Thursday, May 30, 2013
Chrishele Irene Kingdom received the Walter I. Garms Award for Educational Leadership at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18.
Kingdom received her master’s degree in educational policy from the Warner School.
Originally from Summerville, Kingdom taught Kindergarten in her home state prior to pursuing her graduate degree. She looks forward to stepping out of her role as a classroom teacher to begin a new career in policy or research.
Kingdom, who also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Claflin University in 2009, hopes to eventually begin a PhD program in education research and policy analysis at North Carolina State University.
The Garms Award is named in honor of Walter Garms, professor emeritus and former dean of the University of Rochester’s School of Education, who was a leader in the study of both school finance and state funding in public schools. The Garms Award recognizes graduate students who show academic excellence and potential for excellence in educational leadership.