December 2013 | E-Newsletter

Message from the Dean's Office

The John H. Lounsbury College of Education welcomes Dr. Funke Fontenot as interim Dean of Education and Dr. Craig Smith as interim Associate Dean of Education.  Fontenot and Smith accepted these new roles on September 27, 2013.

This spring the College of Education will begin a national search for a new Dean.  

The CoE is looking forward to a successful 2014.

Making a Difference

The College of Education (CoE) students are making a difference this holiday season, both in Baldwin county and abroad.  Many CoE students are involved with giving projects.

The Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) collected canned goods this fall  to restock Café Central’s food pantry for the holidays.  Café Central is a local food pantry and soup kitchen that serves a home cooked meal to the community every Tuesday.  Missy Rankin, a member of CMLA shared this about their food drive, “As student teachers, we see many students who rely on food from Café Central.  With the winter holidays coming up, students will not be provided breakfast or lunch since school will not be in session. By supporting Café Central with donations, those in need may be able to take more food and household items home each week.”

The senior, early childhood cohort also supported Café Central by volunteering to serve at their annual Thanksgiving meal on November 19.  The students dished up cranberries and rolls, served meals, and kept the lemonade and tea flowing for the community members in attendance. 

The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) sent their holiday cheer across the ocean by gathering supplies and packaging ten care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan.  SCEC president Shantele Anderson said this about their project, “ This was our way of saying thanks and giving back to those that serve.”

The Best Buddies program partners with the Life Enrichment Center (LEC), a local non-profit that serves adults with developmental disabilities, to help develop meaningful friendships between the college students and the adults served.  The LEC is hosting the Greene Mile/Jingle Bell Jog 5k on December 5.  The students involved with Best Buddies are working hard to spread the word about the race and will be involved on race day. For more information or to sign up to run, visit

The junior, early childhood cohorts’ Adopt(ed)-a-Family through Communities in Schools (CIS) in Baldwin County. CIS is the nation’s largest drop out prevention organization that reaches this mission by surrounding students with a community of support.  Both cohorts are “adopting”  local families and will purchase needed items and presents to help make their holidays a little brighter.

Teachers 4 Teachers 2 Be

We all have those special teachers who truly made a difference in our education, who challenged us to work harder, who offered a different perspective of the world.  The John H. Lounsbury College of Education prepares our students to become those teachers.

What better way to prepare a group of teacher candidates to be inspirational than to share inspirational stories from teachers who have done just that? 

Claire Garrett, Early Childhood Mentor Leader, began Teachers 4 Teachers 2 Be (T4T2B) this fall as a teacher guest speaker program.  Local educators are invited to speak to current teacher candidates who listen to their stories, ask questions, and gain ideas about their own futures in education. Garrett has big plans for this program, “I would like to see T4T2B become an educator resource community that supports our College of Education and future educators.  Teachers are a different breed; we need each other, we understand each other, and we learn from each other.”

The first guest speaker was Sara Simcox, a 1964 GC graduate, retired public school teacher, and Garrett’s first grade teacher.  Simcox shared over 30 years of teaching experience.  She spoke about her career in education, the true purpose of teaching, and the influence of teachers on students.  “The children may not remember what you taught them, but they will remember how you made them feel while you were teaching,” a lasting sentiment Simcox left with the students.

2009 Georgia College graduate, Mary Byrne, shared her education experience. Byrne, a second year teacher at John Milledge Academy, provided the perspective of a new teacher, completing a master’s degree program right out of college, and setting up a classroom on a budget. She emphasized the importance of using fellow teachers as resources and being willing to ask colleagues for help. “Since the senior students are getting close to graduation they found her insight to be useful and encouraging,” Garrett said of Byrne’s talk.

Garrett plans to bring more local educators in to speak, expand the program to reach more students and to begin to create an educator resource community. 

Early College Applies to College

Governor Nathan Deal proclaimed November as Georgia Apply to College month, and the seniors at Georgia College Early College (GCEC) are doing just that! 

With college application season upon us, the GCEC seniors are hard at work: writing essays, answering questions, and figuring out which schools to apply to.  Throughout this nerve-wracking time, the students have received great assistance from their school. GCEC hosted three college application assistance sessions on Saturdays this semester. The final event on November 9, was an official University System of Georgia, Georgia Apply to College event.

After hearing about the other two successful sessions, Board of Regents representative, Dawn Cooper, encouraged Dr. Runee Sallad, GCEC principal, to host an official event in November.  Well over 150 high schools in Georgia hosted a Georgia Apply to College event.

16 out of 20 seniors attended the November 9 event.  Precious Smith, who attended the Saturday session and will be sending in an application to Georgia College said she “appreciated the help with her essay, as well as the encouragement to apply to more than one college.”  She is now working on choosing and applying to another college.

GCEC students are reminded daily of the importance of college.  They attend classes on GC’s campus from 7-12 grade, participate in campus events, and regularly work with college students and faculty.  The students are reminded daily of the GCEC’s goal to encourage the possibility of attending college to students that might not otherwise have the opportunity or means to do so.  All Early College seniors are currently enrolled in college courses through joint enrollment and each senior will graduate with an average of 32 college credits.

Take the Next Step

Become a Specialist of Education in Special Education 

The Specialist of Education in Special Education provides advanced study for qualified T5 certified special education teachers.  The program of study builds upon work completed at the master’s level and is organized around research-based practice for school improvement.  The program is cohort-based with each cohort supervised by one faculty member who assures that students meet all program standards prior to graduation.  The Ed.S. program at Georgia College is a blended program, meeting one Saturday a month at our Macon campus with the remaining coursework online and research requirements completed on the job in your school.

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Shanda Brand                                                    Dr. Ginny VanRie
       Graduate Admission Adviser                    Special Education Graduate Coordinator                      
478-445-1383                                                   478-445-0150

“The Special Education Ed.S. program at Georgia College was challenging and rewarding at the same time! I could not have asked for a better opportunity. My instructors prepared me to be a leader in my school and in the field of Special Education.”
Leann Morris, Special Education Teacher, Newton High School

The John H. Lounsbury

Distinguished Lecture Series 

on American Education

presents the

Inaugural Lecture

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paul George
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Education
at the University of Florida

6:00 p.m.
Magnolia Ballroom
Georgia College
Milledgeville, GA

CoE Spotlights

Faculty Spotlight - Rui Kang

Alumni Spotlight - Becky Nipper

Student Spotlight - Chasitey Shantele Anderson

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