Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kinesiology Alum Recieves Prestigious Fellowship

Image of Brandi DeCouxMs. Brandi DeCoux, LATECH COE Kinesology alum and Auburn doctoral student, has recently received the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) fellowship. As noted in the article about DeCoux's study on the Auburn webpage, her " project is the first known biomechanical study to investigate the relationship between lower extremity pain and movement using gait analysis in this population." Ms. DeCoux graduated from Louisiana Tech University with her Masters degree and is originally from New Iberia, Louisiana. In addition to her excellent academic work while at Louisiana Tech, she also engaged in a large amount of service in the PK-12 arena in Ruston and the surrounding communities. We are proud of Brandi and the excellent research she is doing at Auburn!  To learn more about her research, check out the link below:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Louisiana Tech COE Alum Wins Milken Prize!

Mr. John Lary, History Educator at Byrd, recieved a check for $25000.00 this week after being named a Milken Award recipent. To learn more about the award and Mr. Lary, check out the article in the Shreveport Times! The picture was also taken by staff at The Shreveport Times and ran with the article in the publication on Tuesday of this week.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

TEaM Model Classrooms in Lincoln Parish Schools

Fourteen volunteer clinical interns are participating in the second year of a full-year residency from August to May at Cypress Springs Elementary, Glen View Elementary, and Ruston Elementary. Here are intern, Destiny Maxwell, and her mentor, Mrs. Candace Cole, a Louisiana Tech alumna next to their classroom door at Glen View Elementary. All TEaM Model classrooms are marked with this sign. 
According to Acting Director of Professional and Clinical Experiences, Dr. Amy Vessel, "We are proud to continue our clinical residency partnership with Lincoln Parish Schools and look forward to expanding our program into middle and secondary schools in the upcoming year."

TEaM Model Leadership Team Visits Ruston Elementary As part of a recent inspection, the TEaM Model Leadership Team visited Ruston Elementary School. Mentor, Mrs. Lisa Allen, and her clinical intern, Evelyn Skinner, were able to share the benefits of co-teaching with Tech's Vice President Dr. Terry McConathy. Seen in the photo above, College of Education Dean, Dr. Don Schillinger, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Dawn Basinger, Mentor, Lisa Allen, Intern, Evelyn Skinner, Clinical Residency Director, Dr. Amy Vessel, and CIL Department Chair, Dr. Bryan McCoy. Additional clinical residency sites include Cypress Springs Elementary and Glen View Elementary.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Dynamic Duo Selected as the COE Alumni of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Pamela Kiper Ware and Dr. William B. Ware, both class of 1962 have been selected as the 2015 Louisiana Tech University College of Education Alumni of the Year.

Ms. Pamela Kiper Ware, originally of Winnsboro, LA, currently serves as Director of Theatre at Gainsville High School.  The Cum Laude graduate from the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership has served on a variety of boards and societies in the states of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.  In addition, she has received a number of accolades including the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award ( In addition, as a token of appreciation for her numerous contributions to the field, a new performing arts center in Gainesville, GA was named in her honor, "The Ware House."
During her time at Louisiana Tech, Ms. Ware was an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority,  and a member of the Engineering Court and Homecoming Court.

Dr. William B. Ware is a retired Dean Emeritus of Education of Brenau University. He received both his undergraduate and master's degrees from the College of Education. While at Louisiana Tech, Dr. Ware also participated in football where he was a "Letter Winner."  Dr. Ware was also an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

The College of Education Awards Ceremony will be held in the Wyly Tower Auditorium on
November 5.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The TEEMS Team joins SciTEC in the COE for another Professional Development Session

The 3rd grade science teachers from Choudrant Elementary, Cypress Springs Elementary, Dubach, Ruston Elementary, and Simsboro Elementary schools are leading the way for a stronger focus on elementary STEM throughout the district.  These hard-working teachers are part of an ongoing professional development initiative that provides job-embedded workshops, classroom support, a graduate-level course through Louisiana Tech University's Office of Professional Education Outreach, and carefully prepared kits of materials and supplies designed to equip and empower them in facilitating rigorous and engaging hands-on, minds-on learning experiences.  Plus, the team is piloting the district's first implementation of the new TEEMS "Engineering by Design" Curriculum in order to really bring STEM to life in the classroom! The teachers met at Louisiana Tech University's SciTEC Center in the College of Education on October 2. We will meet again in late October for a third session. "We at SciTEC in the COE are thrilled to partner with Project ACHIEVE on this project and are looking forward to collaborate on the composition of an upcoming grant proposal to support additional professional development opportunities for  STEM educators in Lincoln Parish,"said SciTEC Director, Lindsey Keith-Vincent. It's an exciting time for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the Lincoln Parish public schools!!!

The article and accompanying images were submitted for the College of Education Blog at Louisiana Tech University by Mrs. Cathi Cox-Boniol, Director of Lincoln Parish Project ACHIEVE. If you or someone you know wants to share some exciting partnerships with the Louisiana Tech University College of Education family, please feel free to email

Bulldogs from Birth: Five Generations of the Brooks-Crowder-Frizzell Louisiana Tech University Students

A recent story written by Amanda Cauley is titled, Born to be a Bulldog.
Ms. Kellie Frizzell certainly was born to be a Bulldog as a fifth generation Louisiana Tech University graduate and a recent enrollee in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program in the College of Education! Ms. Frizzell and her sister Lauren Frizzell graduated in 2010 and 2011 respectively.  Lauren finished her Associate's of Nursing Degree, and Kellie received a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies with a Minor in Family and Child Studies from the College of Applied and Natural Sciences.

Their mother, Rita Frizzell and Aunt Debra Green were are COE graduates, both serving as teachers in Louisiana. Their father, Larry Frizzell,received a Bachelors and  Masters degree in Geosciences from Louisiana Tech. Their grandparents, James and Rita Crowder, and Kellie's great aunt, Harriet Crowder, graduated in the 1950's. The girls' grandmother graduated in Physical Education, their grandfather in Liberal Arts, and their Great Aunt in Music.

Ms. Frizzell's great grandmother, Frances Brooks, was also a Louisiana Tech Graduate finishing in Music in 1924.She was preceded by Ms. Frizzell's great, great grandparents, James Brooks, a graduate in Electrical Engineering and Hattie Bell, a graduate of Home Economics. We in the College of Education are very proud to welcome Ms. Frizzell back to work on her Masters degree and to continue the Louisiana Tech legacy that her family began over 100 years ago. We are grateful that her family is part of our College of Education and Louisiana Tech University family! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kinesiology and Agricultural Sciences Students Demonstrate Quality Collaborative Skills to Beautify Tech Campus

On Friday, October 2, 2015 the Department of Kinesiology hosted a Plant & Trim Memorial Gym workday. Kinesiology volunteers partnered with La Tech Green house staff and Greenscape students to plant a beautiful new plant/flower bed in front of the Scotty Robertson Memorial Gym building. Kinesiology sponsors two student organizations, ESPE - Exercise Sciences and Physical Education, and, PEK - the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Fraternity Eta Eta. Members of these two student organizations partnered for this event with the Agricultural Sciences student organization, Greenscape, Plants were provided by Jacob Reichley and his Greenhouse staff  located on the south campus. This collaborative effort made for a fun filled day and provided a much needed "haircut" to the overgrown shrubs around the building. Dean Schillinger (College of Education) noted, "the interdisciplinary nature of this unique collaboration has led to the beautification of our campus and a new partnership that may lead to other worthwhile initiatives. It brings me great joy to see students and faculty working together, engaged in transformative and exciting activities that enhance the culture and environment of our University." The new bed will be maintained by the student organizations. We hope this effort will serve as another reminder of the collaborative nature and Tech Spirit students continue to exemplify through volunteerism. All the co-laborers enjoyed music, pizza, and a great time. Many students walking through the area on their way to classes stopped to say "Thank you" to the volunteers. This project is one more reason we areproud of our students and our campus! go Bulldogs!

This story was submitted by Ms. Smiley Reeves of the Department of Kinesiology. Pictured above are a few of the amazing students, faculty, and administrators who helped with project.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dean Schillinger Named Vantage's 2015 Visionary Educator

Dr. Don Schillinger, Dean of Louisiana Tech's College of Education and the Chase Bank Endowed Associate Professor, was recognized as the Vantage Health Plan Visionary Educator during the University's home football game against the FIU Panthers. Dean Schillinger was recognized on the field by Vantage and recieved a token of appreciation for the work he has done and continues to do for the University.
This recognition is reserved for outstanding educational leaders working to build LA Tech's reputation of being a leader in quality programming and projects for University students.
While Dean Schillinger has received over 6 million dollars in grant funding during his career, his most recent award for 1.45 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Math Science Initiative to replicate an innovative system to graduate highly qualified STEM educators. The exciting new program, UTeachTech, will revolutionize secondary STEM educator preparation at Louisiana Tech University and in the region.
In addition to his many personal contributions to the University, Dean Schillinger also has three talented daughters who have graduated or currently are attending Louisiana Tech University and are also part of the Tech family!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Students Partner with UTeachTech Master Teachers to Compete on a National Level

Prospective bulldogs from Plain Dealing High School are partnering  with Louisiana Tech University to compete in the national Cube Sat Challenge in November at the Florida Space Grant Consortium. The link below provides information about the event and collaborators. To learn more about how you can partner with the team on their adventure, you can contact Mr. Glenn Larson ( or Mr. Chris Campbell (, UTeachTech Master Teachers.