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Clara Gerhardt Named Distinguished Professor in Orlean Beeson School of Education
Samford University’s Board of Trustees has approved the nomination of Clara Gerhardt for the endowed position of Distinguished Professor in Orlean Beeson School of Education. Gerhardt has been a tenured full professor at Samford since 2007 and is a world-recognized teacher-scholar in the field of family studies. 
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Human Development and Family Science Alumna Provides Free Mental Health Resources During COVID-19
When the state of Alabama shut down in mid-March due to COVID-19, Melissa Carlisle Golden ’11 knew immediately that her expertise in counseling would serve a unique purpose during what would be a difficult time for everyone. 
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Education Leadership Alumnus Leads School Through COVID-19
As the principal of Childersburg High School, Quentin Lee was used to going above and beyond for his students, but that took on a new meaning when COVID-19 began to affect the state of Alabama in mid-March. Lee, M.S.E in instructional leadership ’09 and Ed.D ’17, had to transform traditional school work into e-learning in just three weeks.  
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School of Education Cosponsors First Ever Character Convening in Higher Education
Four universities in the southeast virtually convened on May 18-19 to discuss character and competence in higher education. Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education and The Hope Institute co-sponsored, Character Convening, the first event of its kind in higher education. 
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School of Education Among the Top National Institutions for Excellence in Educator Preparation
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced that Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education is one of 59 providers to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. 
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Teacher Education Hosts the Golden Apple Awards to Honor Award Recipients and Graduating Seniors
The Department of Teacher Education in Orlean Beeson School of Education virtually hosted The Golden Apple Awards on May 7. This ceremony, modeled after the Golden Globes, was to recognize award and scholarship recipients and honor graduating seniors. 
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Charlotte Freeman: Uncharted Territory
Retirement for education professor Charlotte Freeman is “uncharted territory, full of mystery and surprises,” she said this spring.