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College of Education

Achievements from our Students

On April 21st, 2011, 11 of Assistant Professor Dr. Sherman Elliott's traditional College of Education students participated as portfolio judges for the state finals of Project Citizen at Phoenix City Hall.

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For the 2010-2011 school year, 57 undergraduate and graduate learners were inducted into Alpha Epsilon Gamma, the GCU Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
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Teacher candidates, Anthony Perez and David Coates, were selected as GCU's Rodel Promising Student Teachers for spring 2011 semester. 


Achievements from our Alumni

Randy Watkins,alum of GCU's Masters in Educational Administration program, was selected as one of 11 finalists for the 2011 Rodel Exemplary Principal award for Maricopa, Pinal and Yavapai counties.  Randy serves as the principal of Michael Anderson K-12, an Avondale high-needs school. Finalists were nominated by their district superintendents and selected based on a demonstrated ability to lead their respective staff to success while developing a high-achieving institution.

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Anthony Perez, GCU College of Education alum and second-grade teacher at Glenn F. Burton Elementary School, is making a tremendous impact on his students.  Anthony earned his master's in education from GCU and soon began teaching English Language Development to a class of 23 second-grade students of which only 6 could read at or above their grade level.  Today, that number has improved to an astounding 19 students!  Anthony's passion and ability to design lessons around each student's needs and learning styles has been credited as the key to this remarkable achievement.  The Glendale school district has also taken notice and honored Anthony as a "Rookie Teacher of the Year" and invited him to serve on the English Language Development Committee - the only first-year teacher who was asked.

Anthony credits much of his success to his personalized education at GCU as well as the mentoring program of the Rodel Foundation of Arizona.  While a student at GCU, Anthony was named a Rodel Promising Teacher which gave him the opportunity to be mentored by Rodel Exemplary Teacher, Raquel Mendoza.  This partnership was instrumental in landing Anthony his teaching job over at Burton Elementary School. 

"He (Anthony Perez) is all about wanting to make sure he is delivering the information and designing the lessons according to each student's needs and learning styles," said Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick, executive director of outreach for GCU's College of Education.

Dr. Gilpatrick added, "It's phenomenal what he's been able to do."

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Donna DeTommaso-Kleinert, who received her doctorate in educational leadership from GCU, recently was named the "2012 Outstanding Doctoral Student" by the Arizona School Administrators organization. DeTommaso-Kleinert teaches English as a second language at Penndale Middle School and North Penn High School in Lansdale, Penn.

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Karri Zotyka Parramore was selected as West Bainbridge Elementary School's "Teacher of the Year" in Bainbridge, Ga. Parramore, who has been at the school since 2005 as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher, received her master's degree from GCU.

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Elcan-King Elementary School honored GCU Master's degree grad Chrissy Mueller by naming her "Teacher of the Year".

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Fourth-grade teacher Crystal Lock was honored as "Teacher of the Year" at Finley Elementary School in Finley, Tenn. She received her master's in teaching from GCU.

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Stacey Musey, a Vineland High School North biology instructor in Vineland, N.J., was selected as the Cumberland County "Teacher of the Year". She received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on technology at GCU.

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In July 2011, a national panel selected five educators as the 2012 recipients of The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence.  Lisa Esquibel, a graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program at Grand Canyon University, was selected as a recipient of this prestigious award.  Lisa is a kindergarten teacher at Davis Elementary School in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  As a Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence recipient, Lisa is also a finalist for the $25,000 National Education Association's Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence, the event's top honor, which will be awarded at 2012's gala event. 

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Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has named Elisha R. Gray as "APS Teacher of the Year" for 2011-2012.  Elisha earned her Master's degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University.  She teaches students with significant cognitive disabilities at Jackson High School in South Atlanta, GA.   As APS Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012, Ms. Gray automatically becomes a candidate for Georgia Teacher of the Year, which will be decided later in the school year.  

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East Clayton Elementary School in Ellenwood, GA has awarded Ashley Nelson the "2011-2012 Teacher of the Year" distinction.  Ms. Nelson received a Master's of Art in Teaching from Grand Canyon University before accepting a position teaching 5th grade at East Clayton Elementary School.

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The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) named Ronald Michael Geist a "2011 Teacher of the Year" for excellence in teaching at the Okinawa District in Japan.  Ronald completed his Master's Degree in Educational Technology and Curriculum from Grand Canyon University.  He currently serves as the vocal and instrumental instructor at Kubasaki High School in Okinawa.  

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The Arizona Department of Education conducted a survey of Arizona principals asking for input on first-year teachers. GCU's College of Education had 39 of its teacher graduates evaluated and they outperformed the state average for "Exceeds Expectations of a Beginning Teacher".

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Sakeenah Smith, a GCU College of Education graduate who is now a third grade teacher at the Alhambra Elementary School District, was named an Exemplary Teacher by the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona. When asked about a teacher that changed her life, she said, "A teacher in my past that changed my life is Dr. Betz Frederick who was my Math Methods instructor at Grand Canyon University. She is an innovative teacher who is very passionate about her students and the field of mathematics."


Achievements from our Faculty

Marjaneh Gilpatrick, Executive Director of Education Outreach for the College of Education, has been selected as an esteemed board member for the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF). The prestigious AEF board is a diverse group of business, education and community leaders who work to connect the business and educational communities in the state. The AEF celebrates excellence in public education through various community partnerships and programs such as the "A+ School of Excellence Program", "Arizona Spelling Bee" and "Principals' Leadership Academy", just to name a few.

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Dr. Sherman Elliot's
paper on Teaching Islam has been accepted by the National Social Science Association for presentation during their Spring 2012 conference. Dr. Elliott's presentation has two main objectives: to learn about the benefits of narrative case studies in teaching about Islam in a social studies classroom and to understand the research that supports such benefits to the learner.

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College of Education Assistant Dean Dr. Carlyn Ludlow presented at the National Conference on the Learning Environment on the topic of "Conversations about Collaboration - Building Bridges."

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College of Education Assistant Professor Dr. Sherman Elliott recently learned that Middle Ground Magazine will publish an article he wrote about developing and implementing a civics education program. 

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For GCU's Scholastic webinar series, Dr. Kay Hansen, Chair of Curriculum and Instruction, presented on the topic of "Summer Reading: How to Motivate Boys to Read" on May 2, 2011 and Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick, College of Education Assistant Dean, presented on the topic of "Fostering Vocabulary Development of English Language Learners" on April 15, 2011.

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College of Education Professor Dr. Casey Reason was honored in April of 2011 as a Distinguished Alumnus Colloquium speaker at The University of Toledo where he led a lecture and training session with graduate students, area principals and teachers on the topic of leading a learning organization.


College's Outreach Program

The College of Education's Outreach Service program, Lopes for Literacy, launched its reading incentive program during the 2010-2011 school year. Dr. Gilpatrick, Assistant Dean, presented the winner's class with brand new books from Scholastic. Their teacher reported that the children were so excited about their books that they begged to stay in during recess to read them.