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Meca fell in love with the field of Special Education after substitute teaching in the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Her mentor teacher inspired her to obtain her master's degree, and she's been living her dream ever since.


While in law school, Patrick Ober realized he wanted to work to positively change education laws and policies and affect how learning is promoted. That realization led him to the School of Education, where he received his Ph.D. in History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education with a Specialization in Education Policy Studies.

M.S.’75, Ed.D.’78

Dr. Rooney was awarded the Bicentennial Medal from IU for her contributions to the field of higher education. “I am honored to be included in the group of Indiana University Bicentennial Medal recipients. IU will always hold a special place in my heart and a place in my soul.


Diamond Malone created Renaissance Kids to support students and help them reach their full potential.

EdS'79, MS'86

Retired alumni Francis and Bobbie Mustapha are still focused on education, promoting the Madina Village School in Sierra Leone.


When Ruth came to Bloomington in 1952, IU was one of the few schools that would accept her because she was African-American.


Gretchen McCormick developed a ruler that denotes different measurements with color-coded markings.


Maya Alkateb-Chami came from Syria for her M.S.Ed. in Art Education as part of the Fulbright program in 2012.


Alumni Chris and Angie Weeks started a brewpub in Greencastle and donate the proceeds to teachers.


The way you know if something’s engaging your students? Simple, says kindergarten teacher Andre Rush: think like you’re a kindergartner.

B.S.’96, M.S.’98, Ph.D.’02

As a graduate student, Carla dove into several research projects with faculty in the School of Education and had various mentors throughout her years at Indiana University who ultimately helped her discover that her true passion was in clinical work.

M.S.’01, Ph.D.’06

Kelli’s studies centered on inquiry methodology and research, but it was not until her third year of her coursework when she began working at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) that she discovered her interest in research methods as they applied to educational programs.


An assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education, Brian Burt was a recipient of the 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, which supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research.

B.S.’00, M.S.’09

Molly Giddens always had a feeling she would attend Indiana University. What she was not expecting, however, was that she would become a teacher. Her friends and family said they always knew she would make a great educator, but it was not until her sophomore year that she discovered what others had known all along.


While an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Richard Goldsworthy moved from a hard science focus to philosophy, playing with what it means to know and learn. Soon thereafter, his play expanded to include other people when he received his first grant to explore the use of technology as a form of anchored instruction enabling students to investigate sinkholes throughout central Kentucky.