April 2023

College of Education & Professional Studies Newsletter

CEPS Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

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The CEPS celebrated our 2023 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees at an induction ceremony. These individuals were nominated and selected based on superior performance in their chosen program areas and recognized as being ideal representatives of JSU.

The inductees are: (pictured L-R)

Ricky Austin - Health & Physical Education

Ashlee Elliott - Instructional Technology

Beth Nancarrow Rabb - Library Media

Jake Green - Secondary Education

Adam Clemons - Instructional Leadership

Becky Salls - Elementary Education

Shelley Kaler - Human Sciences
Linda Chandler - Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Farrah Kilgo - Reading Specialist - not pictured

Phillip Jones - Posthumous Award in Education


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Congratulations to our students who recently submitted edTPA! The CEPS had a 95.9% pass rate! GREAT JOB!

What is edTPA? edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom.


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My name is Trey Landman and I am from Birmingham, Alabama. I am a Family and Consumer Science major. I went to Cornerstone Christian School and grew up in Shelby County, AL. I come from a big, mixed family and I am the youngest of 7. My mom was always an advocate for FCS and held every officer title you could in high school and started competing in cooking competitions when she was 8 years old. She taught me that FCS was more than just cooking and sewing though. It was about teaching valuable life skills. Most importantly though, it is so much more than a classroom inside of a school, it is a close knit family just wanting the best for people.

My time at JSU has been the best part of my life so far. The overall friendliness and happiness of people I have met here is the exact reason I chose to enroll at JSU. Here I have met lifelong best friends and relationships that will last through my professional career. Before coming to JSU I struggled continuously on what my purpose in life was, I just knew I wanted to help people. Within the first month of stepping foot into the FCS department I felt at home. I feel like I can express my creativity and passion to help people who are in need, and I am now capable to do something about it.

In my short time in the department, I have been able to experience so many new things. I’ve been able to work as an ambassador alongside my talented classmate, Abigail Hernandez. Together we worked hard this semester, so we were able to go to schools and talk to students about what FCS encompasses and our program at JSU to kids who have never heard of JSU. This month I was elected Student President for AAFCS Alabama Affiliate. I am excited to work with the state and many students throughout the state as well. JSU has offered me so many great opportunities I would have never experienced anywhere else, and I cannot wait to see what the end of my college career has to offer me. My goal is to inspire and I hope to help as many people as I can along the way!


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It’s Autism Acceptance Month!

Students Mary Ashlyn Whitlow and Kylie Beaty represented JSU’s special education department at the Community Health Series held at Oxford Civic Center.

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It's student survey time. To make a tedious task more enjoyable we encouraged our students to attend a "Pop-In" event with prizes, food, games, and refreshments. Everyone had a blast!

Quantitative Reasoning Class with Dr. Ahmad Alhammouri

We love to show pics of our students learning and having fun! Great mathematics teachers will soon be available to school systems!
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It was a magical day full of science, technology, engineering, literacy, and math!


The CEPS PENning ceremony celebrates our students and honors our Cooperating Teachers. The CEPS Office of Clinical Experiences works hard to make this an evening to remember.
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Senior Spotlight - Fashion Merchandising Graduates


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The Education Career Fair wrapped up with over 200 JSU CEPS teacher candidates networking with over 70 school systems followed by afternoon on-the-spot interviews. Mrs. Becca Williams, Career Advisor, would like to thank all those who stepped in to bring this day to a successful close - Christy Horton Mobbs, Morgan Pike, Tricia Nelson, Meredith Garrison, the collaboration & TEAMWORK at its finest! Shout out to Kaitlin Thompson for sharing today to make sure all went smoothly & to JSU Office of Clinical Experiences for coordinating 200+ interns for staggered arrival during the morning browse.

JSU Student Success! We have THE best team, JSU Academic & Career Advising #CollegeToCareer


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Congratulations to Mrs. Aimee Weathers! Mrs. Weathers was the winner of the 2023 Cleo & Carla Thomas Outstanding Community Education & Service Award!
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Alabama Family & Consumer Sciences Conference

JSU was well represented at the ALAFCS annual conference held at the Hampton Inn in Jacksonville on April 13. ELEVATE FCS was the conference theme. Pictured are: FCS Dept. Chair, Instructors & retired instructor, FCS alumni who teach FCS in high schools, cooperative extension representative, and one FCS Ambassador student.
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Planting at the Jacksonville Community Garden has begun! Pictured is Dr. Joseph Akpan, faculty member in Secondary Education department, doing his part!
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ALACTE Spring Conference

Drs. Christi Trucks and Stacie Wolbert presented at the ALACTE spring conference at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL this week. The title of the presentation was - Student Voices are Booming: Are You Listening?


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Are you considering National Boards? Have you done one component but need more guidance? Are you about to begin MOC and don't know how to start? Do you need some technology tips to guide your journey?

BOOTCAMP IS FOR YOU! Save the date!

JSU McClellan Center
100 Gamecock Drive,
Anniston, AL 36205



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Dr. Sarrell is a lifelong resident of Cleburne County, Alabama, where she attended Ranburne High School and then earned a Bachelor’s in elementary education from Jacksonville State University. Later she attended the University of West Alabama for two advanced education degrees followed by the University of Alabama for a degree in Instructional Leadership and a doctorate in mathematics education.

Sarrell joined the JSU family in August 2020 as an Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate literacy and math related course work. Sarrell currently serves as Literacy Block Coordinator and successfully implemented two community service projects in the 2022-2023 academic year: “Cocky Takes on the ACAP” with Cleburne County Middle School and “Legacy of Literacy” with Weaver Elementary School.

Sarrell and her husband, Warren, have three sons – Branson (13), Wren (6), and Trea (3). Sarrell is active in her church and community and enjoys spending free time outdoors with her family.


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