NNU will graduate its first Doctor of Education (EdD) students on May 11 at the Idaho Center during the University’s commencement activities. All nine candidates who began the four-year program completed course work and successfully defended their dissertations.
NNU’s EdD degree program is designed to provide advanced study and research for educators interested in educational leadership in the specific area of school administration while providing opportunities for in-depth exploration, study, research, and analysis regarding administrative practices in the school/district setting. The online format of the program allowed these professional educators, from the Northwest to the Republic of Korea, to learn new skills while continuing to teach at their institutions. Classrooms around the world are already being affected by these high-caliber educators.
Individuals earning an Ed.D. are willing to encourage professional growth in others and exhibit academic excellence to those around them. They are able to provide creative, workable solutions to problems as they arise both within the district setting and the larger community, and provide leadership in creating an inviting environment for students and staff regardless of their background or circumstances.
This year’s graduates are: Jefferson County School District #251 Assistant Superintendent Donald Bingham (Rigby, Idaho); Bridge Academy Principal Jim R. Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho); Idaho Virtual Academy Principal Heidi Curtis (Nampa, Idaho); Another Choice Virtual Charter School Administrator Kelsey LeDuc-Williams (Nampa, Idaho); Jefferson County School Distrect #251 Director of Human Resources N. Shalene French (Rigby, Idaho); Notus Jr-Sr High School Business/Technology Educator Sarah Hatfield (Ontario, Ore.); Taejon Christian International School Director of College Counseling Jennifer Hill (Taejon, South Korea); South Fork Elementary School Principal Yvonne Thurber (Rigby, Idaho); and, Lone Star Middle School Principal Greg Wiles (Nampa, Idaho).
Photo Caption: Yvonne Thurber (Rigby, Idaho) successfully defends her dissertation.