Alumni and faculty mentioned in latest issue of The North Texan


Recent masters graduate Leslie Jimenez chosen for national leadership academy

Leslie Jimenez ('13 MEd) knows that an education changes lives. She completed her master's degree in higher education this summer and was chosen to share her story of being a first-generation college graduate in the national GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy. Jimenez will spend one year attending the leadership academy, a National Council for Community and Education Partnerships program. She will then return to her home state of California to speak to low-income students as a GEAR UP education advocate. She aspires to be a university professor.


Eagle's Nest: Class of 1971

Jack Mayo ('71 EdD) was named a distinguished alumnus by the Van ISD Education Foundation. He is a Van High School graduate and worked in the Van ISD as a science teacher, coach, counselor and curriculum director. He also was an award-winning consultant for the McGraw-Hill and Harcourt publishing companies.


Professor earns education research award for reading achievement study

Jeanne Tunks, associate professor of Teacher Education and Administration, earned the 2013 Claudia A. Balach Teacher Researcher Award for a reading achievement study.

The award was given to Tunks, former student teacher Codi Potter ('12) and her mentor Vanessa Arispe, a fifth-grade teacher at Wilson Elementary in Denton, for their collaborative research action study "Reading Nonfiction Books as an Influencing Factor in Reading Achievement."

The Balach award recognizes innovative research collaborations between school district teachers/administrators and university researchers.