Graduates come from several states around the nation and countries all over the world. They represent the very best of the future of the education world, with careers ranging from classroom teaching to educational research. In total, almost 400 undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees and certificates from a wide range of programs offered at the School of Education were conferred this weekend.

Diversifying our teacher ranks continues to be a challenge that must be met, especially given studies demonstrating the impact just one black teacher can have on their students. Three future teachers, trained at the School of Education, will be part of that impact.

Ray Smith has won the Faculty Mentor Award from the University Graduate School and IU Graduate and Professional Student Government (IUGPSG). The award is given to a faculty member who fosters the long-term development of students, is active in administrative and professional matters and encourages students to develop individual talents and strengths, among other qualifications.

Marjorie Manifold, a Professor of Arts Education, has recently been initiated as a Fellow of the National Association of Art Education (NAEA). This is considered the highest honor an art educator can receive.

Mandy Manning’s road to becoming the 2018 National Teacher of the Year wasn’t on purpose. In fact, she described reluctantly coming to teaching after getting degrees in filmmaking and communications. Nineteen years later, including seven in her current role, Manning says one thing she’s always done is get to know her students and show interest in who they are.

These outstanding future educators must excel academically and in student teaching, and show excellent professional promise. They also demonstrate a range of inspiring work in leadership and working with students by modeling the commitment and dedication necessary for all educators.

Suparna Bose, a third-year doctoral student in the department of Language, Culture and Literacy Education, has been awarded the Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students whose academic, professional, and personal accomplishments and goals exhibit tolerance, understanding, and commitment to service.

Michael Karlin, an associate instructor in the Instructional Systems Technology department, has won this year’s Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award, presented to outstanding teachers among the university's graduate students.

On Friday and Saturday, students from across IU will race in the legendary Little 500 bike race – and School of Education student Riley Peppler will be among them. This will be her second with the team from Christian Student Fellowship.

Jane Kaho, Charlene Conner and Cary Buzzelli end their professional lives with the School of Education this spring – and their presence around the school will be missed. All three were lauded at a recent celebration honoring them as they retire.