To get a better grasp of children’s health, College of Education & Human Development doctoral student Elgin Andrews is working with After-School All-Stars Atlanta — a program run by the Department of Kinesiology and Health that provides comprehensive after-school programs for at-risk students in the metro Atlanta area — to study how curriculum and policy can be geared toward urban youth to increase their overall health.
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 can not only share and learn from each other, but have a better appreciation and understanding of their own writing.
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 on pluralism and multiculturalism – two concepts he hopes to instill in his students.
Hometown: Woodbury, GA Education: M.S. ’08, Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) — Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA B.S. ’01, Computer Information Systems — Mercer Universty, Macon, GA Job Title: Health Education Specialist/Program Coordinator Employer: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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