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.

Faculty Highlights


Dr. Shannon M. Hilliker was recently named an Assistant Editor for MEXTESOL Journal. See more about her accomplishment here.

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). Read about his exciting accomplishment here.

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