Santa Rosa Adult School in
Santa Rosa County.
Randy Scott Receives
R K. Yonge Teacher of the Year Award
and becomes Region Two Florida/
Burdines Teacher of the Year Finalist
Randy Scott has had an exceptional school year. Scott
received P K. Yonge's 2001 Teacher of the Year Award and
was named Region Two
Teacher of the Year
Fellow members of
the school faculty
selected Scott as P. K.
Yonge's top teacher. A
variety of life experi-
ences adds much flavor gIas = ,
to Scott's 7th grade Life
Science class. After
receiving his Bachelor I I '
of Science degree from ve T uer- )
Clemson University, he
was commissioned as a
irc t T Liin.n t n ti th
During the visit, Crist announced that Scott had been
named the Region Two Florida Department of Education/
Burdines Teacher of the
Year Finalist. "Mr. Scott
has proven himself as a
valuable asset in the
S1c classroom," Crist said.
"It is through the hard
work and dedication of
id teachers like him that
our precious students are
rat able to successfully
1i 20K P learn and grow."
Scott is currently
:working on a master's
degree in educational
leadership in the
College. He is the father
nf and his snns Ian
U.S. Army Reserves. Randy Scott (far i ,hin. RP K. Yonge teacher, receives the Burdines Teacher of (#99), and Alik (#53)
Scott played profes- the Year award. With him are Education Commissioner Charlie Crist, P. K. play football for the
sional football before Yonge Director Fran Vandiver and Interim Dean of the College of Gators.
becoming a classroom Education, Ben F Nelms.
teacher in 1994. Scott joined the P. K. Yonge faculty in
2000 and currently serves as a football and basketball Burdines is the sponsor of the Florida
coach. Teacher of the Year program, donating
Showing that teaching often goes outside the classroom, more than $100,000 to the program
Scott is the coordinator of the Tumblin' Creek Project in
which students do research, collect qualitative and annually. Each regional teacher of the year
quantitative data, and make recommendations for will be presented $5,000 from Burdines
restoration of the creek. His work with the project and $1,250 from the Florida Department of
helped P. K. Yonge receive the National Leader School Education. Additionally, Burdines awards
Award for service learning.
$1,000 to each of the finalist's respective
In addition to teaching and coaching, Scott spends his
afternoons with three student academic programs. As the schools in each of the five regions, while
coordinator of SECME, Scott leads a science, math, and the remaining 67 district winners each
engineering club centered on minority inclusion. Scott is receive $750 plus $250 for programs at
also the school liaison for PEEPS, a parent-led organization their schools. The winning teacher will
their schools. The winning teacher will
concerned about the progress of their children, and TASC,
which is an after-school tutoring program in collaboration receive a total cash prize of $10,000 and a
with students from the University of Florida and Santa Fe Lennox Crystal trophy.
Community College. An update on the Teacher of the Year
Scott's dedication to helping all students and his hard
winner will appear in the fall issue of
work are appreciated by those outside the school environ-
ment. Recently, Education Commissioner, Charlie Crist, Education Times.
honored Scott during a surprise visit to P K. Yonge.
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P. K. YONGE S DENTS RESPOND
All P K. Yonge students, even the
youngest, were suddenly asked to grow
up a little bit more quickly, as a
consequence of September llth. P. K.
Yonge journalism student Hannah
Smith summed it up by writing, "No
one knows what to expect next;
America is forever changed. All will
agree that the world is now a different
place. History is being rewritten.
Anything that happens from here on V
out will not be forgotten: the lost
loved ones, the many heroes, and the
The events of September 11th did
not paralyze the student body or faculty
of P. K. Yonge; rather it moved them to
reflective thinking and civic action.
Student responses to the attacks Jacob Aaronson,
varied by grade level. All of the
teachers were aware of students' concerns and tried to be
very sensitive to individual needs and questions. The
year's homecoming theme was "We Love the USA/ Red,
White and Blue." The Key Club raised funds for the
children of firefighters and the relief effort in New York.
The middle school also held a dance to raise funds for
victims in New York. High school social studies classes
developed units on terrorism, held panel discussions with
international students, and expanded units on tolerance to
include Muslim guest speakers.
Kindergarten students at P. K. Yonge sold lemonade to
impact children a half of a world away. "The students sold
the drink during recess to all P. K. Yonge students with the
proceeds being sent to President George Bush for
America's Fund for Afghan Children," said kindergarten
teacher Margie Donnelly. The idea came after an address
to the nation in which the President asked children to each
send one dollar for the children of Afghanistan.
Students at the school were bringing in "pockets full of
change" to be supportive of the project. "The children
Angelica Forson, and Lily Cullen prepare to sell lemonade.
raised a total of $198, which is a lot of lemonade at 25
cents each," Donnelly said.
"The impact of these programs goes beyond affecting
the lives of individuals today," said Dr. Wes Corbett,
Assistant Director at P. K. Yonge. "Our children are
learning at a young age to reach out in a meaningful way
to people who have many of the same needs as themselves.
The educational value of such programs can only be
measured over a lifetime."
Demonstrating their understanding of some of what it
means to be citizens of a free society, students from Peggy
Sedlacek's Spanish III class and Herb Schwartz's middle
school social studies class, wrote letters of condolence to
middle school students in Gramercy Park, New York City,
who were personally affected by the tragedy. "The New
York middle school students were moved by the deep
expression of caring from thousands of miles away," Mrs.
Hydna, school counselor at Gramercy said in response to
the P. K. students' gesture. "Kindness and unity are just
two of the positives that have come out of such a sad
situation for everyone."
Council Holds First
The president of the Student Reading Council,
Mihija Daniel, gives the books to Jennifer
Tragash, coordinator for America Reads.
On December 5th, 2001, the Student Reading Council
(SRC) at the University of Florida wrapped up a week-long
celebration of National Children's Literacy Week. The
Reading Council, in conjunction with Goodwill Gators,
sponsored a children's book drive to benefit the America
Reads tutoring program. There were various drop sites
throughout Gainesville with the culminating event being
held in the O'Connell Center during the Florida Vs.
Michigan State men's basketball game.
During the First Annual Book Drive, the SRC received
528 books that were donated to Ms. Jennifer Tragash on
behalf of the America Reads tutoring program which serves
Alachua County students ranging from kindergarten through
The Student Reading Council's mission is to promote
high levels of literacy in the Gainesville community and
elsewhere by creating alliances and networking with other
committed organizations through community-wide events.
SRC's vision is to be part of the quest for universal literacy
and to help create a worldwide community of lifelong
SRC will hold its 2nd Annual Book Drive in November
of 2002. Look for updates for times and locations. The
names of the recipients of the next drive have yet to be
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EDUCATION TIMES at
On Tuesday, April 16, 2002, the Col-
lege of Education held a Staff Recogni-
tion Luncheon hosted by Interim Dean
Ben Nelms and the Staff Council.
Along with acknowledgment of the
accomplishments of the Staff Council
during the 2001-2002 year, the follow-
ing staff members were recognized for
their years of service to the University
Barbi Barber, Student Services
Patricia Regan, P. K. Yonge
Sharon Robinson, P. K. Yonge
Stephanie Osteen, Student Services
Shirley Sirmons, P. K. Yonge
Patricia Barnes, P. K. Yonge
Robin Crawford, School of Teaching &
Michelle Harden, School of Teaching &
Laverne Smith, Dean's Office
Ellen Greenstein, P. K. Yonge
Janice Johnson, P. K. Yonge
Debra Langlois, P. K. Yonge
Congratulations to all the honorees who
have contributed exceptional service and
support to the University in their fields.
THE EDUCATION COLLEGE COUNCIL
The Education College Council (ECC) was awarded
"Most Improved College Council of the Year" by the
Board of College Councils, comprised of members from
each of UF's college councils. In addition to being
recognized for this award, the ECC will also receive a
$3,000 budget increase for next year.
The ECC is the supervising committee of the five
organizations associated with the College of Education. In
tion with the Associated Builders and Contractors from the
College of Building Construction, raised funds by bagging
groceries. A portion of the proceeds was donated to the
Make a Wish Foundation.
"We spend a lot of time helping others, not just our-
selves," Sweeny said.
The ECC is responsible for a variety of projects.
Working with the Dean and other community officials, the
addition to overseeing financial matters,
the ECC coordinates workshops and
provides students with the opportunity to rhe E
participate in conferences that will help o
them become better teachers.wor
One of the most influential factors that students ii
led to the group's recognition was its
photo album, according to Sarah Sweeny, to particip
president of the ECC. The book, which that will h
was created by ECC historian Holly
Craggs, was presented to the Board along better teac
with Sweeny's proposed budget for next
year. The album contained two pages by
each of the College of Education's organizations, exempli-
fying the hard work and dedication of its members.
"They [the Board] realized that we were actually doing
something," Sweeny said.
The ECC, which is funded by the student government
finance office, conducts approximately seven workshops a
semester, each ranging in cost from $100 to $1,200. A
Polaroid workshop was held last semester in which
approximately 50 registered students received free
Polaroid cameras and learned how to integrate the cameras
into their teaching techniques. Due to the budget increase,
the ECC hopes to provide additional workshops intended
to benefit students.
"Students learned how to spice up their lesson plans and
their daily activities," Sweeny said.
Another improvement displayed by the ECC is its
increase in unity and communication, Sweeny commented.
By working together as a team and not just as individual
members, the ECC has become stronger and has been able
to create a successful organization. The group chose to take
an active stance in supporting specific issues in the Student
Government while attempting to enhance the reputation of
the College of Education.
"We wanted someone over there who would voice our
opinion," said Sweeny. "We want Student Government to
realize that we are directly impacting the students."
By increasing communication between members and
becoming more organized and active, the ECC has made a
unified effort to create programs and events that aid others.
During the Orange and Blue game, the ECC, in collabora-
'shops and provides
i/h the opportunity
ate in conferences
elp them become
ECC tries to assist students by presenting
them with the resources they will need to
thrive. The group also produces the
Edugator, a monthly flyer given to
students that explains the events and
activities occurring in the College along
with contact information for each of the
"We want people to realize we are
going to be educating the future Gators,"
With the $3,000 budget increase, the
ECC plans to allocate part of the funds for
the creation of a production lab that will be free to students.
The room will be equipped with supplies such as a
laminating machine, paper cutter, glue, glitter and other
materials necessary for future teachers.
"It's a place where students can go to make lesson
plans more appealing and more professional," Sweeny
said. "And it will be less expensive for students to use
Every student in the College of Education is a member
of the ECC and can choose to attend the two general
meetings held each month. The meetings are open to the
public, and one member from each of the clubs under the
ECC is required to be present. During the meetings,
different organizations give presentations about a range of
topics, including conferences and workshops. The ECC
encourages students, teachers, and alumni associated with
the College of Education to attend the meetings.
In addition, the ECC executive board, consisting of
seven officers, meets an additional two times a month.
During these meetings, which last anywhere between 50
minutes to 2 hours, the ECC discusses various strategies
and projects it is developing to help advance the College.
"It teaches you how to be a leader," Sweeny said. "It
teaches you how to do the right thing and not just the
The ECC will continue to make strides to improve not
just within the College of Education but also throughout all
of UF. Its goal is to help students by providing the best
services it can.
Henry Oscar Harrison, BAE '37, is retired
from a career that included teaching for 5
years, serving as a junior high school princi-
pal for 5 years and a county extension agent
for 25 years, with 5 years in chemical bio-
logical warfare, working with HUD for 3 years
and serving as a Grants Administrator for the
City of De Funiak, Florida for 1 year. Harrison
also served on the State Nursing Home Com-
mittee for 8 years and the Baptist State Mis-
sion Committee for 6 years. received an Out-
standing Volunteer Award from the State Se-
lective Service Board for service to the WWII
effort (1955), the Dow Study Award for
County Agents (1962), and Pioneer Citizen of
Walton County (1995).
Howard H. Carasik, BSBE '42, is retired
from Allstate Insurance Company.
Edmund T. Dady, BSE '43, BSCE '47, is a
retired civil engineer, formerly serving as the
bureau chief of the Florida Department of
Transportation. Dady also worked as a senior
facilities engineer with Boeing in Seattle,
Washington and as a consulting engineer in
South San Francisco, California.
William L. Wharton, MEd '52, EdD '65, is
currently the Statewide Coordinator of Fam-
ily Support Programs for the Florida Cleft Pal-
ate-Craniofacial Association and also does
work as a consultant and evaluator. He has
been a guest speaker at the International Con-
ference on Children with Disabilities in Rus-
sia (2000 and 2001) and the International Con-
ference on Disability and Rehabilitation in
Saudi Arabia (2001). Additionally, Wharton
has done cooperative research and educational
exchange programs in Brazil, Columbia, Rus-
sia, the Ukraine, Chile and Argentina.
Lewis D. Gentry, MEd '57, retired since 1982
as a public school teacher and a member of
the National Education Association, has 3
children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grand-
M. Roberta (Dixon) Hyers, BSE '57, is re-
tired and living in Alabama.
Marianne (Payne) Alvarez, BAE '59, is
President of the Daytona Beach branch of the
National League of American Pen Women and
a member of the following groups: Delta
Kappa Gamma Society International, Alpha
Mu, Beaux Arts of Volusia, the Junior League
of Daytona Beach and the Volusia County Re-
tired Educational Association. Alvarez has
artwork on display in the Florida Department
State Art Collection (Tallahassee), the Will-
iam Benton Museum of Art at the University
of Connecticut (Storrs) and the Southeast
Museum of Photography (Daytona Beach).
She has been included in the Marquis Who's
Who in America, 2002.
John D. Shafer, BSE '60, MEd '64, retired
from the Pinellas County Schools for the sec-
ond time in June 2001. Having served as a
guidance counselor for 27 years and a class-
room teacher for 3 years, Shafer returned as a
guidance counselor for an additional 8 years.
He has served as President of the Florida
School Counselor Association and two terms
as Vice President of the American School
Counselor Association. Additionally, he has
represented school counselor concerns as a
lobbyist for the Florida School Counselor As-
sociation and represented classroom teachers
as an 8-year chairperson for the Grievance
Committee of the Pinellas Classroom Teacher
Robert D. Askren, BAE '63, is currently As-
sociate Rector of the Episcopal Church of our
Savior (Jacksonville). He is board certified in
pastoral counseling by the Association of Pro-
fessional Chaplains and earned his PhD in
Pastoral Counseling with a thesis entitled "En-
countering Process Theology in Pastoral Coun-
Evelyn F. (Anderson) Hatfield, EdS '63, for-
merly a teacher at P. K. Yonge Laboratory
School, has retired from Minnesota State Uni-
versity (Mankato) as an Associate Professor.
Daryle C. May, MEd '65, EdS '70, EdD '71,
passed away on June 29, 2001. May retired
from Jacksonville University (JU) in 1994 af-
ter 21 years of service. While there he was
chairman of the Division of Education and
Director of Graduate Programs where he cre-
ated JU's master's degree program in Educa-
tional Leadership. He also initiated a program
that helped train military retirees for a second
career as teachers. In addition to his work at
JU, he served on many boards, such as the
American Association of Colleges for Teacher
Education and the National Council of Teach-
ers of Mathematics. May also served as presi-
dent of the Florida Association of Deans and
Directors and the chairperson of many South-
ern Association of Schools and Colleges evalu-
ation teams. During his final years, he was
vice president of the consulting firm of May
and Associates, Inc. and dedicated his time to
providing local and state educators with chal-
lenging graduate courses and workshops to
keep them current in their academic fields.
Henson, MAE '67, has
been recently named the
first Dean of Education
at The Citadel, the Mili-
tary College of South
Carolina. Before this ap-
pointment,he was apro-
fessor and the former
dean at Eastern Ken-
tucky University where
he helped 21 school districts implement edu-
cation reforms adopted by the state in 1990.
In addition to being a recipient of a Fulbright
scholarship, National Science Foundation
scholarship and numerous funded grants, he
has written for more than 300 national and in-
ternational publications. In 2000, Henson re-
ceived the Distinguished Teacher Educator
Award, presented annually by the Association
of Teacher Educators and Wadsworth Publish-
ers to recognize the nation's top educator.
Neil S. Eichelbaum, BAE '68, MEd '72, is
currently a social studies teacher at Miami
Lakes Educational Center. His accomplish-
ments include being nominated for the second
time to Who's Who Among America's High
School Teachers (2001) and being selected as
a Miami-Dade County ESE Teacher of the Year
finalist (2001). In addition to his teaching, he
has been an athletic competitor in the Senior
Games and the Senior Olympics, winning a
bronze medal in the 200-yard freestyle at the
Senior National Championships, two gold
medals and two silver medals at the Gainesville
Games (a state regional meet), and two state
titles in the Senior Games State Championship,
setting a new state record in the 100-yard
Letty Kay (Jones) Rayneri, BAE '69, is the
Director of Gifted Education in the Dougherty
County school system (Georgia). She received
her EdD from Valdosta State University in De-
Marjorie M. (Parker) Anderson, BAE '70,
currently teaches IB Program seniors at Cy-
press Creek High School (Florida). Anderson
became a National Board Certified teacher in
Adolescence and Young Adulthood and En-
glish Language Arts in 2000.
Daniel S. Herman, BSE '70, JD '72, a pro-
fessor at Miami-Dade Community College, has
served as a certified mediator on more than
Karen (Surrency) Bono, BAE '71, works as
an employee benefits consultant, specializing
in long term care and Medicare supplements.
Gary D. LeAndre, Sr., BAE '71, is an animal
behaviorist who travels throughout Florida as
Captain Nutro, educating individuals and
groups as to the nutritional requirements of cats
and dogs. Nutro Products (based out of Cali-
fornia) is working on a comic book entitled
The Adventures of Captain Nutro.
Bernard Kurland, BAE '72, MEd '78, is re-
tired from the Dade County school system.
Cornelia W. (Strickland) Wilkes Fountain,
BA'75, is a retired middle school teacher from
the Duval County school system.
Mark L. Goldstein, PhD '76, Executive Di-
rector of the Adjustment Center Professional
Corporation, works in forensic evaluation, con-
sultation and counseling. In May 2001,
Goldstein was a keynote speaker for the Illi-
nois Bar Association's Family Law Division.
Diane L. (Kircher) Zimmerman, MEd '76
EdS '76, has been an Assistant Professor in
counselor education at the University of Wis-
consin-Platteville since September 1999. She
completed her EdD in counseling psychology
with a dissertation entitled "Custodial Mother
Adjustment to Divorce: Divorce Education,
Family Functioning and Psychological
Jill F. (Flowers) Calise, BAE '77, a fifth grade
teacher at Hendricks Elementary (Jackson-
ville), was named 2001-2002 Teacher of the
Year at her school. Calise anticipates receiv-
ing her master's degree in educational leader-
ship in August 2002.
Flavia J. (Caballero) Garcia, MEd '78, is cur-
rently a special education teacher in Prince
William County, Virginia. She also serves as a
special education grade level chairperson and
a mentor to new teachers.
Deborah Dugan, BA '80, has been Executive
Vice President and Managing Director of
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) since
April 2000. DPW publishes books and maga-
zines in over 70 countries and 55 languages,
reaching millions of readers every month.
DPW includes the Disney Children's Book
Group and the magazines, Discover Disney
Adventures, Disney Magazine andFamilyFun
in the United States. Prior to joining Disney,
Dugan was an Executive Vice President with
Thorn EMI, a British entertainment conglom-
erate and Director of Legal Services for Vol-
unteer Lawyers for the Arts. She lives with
her husband and two sons in the Upper West
Side of Manhattan.
Barbaros Guncer, PhD '80, is currently an
Executive Board Member for the Higher Edu-
cation Council of Turkey.
Catherine L. Allison-Stubee, EdS '87, serves
as Executive Director of the Physician Hos-
pital Organization of North Central Florida
Cameron C. (Coleman) Dougherty, BA'89,
MEd '90, JD '00, is a Program Specialist IV
with the Florida Department of Education and
acts as a liaison between the Department of
Education, the Department of Juvenile Jus-
tice and school districts.
Kristine L. (Wolking) Rohan, BAE '90,
MEd '91, is Director of the new Early Child-
hood Center (110 students), associated with
The Villages Charter Schools in Sumter
Carolyn Perry, BA'92, MEd '93, completed
her EdD in Curriculum with a dissertation en-
titled "Voices from lock-up: Reflections of
detained youth." Employed with the Geor-
gia Department of Juvenile Justice for 5 years,
Perry is the Educational Supervisor for the
Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center.
Her accomplishments in 2001 included be-
ing awarded Professional Administrator sta-
tus by the Council for Exceptional Children
and being initiated into Pi Lambda Theta In-
ternational Honor Society.
Scott H. Manas, MEd '93, is currently a
middle school math teacher for students with
disabilities at Tampa Day School. On De-
cember 7,2001, Manus ran with the Olympic
torch in Deland, Florida.
Kwani G. (Green) Woods, MEd '96, is an
adjunct instructor at the University of Cen-
tral Florida and Valencia Community College.
She also works as a graduate assistant in the
University of Central Florida Academic Ser-
vices for Student Athletes. Woods, a doctoral
student in Educational Leadership-Higher Ad-
ministration, is a member of the Kappa Delta
Pi International Honor Society in Education,
as well as having a case review article pub-
lished in the Florida School Law Quarterly,
summer 2001 edition.
Terry H. (Heyer) Chance, MEd '97, will
graduate as a school psychologist in May 2002
from the University of Central Florida.
Celia C. Perez, MEd '97, is currently a refer-
ence librarian at the Joseph Regenstein Library
at the University of Chicago. Before obtaining
a Master of Library and Information Science
degree, Perez taught sixth grade language arts
at Lincoln Middle School (Gainesville) for two
Gretchen A. (Erwin) Moore, BAE '98, MEd
'99, teaches first grade at MetroWest Elemen-
tary School (Orlando). She was named Teacher
of the Year 2001-2002.
Deborah E. Bartow, MEd '99, is currently an
eighth grade science teacher at Greenwood
Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary, Florida.
She was named as her school's Teacher of the
Year 2003 for the school year 2001-2002.
Lisa M. Blue, MEd '99, teaches English at
Osceola High School (Kissimmee) and was
appointed advisor for the school newspaper,
Jake 's Journal.
Tara M. Nitsche, BAE '99, MEd '99, teaches
language arts and pre-algebra at The Cottage
Middle School for students with learning dis-
abilities in Roswell, Georgia. Nitsche has re-
ceived a grant to build an outdoor classroom.
Katherine "Katy" G. (Wallace) Rohrig, BA
'99, MEd '00, is in her second year as a first
grade teacher at Eastridge Elementary School
(Colorado) and is being trained as a reading
Ginny M. Beckman, MEd '00, is the Coordi-
nator of Admissions and Registration at the
University of Florida.
Michelle L. (Robinson) Hoepner, BAE '00,
MEd '01, is teaching third grade at Evans El-
ementary School in Oviedo, Florida.
Jill M. Passmore, MEd '00, is currently a
third-grade teacher in North Carolina.
Tracy R. Miller, MEd'01, EdS '01, is a coun-
selor / case manager at the Corer Drugstore
Michael Pesce, a teacher at the Transition Center in St.
Cloud, FL, smiled, cleared his throat, and started talking
about his students. He spoke slowly at first, gaining a kind
of steady rhythm that carried him through his two and a
half minute, impromptu recitation.
"Students of this type are not very good at sitting and
taking lectures, and our class lectures are more than two
hours long," he said. "These kids are incredible learners if
you give them the chance."
Pesce was one of six Florida teachers named as a 2001-
2002 Bingham Environmental Education Foundation
Award winner. The award recipients were recognized at a
December ceremony in Norman Hall and given $1,000 for
"exceptional environmental science projects," according to
Paul Becht, chairman of the foundation. Pesce and his
students designed and implemented a project titled "Water
"The kids drove the whole project," Pesce said. "We're
pretty excited about all of this."
Pesce used the project as a comprehensive learning
experience for his students by encouraging them to use
their math skills while sampling the water. He even
brought in local media representatives to help teach the
students about journalism so that they could create a
newspaper to publicize the results of their findings.
The idea of using science projects to teach across the
curriculum was a common thread among the six teachers,
as it was to Ned Bingham, after whom the foundation was
named. Bingham was instrumental in the formation of the
college's doctoral program, and also was a great force
behind the growth of the Florida Foundation for Future
Scientists. Bingham died in 1990 at the age of 89. His
daughter, Sally Dickinson, is on the foundation's executive
board, and was an organizer for the award reception.
"My father was a really hands-on guy," she said to the
award recipients. "It's re-energizing for me to hear this."
Among the six teachers energizing Dickinson and
Florida students alike, William Zima, a seventh grade
teacher from Meadow Woods Middle School in Davenport,
FL, engaged his students in an acid rain study. Using giant
aqua tanks that his school purchased for a different subject,
Zima was able to teach students not only about ecology,
but also about the biology of the wetlands on which their
school is located. Tied to both subjects are the environ-
mental issues raised by pollution.
"Students will make comparisons as we study acid rain,"
Zima said. "'What can we do?' That's the ultimate
Robin Hutchinson of Lake Gibson High School in
Lakeland, FL, worked with Nancy Smith, a recently retired
teacher, to teach students about wetlands using more than
600 acres of land nearby the school. Hutchinson and Smith
forged the program three years ago, and Smith, who
dreamed of taking students off campus for hands-on
learning activities throughout her 30-year teaching career,
has remained active in the program since her retirement last
year. The site is about 20 minutes by bus from the school,
which means that Hutchinson and her students eat lunch on
the bus rather than at school to have sufficient time on site.
That time is spent utilizing science and math skills, difficult
subject areas for some of Hutchinson's students.
"We're out there for an hour and 20 minutes, maybe an
hour and 30 minutes," Hutchinson said. "The students use
a lot of math and don't realize it, especially percentages
with samplings. The kids can see percentages, which
makes a big difference."
With just four months of teaching experience under his
belt, Joshua Platt of New Dimension High School in
Orlando, FL, initiated a study titled "Eradication of Exotic
Plants" with his students. Utilizing professionals and
resources at Disney's nearby Nature Conservancy, Platt
plans to use his own science background to teach the
students about biodiversity and identification skills.
"Exotic species are a huge problem in Florida," Platt
said. "A good way to incorporate biodiversity is for the
students to develop a management plan to remove exotic
plants from our area."
Ramona Weimerskirch, a teacher at Westwood High
School in Fort Pierce, FL, also utilized nearby resources in
developing her "Water Quality in Your Backyard" project.
Amazed that many of her students were unfamiliar with the
Indian River Lagoon, Weimerskirch partnered with the
Marine Resource Council to literally teach her students
about their backyards.
"We're one of the most diverse estuaries in the world,"
she said. "The project is a long process. It takes the first
half of the year to get the students acclimated into the
scientific mind, but they're all experts by the end. It's
coming together slowly, but it's coming together; and we're
having a good time with it."
The sixth recipient, Dana Lett of Cobb Middle School
in Tallahassee, was unable to attend the award ceremony.
Her project is titled "Environmentally Rich Gardens."
While it is unusual for the foundation to award as many
as six awards, representatives at the reception stressed that
each honoree was chosen because he or she taught by the
philosophies of Ned Bingham. Bingham came to UF in
the 1950s and retired as Emeritus Professor in 1971. Prior
to coming to UF, he was a high school teacher and princi-
pal and an award-winning high school football and
basketball coach. He also taught at Temple, Northwestern,
The mission of the University of Florida Alumni
Association is to foster and enhance the relationship
between the University of Florida, its alumni,
students and friends to support the University's
mission of teaching, research and service. The
College of Education supports this mission and values
its alums so much that it has assigned a full-time
person to focus on this mission and alumni needs.
Since taking the reigns as interim dean, Ben F
Nelms has been determined that the College will do a
better job with serving its alumni. "All great colleges
have strong alumni support, and we should be no
different," said Nelms. But unlike other great
colleges, we did not have a staff person devoted to
our alumni. However, in the fall of 2001 Nelms
assigned a staff person to engage and solely serve the
College of Education alumni.
The College has had a volunteer Alumni Board of
Directors for a number of years, but there was not a
person that could focus on the day-to-day needs and
services alums deserve. "I am delighted that the
College has taken this step to show our alums that
they are valued," says Kathy Mizereck, President of
the University of Florida College of Education
Alumni Board of Directors. "We have very strong
and loyal alums, and now they have someone at the
College who can assist them with information,
meetings, events and a whole host of services," added
While the College depends on and appreciates the
alumni for their generous financial support, it is
State College (Pennsylvania), Berkeley, UCLA, the
University of Vermont and San Francisco State College.
He and his wife Marjorie were members of a Columbia
University team that worked in India in the 1960s to
restructure the nation's science curriculum. He was an
editor of Science Education for 10 years and the recipient
of awards from the National Association for Research in
Science Teaching, the Council for Elementary Science
International, the Association for the Education of Teachers
in Science and the National Science Teachers Association.
important that they know that the gift of their time can
be used as well. There are events where their help can
be used (for example, reunions, Homecoming, the
University's 150th anniversary, and the College's
In early December of 2001, Jimmy Ebersole was
appointed to the position of Coordinator of Public
Functions and Alumni Relations for the College of
Education. He is a graduate of the University and
excited to be working with alums from the College. If
you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns
about the College or the University, please contact him
at the number below.
One of the first programs that Dean Nelms started
with Ebersole was having small alumni dinners. These
were casual dinners with 10 to 12 people and were
held both locally and in cities that the dean visits. So
far the dean has hosted dinners in Tallahassee, Miami,
Gainesville, and Orlando. "These dinners have been
going very well and are a great way of staying in touch
and having continued dialogue with the College's
alumni," said Ebersole.
Future projects include having better electronic
communication with the College's alumni. Special
activities for both the University's 150th anniversary
celebration and then the College's centennial celebra-
tion in 2006 are being planned. If you would like to be
a part of this planning process or have suggestions,
please contact Jimmy Ebersole at148 Norman Hall;
PO Box 117044, Gainesville, FL 32611-7044; 352-
392-1058 ext. 293 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
W TI: 77
Dreams Come True for Former
PROTEA CH Students
Aisha Saeed Writesfor the
Second-grader Aisha Saeed listened intently as Ms.
Nemoytin read Lafcadio the Lion. She imagined herself
one day reading the story to her class. Fifteen years later,
Saeed's dream came true.
After graduating from the University of Florida's
PROTEACH program in 2001, Saeed secured a full-
time position at Little River Elemen-
tary School in Orlando teaching
"Working with people is the type of oi/
career that helps you lose yourself and th
care about your work, and that is more
important to me than anything else," helps you
Saeed said. care about
She faces many of the same obstacles
experienced by new teachers. The low is more im
salary, inadequate resources and
minimal breaks seem discouraging; but
Saeed relies on the advice of expert
co-workers and the training she
received in school to overcome the stress of the first
days of teaching.
"It [college] gave me a fount of knowledge and
techniques. The psychology courses and books helped me
to better understand my students and taught me to vary my
techniques as prescribed," Saeed said. "The mentoring
program and the internships also gave me a firmer
grasp of the reality of teaching and enabled me to know
veteran teachers whose experience and advice were
One of the most exciting and shocking events occurred
when Saeed realized that she was no longer a student but
rather the teacher in charge of them.
"That is something scary and really makes you realize
the gravity of your responsibility," Saeed said.
Being employed at a low-income school in Orange
County, Saeed is familiar with many of the pressures of
working with underprivileged children. In addition to the
high mobility rate in the school, many of her students
come from tough homes and backgrounds.
"To listen to a child tell you he rolls marijuana for his
father or see a little girl crying because Daddy left again
and Mom is working two jobs to keep a roof over their
heads can really make someone with a thin skin break
down," Saeed said.
But Saeed hopes to serve as a role model to her stu-
dents. She wants to be a stable figure in their lives and a
person her students can trust.
"We are not family...but perhaps we care just as much,"
Saeed believes that her students appreciate her hard
work. By helping them with their reading and math skills,
she feels a sense of accomplishment that makes the
kinig l ihi people is
e type of career that
lose yourself and
your work, and that
portant to me than
ps miniscule in comparison to the rewards.
"Sometimes they say thank you,"
Saeed said. "That's priceless."
Saeed shares her encounters as a new
teacher in a monthly column in the
Orlando Sentinel. In collaboration with
the newspaper's "Read by Nine" pro-
gram, Saeed writes on a variety of
education topics for the iin-! ii Section."
"I hope it [the article] will give
teachers more respect and a professional
view by showing the hard work and
reflection that goes into how we teach,"
Saeed said. "I hope it helps parents
better understand some concepts they are
Saeed will continue writing for the remainder of the
school year. She considers her work an opportunity to
shape the future and a chance to change the lives of
Dianna Miller Becomes
Teacher of the Year
Dianna L. Miller, a doctoral student in social science
education at the University of Florida, has been selected as
Clay County Teacher of the Year. The winner of the
prestigious award, given to classroom teachers who
demonstrate excellence in teaching, community interac-
tion, extra-curricular involvement and a commitment to
life-long learning, is chosen by a committee of teachers,
parents, administrators, community leaders and county
After working two years at Clay High School in Green
Cove Springs, Miller has earned the respect of her col-
leagues and gained recognition from the community.
"Teachers who observe my classroom comment on the
number of students who are actively engaged in the
lesson," Miller said.
Miller, who has been a teacher for six years, realizes the
impact she has had on her students and is thrilled to have
been selected for this esteemed position.
"Becoming Teacher of the Year has made me realize
how much they respect me as a teacher and a person,"
Miller said. "It is my relationship with students that will
keep me in the classroom where I can help them achieve
She acknowledges that her teaching technique makes her
a successful educator. By incorporating hands-on activities
that meld the needs of auditory, kinesthetic, and visual
learners, Miller attempts to address the uniqueness of each
student. She creates a distinct classroom dynamic by
making her students feel comfortable about expressing their
"I work hard at making my classroom a safe place for
young minds to expand their knowledge," Miller said.
In her class, students can be seen participating in the
learning process. Whether they are talking in cooperative
groups about the latest news story, producing power point
presentations or creating a storybook about the government,
the students in her AP and Honors classes are working hard
to complete their lessons.
"I try to find ways to motivate students with activities,"
Miller said. "My ability to make history interesting and
alive for my students is my best quality."
Miller, who has expertise in a variety of careers,
found her passion in teaching. After operating flight
simulators as a Naval Tradesman, being the first woman
electronic technician at Lanier Business Products, and
working with the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprentice-
ship Program, Miller discovered the joy in teaching
"As a result of my varied professional past, I am able to
bring more real-life experiences into the classroom," Miller
said. "I also learned to be a creative problem solver which
is a great help in dealing with my students."
After finishing a long day of teaching, Miller
packs into her car and treks the 60 plus miles to attend her
doctoral classes at UF.
"I am committed to receiving the best education I can,"
Miller said. "When I graduate, I will be able to say that I
graduated from one of the top schools in the nation."
Balancing school and work, Miller benefits from being
a teacher and a student as she can relate to the situations
her students are in and can serve as a role model by
demonstrating how to improve their organizational skills.
"When my students complain that they have too much
homework, we compare workloads," Miller said.
At times, she finds it difficult to inspire this type of
motivation and commitment in some students. Although
she sets high expectations for her students, she challenges
them to do their best.
"I once had a teacher tell me I couldn't save them all,
but I sure try hard," Miller said.
Relishing the importance of teaching, Miller appreciates
the diversity and creativity necessary to teach and feels
rewarded by helping her students accomplish their goals.
"To be a part of the success of students is an incredible
feeling of satisfaction that only grows as you nurture your
students through one portion of their academic lives."
Miller has experienced an extraordinary career and
succeeded in discovering her purpose. Being selected Clay
County Teacher of the Year is just another sign that she
made the right decision in becoming a teacher.
"I quit a high paying job and have never regretted it,"
Miller said. "Teaching is my passion, and I love being in
NOVEMBER 15-17, 2002
Remember those days and
Revisit this place
Lastinger Center Reception
The reception to otticially welcome the director of
the ,Io,a.,. ,- Center for Learning. Left to right:
Sheila Dickison, Associate Provost -University
Honors Program; Mr. Allen II ,,% io. center
benefactor; Dr Donald Pemberton, Director,
I r ,,, .. r Center; Mrs. Delores I ,,,,i.. center
benefactor; Dr. Theresa Vernetson, Assistant
Dean for Student Affairs and Ben F Nelms,
Pardon Our Dust!
Renovations have begun in the classrooms of "old"
Norman Hall. This room was once the library for
RP K. Yonge Developmental Research School.
A final note...
Flag Flies High at Norman Hall
This American flag was created by 150
Gainesville elementary school students. Each
child wrote their hopes, prayers, and dreams for
America on the individual stripes.
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