Alumni Announcements

Kimberly Lowry receives Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean

Dr. Kimberly Lowry ('14), Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at Lone Star College System, received a 2020-21 NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean.

Shon Joseph named Outstanding Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals

DeSoto High School Principal Shon Joseph will  represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as a Region 10 Outstanding Principal of the Year.

Michael Goddard earns praise as leading CEO at a Top 100 Places to Work

Dr. Michael Goddard (04), superintendent of the Lovejoy Independent School District, earned top marks from his employees even during a pandemic earning him the title of a leading COE at one of the Top 100 Places to Work, according to The Dallas Morning News. 

Azucena "Suzie" Verdin earns the John L. and Harriet P. McAdoo Dissertation Award

Dr. Azucena "Suzie" Verdin, a 2019 Educational Psychology graduate in Human Development and Family Science, is the 2020 recipient of the John L. and Harriet P. McAdoo Dissertation Award through the Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Families section of the National Council on Family Relations. The McAdoo is one of NCFR’s most prestigious awards for doctoral students and is given to one dissertation biannually that use familial relationships as the primary focus, highlights the central role ethnicity and culture play in family processes, and relates to the scholarly work of Drs. John L. and Harriette P. McAdoo, founders of the REDF section. Dr. Verdin will be presented with her plaque and cash prize at the 2020 NCFR conference on Nov. 13 and at the 2021 conference she will give a conference address on her dissertation: “Mothering While Brown: Latina Borderland Mothers’ Experiences of Epistemic Injustice.”

Alexis Miller named Regions XI Teacher of the Year

Alexis Miller, a teacher in the Lewisville Independent School District, earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership in 2020. Miller was named Region XI Teacher of the Year. She went on to become on of the Top 3 Finalist for the Elementary Texas Teacher of the Year. She was not selected as the winner, but this journey was an opportunity for Alexis to represent her school community and serve as an advocate for education.

UNT Alum tapped as an assistant dean at Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Juan Araujo (’11) was named as Assistant Dean in the College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he will oversee the departments of curriculum and Instruction, educational leadership, and higher education. Araujo earned a Ph.D. in reading from the University of North Texas through the College of Education Department of Teach Education and Administration.

Cassie Lloyd to direct Rio Vista ISD Early Literacy Center

Cassie Lloyd (’20) will be directing the Rio Vista Independent School District Early Literacy Center for the school year 2020-21. Lloyd earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas specializing in Applied Arts- Applied Technology and Performance Improvement. She is currently completing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership - Principal as Instructional Leader at the University of North Texas.

Rebecca Serrano named assistant principal fo Bryan Adams High School

Rebecca Serrano was recently named as an assistant principal fo Bryan Adams High School in Dallas ISD. Serrano is a first-generation high school and college graduate. She earned a bachelor’s in English literature and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas.

Devin Adams named Dean of Instruction at Houston middle school

Devin Adams ('19) has been named Dean of Instruction at Fleming Middle School in the Houston ISD.

Greg Axelson named Chief Operations Officer for Coppell ISD

Dr. Greg Axelson, who received both his Master of Arts and Doctor of Education from the University of North Texas, where he also received his Superintendent Certification, will serve as Coppell ISD’s new Chief Operations Officer.