From left, Richard Krauss, Armstrong clinical faculty; Kimberly Newman, principal, Isle of Hope Elementary School; Cheryl Wright, GATE award recipient for student teacher supervisor of the year, 1st grade teacher Isle of Hope Elementary School, and Susan Cooke, director of Armstrong COE Office of Field Experiences, Clinical Practices and Partnerships.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Supervisor Honored at Conference

(Oct. 30, 2013) - Dr. Ardyth Foster, assistant professor in the College of Education at Armstrong, and clinical supervisor Cheryl Wright were honored at the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE) annual conference on Jekyll Island, Georgia on October 24.

Dr. Foster was recognized for her outstanding dissertation, titled The Contributions of Spatial, Verbal, and Analytical Skills to Problem-Solving Performance. Her research helps contribute to teacher education and makes a valuable contribution to the education field.

Dr. Foster is a mathematics educator at Armstrong who earned her Ph.D. in December 2012. The Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award is an annual recognition which encourages, recognizes and promotes exemplary doctoral level research which substantially contributes to the improvement of teacher education.

In addition, Armstrong's clinical supervisor Cheryl Wright, a teacher at Isle of Hope Elementary School in Savannah, was honored with the GATE Supervising Teacher of the Year Award. Wright works closely with Armstrong's student teachers during their internships.

The Supervising Teacher of the Year Award encourages teacher involvement in scholarship in teacher education, helping prepare new teachers for the profession. This award, given each year in honor of former GATE president Robert Knowles, recognizes a classroom teacher whose teaching and supervision excellence merit special recognition.

“We're delighted to see two such talented educators earn statewide recognition for their accomplishments,” said Dr. Patricia Wachholz, Dean of Armstrong's College of Education. “Dr. Ardyth Foster and Cheryl Wright share a passion for teaching, which makes them a credit to their profession.”