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June 2, 2016
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Explore SOE Grad Programs at the Open House [06/02/2016]

OpenHouseButton_GRD-BUTTOON-170Baylor School of Education graduate programs will be participating in the Graduate School Open House on Oct. 6, 2016. Please join us to meet the faculty and learn about doctoral and master’s programs in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Administration and Educational Psychology. Read more about the SOE graduate programs here: SOE Graduate Programs. And click through to register for the Open House.

May 26, 2016
by megcullar

SOE Student Named Regional Water Polo Coach of the Year [05/26/2015]

Water Polo Coach Alexis Crocker with her trusty whistle.

Water Polo Coach Alexis Crocker with her trusty whistle.

Alexis Crocker is the 2016 West Region Water Polo Boys Coach of the Year. That might not sound surprising for the coach of the Midway High School team, which won the region. But Crocker does not work for Midway ISD. Instead, she is a volunteer coach while also a junior student at Baylor University School of Education, majoring in secondary English, Language Arts and Reading. She started coaching the team her freshman year, when she was barely a year older than some of her players.

The Regional Coach of the Year shows off her award.

The Regional Coach of the Year shows off her award.

Crocker played high school water polo in her hometown of Okemos, Mich., notching two state titles, a runner-up and a final-four finish. When she came to Baylor, she wanted to try coaching, but wasn’t sure how to find a team. Because water polo is a non-UIL sport in Texas, programs are not as abundant as in Michigan.

“I googled ‘water polo in Waco’ and didn’t find anything,” she said. “I finally found the Midway Swim Team, and on the left was a little tab that said ‘water polo.’” The team was in its infancy, just finishing its first year. She emailed the coach immediately. Continue Reading →

May 24, 2016
by megcullar

Baylor School of Education Honors “Memorable Teachers” for 2016 [05/24/2015]

Two Texas teachers were honored at the annual Baylor School of Education Senior Recognition Banquet on April 21. Every year, Baylor SOE honors memorable teachers who were nominated by Baylor School of Education seniors. Students submit essays to support their nomination, and educators are chosen by a Baylor faculty committee.

Those honored this year were Samantha Herrington of Huntsville and Susana Milhoan of Wylie.


Brittany Rollins with her high school history teacher Samantha Herrington

Brittany Rollins with her high school history teacher, Samantha Herrington

Samantha Herrington was nominated by SOE senior and middle grade mathematics major Brittany Rollins. Herrington graduated from Sam Houston State University and has been teaching in Huntsville ISD for more than 28 years. For 20 of those years, she has served as a history teacher at Huntsville High School.

Teaching has dramatically affected Herrington’s life as she met her now-husband, Jack, and her adopted son, Eli, through teaching. Since then, Jack and Samantha have had two daughters — Deana, who has been a teacher for seven years, and Madison, who is still in high school. Continue Reading →

May 19, 2016
by megcullar

SOE Graduate Students Honored with Who’s Who [05/19/2016]


Who’s Who honoree Dan Woodward works with a student at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities, congratulating him with a “high five.” School Psychology students receive supervised clinical experience at the Center.

Three graduate students in the Baylor School of Education were awarded the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2015-2016 academic year.

• Dr. Yara Farah, December 2015 graduate, Dept. of Educational Psychology — gifted education and measurement
Laura Phipps, graduate student in School Psychology, Dept. of Educational Psychology
Dan Woodward, graduate student in School Psychology, Dept. of Educational Psychology Continue Reading →

May 17, 2016
by megcullar

Six School of Education Seniors Honored with Awards [05/17/2016]


School of Education seniors honored in April were (l-r) Josh Dietert, Kaitlin Welsh, Sarah Goodman, Erica Amos, Stephanie Wright and Mary Ernsbarger.

Six graduating seniors in the Baylor School of Education were honored with awards at the annual Senior Recognition Banquet on April 21. Baylor President Ken Starr spoke at the ceremony, held at McLane Stadium.


Erica Amos of Wylie, Texas, was named the 2016 EDICUT Pre-service Educator of the Year. Also known as “The Dean’s Award,” the honor is presented at each private university education program in Texas by the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas. Baylor SOE Dean Dr. Michael McLendon presented the award. Continue Reading →

May 9, 2016
by megcullar
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Tiffany Hogue Joins Baylor School of Education as Clinical Professor of Higher Education [05/09/2016]

Hogue-Tiffany-Blog650Tiffany Hogue, who served for thirteen years in Baylor’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, including the past five years as the provost’s chief of staff, has joined the School of Education in the role of Clinical Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Administration. She will teach graduate courses in the areas of education leadership, governance and law and teach undergraduate courses in the Leadership minor, a program she initially will direct.

In announcing Hogue’s appointment, School of Education Dean Dr. Michael McLendon said, “Tiffany’s love for students and for teaching and her experience in leading many high-level academic initiatives at Baylor strengthens our capabilities at an important time in our school’s history. She is an esteemed, trusted colleague whose positive impact in our school will be felt immediately.” Continue Reading →

May 4, 2016
by megcullar

School of Education Faculty Present at AERA [05/04/2016]

Several Baylor School of Education faculty members presented research at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), held in Washington, D.C., April 8-12.

AERA is a national research society that is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Its more than 25,000 members include faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with expertise in education research.

School of Education faculty and students gave the following presentations:

Perry Glanzer

Perry Glanzer

Session: Developing Religious Identities
Presentation: “Examining the Association Between Religion and Student Academic Honesty: An Empirical Investigation”
Dr. Hongwei Yu, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion
Dr. Perry Glanzer, Baylor SOE faculty, Dept. of Educational Administration
Brandon Moore, McLennan Community College
Dr. Byron Johnson, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion Continue Reading →

April 28, 2016
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Dr. Sandi Cooper Earns Baylor Centennial Professor Award [04/28/2016]

Cooper_Sandra_Centennial-BLOGSandra Cooper, Ph.D., professor and coordinator of the mathematics education program in Baylor University’s School of Education, has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2016 Baylor Centennial Professor Awards.

Created by the Baylor Centennial Class of 1945, the award provides tenured professors with $5,000 for research projects that will facilitate more in-depth study in his or her field.

Cooper will use the award to fund a study that will define highly effective elementary school mathematics teachers. She will use her research to improve her early education courses and better teach her students – future educators themselves – what they can do to establish math skills early on in their students’ lives.

Read more about the 2016 Centennial Professors on the Baylor Media site.


April 25, 2016
by megcullar
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School of Education Freshman Writing His Way Through Baylor [04/18/2016]

On a cold and rainy night in downtown Dallas, a young Baylor student found himself lying in the street. He had been mugged and was thinking seriously about the possibility he was about to die — when a small blue dragon crawled out of his front pocket to save him.

Actually, School of Education freshman Alex Patterson was lying in his own bed, and that was the dream that inspired him to write his newly released novel Choices. Patterson always had a passion for reading and mythology and began to wonder what it would be like to fight dragons, live like a king and venture into magical realms.

Alex Patterson and his novel, Choices

Alex Patterson and his novel, Choices

From that dream, Patterson had his first character, Aiden, a dragon meant to help the protagonist of the story, Richard Örlander, find his way while waging war and dealing with temperamental Nordic gods. Set in the Germanic Iron Age around 1000 B.C., Patterson’s novel is all about the choices Örlander makes: good vs. evil, right vs. wrong and war vs. peace. Continue Reading →

April 21, 2016
by megcullar

Impact Newsletter Spring Issue is Online [04/21/2016]

Spr16-Impact-Cover-Blog-300The spring edition of the Impact newsletter is now available online. Check it out for stories on outstanding programs, faculty, students and alumni of Baylor’s School of Education. This issue’s cover story is about how our Educational Psychology students are making a difference through a mentoring program for at-risk high school students.

School of Education graduates should receive a printed copy in the mail. If you are a graduate and do not receive a printed copy, please email

Click HERE for the newest issue.