Marshall’s Graduate School of Education and Professional Development honored 171
students who graduated in July, August, and December 2011, in a special hooding
ceremony which took place Thursday, Dec. 8 at South Charleston High School.
Master’s degree students in the areas of adult and technical education, counseling, elementary education, leadership studies, reading education, secondary education, special education, teaching, humanities and psychology were hooded. Education specialist degree students in the areas of education and school psychology also received hoods. Doctoral degree students in the area of curriculum and instruction and public school administration, were hooded at Marshall’s official commencement Saturday, Dec. 10, but were also recognized during Thursday’s event.
Marshall welcomed back one of its own to serve as featured speaker. Dr. Dixie Billheimer, Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, is a four-time Marshall University graduate and veteran educator with more than 30 years of experience. She has dedicated her professional life to enhancing educator preparedness and student achievement in West Virginia. She has taught secondary mathematics, served as a regional coordinator in technology integration, technical assistance and school improvement and served as an assistant professor at the graduate level before joining the staff of WVCPD.
Billheimer has shared her expertise with audiences nationally and internationally as a presenter at conferences that address educational leadership and research-based strategies for effective teaching. Prior to becoming CEO, she served as director of the Principals’ Leadership Academy and Instructional Technology at WVCPD. She holds a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, as well as an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Instructional Technology, from Marshall.. She also holds a Master of Arts in Reading Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with majors in mathematics and English from Marshall as well.
Photo: Dr. Dixie Billheimer was the keynote speaker at the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development's hooding ceremony Dec. 8.
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