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Faculty Spotlight Dr. Teresa Little

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Dr. Teresa Little, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Specialized Education Services (SES) department and a recipient of the 2013-2014 Distinguished Career Award from the UNCG School of Education, provides a description of a typical day in the life of a special education teacher, and the qualities and skills one must possess in order to become successful in the field.

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Student Spotlight Ashley Smith

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Ashley Smith, a December 2013 graduate of the K-12 Special Education: General Curriculum Master of Education program, discussed what she’s gained from her studies in the Specialized Education Studies (SES) department in the School of Education, and what inspired her to choose her path of study.

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“What I’ve Gained from My Experience in Specialized Education at UNCG.”

  • Confidence
  • Community to share/exchange ideas with
  • Weekly advice and support
  • Varying points of view
  • Lifelong friends
  • Professional connections
  • Opportunity to network
  • Knowledge
  • Field experience
  • Essential Learning Opportunities

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Faculty Spotlight Holly Downs

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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Holly Downs, Assistant Professor in the Educational Research Methodology department in the UNCG School of Education, provides hands-on experiences to her students in their field of program evaluation, including working with Physicians for Peace in the Dominican Republic.

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Student Spotlight Shuying Sha

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Shuying Sha, a second year graduate student in the Educational Research Methodology department in the UNCG School of Education, talks about her internship experiences, why she loves the ERM department, and her perspective on UNCG and the Greensboro community as an international student.

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My Internship

I am really excited and proud of my accomplishments this past summer! As a second year M.S. & Ph.D. student in the Educational Research Methodology department, I completed two internships through the ERM’s Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) office, and received great feedback from the clients.

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Faculty Spotlight Kathy Matthews

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Kathy Matthews, Professor in the Teacher Education and Higher Education department in UNCG’s School of Education, gives us a daily account of her experiences at the 2013 Rockfish Herpetological Research Experience.

Sunday

It’s the first day of the 2013 Rockfish Herpetological Research Experience (HRE) and I’m excited. What will the students be like? Who are our new teacher participants and will they work well with our groups? What does the weather have in store for us this summer? Will we find ‘new’ species? What will Mr. Aceng, our Indonesian partner think of this classic North Carolina blackwater swamp? Will we catch amphiumas and spotted turtles again this year?

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Student Spotlight Aerin W. Benavides and Lacey Huffling

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Aerin W. Benavides and Lacey Huffling, graduate students in the Teacher Education and Higher Education program in the UNCG School of Education, provide their daily account of life out in the field during the 2013 Rockfish Herpetological Research Experience as part of the HERPs Project.

Sunday

Aerin: I love Rockfish!  At this HRE we too get to ‘go to camp’ and stay in the hotel rooms at the lodge on the property. For some reason, this helps me feel that ‘team spirit’ as an integral part of the program, 24 hours a day.   As part of Dr. Carlone’s human research team this year, staying connected to it all helps me as a researcher to have a deeper understanding of all the forces at play. I become a better observer, and my experience as a human researcher at last year’s HRE’s helps me feel confident I can get the job done this year, and improve on it.  My best part of the first day is getting to pick up participants on the way that would not have been able to go to Camp Rockfish otherwise because their families just can’t afford or can’t arrange for transportation from Greensboro to Rockfish (near Fayetteville.)  I was a little sad that David’s (not his real name) mom decided to drive him at the last minute because on the car ride I get to know the kids better. I was picking up Hannah (not her real name), and Sandy’s (not her real name) parents drove her to my house from Winston-Salem.  Sandy was a talker.  Within a few minutes both Hannah and I knew all the places Sandy had lived and had intimate knowledge of her vast array of friends and step-siblings. I even heard all about that time she got suspended from school, and what that terrible teacher was like, and how much she liked art and the art teacher.   Hannah was kind of quiet, but she did tell me she was the oldest, often responsible for her younger siblings’ care, so this week of the HRE (Herpetological Research Experience) sleeping in a cabin with other high school girls was a time for her to be a kid and have fun.  I was glad for her.  I love the feeling I am helping provide this amazing opportunity free of cost to interested low income kids.

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Faculty Spotlight Erik Hines

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Erik Hines, Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Educational Development department in the UNCG School of Education, discusses some of the frequent stressors faced by college students, as well as his research on the academic success of African American males in grades K-16.

 

1). What led you to pursue a career in counseling?

I knew when I was 19; I wanted to become a school counselor.  At that time, I loved working with K-12 students and helping young adults reach their potential and figure out how to deal with life issues.  As a result, I knew the field of school counseling was profession for me so I mapped out my educational plan to achieve this goal.  During my master’s program, I developed a passion for solving problems around the gaps in academic achievement for African Americans and how parents can help close them.  Consequently, I pursued a degree in counselor education to learn how to solve this problem through research.

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Student Spotlight Candice Jackson

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Candice Jackson, a graduate student in the Counseling and Educational Development department in the UNCG School of Education, discusses what influenced her to study Counseling and Higher Education, as well as her intentions to pursue a doctorate degree.

1). This August, you will be graduating with a Specialist in Education and a Master of Science in Counseling Degree from UNCG, and will be starting in the doctorate program soon. What influenced you to pursue a doctorate degree in the counseling field?

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Student Spotlight Russell Milazzo

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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Russell Milazzo, a Senior B.S. in Professions in Deafness candidate in the Special Education Services department in the UNCG School of Education, discusses how his military experience influenced him to pursue a career in interpreting, and what he loved most about performing in ASL Idol.

1). You are currently in the Professions in Deafness (PID) program in the Special Education Services department in the UNCG School of Education. What inspired you to pursue this career?

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Faculty Spotlight Jean Kang

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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Jean Kang, Assistant Professor in the Specialized Education Services department in the UNCG School of Education, discusses the challenges children face transitioning to kindergarten, and what led to her career in Special Education.


1). One of your areas of interest is in a child’s transition to kindergarten – could you discuss the factors that affect this critical stage in a child’s life, and the challenges/opportunities faced by young children with disabilities in today’s schools?

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