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Austin Peay State University Eriksson College of Education recognizes exemplary students

By: Megan Simpson May 6, 2024


The Eriksson College of Education award winners pose after the Spring 2024 ceremony on April 30 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. Awardees pictured: Samantha Deems, Shannon Haselhuhn, Dawn Detwiler-Smith, Blaire Woodring, Joshua Rutherford and Mia Wadlington. | Photo by Ally Shemwell

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University celebrated its top students and graduates at the Spring 2024 Awards and Recognition Ceremony on April 30 at the Morgan University Center.

"Congratulations to the award winners on all your accomplishments,” said Dr. Prentice Chandler, Eriksson College of Education dean. “Teachers play a vital role in our community, and I know our graduates are equipped to impact the next generation of learners.”

The annual awards are based on excellent academic and assessment performance, as well as exceptional writing and research skills. The awardees exemplify the skills needed to succeed as educators, such as a positive attitude and commitment to continuous improvement.

The following student awards were presented for achievements throughout the 2023-24 academic year.

Undergraduate Student Honors:

Graduate Student Honors:

These awards are designed to acknowledge education students who go above and beyond in the classroom or research efforts.

This semester’s student teachers were also recognized during the ceremony with graduation cords prior to Friday’s commencement.

“I am continually impressed by the caliber of our graduates,” Chandler said. “Their passion for education shines through, and our school district partners continually compliment us on the performance of our students.”

The ceremony included recognition for the following 2023-24 Student of the Month recipients:

Assistant Professor Dr. Donna Short said Students of the Month are not selected solely based on academic performance but “on their effort, their determination and … their hard work.”

Students of the Month are selected from each of the undergraduate education programs, as well as the Full Spectrum Learning program housed in the Eriksson College of Education.

About the Eriksson College of Education
The Eriksson College of Education prepares dynamic teachers and educational leaders to positively impact communities and schools in the 21st century. The college offers initial and advanced licensure and non-licensure programs. The college’s programs, including the nationally-known Grow Your Own Teacher Residency, are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). To learn more, visit apsu.edu/education