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In the News: Aimée Myers

Aimée Myers, PhD, participated in a national podcast reThinkELA episode about ChatGPT and its future use cases in English classes.

TWU alum focusing on speech pathology needs for Zambia

When you become the first woman in Zambia to earn a PhD as a speech therapist and establish the country’s first rehabilitation center in speech pathology, what do you do for an encore?

If you’re Muchinka Peele, who graduated last fall from Texas Woman’s with a PhD in special education with an emphasis in communication sciences, you start Zambia’s first bachelor’s program in speech and language pathology.

Special ed grad opened speech clinic in native Zambia

Muchinka Peele earned a PhD in Special Education with an emphasis in communication sciences.

Dream to become educator took decades, perseverance

Rita Greeley is a first-generation student who started at TWU in 1986 and returned in 2019 to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. 

Real-life experiences enhanced grad’s path to degree

For Sonya Mellerson, earning a PhD in special education was more than a typical academic experience. Sonya chose TWU because of the real-life experiences of the professors and the great teacher education program that allows students to complete their graduate degree while working full time.

COPE welcomes Kazakhstani educators

The College of Professional Education welcomed a delegation of respected educators from the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Denton campus on Tuesday, Dec. 6, for a cultural exchange and a full day of activities.

New Teacher Academy continues through ninth year

The New Teacher Academy (NTA) at Texas Woman’s University continued into its ninth consecutive year and third as an online event. This summer, the NTA welcomed 118 participants with engaging sessions on classroom management, a teacher/principal panel, and more.

TWU pledges to prepare future educators for digital learning environments

The College of Professional Education at Texas Woman's University signed the Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) for Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge, committing to prepare educators to use technology for learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms. 

Grad uses master’s for career change

A mid-career shift can be a surprise for some, but thanks to a supportive school district and a master’s in teaching, Kameka Hollins-Banks is prepared for the step. 

Project HELP lauded in diversity magazine article

Project HELP (Hispanic Educators Leading the Profession), funded through a Department of Education grant and led by Teacher Education faculty Sarah McMahan, PhD, and Rebecca Fredrickson, EdD, (both Denton) was featured as helping diversify education preparation in an INSIGHT into Diversity article.

New grants support TWU students working in LISD

Trevor Collie, a special education paraprofessional at Prairie Trail Elementary in Flower Mound, appreciates the opportunities he has to build relationships with his students, see them overcome challenges, accomplish goals and reach milestones. Faculty from TWU’s Teacher Education Department and the Educator Preparation Program felt the same way when they celebrated Collie and three others who work in the Lewisville Independent School District.

Four COPE faculty recognized

Four faculty members represent the College of Professional Education in the 2022 TWU faculty and staff awards. Karen Dunlap, EdD, Randa Keeley, PhD, Aimée Myers, PhD, and Catherine Dutton, PhD, will be recognized in the university’s Founders Day festivities at 3 p.m., April 6, in the auditorium of the Student Union at Hubbard Hall. 

TWU now offering Pearson VUE exams, Teacher Certification testing

Texas Woman’s University’s Academic Testing Services, in partnership with Pearson VUE, now offers professional certification and academic exams.

Dean, Associate Dean: Teacher diversity boosts students

Texas Woman’s University College of Professional Education Dean Lisa Huffman, PhD, and Associate Dean Gina Anderson, EdD, teamed up for an opinion piece published in the San Antonio Express-News

U.S. News ranks online master’s education program among nation’s best

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Texas Woman’s online master’s education programs as being among the nation’s best.

TWU, Amarillo College unite to expand degree options for Panhandle communities

Texas Woman’s University and Amarillo College (AC) have partnered to create a seamless pathway to teacher certification and other programs that will effectively increase career options for Texas Panhandle communities.

Despite challenges, honors abound for school leader

Despite challenges arising from a growing pandemic, Irving ISD Superintendent Magda Hernández was named an educator of the year, spearheaded more than 1,000 home visits with students, launched a second collegiate academy and began teaching her first class at Texas Woman’s University.

New Teacher Academy completes eighth year of supporting new educators

The New Teacher Academy (NTA) at Texas Woman’s University welcomed more than 165 new educators this summer. The ever-growing event, developed in 2014 by Sarah McMahan, PhD, and Rebecca Fredrickson, EdD, in the Department of Teacher Education, was online for the second consecutive year. McMahan said more participants were actively engaged this year. 

COPE professor honored with bilingual educator award

The Bilingual–ESL Education Association of the Metroplex (BEAM) has named Jorge Figueroa Flores, PhD, the recipient of the organization’s Higher Education Award. The award recognizes an individual furthering educational research for bilingual education and celebrates achievements and contributions to the field of education.

Alumna helps students take writing out of the classroom and into the mainstream

Poet, educator, LGBTQIA+ activist and TWU alumna Em Ramser (MA, MAT ‘20) once swore “up, down and sideways” that she would never become a teacher. Now, she teaches high school pre-AP English classes and designs her curriculum around professional opportunities for students, inspired by Dr. Gretchen Busl's lessons in “pop scholarship.”

Professor develops video modeling application

When it comes to phone applications there is a saying — “There’s an app for that.” However, Minkowan Goo, PhD, an associate professor in the teacher education department at Texas Woman’s University, found that is not always the case. 

Alumni honored with district-wide award

First year on the job, 29 fifth-graders, the COVID-19 pandemic — these were the challenges facing Katie Domagala, a Spring 2020 graduate of Texas Woman’s University, two weeks before the 2020-2021 school year started. Then she found out that she would be teaching entirely online.

U.S. News ranks graduate online programs among country’s best

U.S. News & World Report has recognized online graduate education at Texas Woman’s University as being among the nation’s best, ranking it in the top half of all universities assessed in the country. 

Video tool to pave path for teacher preparation

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it tougher for student teachers to gain field experience and observation for clinical student teaching. But the Department of Teacher Education and the Educator Preparation Program at Texas Woman’s University has found a novel way to help.

Opinion: This holiday, don’t forget grace – for teachers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact our state economies, health systems and educational institutions, many Americans—no doubt—are experiencing profound stress.

TWU Bilingual Ed celebrates 50+ years

The bilingual education program at Texas Woman’s University started on the fly and required dedicated, creative people to build it into what it would become 51 years later: one of the country’s leaders in bilingual education and a shining example of why TWU is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

PIONERAS named a 'Program to Watch'

A Texas Woman’s University program dedicated to helping improve instruction for Spanish-speaking English language learners has received national recognition for the third consecutive year.

New degree name aims to attract classroom teachers

It has never been more evident how important trained, versatile educators are for school districts adapting to a new normal with each passing day amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The College of Professional Education (COPE) at Texas Woman’s University has long set the standard for educating teachers through continuing professional education, in pursuit of graduate degrees and certifications, and, of course, in preparing them for the classroom.

Alumna adds to family's legacy of giving at TWU

The legacy of Carolyn Sowell and her family’s philanthropy will continue with the establishment of a new scholarship endowment, the Carolyn E. Sowell Scholarship Endowment in Elementary Education.

Annual New Teacher Academy moves to virtual format

The seventh annual New Teacher Academy had traditional elements — a keynote speaker, sessions designed to help new teachers in the classroom, and a question-and-answer panel featuring area administrators. As in the past few years, the event drew more than 100 participants.

Muchinka Peele: TWU student leads cause for change in Zambia

TWU PhD student Muchinka Peele (special education) is on a mission to help the people of Zambia. Traditionally in her home country, those with disabilities have been shamed and hidden. Education and advocacy are slowly changing these views, and Peele is leading the cause.


Project aims to produce more Hispanic teachers

Texas Woman’s University will use a $500,000 federal grant to recruit and educate more Hispanics as teachers to address teacher shortages in the state. The university is partnering with Tarrant County College District and other community colleges to create a path for teacher candidates to transfer from a two-year school to complete their bachelor’s degree at TWU.

Opportunity is key to bilingual ed path for Hoyos

A college professor could write a lengthy dissertation on the importance of sharpening Spanish and English skills in schoolchildren, but Jessica Hoyos can sum up her position in short order: “I want young people to think of Spanish as a strength, not a weakness.”

So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Hoyos, a Texas Woman’s University senior interdisciplinary studies major with a concentration in bilingual education, is passionate about becoming a teacher.

New Teacher Academy enters sixth year of aiding new educators

Participants at the annual New Teacher Academy at Texas Woman’s University got a firsthand account of how their first year of teaching could look, as well as information and encouragement to help them not only survive, but thrive.

16-year-old Texas Woman’s student accepted into nine law schools

Haley Taylor Schlitz graduated high school at the age of 13. She was accepted into 17 universities but had trouble finding exactly what she was looking for in a school ... until she toured TWU. Now, at 16 years old, Taylor Schlitz is graduating with an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies before law school.

TWU grad takes the helm of Slidell schools

Taylor Williams achieved her lifelong goal of being a teacher after graduating from Texas Woman’s University, but when the time came to move into administration, she was ready. Now, as Slidell ISD’s new superintendent, she remains focused on students.

Registration opens for 2019 New Teacher Academy

The Texas Woman's University Department of Teacher Education will host its 6th annual New Teacher Academy Tuesday, July 16 on the TWU Denton campus. Learn more about the 2019 academy and register here.

Jones leads gymnastics team in back-to-back national championships

Passion and focus helped Schyler Jones lead the TWU gymnastics team to back-to-back national championships in 2017 and 2018. Chances are pretty good those two personality traits will play a major role as she pursues a longtime dream of becoming a teacher.

TWU teaching collaborative named Star Award finalist

A Texas Woman’s University collaborative still in its early stages already has gained the attention of the state’s higher education governing board.

TWU student serves as volunteer at Special Olympics

Ask Texas Woman’s University senior Lauren Bach what she did over the summer, and no doubt the highlight will be volunteering at the National Special Olympics games, held July 1-6 in Seattle.

TWU hosts fifth annual New Teacher Academy

The New Teacher Academy reached a couple of milestones Tuesday, July 17, marking its fifth year and more than 100 participants — a record for the annual event.

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