National ed leaders, diverse practitioners headline Education Career Night Feb. 21

Teaching isn’t the only profession you’ll hear about if you attend UF’s 2013 Education Career Night Feb. 21, 5 to 6 p.m., at the Reitz Union (Rm. 282). A panel of five dynamic College of Education alumni will offer career advice and talk about the distinctly different career paths they each have followed—quite successfully—after earning their education degrees at UF.

Eric Grunden, a 2012 Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence honoree, is one of five notable EduGator alumni on the speakers panel

The event is open to all UF students. This year’s panel will include a U.S. Presidential teacher honoree, a former Florida education commissioner, the CEO of a corporate leadership firm, the head of a domestic abuse network and a university mental health counselor.

The panel members are:

  • Eric Grunden (MEd ’94, science education), the chief school officer of Research Triangle High School and the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Eric Smith (DEd ’84, Curriculum & Instruction), former Florida commissioner of education, now serving as executive director of Chiefs for Change, a visionary education reform group working to enhance student achievement and success in college and careers
  • Theresa Beachy (PhD ’00 in education leadership), executive director of Peaceful Paths, a domestic abuse network in Gainesville
  • Sharon Daniels (BAE ’76 in elementary education), CEO of Achieve Global, a Tampa-based leadership development firm
  • Jaime Jasser (PhD ’08 in mental health counseling), a licensed mental health counselor with the UF Counseling and Wellness Center

For more information:


   SOURCE: Jodi Mount, alumni affairs coordinator, UF College of Education,; 352-273-4142

   WRITER: Larry Lansford, director, news and communications, UF College of Education;; 352-273-4137