CEHD Alumni Profiles
The College of Education & Human Development has produced thousands of qualified professionals who have made a positive impact on the field of education. Click the stories below to read more about some of our outstanding alumni.
Featured Profile – Valerie Jones
Along with CEHD alumnus Pauline Henry (B.S.E. ’95), President Barack Obama named Valerie Jones (M.Ed. ’03) a recipient of this year’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching — the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science.
Jones has been an educator for 15 years, most recently serving for four years as a pre-algebra, algebra and geometry teacher for sixth through eighth graders at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. She uses a flipped classroom teaching model and incorporates performing arts, real-world connections and video games into lessons.
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Tommy hopes the writing center he co-founded with a colleague at his current high school will help students thrive and become a space where they… more »
After returning to his hometown in Jackson, MS, Chaka says one of the best aspects of the M.Ed. in English Education program was its focus… more »
Once Callan realized her passion lie in shaping educational and health policies, she decided to pursue a degree that exposed her to a broader understanding… more »
Malika is a self-described math nerd who wants to travel the world and study how successful math teachers from other countries integrate math discourse in… more »
Nneka says the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement courses have drastically improved how she teaches math, and has enabled her to have much more meaningful discussions about… more »
Heather discusses how her ESOL elementary students are thriving in math with the lessons she’s learned after receiving her K-5 Math Endorsement.
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After 32 years of teaching math at the high school and college level, Geoff says he’s remained in the profession because he was called to… more »
After teaching special education elementary students for four years, Tiffany wanted to improve how she taught mathematics, so she returned to Georgia State for an… more »
Kayla’s love of mathematics fueled her passion to become an elementary math educator. After receiving her M.Ed. in Elementary Education, she decided to pursue a… more »
Once she completed her M.Ed. in English Education, Brianne leveraged her degree and background in publishing and working as an English high school teacher by… more »
After spending several years in the classroom as a high school English teacher, Sean transitioned into a Teacher Development Specialist after receiving his M.Ed. in… more »
Prior to enrolling in the M.A.T. in English Education program, Lesleigh taught high school English for five years. After receiving her master’s degree, she says… more »
As a recent graduate of the M.A.T. in English Education program, Mara Johnson understands the power of creativity and how to use innovative methods to… more »
A love of history and culture in high school led Courtney to the Master of Arts in Teaching in Social Studies Education program.
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After completing her Master of Arts in Teaching in English Education, Esther says the program’s preparation has been key to her success in her first… more »
School recognizes novice elementary teacher for creating positive learning environment.
After completing his Master of Arts in Teaching in English Education, Adolfo says the program helped him avoid the pitfalls many first year teachers experience.
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Social Foundations of Education alumna, Lindsey Moloney, talks about her experience in this Master of Science program.
After completing her Master of Education in Health and Physical Education, Justina had a better understanding of how research informs practice. Listen to why she… more »
Often under identified and underserved in schools, listen to why Rachael Mendel, a special education teacher, wants to pursue a doctorate degree to research students… more »
As a recipient of the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Valerie always finds… more »
After spending several years working in finance for healthcare and non-profit organizations, Corey decided to change careers and pursue her dream job in institutional research.… more »
Ryan Harry’s life calling is to work with kids and be a change agent in urban education. Learn how his journey to teaching through the… more »
Lauren is excited to launch her career this fall as a school counselor at Roswell High, a school designated as a Recognized ASCA Model Program… more »
Prior to managing learning strategies for Home Depot’s executives, Imani’s first career as a web and graphic designer led her to purse a degree that… more »
Alum seeks to improve K-12 diversity education
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Researcher seeks to improve youth programs
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International master’s student returns home with new skills.
A master’s in Health and Physical Education can advance your career as a PE teacher.
From environmental education to training and development at Coca-Cola.
Imani leverages technology and project management for Atlanta-based retailer.
Learn how instructional design and technology can be applied in higher education.
Alum seeks to provide better resources for underserved students.
Getting to know professors prior to applying sealed the deal for this alumni.
Experiencing play therapy as a boy inspired Jacob to pursue career as a speech pathologist.
Alumni wants to pursue doctoral degree to train future special education teachers.
New York native and first generation college graduate committed to special education.
Becoming a special education teacher was Marcus’ best career decision.
School counseling alumni says internship prepared him to work in Georgia’s largest school.
Lauren is excited to launch her career this fall as a school counselor at Roswell High School.
As a recipient of the 2015 PAEMST, alumni’s passion stems from finding unique and innovative ways to engage students.
After suffering a spinal cord injury, Brad Smith found his calling as a school counselor.
Brian Williams, Ph.D., discusses the importance of being a culturally responsive teacher.
Amanda didn’t think she wanted to be a teacher, but she’s found her passion in urban education.
With 8+ years of teaching experience, Ryan’s life calling as a change agent in urban education has truly been rewarding.