Alumni Update: Paige Schuler

2013 COE Alumna Paige Schuler

2013 COE Alumna Paige Schuler

Paige Schuler, a 2013 UF master’s graduate in elementary education, has received a 2016 Excellence Award in teaching from Success Academy Charter Schools of New York City.

Schuler was selected from among 1,400 faculty members at 34 Success Academy schools in New York City.

Schuler is a first grade teacher at Success Academy Harlem 1 and has constantly pushed her students to achieve, especially in difficult subject matter like math. She credits her classroom success to the foundation she learned while at UF.

“I was able to take really valuable courses from amazing professors that gave me real teaching experience through several different field placements,” Schuler said. “I am so proud to teach my kids all about the Gators!”

Sampson to receive honorary degree in Finland

College of Education: Jim Sampson

College of Education: Jim Sampson

UF College of Education alumnus Jim Sampson was selected to  receive an honorary degree from a leading educational university in Finland.

The University of Jyväskylä announced recently that Sampson will be among 13 to receive honorary degrees in August for “meritorious work for the benefit of society or science.”

Sampson has three degrees from the University of Florida College of Education: bachelor’s (1973) and master’s (1975) in marriage and family counseling, and a doctorate of education in 1977.

Since 1982, Sampson has taught courses at Florida State University in career development and computer applications in counseling. Currently, he is the Mode L. Stone Distinguished Professor of Counseling and Career Development in the department of educational psychology and learning systems. He also serves as associate dean for faculty development.

The University of Jyväskylä’s website says it is an internationally renowned research university and “a leading expert on teacher education and adult education.”

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Dennis Gallon

Dr. GallonCongratulations to Dr. Dennis Gallon (Ph.D ’75) for recently receiving the 2015 James L Wattenbarger Award from the Association of Florida Colleges.

The prestigious award was established in 2001 to honor those who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to one of Florida’s colleges or the Florida College System.

Gallon, president emeritus of Palm Beach State College, recently retired from a 51-year education career. He made a permanent impact on the Palm Beach college. In June, its board of trustees announced the college’s fifth campus would be named in honor of Gallon.

“I’m committed to this institution. I cannot think of too many better ways I can spend an hour or spend a day than to be here at this institution,” Dr. Gallon said. “I wish I could do this job forever.”

Read more about Dr. Gallon.

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EduGators Making a Difference: Dr. Kathleen Farrand

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Farrand (MED ’06) on her new position at Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor!

Recently awarded 2015 Outstanding CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) Graduate Student of the Year, Farrand has been making strides to improve the social and academic success of all early childhood students. With a focus of dramatic inquiry in inclusive classrooms for students in a variety of settings, her research has helped to implement progressive learning and engagement strategies throughout classrooms.

Aside from being an Associate Professor, Farrand also serves as the editor of the Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly Journal and as an executive board member of the Division on Visual Impairments and Deaf Blindness.

She has published several articles to date, which have been presented at conferences for the CEC, the Association for Science Teacher Education, the Ohio Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Ethnography in Education Research Forum.

And she has not stopped there! Farrand has continually worked in leadership roles with early childhood students and continues to impress colleagues with her ability to relate to students with disabilities.

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Tammy Ryan

tammyryancostarica-library2Dr. Tammy Ryan (BAE ’83) is getting attention far and wide for her leadership in helping children to read and preparing teachers to improve literacy among K-12 students.

Ryan, an associate professor of reading education at Jacksonville University, was awarded the university’s 2015 Woman of the Year award for her outstanding contributions to the campus and the community, including running a reading lab to help improve the literacy of Duval County youngsters.

More recently, Ryan, established a 500-book library in Uvita, Costa Rica, a small village with few children’s books and no school libraries. Ryan, her three nieces and other volunteers rounded up Spanish and English books to establish the library at an after-school center for kindergarten-to-fifth-graders. They used mobile devices and apps to create a book inventory, provide library cards and set up an efficient checkout system.

Now Ryan is getting the word out to help others to establish similar libraries. Read more about her international work.

Go Dr. Ryan and go EduGators!

2015 COE Edugator Tailgate

The College of Education hosted an EduGator Tailgate at the Brick Plaza of Norman Hall Saturday, October 3rd. Over a hundred COE alumni and friends gathered together for food, drinks, conversation, and to watch some good ole’ football. The College of Education plans to host future EduGator Alumni Tailgates.

Thank you to all our alumni and guests who were able to attend this event!

To see all of the photos from the event, click here.

Alumni Spotlight: Maryanne Swegles


This EduGator is Literally Going Everywhere – Maryanne Swegles

Maryanne Swegles (BAE ’77) is leaving New England after a 20+ year career in art education to see the United States in her new Airstream Flying Cloud. Maryanne is preparing to take on this new stage in life with her husband, retired Lt. Commander USCG Michael Swegles. Happy travels, Maryanne & Michael! Follow their blog:

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Ann Marie O’Roark

Oroark Congratulations to EduGator, Dr. Ann Marie O’Roark Ann Marie O’Roark (PhD ’74, foundations of education, MEd ‘72) received the 2015 Frances Mullen Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Psychology from the International Council of Psychologists. The award, presented on Aug. 3 at the council’s annual conference in Toronto, recognizes O’Roark for 37 years of leadership to the international association, including serving as president, secretary and director. Go EduGators!

Alumni Spotlight: Deborah Dugan

EduGators Who Are Making a Difference — Deborah Dugan

Deb DuganDeborah Dugan (BAE ‘80) is the current CEO of (RED), a non-profit organization that is working to end the world transmission of AIDS from mothers to their babies. Co-founded by music star Bono, (RED) took on Deborah Dugan as their CEO in 2011. Since then (RED) has partnered up with global corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America and several others in efforts to make the prevention of AIDs easy and accessible on a mass scale. Prior to (RED), Deborah has served as President of Disney Publishing Worldwide, overseeing 275 magazines and publishing for more than 4,000 new book titles. Deborah has written for the Huffington Post and McKinsey’s Social Innovation publication and was also named one of the “100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes Magazine. Deborah is making us proud – Go EduGators!

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Christopher Rampacek


We are proud of our alum Dr. Christopher Rampacek (BSPE ’77 MEd ’78) for reminding us that the EduGator Nation really is everywhere. For the past two years he has been working on contracted teaching assignments in China, Thailand and Malaysia involving physical education and sport coaching for the U.S. Sports Academy. Christopher says, “It is a great opportunity to represent my country, share my educational passion and influence my students to become better teachers and coaches.”
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