• Testimonials

    “Thanks to you and the faculty of Irvin School of Education, I feel confident and well-prepared for my career as a teacher. I hope the future provides me with many opportunities to be a blessing to students and give them the confidence and determination that, without God and the Irvin School of Education, I would not have. . . .” Wendy Gerngross, BBS 2003

    “I attribute my enjoyment and success of last year to the preparation I received from HSU. The teachers I had at HSU seemed specially designed for everything I would need to be as a teacher myself. For example, Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Collins—two awesome teachers with two totally different styles. I have kept high expectations for my students and encouraged them to set their goals on the absolute best they can do—just as Mrs. Garcia did for me. I have also tried to be empathetic and make sure my students know I’m on their side in the same comforting way Mrs. Collins did for me. . . . In my book they are the ‘best of the best.’” Wendy Gerngross, BBS 2003

    “Dear Irvin School of Education Staff and Faculty,
    From the first day I came to Hardin-Simmons to meet with Dr. Williford, the faculty of the School of Education has treated me with respect and as a member of the family. I am sure I speak for all of the Education Majors when I say ‘thank you’ for the individualized attention we all receive in and out of the classroom. I will strive to do the same for my students.” Cody Spraberry, BBS 2002

    “Now that I am in the real world, I am able to see how much the strategies I learned in your class, as well as my other education classes, are truly applicable in my teaching every day. I pull out my notebooks and look for strategies all the time when I am planning my reading lessons. It is amazing how many of them I hear about when I am at workshops on reading.” Kristen Goldman Vernon, BS 2003

    “My graduation picture sits framed on my desk to remind myself to always do what I know is right (based on all you taught me).
    It reiterates daily the knowledge I gained from your classes:
    “Never humiliate a child.”
    “Beware of the teacher’s lounge.”
    “School should reflect the real world.”
    “All teaching practices should be research-based.”
    I could go on and on. I thank God for placing a love for children in my heart, and I thank you for igniting my passion for education. Every child I teach ultimately has you to thank.” Charis Dailey, BBS 1999

    “Thank you for making my educational experience at Hardin-Simmons meaningful and enjoyable. The Irvin School of Education has some exceptional professors and helpful classes, necessary for anyone who wants to excel in the field of education. You have been a wonderful role model. I enjoyed your class as you shared stories, often leaving me in tears. I can truly see your passion and desire to make a difference in children’s lives. Thank you for opening your office and home to me when I needed advice or needed someone to talk to. Now it’s graduation time, and it’s time to put my knowledge to work. Looking back on my time at Hardin-Simmons, I can truly say I have enjoyed my experience and will never forget your kindness. Thank you.” Ashley Rice, BBS 2005

    “I graduated in May of 1997. . . . I think I always knew I was getting a good education from HSU, but not until I graduated and went away did I realize how wonderful an education I received. Thank you so much for the philosophy of education that was provided and the experiences that were given to me and my classmates. I have had so many more opportunities and knowledge of education than many of the educators I am around. I am now . . . getting my master’s degree, and there is no comparison to the education department at HSU. I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work because it really does make a difference. It makes a difference every day in my life in the classroom.” Mendy Law Heueman, BBS 1997

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