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Accolades 2018

In May, current Drake doctoral candidate, Jennifer Woodley, GR '07, will take over as State Director for Best Buddies in Iowa.  A statement released from Best Buddies International noted, "Jennifer brings a wealth of professional knowledge and proven relationship-building skills to her new role with Best Buddies. A former State Advisory Board member, Jennifer has a strong combination of educational and professional experience that uniquely qualifies her to enhance fundraising and strengthen community building across the state as State Director."  

Shelby Douglas, GR'16 in Educational Leadership, accepted a position as principal of Immaculate Conception St. Joseph School located in Gilbertville, Iowa.  Shelby indicated that she is "beyond thrilled to be able to put into practice all of the things that I learned in the Drake program.  You all were inspirational leaders and truly ignited my passion for leadership."

Educational Leadership graduate, Noreen Colbeck-Bush was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Communiity School District.  Noreen has been an educator for 24 years.  She received her MSE in Educational Leadership from Drake in 2005.  

Doctoral Graduates Fall, 2017

  • Mickolyn Clapper Ed.D., Advisor: Dr. Robyn Cooper  
  • Sara Coleman Ed.D., Advisor: Dr. Robyn Cooper  
  • Brooke Gevock Ph.D., Advisor: Dr. Sally Beisser  
  • Jeffry Grassmeyer Ph.D., Advisor: Dr. Robyn Cooper
  • Derrick Craig Joel Ed.D., Advisor: Dr. Catherine Gillespie  
  • Graham Jones Ed.D., Advisor: Dr. Sally Beisser  
  • Megan Knight Ph.D., Advisor: Dr. Robyn Cooper 
  • Susie Lubbers Ph.D., Advisor: Dr. Catherine Gillespie  
  • Kristopher Rollins Ph.D., Advisor: Dr. Jill Johnson  
  • Chuck Sengstock Ed.D., Advisor: Dr. Sally Beisser  
  • Joe Spiess Ph.D., Advisor: Dr. Robyn Cooper


Counseling program alum, Benjamin Barry, MS ’09, was recently granted the Middle Level School Counselor of the Year award from the Iowa School Counselor Association. Barry is a Middle School Counselor in the Carlisle Community School District.

In April 2017, School Counseling student, Gina Beals was appointed as a Graduate Student Chair to the Iowa School Counselors Association Board. She will be representing all school counseling students in Iowa.

In April 2017, Megan Wagner, a pre-service STEM educator received a scholarship from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium.

In January 2017, Loan Nguyen, ED’15, a Roosevelt High School English teacher, received a call from U.S. Secretary of Education John King. Periscope TV broadcast the call live, and Mr. King thanked Loan for including all students, for being an inspirational role model, and for her contribution to students' learning.

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