May 2017

CEHS graduates 445, alumna receives presidential honorary doctorate

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, 445 graduates received their degrees from the College of Education and Human Services. They traveled from near and far to participate in the ceremony, and one Regents Bachelor of Arts graduate, Matt Freed, came all the way from China.

Freed, who teaches English at a medical university in Jianzhou, endured well over 24 hours of travel to cross the stage for his degree, which he earned online. According to Freed, holding his RBA will provide him with a wealth of opportunity.

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Faculty Spotlight: Stephanie Lorenze

In Dr. Stephanie Lorenze’s classroom, everyone is a dancer. Lorenze, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies, teaches Dance and Movement in PK-12 schools, a class that provides students with what Lorenze calls a ‘danceucation.’

The goal of this ‘danceucation’ is to show future teachers, primarily elementary education majors, how physical movement can be used to teach core concepts like reading and science. And while Lorenze’s lessons are based in educational theory and research, her classes look much different than traditional college lectures.

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Student Spotlight: Jacinda Hickman

CEHS Student Ambassador, rising senior Jacinda Hickman, always knew that she wanted to pursue a job that would allow her to impact the lives others. Born into a family with a history of hearing loss, Hickman learned sign language before she learned to speak. 

“It’s kind of like how babies learn baby signs, but I just continued to do that throughout my life,” Hickman said. “I use that to communicate with my parents.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Keisha Kibler

Last summer, Keisha Hopkins Kibler packed up her old classroom in Preston County and prepared to move her teaching materials to a new building not far away.

Kibler, a Mercer County native and 2003 graduate of CEHS’ five-year teacher education program, has spent the last 12 years as an English and language arts teacher in Arthurdale, W.Va. She spent the majority of that time at West Preston Middle School, which transitioned to a new K-8 building (renamed as West Preston School) at the beginning of the 2016 school year.

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