125 Years of Education at Lenoir-Rhyne

The College of Education and Human Services Celebrates the 125 Years of Education at Lenoir-Rhyne

Welcome to a timeline of events and successes within the Lenoir-Rhyne College of Education and Human Services Department. We welcome you to explore the history of this department by scrolling through this timeline. Click "More" under each event to read, look at pictures, and follow links to "Find Out More" about each event and program that is offered in the College of Education and Human Services.

Teaching Scholars Grows by 22!

This year, the College of Education and Human Services welcomed over twenty eager students into the Teaching Scholars program. These students are dedicated to using the knowledge they gain at Lenoir-Rhyne to become professional educators. Click "Find Out More" below to learn more about Lenoir-Rhyne's Teaching Scholars program.

Dr. Love Awarded Fullbright Fellowship

The Fulbright Fellowship awarded to faculty member Dr. Marion Love in 2003-2004 to go to Russia. During this time, Dr. Love served as the coordinator for English as a second language teacher licensure at Lenoir-Rhyne and project director for RIPPLE. Click "Find Out More" below to read further about Dr. Love's achievement in the Summer 2003 Profile Magazine.

LR Alum Named Principal of the Year

Donna Heavner, who received both her bachelors and masters degree at LRU in Middle Grades Education from Lenoir-Rhyne College, was chosen as the 2011-2012 Catawba County Schools (CCS) Principal of the Year, and years earlier was the Teacher of the Year in Burke County where she began her career teaching middle grades mathematics.

LR Alum Serves as Superintendent

Glenn E. Barger, LRC class of 1966, serves as interim superintendent of Catawba County Schools in 2010.

Kappa Delta Pi at Lenoir-Rhyne College

The Omega Eta Chapter of this international society in education is initiated at LR in order to establish a community of distinguished future educators who attend Lenoir-Rhyne University.

LRU Masters Alum Awarded Hickory Public Schools' Teacher of the Year

May 2015 LRU Masters degree graduate, Melissa McKinnon, is awarded Hickory Public Schools 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year! Melissa teaches at Grandview Middle School. She received her initial teacher preparation through LRC's lateral entry program, NCTEACH, about a decade ago, then returned to complete her graduate degree.

LR Alum Named Superintendent

Jennifer Hefner, class of 1993, BA in Elementary Education, is now superintendent of the Alexander County Schools. She has worked with the COEHS throughout the years (served recently on our Teacher Education Council) and collaborated with this department when she was a teacher, principal, associate superintendent and now as the superintendent of the Alexander County Schools. Congratulations to Jennifer Hefner!

Honored Faculty

In 2013, the Hacawa annual dedicated the 105th volume to Dr. Janet Painter, who was and is currently a faculty member of the College of Education and Human Services at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Establishing a Department

Even though several students graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College since its beginning in 1909 with the intention to teach, the Education Departmant was not an official department of the College until 1913. At this time in LR history, the Education Department was first introduced at Lenoir-Rhyne with one class meeting twice per week.

A Growing Education Department

The Education Department now offers ten courses and is growing!

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