COE Represented Well at Fall Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to Krystalle Nichols who received the ‘Outstanding Graduate’ award at the USFSM fall commencement ceremony held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in downtown Sarasota on Sunday, December 11th.  A Lakewood Ranch High School gradute in 2007 with a 3.9 GPA, Krystalle earned a 3.97 GPA in her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-6/ESOL while in the College of Education at USFSM.  Ms. Nichols would like to teach kindergarten or first grade in Manatee County.  Hats off to Krystalle for her hard work and academic achievements!   On another high note, Assistant Professor of elementary education, Dr. Tricia Hunsader, was the recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award for the fall term.  Dr. Hunsader, who works with both undergraduate and graduate COE students, said she is teaching teachers to teach the ‘whys’ of math rather than just the ‘hows’.  Appears that she is doing a terrific job as this award is determined by the student body of graduating students.

Free Screening of ‘Speaking in Tongues’-Dec. 16th 1-2:30 pm

Julian, Jason, Kelly, Durrell.  Four typical American kids, with one exception.  Their parents placed them in schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak Chinese or Spanish.  Why?  To give them a career edge.  To raise their academic achievement.  To maintain their home language.  Or to help communicate with their grandparents.   You’ll be charmed and challenged by this award-winning film’s insightful exploration of the rewards and hurdles these pioneering students face as they become bilingual.  Enter their world, and ask yourself-today, is one language enough?  Watch the trailer at and then come to the free film screening on Friday, 12/16 from 1-2:30 pm in B-336.  For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Burns in the College of Ed at or 941-359-4647.