“All it takes is one black teacher to influence a student,” says Joshua Hyman.
“My experience in my teacher prep program included four clinic experiences, in urban and suburban placements, over 10 lesson observations completed and evaluated by teachers, principals and instructional coaches and more than 90 credits of education-focused courses,” says Olivia Singer. “From my perspective, these hands-on learning experiences with students, educators and renowned faculty at the University of Connecticut were of much more value to me than any multiple choice test I could have taken.”
“Although I retired in 2014 as a teacher and coach in Connecticut public schools, I continued to work pretty much full time until 2016, but in those two years I reflected often on where I’d retire and what that retirement would look like,” says Peter Leeds.
The two researchers will be studying the experience of African-American male students in the context of three different types of institutions: Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black university; University of Connecticut, which is a primarily White institution and UH, which is a Hispanic-serving institution.
Congratulations to our Neag School alumni, faculty, staff, and students on their continued accomplishments inside and outside the classroom.
Carl Johnson, an assistant principal at Plainville High School since July 2016, is now principal of the town’s sole high school.
“I was actually nervous before my first practice,” Pieper says. “I was scared. You know, the girls had high expectations, and they were all looking at me, when I was touching the ball, and I was like, ‘You know, I’m also just a hockey player just like you are. I’m not going to do anything different from you.’ I don’t know if that’s how it was, but that’s how it felt for me coming here. Once I started playing, I was just excited to see how the games were going to be.”
“In our view as researchers who focus on the intersection of race and college sports, none of these events will rid big-time college sports of its deepest problems,” says Joseph Cooper. “Those problems include the placing of winning games and generating revenue ahead of the best interests of the student-athletes.”
Scholarships undoubtedly remain an essential source of support for individual students, but in fact they can also set into motion a wealth of other positive outcomes beyond funding an individual’s educational journey. One such student scholarship is the Vivienne Dean Litt Memorial Award — established in memory of the late Vivienne Dean Litt, former assistant director of the University Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (UPLD) at UConn.
“After several years of teaching, I was fortunate to receive a master’s fellowship in Bilingual Bicultural Education at the University of Connecticut,” says Miguel Cardona. “There I met some mentors and models in education who motivated me to continue my passion for learning and teaching in ways that students enjoy.”