TLEL Highlights

TLEL’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni strive for excellence both in and out of the classroom. TLEL’s programs provide students with opportunities to engage in innovative and meaningful experiences across all facets of education. Students are encouraged to think critically about issues in education and to take steps toward improving outcomes for both learners and educational leaders alike.

Student Highlights

Alisha Merrill, an MSEd CEC student, recently developed a Native American board game to teach students about Native American History and Culture. Read about her innovative teaching tool here.

Jacqueline Luchetti, an MSEd CEC student, was recently awarded the Nancy L. Zimpher Scholarship, which recognizes a teacher education major who personifies the vision and mission of Chancellor Emeritus Zimpher’s commitment to excellence in the elementary and secondary teacher education profession. Read her acceptance speech here.

A group of TLEL's students led a five-session science camp remotely through Zoom for elementary school students in Windsor. Read about their camp here.

Yahya Bouhafa, an EdD student, was recently honored with a Graduate School Excellence Award in Service for the 2021-22 academic year. Congratulations Yahya! Read more about Yahya's research interests here.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Lightning Jay, Assistant Professor for TLEL, was the recipient of the 2023 AACTE James D. Anderson Outstanding Dissertation Award for “Imaging classrooms: A comparative case study of pedagogy and learning in teacher education.”

Dr. Bogum Yoon recently published a book by Routledge, with contributions from Dr. Suzanne McLeod and EdD graduate Dr. Christine Uliassi Ph.D '19, titled: Effective Teacher Collaboration For English Language Learners: Cross Curricula Insights from K-12 Settings.

Dr. Loretta (Lucky) Mason-Williams and her colleagues recently won "Article of the Year" for "An Examination of State-Level Policies that Impact Special Education Teacher Shortages."

TLEL's Department Chair, Dr. Matthew McConn, was featured in this WICZ story about preparing students for schools reopening while we deal with the effects of COVID-19.

Dr. Amber Simpson recently published an article on The Conversation titled, "Getting kids – and their caregivers – to practice STEM at home."

Alumni Highlights

Gavin Boehm, a TLEL MAT English Alum and Union-Endicott teacher, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Achievement Award in Writing Advisory Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). 

Rachel Murat, a TLEL MAT Social Studies Alum and Maine-Endwell teacher, was named the 2020 New York State Teacher of the Year.