College of Education and Human Development

School’s Never Out for Patricia Oliver

On a beautiful spring afternoon in downtown Atlanta, as students stroll through Woodruff Park thinking about how they’ll soon be done with college, Priscilla Oliver is talking about how she loved studying so much that she chose to go back for additional degrees.

“I didn’t know it at the time,” Oliver says of her early… more »

Sarah Agnew Finds Her Beach in Downtown Atlanta


Beaches, bathing suits, palm trees and cheering crowds: Thanks to the Summer Olympics and the success of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Tour, it doesn’t take long for the words “sand volleyball” to conjure up some very specific images in people’s minds.

At Georgia State, on the other hand, you can swap out… more »

For Frank Brandon, Life is a Walk in the (Forest) Park

Every 35 seconds (on average), a plane takes off from or lands at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — and quite a few of them pass over the suburb of Forest Park as they do so. The whine of jet engines provides steady background noise as Georgia State alumnus Frank Brandon goes about his daily work.

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When Monica Shen Came to Georgia State, It All Added Up

Georgia State’s Presidential Scholars are more than just incoming freshmen who got superior grades in high school. They’re students who exemplify the creativity, open-mindedness, and dedication to hard work and discovery upon which our university was founded. For their talent and initiative, the Presidential Scholarship rewards these students with full tuition and fees, stipends for… more »

A Boost for Tomorrow’s Teachers: Kay Chester

Kay Chester has heli-skied in Canada, raised horses, flown a jet and helped manage a family-owned empire of Harley-Davidson dealerships that stretches from Fort Lauderdale to the Grand Tetons. Yet there’s a part of her that’s always been wistful for a chapter in her life that she never got to fully pursue: teaching.

“I would’ve… more »

Paul Alberto Named As New Dean For Georgia State’s College of Education

Dr. Paul Alberto, interim dean of Georgia State University’s College of Education since 2012, has been appointed dean of the college following a national search.

Alberto, a Regents’ Professor in Intellectual Disabilities, has led the college’s adoption of a seven-year strategic plan that sets a strong course for the future in research, student recruitment and… more »

Musician, Teacher, Benefactor: Georgia State Alumna Pamella Windham Helps Bring Jazz to Atlanta’s Youth

Pamella Windham inherited two very important interests from her father. One was baseball — Pamella says she’s still glued to the TV for Braves games on a daily basis. The other was music.

“He got the idea he wanted to play guitar, so he bought one, and after work he’d take lessons. He was real… more »

Hawks Scholarship, Service Work Help Freshman Rachelle Wood Soar

Georgia State University freshman Rachelle Wood keeps so busy these days she usually leaves the social calendar to her best friend.

“I always start off by saying I’m only doing one thing this weekend. Then it usually comes down to what she can convince me to do,” Wood says of Chelsie Richards, who also happens… more »

Beverly J. Armento: Honoring Inspirational Educators

To beat the odds, GSU professor emerita drew inspiration from teachers Beverly J. Armento funds virtual endowment as a pathway for caring educators

How does a disadvantaged student overcome to succeed in American society? Seeking answers, researchers interviewed Beverly Armento, who rose from poverty through help from educators.

Teachers helped Beverly Armento believe in herself,… more »

Donors and Courage Celebrated at GSU College of Education Honors Day

Donors and courage celebrated at GSU College of Education Honors Day Gifts support the deep connections between students and teachers 

Behind every great teacher trained at Georgia State University are those who support the quest for knowledge, and the College of Education celebrated both at its recent Honors Day.

The donors – many of whom… more »