Spring/Summer 2020 | Volume 13, Number 2
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Preparing Leaders, Impacting the World, Shaping the Future


  • Research in Early Math Education
  • New Dean Arrives July 1: Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke
  • Testing the Tests
  • Alumni Profile: Lisa Fuentes
  • New Researchers in K-12 Leadership

Spring/Summer 2020


Dr. Terrill Saxon looks back on three years as the SOE's Interim Dean and recaps some accomplishments. He says the SOE has thrived because of the devotion of the faculty.


Shanna Hagan-Burke, PhD, professor of special education and head of the department of educational psychology at Texas A&M University's College of Education and Human Development, has been selected as Dean of the Baylor and will arrive at Baylor SOE on July 1.


Through the Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA), a Baylor summer program for pre-K through second graders, Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor of mathematics education, has been trying to address math deficits in young children since 2016.


Dr. Nick Benson has committed his academic career and devoted his extensive research to the evaluation of tests and their uses — specifically to the study of the science and practice of psychological and educational testing and assessment.


Lisa Fuentes, BSEd ’96, is owner and CEO of Focus Behavioral Associates, a family business supporting the behavioral needs of children and adults with autism, ADHD, developmental disabilities, and other behavioral disorders.


Helping school leaders rise to to today's unique challenges is the passion for two faculty additions in the Department of Educational Leadership, who have enhanced the department's research profile in K-12 leadership studies.


SOE faculty, staff, and graduate students have received awards and honors, and several have also achieved significant professional milestones.


Baylor SOE has new degree offerings in all three departments, with a new School Psychology program in Dallas, a new dual-track master's degree in schools leadership, and an 18-hour undergraduate minor in informal education.


Ryan and Karen Liles believe that the Baylor experience is so valuable that all aspiring education students should have the chance to gain their degree at the university.