July 2017

Alumnus selected as Monongalia County Teacher of the Year

Just four years into his teaching career at North Elementary School in Morgantown, W.Va., Kevin Kieffer learned that he had been selected as the school’s nominee for Monongalia County Teacher of the Year. Then, Kieffer learned that he’d won.

“That was a surprise,” Kieffer said. “North Elementary just has absolutely amazing teachers, so to get the nomination from them was such an honor. And then, to find out that I got the award for the entire county was baffling.”

Student Spotlight: Sally Ayob

Before moving from Egypt to the United States in 2011, Sally Ayob researched doctoral programs all over the world. Knowing that she needed to perfect her knowledge of the English language before enrolling, Ayob searched for programs that would provide her with additional language training.  

“I felt like I really needed to improve my skills with the language before starting at this level,” Ayob said. “When you’re coming to study for a doctoral degree, you can’t be learning how to make a sentence. You’re here to argue, to research, to read.”

Faculty Spotlight: Chris Schimmel

Dr. Chris Schimmel, associate professor in the CEHS Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology, spends a large portion of her time as an educator teaching students about the significant role that school counselors play in classrooms and communities.

Through her work, Schimmel illustrates that school counselors do much more than change students’ schedules and provide information about college scholarships. These duties, often associated with the stereotypical guidance counselor, are just a small part of the services that professional school counselors provide.

CEHS professors collaborate on textbook chapter

Dr. Kim Floyd of CEHS’ Department of Special Education, and Dr. Neal Shambaugh of the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development, are no strangers to collaboration. The pair has worked together to write two textbook chapters, one of which was recently published.

Their newest chapter, included in the Handbook of Research on Digital Content, Mobile Learning, And Technology Integration Models in Teacher Education, is called “Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines for Mobile Devices and Technology Integration in Teacher Education.” The section discusses how classroom technology can be used to support all students, and more specifically, how educators can integrate mobile devices into their classrooms to engage a diverse range of learners.