A positive influence

I want to be a teacher because I love working with kids, and I want to make an impact in their lives. I admired many of my teachers in school growing up and really looked up to them. They had an influence on my decision to pursue teaching. – Quinn … Read More

The heart of a role model

I decided to become a teacher because it is where my heart has always been. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the support and encouragement of my former teachers, and I want to serve that role in the lives of my own students. I’m excited to see what … Read More

Inspired to achieve

My former wrestling coach and an English teacher, Mr. Kuykendal (Coach K), inspired me. Throughout high school, he pushed me to work hard for my goals and dreams in life. He has helped me become a better person. – Max Senger, Kinesiology and Health Promotion major

A two-way street

I chose to teach in the field of physical education teacher education because it was the perfect blend of my love for being active with creating lifelong friendships with people. Teaching really is a rewarding profession due to the lives I am able to impact and the students who, in … Read More

A lasting impression

The moment I knew I wanted to become a teacher was when my physical education teacher in high school (Madison Central High School, Richmond, KY), Sue Tussey, made such an impression on me my freshman year that I decided to take physical education with her again my senior year. – … Read More

A ‘revolutionary,’ personal discovery

I discovered teaching was for me when I took an “introduction to education” course in college, just because I was curious.  I was assigned to observe an 8th grade American History class.  The teacher asked me to teach a lesson on Revolutionary War battles one day, which proved to be … Read More

2018-19 Highlights

Department of STEM Education • Outstanding Research Productivity and Dissemination: Faculty members in the department of STEM Education have published over 240 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters with 29 new publications in the past academic year (2018-2019). Additionally, in the past year, faculty members in this department have produced … Read More

10 Years Strong, Learning Comes to Life for Kids at STEM Camp

  STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – is not silent. It certainly isn’t still or stoic. That much becomes clear within a few minutes of visiting See Blue STEM Camp, Robotics Camp, and Chem Camp at the University of Kentucky in June. The hallowed halls of higher education, … Read More

Julian Vasquez Heilig Named College of Education Dean

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2019) — Julian Vasquez Heilig has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education. Vasquez Heilig, an award-winning leader, teacher and researcher, comes to UK from California State University, Sacramento, where he was a professor of educational leadership and policy studies and director … Read More

Equipping Teachers with Naturalistic Teaching Strategies

Sarah Hawkins-Lear, Ed.D., clinical associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling, is working with doctoral candidate Meg Gravil on training early childhood teachers, who are not certified in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) or Special Education, to embed naturalistic teaching strategies to teach communication skills. The teachers are … Read More

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