Judith Herb College of Education

Higher Education Program Hosts the 2023 Distinguished Speaker, Dr. J. Lee Johnson

Dr. J. Lee Johnson joined the Distinguished Leader Dialogue Series of the UT Higher Education Program (https://mailchi.mp/rockets/september-2023-newsletter) on October 17 to share his academic and professional experiences and achievements with the higher education community. Dr. Johnson is the Judith Herb College of Education Distinguished Alumnus of the Year (2023) and an alumnus of the PhD Higher Education program (’99). Some of his professional achievements include his positions as the senior vice president and treasurer at Siena Heights University, a peer reviewer and team chair for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and a board member of the UT Alumni Association and the UT Foundation. Dr. Johnson and his wife are the namesakes for the “Dr. J. Lee and Dr. Deborah A. Johnson Scholarship” that supports graduate students in higher education.


Dr. J. Lee Johnson is the 2023 distinguished speaker

Danielle Robinson Celebrates LGBTQA & History Month

Danielle Robinson, a middle childhood education student in the Judith Herb College of Education, poses with a rainbow flag in a photo shoot as part of UToledo’s celebration of LGBTQA and History Month.  The theme of the celebration was “Loving Your Queerness; Coming Out Day”.

Dr. Katherine Delaney Leads Meeting to Support Early Literacy

Dr. Katherine Delaney, Professor in the Judith Herb College of Education, helps secure the foundation for children across the state with a new project funded by $1.15 million from the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Whole Child Supports.

For details click here.

Jenna Pittman Enjoys Best of Both Worlds

Jenna Pittman is a history and education major who is scheduled to graduate in May.  She has studied in Lueneburg, Germany from May to August 2023 through the US Studies Abroad Consortium at UToledo.

To read more click here.

Behavioral Threat Assessment Seminar with Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach

Join Us: Behavioral Threat Assessment Seminar with Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach

Oct. 17  |  6 p.m.

Join The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education and the Health and Human Services Alumni Affiliates for an informative seminar with Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach ’90, ’94, ’97, director of UToledo’s Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide.The seminar will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Auditorium at the Center for Alumni and Donor Engagement. This seminar is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are requested.


Dr. Pescara-Kovach will speak on recognizing the warning signs that someone is at risk of suicide or targeted violence (e.g., school shootings). She will also share best practices in working to prevent the senseless loss of our youth.

In addition, Rockets are encouraged to support the UToledo Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide so Dr. Pescara-Kovach and her team can continue providing resources and education to prevent additional, preventable tragedies.


Bored Teachers Comedy Tour Coming to the UToledo Campus

The Bored Teachers Comedy Tour is the Self-Care Teachers Need in Their Lives Right Now!

More than ever, teachers need an outlet to find kick back and laugh at the trials and tribulations of daily classroom life.

Toledo, OH — For the first time in Toledo, The University of Toledo will bring the biggest
entertainment platform for teachers in the world, to the area at the University of Toledo’s
Lancelot Auditorium. Bored Teachers presents the funniest teacher-comedians in the world all on one
stage. Their hilarious skits have amassed hundreds of millions of views on the internet, and
they’re all joining comic forces for a night of laughter you do not want to miss on November 19th
2023. With over 5 million followers across social platforms (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube)
and+20 million views every month on their viral comedy videos. The tour includes the most hilarious
and well-known teacher comedians in the business with millions of combined followers as well. This
comedy powerhouse is making its way around the country with +120 shows booked so far this year!
Teachers everywhere need the night of laughter and the Bored Teachers Comedy Tour is the perfect
fix. For a complete listing of all tour stops visit the Comedy Tour page.

Show Information:

Sunday November 19 2023 7:30pm
Bored Teachers: We Can’t Make This Stuff Up? Comedy Tour Lancelot Auditorium
2965 W Centennial Dr, Toledo, OH 43606
buy tickets at: https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/rocketevents/7253
ticket prices: $50/$45/$35: Limited VIP meet and greets are available

Tour Media Contact: James Tarantino, (772) 828-0730, james@boredteachers.com

Sylvania Event Builds Inclusion

Dr. Dale Snauwaert, professor of social and philosophical foundations of education and peace studies, was the keynote speaker at an event focused on building a more inclusive and welcoming society.


Dr. Ruslan Slutsky Explains Benefits of Unguided Play for Schoolchildren

Periods of unguided play can give students opportunities to discover and invent on their own, and there are ways educators can involve themselves in playtime without interrupting that sense of discovery for students, said Ruslan Slutsky, a professor of teacher education at the University of Toledo’s Judith Herb College of Education.  Read more here

Shirrell White, JHCOE Student Joins UToledo Rocket Kids Program

Shirrell White applied and was accepted, along with two other Education students, to participate in the University of Toledo’s Rocket Kids Program.  Unsure of flying 4,000 miles away from home to Italy, she was happy she did.  Rocket Kids is providing her the opportunity to travel the world and teach students of military families from 6th to 12th grade.

Read more here

Rocket and World-Ranked Paratriathlete Finds Her Purpose

Kendra Herber ’07 was born with fibular hemimelia, a congenital limb deficiency where the fibula is short or missing, and had her foot amputated at age two. Rather than holding her back, Herber’s disability would motivate her to become an inspiring teacher, mother, world-ranked paratriathlete, model, self-published author and motivational speaker. She praised The University of Toledo for offering a safe, inclusive place to find her purpose and see her disability as a strength rather than a weakness.

Read more about Kendra at the UToledo Alumni eMagazine.

Rocket and World-Ranked Paratriathlete Finds Her Purpose

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