McMurry School of Education to Host Discussion with Alumna JoLisa Hoover

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:18 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

The McMurry University School of Education will be hosting a round-table discussion featuring McMurry alumna JoLisa Hoover ’92, currently serving as a US Department of Education Classroom Teacher Ambassador for 2014. The event will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in room 108 of the Iris Graham Education Building in conjunction with the McMurry School of Education Advisory Board fall meeting.

Hoover’s topics will include a presentation of her ambassador experiences and a discussion about college access and completion. She also will be prepared to discuss retention, first generation college students, and how faith based schools differ from other small colleges.

This year's Department of Education Fellow group was an alumni only group.  All ninety alumni were invited to apply then the fifteen finalists were flown to DC to interview.  Of those finalists, eight were selected to be Fellows this year.   Three are based in DC, one is a hybrid position in DC and her school and four are Classroom Fellows.  Hoover was selected as a Classroom Fellow, so she also is teaching fourth grade full time at River Ridge Elementary in Leander, Texas.

The fellows recently finished assisting on the Back to School Tour with Secretary Arne Duncan.  Hoover was on the Atlanta leg of the tour with Secretary Duncan and First Lady Michelle Obama where the Teaching Ambassador Fellows hosted six roundtable discussions around the areas of college completion, college access, testing and evaluation.

Hoover’s biography can be viewed at:

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