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Dept. of Marriage and Family Therapy’s Ebony Iheanacho Achieves AAMFT Fellowship

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Valdosta State University — The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) has named VSU’s Marriage and Family Therapy student, Ebony C. Iheanacho, a recipient of its Minority Fellowship Program award. The AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program’s mission is to increase the availability of highly talented, culturally competent doctoral-level researchers, practitioners, and teachers dedicated to assisting ethnic minority communities, as well as underserved populations. It does this by providing financial support and professional guidance to graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in marriage and family therapy.

As an AAMFT Doctoral Fellowship (DF) participant, Iheanacho will receive a stipend for a maximum of three years to help cover the cost of doctoral program attendance. Funds are provided by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the average funding level for the DF is greater than $20,000 per year, per fellow. She will also have access to a number of training opportunities and enrichment experiences.

When Iheanacho learned that she had won the award, she said, “I screamed for like three minutes straight.” Then she grabbed her phone and began calling and texting friends and family to share the good news. “I was facing having to borrow thousands of dollars in student loans,” she said, “and I was already starting to worry about how I was going to pay all that back. I feel like a weight has been lifted off me. I am so excited to be in a position to be able to go to school and just learn.”

Read more about Ebony’s journey to the AAMFT Doctoral Fellowship achievement!

Congratulations, Ebony!


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edTPA – Dewar College of Education and Human Services

Ms. Jamie Bird, Director of Field Experiences and Clinical Practice at Valdosta State University College of Education, explains the edTPA process


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Dr. Suriel Shares Her Latest Research on Multicultural Education

Whether she is teaching in the classroom or working on a particular project, Dr. Suriel’s passion for issues about diversity in education continues to grow. A former high school science teacher, Dr. Suriel has published a number of articles on multicultural science education, Latino/a science and English language learners. Her current work focuses on developing multiculturally relevant science curricula for less proficient readers.

Suriel2The triangulation of the Science, English, and Spanish languages and cultures in the classroom: Challenges for science teachers of English language leaners. In M. M. Atwater, M. Russell, & M. B. Butler (Eds.),Multicultural science education: Preparing teachers for equity and social justice.

Surriel1La Palabra Justa: The right word; correct term; appropriate vocabulary. A glossary of academic vocabulary for bilingual teaching and learning.This glossary is a user-friendly resource for educators teaching Spanish/English speaking students. The book is translated in both English and Spanish and is divided by into chapters by subject areas. One chapter, School Life, contains commonly used terms that facilitate conversations between educators, students and families.

Dr. Regina L. Suriel is an Assistant Professor in Science Education in the department of Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education.


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