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Department of Education News and Events 

 News from 2017 Early Childhood Education Alumni Katie Strosnider and Rachel Youngberg 

Katherine Strosnider is currently in Lufubu, Zambia in Africa. For the past five months, she has been working on the curriculum for the Agriculture School run by the Salesians. Lufubu does not currently have any early childhood education, so she is also working alongside the Salesians and the government to open a preschool in Lufubu. They hope this will help to improve the villagers' school performance as a result of earlier exposure to English.

Rachel Youngberg is currently doing a year of service in Honduras with an organization called Amigos de Jesús. ADJ is a children's home for abused and abandoned children, and she is living with 5 other volunteers while working as an English teacher at their bilingual school. In Honduras, there is a program called EducaTodos for students who need more personalized help and do not succeed in a general education classroom for whatever reason. Rachel teaches three different levels/classes of EducaTodos English. Her students range from 9-18 years old, and some are near fluent in English while others know close to nothing. "I am loving my job and life here! Thanks to CUA for preparing me for this teaching adventure!"

 

Dr. Merylann "Mimi" J. Schuttloffel received the C. Albert Koob President's Merit Award at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention in Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Tom Burnford, the president of NCEA, presented the award at the  President's Dinner ceremony and summarized Dr. Mimi's long career in Catholic education particularly in leadership formation. In attendance were Catholic University of America colleagues Dr. John Convey and Dr. Len Defiore. Also present were CELPS graduates  Dr. Phyllis Morrison, Dr. Cris Carter. Dr. Ken Britt, and Dr. Kurt Nelson, Dr. Mimi's remarks included a "shout out" to her husband, Marvin, of 45 years.  She also acknowledged the important role Catholic educators play in the Church's evangelization mission.

 

Congratulations to our 2016 Alumnus Christopher Broad! 

October 20, 2017: Mr. Broad is a finalist for the district-wide New Teacher of the Year award at DC Public Schools. Watch him discuss his experience at Catholic University Department of Education here!

 

2011 Ph.D. Alumnus, Kenneth C. Britt, Wins Indy's Best and Brightest Award, November, 2017 

Kenith C. Britt, Ph.D., senior vice president and dean of the newly-named Fred S. Klipsch Educators College at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana, is among Indy’s "Best and Brightest.”

On Thursday, November 9, Dr. Britt received the 2017 Indy’s Best and Brightest Award in the category of “Education and Nonprofit.” Indy’s Best and Brightest Awards were created by Junior Achievement and honor central Indiana’s outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, who are making their mark in Indianapolis. 

Dr. Britt has been instrumental in the transformation and creation of Klipsch College since its launch in 2016. The college has become one of the best developers of educational talent in the United States, changing the narrative for teacher preparation in Indianapolis.

 

 Congratulations to our 2017 Ph.D. Graduates, Erick Chittle and Gilbert Saenz!

BA and MA Education Alumna, Katelyn Bockin, has been named Teacher of the Week by the Archdiocese of Washington - March, 2017

Katelyn Bockin, B.A. in Elementary Education in 2014, and M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education in 2017, is a second grade teacher at Holy Family School in Hillcrest Heights, Md.. Bockin was nominated by her principal, Michelle Taylor.

Bockin has been teaching at Holy Family School for two years. As part of her nomination of Borkin, Taylor described her as “a faith-filled teacher who builds a classroom environment centered on God and exemplifies our school mission … I feel confident in my assessment of her as a fervent advocate for all children and a truly effective facilitator of learning.”

Bockin is a student this semester in the Advanced Foundations course taught by Holly Peterson, adjunct professor of education. Peterson said, “She is a hard worker, she serves, she has a huge heart … somebody who goes above and beyond the call of duty in the classroom.”

Inside her classroom, Bockin teaches “through discussions, differentiated learning groups, and incorporation of technology,” said Taylor. “She is aware of how students perceive and internalize the world around them and is determined to create experiences and environments that capitalize on their diverse ways of learning.”  

The archdiocese announces the Teacher of the Week in a newsletter produced by the Office of Catholic Schools that is emailed to students and parents during the school year.

 

2015 World Congress on Education 

Former Chairs of the Department of Education, Dr. MiMi and Dr. Convey, attended the 2015 World Congress "Educating Today and Tomorrow" in Rome.