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Learning disabilities group honors UF Special Ed grad

UF Special Education alumnus David Allsopp (MEd '90, PhD, '95) has been named the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year by the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).


UF Grad’s Newest Leadership Role: Chair of Florida’s Largest School District

UF education alumnus Larry Feldman (BAE ’72, MAE ’73, special education) has pretty much seen it all during his 44-year career as a teacher and leader in Miami-Dade County. Now he has assumed his biggest leadership role yet: chair of the nation's fourth-largest school district.


UF, COE, state mourn loss of ‘rising star’ alumnus Brian Dassler

UF and the COE mourn the sudden death on March 21 of "public education rising superstar" and EduGator alumnus Brian Dassler. He died of natural causes at age 38 in Tallahassee, where he was deputy chancellor of educator quality for the state DOE.


COE alumna Stacy Ellis named new UF Baby Gator director

After conducting a national search, the University of Florida has named a College of Education alumna as the new director of Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers at UF. Deciding the best candidate was already on staff, the university […]


Ed. Leadership alumna heads Florida Philanthropic Network

UF College of Education alumna Stacy Carlson (PhD ‘11, educational leadership and administration) is the new president and CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Carlson previously was vice president and program director of College and Career Readiness at Helios Education Foundation […]


How Outstanding Young Alum saved his teaching career

Jon Mundorf was considering quitting teaching. Now he is receiving the College of Education’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Learn how the P.K. Yonge teacher revived his career.


School names corridor after former principal to honor daughter’s gift

Leslie Eggert Scales-Holloway (BAE ’68) was visibly moved as she reflected on her late father’s role as the beloved principal at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School from 1947 to 1952. “He strongly believed in the connection between school and community,” […]


Special ed. alumni cited for early research success

A pair of College of Education alumni have been selected for prestigious national honors from the Council for Exceptional Children for their outstanding research. Brian Boyd won the 2016 Distinguished Early Career Research Award and recent graduate Elizabeth Bettini won […]


NSF fellowship is just the latest achievement for UFTeach alum Xavier Monroe

Xavier J. Monroe, a 2013 UF graduate, belongs on a UFTeach student recruitment poster. And that’s even before he was awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship in STEM education and learning research recently from the National Science Foundation. While Monroe […]


’72 grad Renee Tipton Clift honored as 2015 UF Distinguished Alumna

The University of Florida has selected noted teacher education innovator Renee Tipton Clift, a 1972 graduate of the UF College of Education, to receive its 2015 UF Distinguished Alumni Award. Clift, a professor and dean at the University of Arizona […]


EduGator alumni gatherings coming your way in Tampa, Gainesville, Chicago and St. Augustine

EduGators in Tampa, Gainesville, Chicago and St. Augustine areas take note: We’re heading your way and would love to get together with you! Delicious food, great conversations and reminiscing with your fellow COE alumni await you, and you’ll hear the latest updates on the College’s […]


Diverse practitioners headline Education Career Night April 8

Four College of Education alumni will offer career advice that extends well beyond teaching during the college’s annual Education Career Night set for April 8 at the Reitz Union Auditorium. The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. […]


Social studies ed. graduate named district’s top teacher

David Fields, a 2008 M.Ed. graduate in social studies education, has been named the Clay County (Fla.) School District’s Teacher of the Year. Fields has been teaching advanced placement U.S. history and American government at Orange Park High School for the past […]


SPC honors EduGator alumna-donor Helen Gilbart

St. Petersburg College has honored UF College of Education alumna Helen Gilbart with its 2014 Outstanding Alumna Award. Gilbart graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College (renamed SPC in 2001 when it began offering baccalaureate degree programs) in 1964 with her […]


Young Alum honoree named to state education post

UF College of Education alumnus Brian Dassler (MEd ‘02, English Education) has been named the Florida Department of Education’s deputy chancellor of education quality for the Division of K 12 Public Schools. Dassler received the college’s Young Alumni Award two […]


Alumna’s calendar photo inspires others with Parkinson’s disease

A floral photograph taken by COE ProTeach alumna Sandy Schilffarth Cohen (BAE ’95, MAE ‘96) has been selected to appear on the cover of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s 2014 calendar. Her photograph (above) depicts a fiery orange and yellow tulip […]


Higher Ed alum heads elite university program for veterans

Under the leadership of UF higher education administration alumnus Phillip Morris, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs was recently ranked among the best Western regional universities for veterans. Morris directs the university’s Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs.  Morris received […]


ESOL ed alumnus named ‘Top 40 Innovator’ in digital education

James May, a “double EduGator” with two advanced degrees from UF’s College of Education, was named one of this year’s Top 40 Innovators in Education by the national Center for Digital Education.  The center is a national research and advisory […]


UF higher ed alum named to Florida university system post

Chris Mullin (PhD ’08), a UF doctoral graduate in higher education administration, has been appointed assistant vice chancellor for policy and research by the State University System’s Board of Governors. The board oversees Florida’s public university system. Mullin previously served […]


Education Leadership grad leaves UF campus a friendlier place for Asian Pacific Islanders

On a post-graduation trip to the Philippines in 2006, Leah Villanueva looked out across the South China Sea as the sun set and was struck by an overwhelming calling to be a teacher. Villanueva, who identifies as “Filipina-Canadian-American,” had just […]


School counseling alumna studies human trafficking in Thailand, Cambodia

Alumna Catherine Tucker (EdS 2005, PhD 2007, school counseling and guidance) traveled to Thailand and Cambodia last month to learn about human trafficking as part of her clinical and research work on children who have experienced trauma. Tucker graduated from […]


UF-PKY alumna, 90, still has plenty to teach children—through poetry

UF education alumna Margaret Rosenberger (BAE ’49, MEd ’52), a fifth-generation Florida native and a 1939 graduate of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, has been writing poetry since she was 10. Now, at 90, she is looking to publish her latest […]