The months of September and October have brought new adventures in my role as interim dean for the College of Education and Professional Studies. I am excited to help further the vision and goals created by Dr. Andi Kent through our mission of teaching and learning, advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship, and leadership in service and outreach.
The College of Education and Professional Studies remains focused on our vital goals: to empower our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives and to enhance the vitality of the communities that we serve. We will provide a premier educational experience while we implement several protocols grounded in our paramount priority—the health and safety of our students, our faculty and staff, and our campus visitors. As we proceed with the academic year, we will honor our enduring values—especially innovation and courage—while embracing these unprecedented challenges with abiding optimism in a brighter future.
Many students have told us that they value the personal educational experiences that we provide at USA, where faculty and students are learning partners, no matter the challenges!
We recently celebrated Extra Yard for Teachers Week as part of the grand opening of our new football stadium. This was a great way to say thank you to our alumni and educators in the surrounding communities. Congratulations to our winners Kimberly Ingram, a K-4th grade teacher at Pearl Haskew Elementary, and Sarah McKeough, a kindergarten teacher at Stapleton School. Both won $250 gift cards to fund their proposed classroom projects.
COVID-19 has changed the way we teach students throughout the county. And without the leadership and innovation of our teachers in the classroom, whether virtually or in-person, students could not move forward in the ways they have without your support. I know it hasn’t been easy. To our alumni, you continuously make us proud.
Dr. John Kovaleski
USA College of Education and Professional Studies