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Le Tran, AQ alumn, was awarded the Secondary Art Educator of the Year, at the state and national level.

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School of Education professor receives award for bringing quality education to vulnerable children

K-12 teacher shortage sparks Aquinas to add accelerated master’s program

Aquinas College launched its Accelerated Master in Education program to help address the growing need for highly qualified K-12 teachers in Michigan and nationwide.

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Nkechy Ezeh - GRCC names Dr. Nkechy Ezeh its 2020 Distinguished Alumna

Aquinas College Professor Nkechy Ezeh, who has worked with the College for over 20 years, received the 2020 Distinguished Alumna award from Grand Rapids Community College. This is just one of Nkechy Ezeh’s many accomplishments and on-going contributions to the success of others.

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Lindsay Cherry – James Moffett Memorial Award 2019 Winner

Aquinas alumna, Lindsay Cherry (Master’s in Education, 2019), received the 2019 ELATE James

Moffett Memorial Fund Award. She will be presented with this award at the NCTE (National Council for

Teachers of English) annual conference in Baltimore, MD on November 22. According to NCTE, “Moffett, a great champion of the voices of K-12 teachers, focused on such ideas as the necessity of student-centered curricula, writing across the curriculum, alternatives to standardized testing, and spiritual growth in education and life” (2019). ncte james-moffett-memorial award

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Ann Burke – What Does it Mean to Be Prepared for College-Level Writing?

Aquinas alumna, Ann Burke ‘08 recently published “What Does it Mean to Be Prepared for College-Level Writing?:

Examining how college-bound students are influenced by institutional representations of Preparedness and college-level writing in Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education. 

Terrence Doyle – The New Science of Learning: Learning in Harmony with the Brain

Aquinas alumni, Terrence (Terry) Doyle ’73 has written published a book titled “The New Science of Learning: Learning in Harmony with the Brain. Terry is currently A Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University and CEO of Learner Centered Teaching Consultants.

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Autumn Mattson – New Superintendent of Creative Technologies Academy

Aquinas alumna, Autumn Mattson 2010 Masters in Education graduate, has been named the new Superintendent of Creative Technologies Academy.

The School of Education at Aquinas College Among 46 Teacher Prep Programs Recognized for National Excellence in Educator Prep

06/14/2018 - 10:32am - The School of Education at Aquinas College is now 1 of 147 providers in the U.S. meeting new, rigorous CAEP national accreditation standards to better prepare tomorrow’s teachers The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently...Read more

Alumni and Faculty Recognized Among 50 Most Influential Women in W. Michigan

03/05/2018 - 9:43am - Founded by and supporting women leaders since 1886, Aquinas College is proud of our faculty and alumni who have been recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal among the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. You can see profiles of the honorees here. Dr. Nkechy Ezeh Faculty - School of...Read more

Aquinas College Awarded $900,000 Early Childhood Education Grant

05/17/2017 - 9:19am - The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded Aquinas College $900,000 to address the shortage of qualified teachers of color willing and able to lead area early childhood education classrooms. In partnership with Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC), they will pilot Preparing Racially-...Read more

AQ Alums Nominated for First-Ever Brilliance Awards

04/03/2017 - 12:05pm - Five Aquinas College alumni having been nominated for the West Michigan Woman Brilliance Awards. The awards, presented by West Michigan Woman Magazine, shine a light on "dynamic talent, spirit and intellect of local women and celebrate the brilliant and meaningful impact they have on our careers...Read more

School of Education Uses Mobile Classroom to Connect with Local K-12 Students

03/23/2017 - 4:32pm - In the summer of 2016, the Aquinas College School of Education received the generous gift of a Winnebago motor home from the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids. Since then, the School of Ed has been using the motor home as a mobile classroom to take students on over 15 different site visits in Grand...Read more

Aquinas College Awarded $2.5 Million Grant to Train ESL Teachers

09/26/2016 - 10:59am - The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Aquinas College $2,523,712 to address the shortage of English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual teachers in Michigan. Rui Niu-Cooper, Ph.D., associate professor of Education, was the driving force behind the college earning a five-year...Read more