Student/Alumni Highlights and News

Ed.S. graduates named to principal, assistant principal roles

Knights get hired! We are proud to announce the recent appointments of our Ed.S graduates to area elementary, middle and high schools.

  • Kristyn Bowman has been named the assistant principal of St. Michael School in Louisville.
  • Stephanie Smith is serving as the principal of Bloomfield Elementary in Nelson County. 
  • Yasmine Fleming is serving as an assistant principal of Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelby County.
  • Carl Curtsinger has been named the assistant principal of Mt. Washington Middle School in Bullitt County.
  • Kevin Connors has been named the principal of Bullitt Lick Middle School in Bullitt County.
  • Julie Speer has been named the assistant principal of St. Mary Academy in Louisville. 
  • Sarah Peace has been named as the principal of Mercy Academy in Louisville.
  • Bernard Estephan has been named as an assistant principal at Newburg Middle School in Louisville. 
  • Leah Mullen has been named the assistant principal of Sacred Heart Model School in Louisville.

Seniors sign on with JCPS

Taylor Webb Elementary Education/Learning and Behavior Disorders Taylor Webb (pictured), along with fellow LBD majors Salem Smith, Sarah Sangalli and Sarah Schuster—and English/Secondary Education major Heidi Kimmich—were among the teacher candidates who signed contracts with JCPS for the fall of 2018. Congratulations to our seniors!

Bellarmine Grads Honored

Dr. Kristin Cook and Evelyn TrejoChristie Goatley and Dr. Kristin CookEvelyn Trejo (B.A., Elementary Education/Learning and Behavior Disorders, ’15), science and art teacher at Hawthorne Elementary, and Christy Goatley (B.A., Learning and Behavior Disorders, ‘95; MAEd, ’99), resource and mathematics interventionist at Kenwood Elementary, both won 2018 Hilliard Lyons Teacher Excellence Awards. The annual honors are awarded to teachers who demonstrate innovation in the classroom via JCPS’ strategic Vision 2020 plan. (Also pictured: Dr. Kristin Cook.)

Robert Gunn Jr. headshotGunn helms DuBois Academy, envisions new kind of school

Principal and current Bellarmine Ed.D. student Robert E. Gunn Jr. is the principal of the new DuBois Academy. Learn more:

  • Prospective students recently were introduced to the experimental school, which aims to empower young men of color. This WAVE3 segment tells the story, including how he aspires to introduce students as young as 11 to a future in college.
  • In an interview and video with Insider Louisville, Gunn discusses how the school inspires hope during this time of academic crisis.
  • Gunn’s recent op-ed in the Courier-Journal addresses concerns about resegregation.

Read more about DuBois Academy.

Future teachers help keep kids looking sharp

Patricia Ivery, Abigail Finch, Mackenzie GuiceThree Bellarmine juniors will begin student teaching at JCPS in the fall—but in their time off, they volunteered at the district's Clothing Assistance Program to help CAP prepare for back-to-school efforts. Left to right: Patricia Ivery, Abigail Finch, Mackenzie Guice.

Bellarmine Scholars take STEM on the road

Second grade students at table
Sarah Scheer-Davis (MAEd ’15), a second-grade teacher at Bloom Elementary, hosted the Bellarmine Scholars as they helped her class visualize concepts with “awesome science stations”! The Scholars, pre-service elementary science teachers in the AFTSE, teach earth, physical and life sciences to 2nd-grade students at the Highlands school.  

Brand-new Ph.D. feted by students

Audubon Traditional Elementary principal Tiffany Marshall (Ph.D. in Education, Social Change and Leadership, ‘18) is feted by her students upon the successful defense of her dissertation, “An Interpretive Study of African American Female Elementary Principals' Experiences in a Southeastern Public Urban School District.” (Thanks to teacher Tress Craven for the video!)

Undergraduate elementary students receive memorial scholarship

The Means Family with scholarship recipients
In 1990, alumni Susan and Bob Means lost their 7-year-old son Rob in an accident. They vowed to turn their grief into hope by establishing the Robert Simpson Means Endowed Scholarship. This spring, four undergraduate elementary students received the scholarship.

Susan graduated with a degree in education in 1975, with Bob following with an accounting degree in 1976. Their other two surviving children also attended Bellarmine—Anne Frye (B.A. in History, 2003) and John Means (B.A. in Business Administration, 2008)—and graduated with honors, continuing the family tradition their parents dreamed their brother, too, would be a part of.

From left to right: Sarah Schuster, Laiken Breeden, Bob Means, Susan Means, Anna Taylor and Victoria Ross.

Students co-author, co-present with faculty

Imari Hazelwood, a Ph.D. student for Education and Social Change, was a co-author with Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins of a research paper titled “Microaggressions: Impact on African American Candidates in a Teacher Preparation Program” at the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education Conference in Baltimore.

Ed.S. student Sheryl Woods and Catie Smith (MAEd. ’17), along with Dr. Kevin Thomas and JCPS Bellarmine Literacy Project adjunct Mary Morgan, presented a poster on “21st Century Literacies: Technologies for Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum” at the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education Conference in Louisville.

Senior wins ethics essay prize

Heidi Kimmich headshotThe Ethics and Social Justice Center unanimously recognizes senior Heidi Kimmich (B.A., English, B.S., Secondary Education ’18) as this year’s winner of the Center’s 4th annual Prize in Ethics essay contest. Heidi’s essay, “Let Art Speak Its History,” is a response to the question, “What principles and practices should govern the fair use of public space and the display of public art or monuments?”

A reception and public reading of the essay is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 at 11 a.m. in CNTH 270. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to those who refereed papers: Dr. Annette Powell (English), Dr. Chelsey Franz (AT/Exercise Science), Dr. D.J. Mitchell (Education), and Dr. Joseph Flipper (Theology).

Clark headshot Clark: Strengthening connections of black college women

Phyllis L. Clark, a candidate for a Leadership in Higher Education Ph.D., discusses strategies for increasing college completion rates for Black women. Read more.

Oleka headshot Oleka: How multiculturalism can make college affordable again

Onyejindu Oleka, a candidate for a Leadership in Higher Education Ph.D., suggests how a policy shift can enable college affordability for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. Read more.

STEAM Academy participantsStudents STEAM ahead at Tully Elementary

Laura Keeling, a former participant in the STEAM Academy in the School of Education, hosted students in EDUC 316 (Computer Applications in Education) at Tully Elementary and shared her knowledge with them. Pictured L-R: Brooke Wright, Kylee Mitchell, Aleyna Durbin and Laura Keeling.

Education alumni at KySTE 2018Education alumni featured at KySTE 2018

Bellarmine was well represented at the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education’s spring conference March 7-9 at the Galt House. Students, including Catie Smith (B.A. ’14, MAEd/literary specialist ’17), Sheryl Woods (B.A. ’11, Ed.S. in School Leadership and Administration ’18) (pictured, left), and Mary Morgan (JCPS Bellarmine Literacy Project instructor), shared their expertise demonstrating 21st century literacy apps under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Thomas.

Kylee Mitchell and Brooke Wright volunteering Students share Bellarmine spirit over spring break

“It's spring break at Bellarmine University, which means students are volunteering and helping the community,” writes Jason Willis of the JCPS Clothing Assistance Program (CAP). “We're grateful for aspiring teachers Kylee Mitchell [left] and Brooke Wright [right]!”

Both students are double majors: Kylee in secondary education and sculpture and extended media, and Brooke in secondary education and English. The pair caught the attention of President Donovan, who wrote: “Kylee and Brooke—thanks for devoting part of your spring break to community service and engagement. I’m proud of you!”

MAT student strives to #BeTheChange at Highland Middle School

Members of Alpha Media Louisville’s B96.5 and Magic 101.3 as well as Mark Gunn Media Inc. joined MAT student, Mr. Joseph Stamm, at Highland Middle School’s First Friday. Founded by Mr. Stamm, middle school science teacher, the First Friday Series introduces students to different careers and is designed to serve as a vehicle to start getting students to think about their academic and career goals and making a positive change to pursue them.

In the picture from left to right, DJQ, Joe Stamm, EZ Bluegrass, Bella Rae, Mark Gunn, Juan Hustle and Dr. Tom Aberli.

Not pictured is Mr. Brooks, one of Highland Middle School's school counselors. Mr. Brooks and Mr. Stamm decided to call themselves #BeTheChange because they are striving to make positive changes community and school culture.

Undergraduate Taylor Smith tabbed as GLVC Scholar-Athlete of Year for women's soccer

In the fall of 2017, senior elementary education major Taylor Smith was named first-team Academic All-American and this semester she was named the GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year. She has worked very hard in both the classroom and on the field. Read more about Taylor's accomplishments on our Athletics site.