GSE Alumna Rachel Stagner selected for national science award

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The US Department of Energy and partnering federal agencies have finalized the selections for the 2018–2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow (AEF). PSU alumna Rachel Stagner, ’08, ’13, is one of 14 educators named for this prestigious award. She teaches chemistry and forensic science at Madison High School in Portland Public School District. Stagner will take a one-year leave of absence from her school to live and work at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC.

Stagner has two master’s degrees from PSU, an MEd, ’08, and an MST, ’13, and serves on the board of the Oregon Science Teachers Association. In 2017–19 she was named a Murdock Partner in Science, which enables her to spend two summers at Oregon Health and Science University on a neuroscience project with Dr. Henryk Urbanski.

Stagner has taught at Madison since 2009 and serves as co-department head. She has mentored middle and high school minority and at-risk students and developed curriculum for the Oregon MESA project (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement). She is committed to increasing the number of women and minority students in STEM.

“It’s a great honor, and I wanted to say thank you to the GSE,” said Stagner, who credits the late GSE professor Ron Narode as her methods teacher. “I know he would have been proud.”

The AEF program was signed into law in 1994 to provide opportunities for K–12 educators in STEM to serve in a federal agency or US Congressional office. Educators return home with broader knowledge in their fields that can be applied to their classrooms and schools.

GSE alumnae Kimie Carroll receives statewide honors

Canby’s Kimie Carroll, ’01, ’11, is the 2017 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year, selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). Carroll is a graduate of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Administrator Licensure programs in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department.

Carroll is the associate principal for teaching and learning at Canby High School (CHS), where she has served for 11 years. During that time, Canby’s graduation rate has accelerated. The four-year graduation rate for all Canby High School students is 89.8 percent (2016), up from 86.2 percent in 2015, and far exceeds the state average of 74.8 percent. More importantly, the graduation rate for historically underserved student populations in Canby also grew exponentially from year-to-year.

Carroll has many accomplishments that are unique to her district. She created an after-school support program for struggling freshmen called Cougars Achieving Together = Success (CATS). She supervises all aspects of the program, including transportation, which is crucial in a small rural town like Canby.

Carroll developed numerous partnerships with area colleges, including Clackamas Community College (CCC), Portland Community College (PCC), and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) that directly benefit CHS students. As a result, Canby is a leader in offering college credits to high school students. Continue reading

GSE alumnus named OnPoint Credit Union 2017 Teacher of the Year

GSE alumnus James Nosen, ’83, is one of two OnPoint Credit Union Teachers of the Year for 2017. He was nominated by his school this spring and received honors at the annual OnPoint event May 26, during a KGW broadcast. Nosan was the art teacher at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby School District where he worked for 34 years, and has now retired.

Nosen earned his bachelor’s in elementary education at PSU when the program was offered as an undergraduate degree. He is licensed for K–12 and holds endorsements for elementary multiple subjects and art education. Continue reading

PACE graduate Brian Fassett distributes bicycles in Uganda

Brian Fassett, his wife Kate, and daughters Ruby and Clara are excited about their new adventure.

A former Peace Corps member, Brian Fassett, ’12, had a great job as director of training and development at Advantis Credit Union in Portland. But Fassett was ready for a new adventure. He has taken a new position as operations director with a small start-up NGO, Bicycles Against Poverty. Their mission is to distribute bicycles to rural African communities to improve the standard of living. They distribute bikes on a lease-to-own basis that enables people in small villages, especially women, to expand their opportunities.

Fassett is a graduate of the PSU Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) master’s degree program that develops adult educators to anticipate and respond to the changing developmental issues of diverse adult learners, organizations, and communities. He also holds a certificate in working with adult learners. Continue reading

GSE alumnus named digital principal of the year

Jamie Richardson ’06, ’13, an alumnus of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Licensure programs, is a 2017 Digital Principal of the Year. Richardson joins two others for this national award: Jethro Jones, principal of Kodiak Middle School in Kodiak, Alaska, and Stephen Santilli, principal of William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Richardson is the principal of LaCreole Middle School, Dallas, Oregon. The award is from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and recognizes these leaders for effectively using technology to support teaching, learning, and school management to drive student success.

According to his nomination, Richardson developed a school culture where staff and students use a variety of tools to solve problems, communicate, and promote a cohesive yet personalized learning environment. Teachers and students describe Richardson as an exceptional advocate for technology and digital-age learning and a catalyst for implementing technology, makerspaces, and project-based learning programs. Richardson ensures that all teachers get time to learn and discuss technology integration and that, through social media, parents stay connected to the school.

“Each of these principals is a powerful multiplier of effective practice,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “We honor the significant school improvements they have spearheaded and the strides they have made in implementing a 21st-century education at their schools.”

As part of the award, each principal gets an expense-paid trip to present at the 2018 NASSP National Conference, in Chicago, July, 2018.

NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States.

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GSE proudly represented at annual PSU diversity awards

2017 Diversity Award recipients (left to right): Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Aslihan Alkurt, Samuel Henry, Ebony Oldham, and Tara Cooper. Not pictured, Virginia Luka.

The annual PSU Diversity Awards were held May 23, 2017, at the Native American Student and Community Center on the PSU campus. 

Samuel Henry is only the second person tapped for the Vice President’s Global Diversity Award. Carmen Suarez, PSU Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion, conferred the award to Henry, who was also featured as the keynote speaker at the celebration. Henry is an associate professor emeritus in the Curriculum and Instruction (CI) department and has worked at PSU since 1992. During his tenure, Henry served as chair of that department, was the GSE doctoral program coordinator, and was the director of the Intercultural Initiatives for the Center for Academic Excellence. In 2010, he was named to the Oregon State Board of Education as a member and served that group as chair. In 2016 he was nominated to Governor Brown’s Oregon Quality Education Commission. Continue reading