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October 2, 2015
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Carrying on Connections: From Third Grader to BU Grad Assistant [10/02/2015]


Dr. Suzanne Nesmith and graduate assistant Evan Ditmore

Baylor is a small world where everybody knows someone. But most people do not get to reunite with their elementary school teacher.

Evan Ditmore came to Baylor this fall as a graduate student and research assistant in the School of Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in language arts. He knew he would be placed with a professor. He also knew that his former third grade teacher, Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, now held a position as associate professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Now Ditmore and Nesmith are reunited. They flow back and forth between reminiscing about their shared third-grade past (1997-98) and working together as graduate assistant and mentor, reconnecting at Baylor after following varied paths. Continue Reading →

April 13, 2015
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Diane Ravitch Baylor Lecture Rescheduled [4/13/2015]

Diane Ravitch BlogDr. Diane Ravitch, controversial former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, will speak at Baylor University on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in Waco Hall. Ravitch was originally scheduled to lecture at Baylor in January, but winter weather prevented her from traveling to Waco.

Her appearance is part of the Academy for Leader Development Lecture Series and the School of Education Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture will be free and open to the public, with no tickets or reservations required.

Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. In her role at the Department of Education in the 1990s, Ravitch led federal efforts to promote standardized testing, teacher accountability and school choice. But in 2010, she abandoned those ideas and now decries the rampant testing culture and legislation including No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Continue Reading →

March 23, 2015
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Baylor SOE Graduate Erin Stamile Joins Staff of Education LLC [3/23/15]

ErinStamile-Blog-300Baylor graduate and former Pre-Health Honors Program Coordinator Erin Stamile is now the new Program Director for the Education Living & Learning Center.

After applying and interviewing earlier this semester, Stamile stepped into this new position on March 23, 2015.

Stamile said she is excited to work with incoming students and build leadership positions for those students to be involved in.

“I would love to get student leaders excited about getting their handprint on the new Education LLC,” Stamile said. “I want them to feel like this is a place they can really call home for years to come.” Continue Reading →

March 17, 2015
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SOE Grad Programs Ranked by U.S. News [3/17/2015]


Baylor School of Education is one of only three Texas schools in the top 100 of the newly released list of 2016 Best Graduate Schools of Education from U.S. News.

Baylor School of Education advanced to No. 83, up nine places from its last ranking in 2014. To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed graduate education programs at 357 schools granting doctoral degrees in fall 2014. Continue Reading →

March 5, 2015
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SOE’s Katy Wiswall Named Baylor Outstanding Staff Member [3/5/2015]

Head shot – Katy Wiswall – 01/21/2015

Katy Wiswall

Katy Wiswall, BBA ’92, MACC ’11, financial and grants manager for the School of Education(SOE), was named an outstanding staff member of Baylor University at a ceremony in Waco Hall in January. She was among eight Baylor employees honored.

Also honored was former SOE staffer Andrea Baker, who moved recently to the new College of Health and Human Sciences. In addition, SOE graduate Jon Capron, BSEd ’03, MSEd ’05, who is assistant head coach of Baylor’s cross country team, received the BaylorPLUS Award. Baylor’s Department of Human Resources hosted the awards ceremony, and all awards were presented by Baylor President Ken Starr. Continue Reading →

February 2, 2015
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New Roles for Dr. Joel Porter and Lindsey Freed [1/30/2015]


Dr. Joel Porter was appointed Assistant Dean of the Baylor School of Education (SOE) in January, after serving the School for several years as Director of Enrollment Management and Advising. Lindsey Freed, who has been the Assistant Director of Advising and Recruitment, is now Director of Advising and Recruitment. Continue Reading →

January 12, 2015
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Baylor School of Education Prepares Leaders [1/12/2015]

KrysBlogSeveral Baylor School of Education (SOE) graduates are serving as elected president or president-elect of statewide associations that serve educators or educational administrators. Other Baylor SOE alumni hold executive leadership roles at statewide organizations for educators. (If you know of additional Baylor SOE alumni in statewide or national leadership roles, please email us at


Dr. Krystal Goree, BSEd ’78, MSEd ’96, PhD ’11, (pictured above) is the 2014-15 president of the Texas Directors of Field Experiences (TDFE). Goree is a clinical faculty member in the Baylor School of Education and director of the SOE’s Office of Professional Practice. Continue Reading →

December 19, 2014
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SOE graduate to head Kentucky Community and Technical College System [12/19/2014]

JayBox-BlogSchool of Education (SOE) graduate Jay Box, EdD ’94, has been named president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The organization’s board of regents voted unanimously to choose Box for the position on Nov. 16. Box has been serving as chancellor of the Kentucky system since 2009 — providing system-wide leadership for academic affairs, economic development, work force training, and research and policy analysis. He will begin his presidency on Jan. 16, succeeding Dr. Michael B. McCall, KCTCS’s first and only president.

Dr. Robert Cloud, SOE professor of higher education and chair of the Department of Educational Administration, was excited to hear the news about his former doctoral student. Continue Reading →

August 5, 2014
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SOE Preservice Teachers Receive State Scholarships [8/5/2013]

KylieTerry-ThumbTwo students in the School of Education (SOE) were awarded the Mathematics Preservice Teacher Scholarship from the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM). Both Baylor students from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction were announced as recipients during the annual Conference for the Advancement of Mathematic Teachers in Fort Worth July 21-23.

Kylie Terry (pictured above) and Niki Kratzer (pictured below) were two of 10 undergraduates awarded the statewide scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. Both Terry and Kratzer plan to pursue teacher certification in EC-6. Terry is a junior from Katy, and Kratzer is a junior from Libertyville, Ill. Continue Reading →

June 6, 2014
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SOE Dean Jon Engelhardt Announces Retirement [6/6/14]


Dr. Jon Engelhardt, dean of the Baylor School of Education, has announced his intent to retire next year.

Engelhardt, who became dean in July of 2007, is also a professor of Curriculum and Instruction. Before coming to Baylor, he served as a faculty member in mathematics education and administrator at Arizona State University for 16 years. Prior to the Baylor deanship, he served for 20 years as an education dean at the University of Texas El Paso, Northern Arizona University, and Wichita State University. Continue Reading →