December 2020 Alumni News

December 18, 2020

Jame'l Hodges

Higher Education M.S. '02

Dr. Jame'l Hodges was recently named the vice president for student success and engagement at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. According to the press release, "Dr. Hodges will officially begin his tenure, effective January 1, 2021, and will provide direct leadership as the institution’s chief student success and engagement officer charged with bringing the dynamism, energy, innovation, and progressive leadership necessary to efficaciously shape the future of EWC student success and engagement." 

December 10, 2020

Althea Valle

Multilingual and Multicultural Education M.S. '01

Althea Valle was named the 2020-2021 Leon County Schools Teacher of the Year. Valle is a teacher at Amos P. Godby High School and has been with the school for nine years out of her 19 years of teaching. At the high school, she currently teaches English 1-4 through ESOL and Developing Language ESOL classes. You can watch superintendent Rocky Hanna and other staff members present Valle with the honor here.


December 4, 2020

Ruth Sawh

Multilingual and Cultural Education Ph.D. '94

Ruth Sawh published a book titled Woman Go HomeThe satirical novella is a humorous look at academia, aging, retirement, sexism and more. The book is available through Amazon in both ebook and paperback format.





December 2, 2020

Shannon Axtell (English Education M.S. '2020) and Carolyn Daniels (Elementary Education B.S. '04) received Teacher of the Year nods from Florida State University Schools. Axtell was named high school teacher of the year, while Daniels was awarded elementary teacher of the year.