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Autumn Tooms Cyprès named dean of School of Education

Autumn Tooms Cyprès named dean of School of Education

Autumn Tooms Cyprès, Ed.D., an expert in politics in the professoriate and educational organizations, organizational reform, and leadership preparation, has been named the Dean of the School of Education after a national search.

Tooms Cyprès is coming to the University of Alabama at Birmingham from St. John’s University in New York City. She served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the School of Education.

“This is such an honor to be named the dean of the UAB School of Education,” Tooms Cyprès said. “As a former school principal and health educator, I see incredible opportunities to extend the bridges we have built with the Alabama community focused on the intersections of education, health, and wellness. I look forward to serving our students, faculty, and staff in ways which foster the creation and translation of knowledge that changes the world.”

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Students learn how to teach English everywhere

Students learn how to teach English everywhere

By some estimates, nearly 2 billion people worldwide will be learning English by 2020. Which means teachers of English are in demand in places such as Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe—and Alabama.

Simple immersion in an English-speaking classroom isn’t an effective way to learn to read and speak the language, says Kelly Hill, Ph.D., assistant professor of ESL (English as a Second Language) in the UAB School of Education. It’s a myth, she emphasizes. “There is no research to support that. The need for qualified ESL classroom teachers is growing in the public schools every year, and there are more dual-language learners.” According to the Alabama Department of Education, most of the state’s K-12 English-language learners (ELLs) primarily speak Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Chinese.

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UAB Community Counseling Clinic provides affordable mental health care to Jefferson County

UAB Community Counseling Clinic provides affordable mental health care to Jefferson County

More than 1,000 people seeking low-cost mental health services have been served by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Community Counseling Clinic since its creation in 2011.

The goal of the clinic, run by faculty and students in the UAB School of Education Counselor Education Program, is to increase access to outpatient mental health counseling services in Jefferson County while also providing an innovative educational experience for UAB graduate counseling students.

“In our area, access to counseling can be hard to come by if you do not have insurance,” said Sean Hall, Ph.D., clinic director and assistant professor in the UAB School of Education Department of Human Studies. “There are places in the community that accept patients without insurance for a sliding or reduced fee; however, availability of those services can be limited. We are working to fill the gaps so clients can get the services they need.”

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‘Using My Pain as My Path’: Cancer Survivor on Track to Finish Master’s Degree, Despite Obstacles

‘Using My Pain as My Path’: Cancer Survivor on Track to Finish Master’s Degree, Despite Obstacles

The word “survivor” means many things to many people, but for 24-year-old Rashad Hayes it’s one more opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Whether it’s sharing the story of his poverty-stricken childhood or his experience with homelessness or his battle with cancer while in college, the Enterprise, Alabama, native knows what it means to be a survivor.

“I know what I went through in my life and I don’t want anyone else to experience anything like that, but in case they do, I want them to know that you can push through,” said Hayes, who is on track to finish his master’s degree in social work in April 2019. “I genuinely have a passion for helping others.”

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UAB alumna receives nation’s highest honor for teaching

UAB alumna receives nation’s highest honor for teaching

University of Alabama at Birmingham alumna and Georgia native Heather Simpson has been selected for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

Simpson is one of 140 math and science teachers selected for the award. She was presented with an official commendation signed by President Donald J. Trump during a visit to the nation’s capital and a $10,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in June.

“Knowing that all students are capable of becoming mathematicians and engineers is the driving force behind my instruction,” Simpson said. “Receiving this prestigious award further encourages and affirms me in my work equipping young minds for the world that awaits them. I am honored and very humbled to accept the Presidential Award and am so thankful to my family, friends, administrators and colleagues who have shaped me into the educator I am while pushing me to become the educator I want to be.”

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Daniel Receives Outstanding New Advisor Certificate of Merit from NACADA

Daniel Receives Outstanding New Advisor Certificate of Merit from NACADA

Rachel Daniel, undergraduate academic advisor in the School of Education, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit by NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising.

Rachel Daniel will be receiving the award in the category of Outstanding New Advisors, which “recognizes outstanding academic advisors or faculty advisors who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an advisor for a period of three (3) or fewer years.”

Daniel joined the UAB School of Education in 2015 and currently advises students majoring in Music Education, English Language Arts, General Social Science, and Community Health and Human Services. She also works part time as a writing tutor in the University Writing Center at UAB. Her previous experience in higher education included admissions, study abroad, freshman English composition instruction, and tutoring/mentoring for TRIO programs.

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