Gainesville EduGator Named Teacher of the Year

Sarah Hickey Cheshire (MED ’06, Social Studies Ed.) has been named Teacher of the Year at Fort Clarke Middle School in Gainesville, Florida.

Sarah completed the Pro-Teach Master’s program and is still close to some of the professors and classmates. “The program offered at UF is invaluable and I feel very fortunate that I was given the opportunity to attend,” says Sarah.

She has been teaching at Fort Clarke for 6 years. For 5 years Sarah taught regular and gifted Geography classes and this year she is teaching gifted U.S. History.

Sarah is the Social Studies Department chair at Fort Clarke and the 8th grade Student Council Sponsor.

“I feel that teaching is the best profession in the world.  I have never dreaded going to my job and I get the opportunity to laugh and see the world through a child’s eyes every day. Nothing beats that!”



2011 UF Homecoming Events

UF Homecoming week is always filled with fun activities and plenty of opportunities to show gator spirit.  This year the COE celebrated Homecoming with a variety of festive events and activities.

We kicked off the fun with the Dean Welcoming Reception Friday evening in the Norman Hall courtyard.  Alumni, faculty, and friends were invited to the event for a chance to meet the new dean, Dr. Glenn Good, and catch up before heading to Gator Growl that evening.  The event went very well, thanks to some great food and several outdoor heaters that kept our guests warm enough to enjoy the great evening atmosphere.

Saturday morning meant BBQ at the O’Connell center.  For several years, the College has hosted tables at the annual UF Homecoming BBQ.  Each year the event gets bigger and this year’s gathering included a game of corn hole, a raffle for a free engraved brick, and plenty of give-aways.  Our guests were able to enjoy lunch while catching up with friends and participating in activities hosted by the College before walking over to the stadium for the big game against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

To view photos from the events, please check out our Flickr page.



2011 Grand Guard Luncheon

From left: William and Sharon Sprott, Lynda Hayes, Dean Glen Good, DeAnna Jacobs, and David Murray














The UF College of Education hosted a luncheon on October 14th for this year’s Grand Guard visitors. The luncheon was held at the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School and activities included a tour of the school,musical  performance by PK’s students, and updates on the many exciting initiatives at the College of Education.

Attendees were also able to meet the new COE dean, Dr. Glenn Good, and PK’s newest director, Dr. Lynda Hayes.