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Welcome to EDU Pulse, the Biannual Newsletter from the LCU School of Education. Check in each semester for the latest in faculty and alumni achievements, as well as news for the School of Education, area education resources and news, and other announcements.  

Alumni and Area News

Award winners 2017

Distinguished Educators of Lubbock County

The Knowledge Center, Inc. and the Lubbock Christian University School of Education partnered to recognize outstanding teachers in Lubbock County beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Distinguished Educators of Lubbock County were nominated by their superintendents and represent public school districts with attendance areas located within Lubbock County.  The initiative is in the third year and grant support is provided by The CH Foundation and the Community Foundation of West Texas. 

An award reception was held on March 21, 2017 to honor the Distinguished Educators of Lubbock County.  Those invited to the reception include the nominated teachers and their superintendents, principals, immediate colleagues, family, and friends. 

Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, President of Texas Tech University served as the keynote speaker.  LCU President Tim Perrin recognized each of the nominees.  The teachers each received an engraved brass teacher hand bell and $100.  The top two teachers receiving the Lubbock Christian University Award for Excellence in Teaching were Daniela Torres, Bean Elementary School-Lubbock ISD and Sherri Rodriguez-Slaton Junior High School-Slaton ISD.  Both classroom teachers received $1,000.

2017 Awardees

Stephanie Rogers, Abernathy ISD; Luis Martinez, Frenship ISD; Daniela Torres, Lubbock ISD; Katy Gooch, Lubbock-Cooper ISD; Whitney Dunn, New Deal ISD; Mika Damron, Roosevelt ISD; Janabeth Cannon, Shallowater ISD; Sherri Rodriguez, Slaton ISD; Greggory Johnson, Southland ISD.

Graduate News

Signing Approval for New Program

Dyslexia Emphasis added to Master of Education in Special Education

The Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas and the Lubbock Christian University School of Education entered into an educational partnership.  LCU Provost Rod Blackwood and SRLCWT President of the Board of Directors Doug Maxey signed the letter of understanding formalizing the partnership.  The Take Flight Dyslexia Therapist Training Course was added as part of the Master of Education in Special Education with emphasis in Dyslexia.  For information about the new program, contact Special Education Coordinator Dr. Judy Flagle (806-720-7879 or or Graduate Education Recruiter Judy Corbin (806-720-7876 or

Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Program Enrolling New Cohort

Prepare to be a leader on your campus or district through our newly formed Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at LCU. This non-thesis program will prepare you to meet the demands of 21st century learners through research, development, and implementation of effective curriculum and instructional strategies. Our differentiated curriculum allows you to select the content area of your choice and engage in field-based projects and action research that focuses on student learning, teacher quality, and effective professional development for teachers and related staff.

The first cohort of students enrolled in the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction began in Fall of 2016.  A new cohort of students will begin their coursework Fall 2017.  Educators interested in more information about the program can contact the program coordinator Dr. Cathy Box (806-720-7581 or or graduate education recruiter Judy Corbin (806-720-7876 or

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Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

The Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society held its spring initiation on February 8, 2017. The initiation ceremony was held to induct 21 candidates into the LCU School of Education Chi Chi Chapter. Dr. Jennifer Hardin’s address reminded the initiates, members, and guests of the importance of teaching.  Kappa Delta Pi members conduct two service projects yearly focusing on serving public school students. Laura Lynn Sims served as the 2016-2017 Chapter President. Dr. Gonzalo Ramirez and Dana Reeger serve as Chapter Counselors.  The Spring 2017 inductees included: Kambrey Blakey, Sela Bryant, Ashely Desecottier, Jacy Etter, Brielle Feauto, Tanner Giles, Morgan Green, Ana Herrera, Jessica Medrano, Taylor Nelson, Kelbie Oden, Renni Scarborough, Kelsei Smith and Laura Wilkins.

KDP Sells Roses at Graduation

Ready, Set, Teach! Recognition Held at LCU

Paige Stout at Ready, Set, Teach!

The Lubbock ISD Ready, Set Teach! Program places high school juniors and seniors interested in teaching as a career in schools to assist teachers, work with students, and learn more about the profession.  LISD teacher Elizabeth Murray reorganized the program, which is available to high school students from any of the five LISD high school.  A reception honoring the class of 2017 was held in the LCU Baker Conference Center on April 11, 2017.

Lubbock ISD now guarantees to hire former Ready, Set, Teach! participants as teachers once they graduate from college.  The first Ready, Set, Teach! Program participant to graduate was Paige Stout.  She graduated from Lubbock Christian University this May and certified to teach 4-8 math.  Paige Stout was hired by Lubbock ISD to teach math beginning next fall at Irons Middle School and will receive a Ready, Set, Teach! LISD signing stipend. 

Awards and Announcements

Scholarship Winners

Helen Jones Foundation Knowledge Center Scholarship Recipients

The Spring 2017 Helen Jones Foundation/Knowledge Center Scholarship was awarded to two LCU undergraduate students.  The recipients were Britni Cantu and Kasey Porr.

  • Britni Cantu is a 2011 graduate of Sundown High School where she was a member of the State qualifying cross country and track teams and advanced to State in Band.  She attended South Plains College before transferring to Lubbock Christian University as an EC-6 early childhood major.  Ms. Cantu has been recognized on the Dean’s List and the President’s List.  She plans to graduate in December 2017 and teach in the West Texas area.
  • Kasey Porr is a 2015 graduate of Talkington School for Young Women Leaders where she participated in Academic Decathlon.  She is a secondary education composite social studies major at Lubbock Christian University.  Ms. Porr has conducted undergraduate research with mentoring professors and presented at the LCU Scholars Colloquium, CSOTTE, and National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  She plans to graduate in May 2019 and teach in the Lubbock area.
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