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December 10, 2012 in Winter 2012 Newsletter

Pasi Sahlberg
The 2013 Winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Education is Pasi Sahlberg, the Director of Finland’s Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation and author of “Finnish Lessons: What can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?”

Reform-minded educators eager to learn about Finland’s highly successful school system often are shocked to find that elementary-level students have four-hour days, do little homework, rarely take tests, and do not start school until age seven.

In addition, Sahlberg stated that ensuring the same opportunities for all students and showing a high regard for the teaching profession also transformed Finland’s school system from mediocre into one of the world’s finest.

Read the rest of the article about Pasi, and see other winners of the 2013 Grawemeyer awards.

Thomas Walker
Thomas Walker received a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from UofL’s School of Allied Health in 1990, and was then commissioned as an Air Force aerospace physiologist in 1991. For his work as an instructor at the School of Aerospace Medicine, Dr. Walker was named the Air Force Material Command’s Physiologist of the Year in 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in exercise physiology in 2006, and subsequently became the Chief of Applied Physiology at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. During his time there Dr. Walker was awarded major research grants, authored nine peer-reviewed scientific articles and eight technical reports, and formally presented research at various national conferences.

Dr. Walker served as a special consultant for the Air Force’s combat controller training pipeline. Through his efforts, training injuries decreased 67 percent while physical performance of these elite warriors concurrently increased by 11 percent. For this accomplishment, Dr. Walker was named the Air Force Material Command’s Physiologist of the Year for a second time for 2009.

In 2011, Dr. Walker retired from active duty. He is currently the owner and lead physiologist of High Desert Human Performance LLC and an instructor of physiology at Carrington College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Allison Hunt
Allison, a 2002 graduate of the CEHD’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and teacher and duPont Manual High School, was named the 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. The awards ceremony honoring Kentucky’s best educators was held at the state Capitol in October. Each award winner received a check for $3,000.

Manual High School’s principal, Larry Wooldridge, stated that Allison stood out for her classroom skills, dedication to students, and passion for her subject. (Courier Journal, Oct. 2012)

When asked about her experience at the CEHD, Allison stated, “the University of Louisville MAT program in the College of Education and Human Development prepared me to be a successful teacher by emphasizing practical classes with direct classroom application. I graduated with an understanding that teaching is about making a difference in the lives of children on a daily basis, one student at a time; challenging, motivating, and removing obstacles to the learning process so that all students reach their potential.”
See video of Allison in the classroom.

Sloane Barnett of Simpsonville Elementary was selected to receive the final WHAS11, LG&E KU Excel Award for the academic year. Barnett, who was also named Shelby County Teacher of the Year, is a graduate of the CEHD’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, Read more…

Ruthie Parrott, a teacher at Goshen Elementary School, and graduate of the CEHD’s MAT program, received a WHAS11, LG&E KU Excel award in May, Read more….

Jodi Adams, a graduate of the CEHD Alternative Certification program and business teacher at Eastern High School, was presented the Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher Award from the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Educators (KACTE). As business program chairperson, she helped launch Kentucky’s first High School of Business at Eastern. Read the full story…

Robert Fulk, principal of Bullitt Lick Middle School, graduate of the CEHD principal certification program and doctoral student in the College, was recently featured in WAVE3′s Community News and The Pioneer News for his numerous successes since becoming principal of the middle school. Read more…

Tom Shelton, ELFH Ph.D. graduate and Superintendent of Fayette County Schools, was recently informed that he is the recipient of AERA’s Research on the Superintendency SIG award for Dissertation of the Year. This is the second national award Dr. Shelton has won for his dissertation.

Jaime Blanton, 2008 grad of the CEHD’s MA in Higher Ed program, and member of the Division of University Relations at the University North Texas, received the 2012 Outstanding New Professional of the Year Award from the American College Personnel Association.

Joe Tronzo, 2009 graduate of the BS in Health and Human Performance and 2010 MS in Exercise Physiology programs, and former fullback for the 2007 Orange Bowl and BIG EAST Champion football team, recently joined the football broadcast team on Cardinal Radio Network (WHAS-840 or WKRD-790) as a color analyst.

Tracy Smith, graduate of the CEHD’s BS in Elementary Education and current grad student in the MEd in Teacher Leadership program, was recently featured in the August/September issue of Today’s Family. The article, “What Teachers Wish Parents Knew,” focuses on recommendations to parents from local teachers about what they think can help their children’s school experiences. Read more…

CEHD EdD graduates, Amber Jaggers and Pam Royster, were invited to present at the 5th Annual Education Summit that was hosted by the Kentucky ACT Council in November. This year’s theme was “Students First: Education for Our New Economy.” Read more about the conference…