Spring 2018 | Volume 11, Number 2
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Preparing Leaders, Impacting the World, Shaping the Future


  • Baylor Repeats Prestigious Award
  • The Freshman Experience - Introduction to Teaching
  • Alumni Profile: Dr. Jennifer Jolly
  • Meet Waco ISD's Superintendent - Dr. Marcus Nelson
  • Gift to Enhance Christian Education Efforts

Spring 2018


Interim Dean Terrill Saxon shares insights on the impact of the significant gift of the Copple family to the SOE's efforts around Christian education and how the gift will empower Christian leaders to excel.


The 1312 class is the first education course taken by School of Education undergraduates, and it provides both an opportunity for students to confirm their calling to be an educator and also an experience where they begin fulfilling that calling through direct teaching twice a week.


See more photos of Baylor SOE first-year students teaching in schools. In their first education course, 1312, students have the opportunity to work in local schools.


For the second year in a row, the Baylor School of Education (SOE) has won a prestigious national honor in recognition of its Professional Development School (PDS) partnerships with local schools — this year with partner Waco Independent School District.


When Dr. Susan Johnsen reflects on her career in education, it’s all about the students. From children she taught in vacation Bible school, who inspired her interest in education, to Baylor PhD graduates who are now blazing trails across the nation, it’s been those students — and her quest to meet their unique educational needs — that has driven her.


Jennifer Jolly, MSEd ’94, PhD ’04, an Associate Professor in the University of Alabama's Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities, is an expert in gifted education.


In June 2017, Dr. Marcus Nelson took the reins of Waco ISD, the largest school district in the area and an important partner for Baylor School of Education. Impact caught up with Dr. Nelson for an update on his innovative plans for the district and how Baylor plays a part.


A gift of $2.5 million from Lynda and Robert Copple of Frisco will create the Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair in Christian School Leadership within the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership.


Faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership have released two books — one recognized by Christianity Today, the other a go-to resource for student affairs professionals.


A busy spring brought opportunities for faculty research, honors to a 50-year employee, an Outstanding Staff Award, accolades for graduate students, and more.


The School of Education’s Impact Living-Learning Center (LLC) will enter its fourth year this fall, and new statistics reveal its value to the SOE and Baylor. Freshman education majors who live in the LLC are more likely to remain as sophomore education majors at Baylor than those who do not.


Michele Tigelaar has served in development roles for several different educational institutions — small and large, public
and private — but when she got to know
Baylor University, she was certain she
wanted to serve here.