Student of the Month

Ole Miss School of Education

Kristen Saltzman, Elementary Education

by UM School of Education on September 4, 2014

saltzmanwebnewKristen Saltzman is a senior at the UM School of Education majoring in elementary education. The Terry native is the current president of the Ole Miss chapter of Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT), an organization she has worked with since her junior year.

TOT is a student organization and is an extension of the Mississippi Association of Educators. The goal of the organization is to support P-12 students through service by students of teacher education. TOT offers several community outreach programs where they engage students from local elementary schools in various activities such as [Read More…]

Efia Mentuhotep, CMSE Research Fellow

by UM School of Education on July 24, 2014

EfiaSOTMSOE graduate student Efia Mentuhotep is currently in her third year of doctoral study in mathematics education at the UM School of Education. The Chicago native moved to Pachuta, Mississippi, during her junior year of high school. After graduating from Jones County Junior College and Delta State University, she took teaching positions in Jasper and Clarke counties.

Today, Mentuhotep spends most of her time with the Center for Math and Science Education [Read More…]

Ashlyn Haskins, Elementary Education

by UM School of Education on June 23, 2014

JUNESOTMWEBUM Teacher Candidate Ashlyn Haskins is thrilled to begin her career as a teacher this fall. The Puckett, Mississippi, native is currently finishing her last days at the School of Education as a student worker at the North Mississippi Education Consortium (NMEC), where she has worked throughout both her undergraduate and master’s studies at Ole Miss. For Haskins, education is a family calling.

“I became a teacher because my grandfather was a principal for 30 years [Read More…]

Jessica Peralta, Mathematics Education

by UM School of Education on May 6, 2014

PeraltaWEBOle Miss graduate student Jessica Peralta is all set to begin her first year of teaching next fall and the Mooreville native has already received a substantial bonus—she’s the first Mississippian to ever receive a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowship worth $175,000.

A five-year fellowship for early-career STEM teachers across the country, the program will offer financial support to assist Peralta with grants for classroom materials, professional development, networking [Read More…]

Ashley Castille, UM DeSoto

by UM School of Education on March 26, 2014

AshleyCastilleWebIn 2009, University of Mississippi DeSoto student Ashley Castille was hard at work as a mortgage processor in the greater Memphis area not expecting that a sinking housing market would drastically change the direction of her career. When the recession hit, the Olive Branch resident was laid off.

But setbacks aside, Castille set her professional future in a positive direction. Today, she is only weeks away from graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in elementary education [Read More…]