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COE to induct 5 alumni into Hall of Fame

DeGarmo Hall

DeGarmo Hall at Illinois State University.

The College of Education (COE) at Illinois State University will induct five new members to the COE Hall of Fame during Homecoming 2012 on Friday, October 5.

Kari Dunn Buron ’73, M.S.Ed. ’80 earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and her master’s degree in special education from Illinois State. She is the author of the acclaimed publication The Incredible 5-Point Scale, now in its second edition.  The book is widely used in the preparation of educators working with students with autism.

Carol Judge Ketzle ’73, M.S.Ed. ’76 earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in reading from Illinois State University. In her 37 years in education, she was a teacher, reading specialist, and resource teacher. Ketzle also served in school administration at Northeast Independent School District (NEISD) in San Antonio for almost two decades, where she helped to open a new elementary school with a bilingual education program.

Laura McNeal, Ph.D. ’05 earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from Illinois State University. She has dedicated her career to promoting positive change in policies and laws that marginalize underrepresented groups and perpetuate educational inequality. McNeal also earned her J.D. at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. McNeal currently holds a tenure track position at the University of Louisville School of Law and is a fellow at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University.

Jeanne Glidden Prickett ’73, M.S.Ed.  ’77, Ed.D. ’83 earned her bachelor of science in education, her Master of Science in education, and her Doctorate of Education from the Department of Special Education at Illinois State University. Prickett held positions at Gallaudet University, Johns Hopkins University, the American Foundation for the Blind, Hawaii Department of Education, and the Iowa School for the Deaf. In June 2012, Prickett became the first female President of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.

J.R. Webster ‘91 earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois State University. Webster’s first teaching position was at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Houston, and for the last 21 years he has held teaching and educational leadership positions in Texas public schools. Webster currently serves as the Coordinator of Student Services for Sheldon Independent School District in Houston where he is responsible for ensuring the safe learning environment for over 7,000 students in the district.