Alumni News

College alumni awarded STEM education grants

Two Augusta University College of Education alumni were among 18 elementary school educators in five local counties to receive Students/Teachers Achieving Results grants from Savannah River Remediation to support science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in their classrooms. Angelica Harris (M.S.K., 2017), who teaches at Richmond Hill K-8, and Sydney Onate …

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Education alum wins award from state charter schools foundation

Caroline Teagarden (B.S.Ed., 2017) loves her job teaching first grade. With a background in ballet and dance instruction, being hired to teach at an arts-infused charter school was a perfect match. Then her school sweetened the deal and placed her classroom right next to her best friend’s classroom. And now …

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Graduation Week 2021: Ghada Omer-Attia

As the daughter of a civil engineer growing up in the Sudan, education has always been important to Ghada Omer-Attia. Her father fostered a lifelong love of learning, and her religion, Islam, encourages followers to become educated in order to better serve the community. But as a young teenager, Omer-Attia …

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Augusta University alumnus named Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year

Augusta University alumnus Dr. Keith Thompson, principal of Northbrook Middle School in Gwinnett County, has been named Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. Thompson graduated from Augusta University’s College of Education with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education and started his teaching …

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Alum wins prestigious South Carolina school counseling award

Elisha Ellison (MEd ’09), Silver Bluff High School Lead Counselor, was recently named the statewide School Counselor of the Year by the Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA). Ellison was also recognized as the prestigious WJBF NewsChannel 6 Golden Apple Award‘s first-ever school counselor winner in November of 2020. She …

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Alum gives birth to first child during pandemic

In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, preparing for labor and delivery may be more stressful than exciting for pregnant women. Are hospitals safe with possible COVID-19 positive patients in the vicinity? Will family be allowed to share the experience and provide support? What to expect with the new …

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Alumna establishes education scholarship with $10,000 gift

A new scholarship established at Augusta University supports students who aspire to a career in special education. Today, on Augusta University’s inaugural Giving Day, the College of Education celebrates veteran educator Ruth Ann (Joseph) Vericella and her gift of an endowed scholarship for AU education students. Vericella is a 1987 …

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