College of Education News

COE ALUM named asst. superintendent/office administrator of the year

Former College of Education graduate, Sharon Ballew ('79, '83) was named by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators as the 2021 OASA District 11 Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year.

Ms. Ballew currently serves as the Director of Federal Programs at Tenkiller Public Schools and has been employed there since 1992. Her involvement in the district has includes grant writing, the Oklahoma Alliance of Boys & Girls Club, and the Oklahoma Association for Bilingual Education.

"Sharon Ballew is among the best of Oklahoma administrators. We are excited and proud to recognize these outstanding leaders," Dr. Pam Deering, OASA executive director.

Click here to read the full article from Tahlequah Daily Press

May 2021

faculty & staff acknowledged at 2021 NSU employee recognition reception

Several College of Education faculty and staff members were acknowledged at this year's Employee Recognition Reception and Presentation, held on Thursday, April 29. Congratulations to all of this year's awardees, nominees, and retirees!


Dr. Ingrid Massey, Director of the NSU Broken Arrow Reading and Literacy Center, received the Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

The mission of the Faculty Mentor program is to enhance the educational experience of NSU students by supporting advising and mentoring activities in order to improve student academic achievement, recruitment, retention, graduation rates, career/professional development and post-graduate education. As part of the Faculty Mentor program, recognition is extended each year to an outstanding undergraduate and graduate faculty member. NSU students provided nominations for this year's outstanding faculty mentors and were chosen by a select committee.

Dr. MooSong Kim, Department Chair of Health & Kinesiology, was also nominated.


Lori Riley, Academic Advisor II for College of Education in Broken Arrow, was nominated for the STAR award.

Since 2011 Staff Council has formed a committee to recognize and honor staff members who excel and demonstrate star qualities: Service, Teamwork, Attitude,  Reliability and a strong commitment to the values of Northeastern State University: Integrity, Collaboration, Creativity, Leadership, Excellence, Communication, and Diversity.


Dr. Sally Armstrong, Professor in the Clinical Education department of Curriculum & Instruction, and Mrs. Lois Buttress, Teacher Certification Coordinator, were both honored with pins for 40 years of service at NSU. Congratulations and thank you for your years of service!


COE extends congratulations and warm regards to those retiring this year:

Margaret Dobbs, Health & Kinesiology
Dr. Cindi Fries, Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Judy Moody, Educational Leadership


April 2021

COE Faculty & Students Receive DaVinci Institute Awards

NSU's College of Education is pleased to announce three faculty and two students who have been named the recipients of the 2021 DaVinci Awards. The DaVinci Institute funds creative projects among Oklahoma’s higher education community. Each recipient received a $1,000 award and were honored in a virtual ceremony on March 26.
This year's College of Education awardees are below.
Creativity in Education Fellow
  • Sarah Ramsey, Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
DaVinci Fellows
  • Jericho Hobson, Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Meagan Moreland, Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
DaVinci Scholars
  • Anne Heine, Student, B.S.Ed. Special Education ('21)
  • Amber Quammen, Student, B.S.Ed. Elementary Education ('21)


Pictured above: Dr. Sarah Ramsey


Pictured above: Dr. Jericho Hobson


Pictured above: Dr. Meagan Moreland


Pictured above: Anne Heine


Pictured above: Amber Quammen


Click here to learn more about NSU's DaVinci Awards

March 2021

Armstrong NAMED AMONG 2021 NSU Centurions

Dr. Sally Armstrong, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, was named among the 2021 NSU Centurions. Also among the 2021 list was Gene Frusher, who was awarded posthumously. Dr. Susan Frusher, recently retired Professor of Educational Leadership, accepted the award on his behalf.

The Centurion honor is awarded annually to 10 members of the Northeastern State University family alumni, faculty, staff, and students who impacted the life of the nominator, the Northeastern community, or the public at large. This award is for individuals whose leadership and commitment, in the course of helping others, has allowed them to make a significant impact in the past 100 years of NSU's history.

See NSU website for past winners.

March 2021

NSU Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education ranked #42 in nation has published its 2021 rankings, and Northeastern State University has been ranked #42 on the list of Best Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education!

Over 40 million visitors per month use to research potential schools, degrees, and careers, and this list will help users and NSU potential students learn about Northeastern State University's excellent offerings. To compile the list, considered hundreds of universities across the country and selected Northeastern State University based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, faculty, and more.

March 2021

Alum Featured for Inquiry-Based teaching in 5th Grade Reading & Social Studies classes

Traeton Dansby, recipient of Teach2Reach and 2020 graduate of the College of Education, was recently recognized in the Tahlequah Daily Press for incorporating inquiry-based teaching in his 5th grade Reading and Social Studies classes. His students at Heritage Elementary School conducted a mock trial to debate the role that key figures in the American Revolution had in the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party.

Dansby began developing the project while an undergraduate in the Elementary Education program in Dr. Benn-Duke's Social Studies Strategies. "Seeing it come to fruition was so cool. I am so appreciative for the high quality education I received by the College of Ed. You all have such an outstanding program that fully equipped me to work in the classroom. Classes like Dr. Benn-Duke's are so rich with valuable information, I continue to use what I was taught in her class and others on a daily basis. I am forever appreciative of NSU's COE!"

Dr. Samantha Benn-Duke and Traeton Dansby


Read the full story here: Heritage students 'acquit' American Revolution pair 

March 2021

NSU College of Education Alum Wins Milken Education Award

Lindsay Brooke Lee, who graduated from NSU in 2014, is the English department chair at Will Rogers Junior High in Claremore, Oklahoma. She was awarded the Milken Educator Award. See story for more detail:

https://www. educators/view/brooke-lee

November 2019

Psychology and Counseling Department Chair Presents the Triarchic Theory of Gender

On Friday, August 9, 2019, Dr. Choate and his colleagues presented a 4-hour continuing education workshop, TRANSlating Research Into Practice: Evidenced-Based Care for the Transgender Community. Dr. Choate presented his new theory, The Triarchic Theory of Gender (The Gender g), a framework he designed to incorporate the various disparate research in the field of Gender Studies into a cohesive whole that can be tested in an empirical way. Furthermore, his colleagues, Jim Scholl and William Bryant, presented data they had collected to validate the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) with this population and inform interdisciplinary treatment decisions through a trauma-focused lens.The workshop was met with high praise and many major theorists in this area have already reached out to include Dr. Choate and his colleagues in future research and application endeavors that will cross cultures and international borders.

Pictured from left to right: Danny Johnson, NSU Director of Alumni Relations; Dee Shell, Reading Specialist at Creekwood Elementary; Rachel Kaiser, Principal of Creekwood Elementary; & Dr. Lisa Bisogno, Associate Dean of NSU College of Education

August 2019