UConn alumna Truth Hunter was awarded a four-year doctoral scholarship from the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. Hunter is a promising new Ph.D. candidate who arrived on the UConn Storrs campus knowing she will have four years of fully funded support.
Troup middle school teacher Rashana (Wilson) Graham is feeling calm again. After a turbulent and uncertain summer, remote school is set to start Thursday. And she’s ready. New Haven Public Schools teachers like Graham spent most of the past few months trying to plan to teach in-person, online or through a hybrid of the two.
We honored Jessica Raugitinane in 2012 when she was an undergraduate at UConn’s Neag School of Education. She earned her master’s degree in 2014 and has been teaching dual-language English and social studies at Mount Vernon Community School in Alexandria, Va., for several years.
The summer is typically a time for school superintendents to reflect on the previous school year and start thinking about the year ahead. However, preparation looks very different in the age of COVID-19 as school districts choose between three reopening models: fully in-person, hybrid, or remote.
Orlando Valentin Jr., whom we honored in 2016, has emerged as a leader in educational equity issues in the Meriden public schools.
“I want to take the information my students trusted me with and give it a voice, give it a platform, allow it to start new conversations, and new ways of thinking,” says Truth Hunter ’14 MA, Neag School of Education Dean’s Doctoral Scholar. “That is how I hope to use my experience as a Dean’s Doctoral Scholar.”
This summer marks one year since the Neag School’s University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) began implementing changes as part of a nationwide effort known as the University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI). In 2016, UConn was one of seven universities selected to join this initiative, funded by New York City-based Wallace Foundation, aimed at improving training for aspiring administrators.
Congratulations to our Neag School alumni, faculty, staff, and students on their continued accomplishments inside and outside the classroom.
“In my work as a researcher,” says LLEP doctoral candidate Pauline Batista ’16 MA, “I come from an understanding where youth do not have a voice unless youth have the educational skill set or the educational apparatus.”
The Board of Education appointed Charles Hershon as the middle school principal at a special meeting on July 6. Hershon has served as the assistant principal at Granby Memorial Middle School from 2017 to the present. Prior to that, he was a middle school English language arts teacher in Suffield, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.