Woods Briefs: Spring 2019

News and notes about William Woods students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Updated continuously throughout the semester.

William Woods Students, Faculty, and Staff

James Concannon, Director of the School of Education, recently had a book, “Evidence-Based Science Activities in Grades 3-5” published. Concannon’s book details science activities to help students achieve a deeper understanding of the subjects in front of them.

John Long, Associate Professor of Education and Chair of Doctoral Studies, published a book, “FABLE: A Story of a Career spent gaining Wisdom.” Fable is the story of a young college graduate, Jordan, who secures his first job after college at a company called Franchise Amalgamated Blended Large Enterprise (FABLE), and is ready to take the working world by storm. At his new job, Jordan encounters five challenges that many individuals find in their professional and personal lives, including starting a career, speaking truth to power, finding the right career path, asking for help and knowing when to walk away even from success.

Bryce Fletcher ’21 placed 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation, 5th in Prose Interpretation, and 5th in After-Dinner Speaking at the Missouri Association of Forensic Activities State Tournament (MAFA.) The William Woods Forensic Team also placed 1st in the President’s Division for Individual Events and won the Quality Award.

William Woods Alumni

Andrew “AJ” Housewright ’15 a staff interpreter with the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH,) recently achieved Master level certification as an interpreter by the Illinois Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI.) BEI is a highly-regarded interpreter evaluation system based in Texas, which allows interpreters who achieve this certification to interpret in any setting. 

John Mott EDS ’17 is the Assistant Principal at Watkins and Disney Elementary schools with Springfield Public Schools. Mott was nominated by the Springfield Association of Elementary Principals as Outstanding Assistant Principal. Mott will be honored at the Missouri Association Elementary Principals in March. 

Darla Wright ’03 has won the United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA) Horse Person of the Year award along with her sister. Wright works at her family stables, High Tail Acres, in Newbury, MA. The award was presented January 16th-19th at the UHPA annual conference. 

Renee Biggins ’83 has won the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Lurline Roth Sportsmanship Award. Biggins works at Premier Stables in Kentucky. The award was presented January 16th-19th at the UPHA annual conference. 

Sara Strohm EDS ’16 will be a Principal within the Springfield Public School System beginning the 2019-2020 school year.

Jennifer Webb EDS ’17 will be a Principal within the Springfield Public School System beginning the 2019-2020 school year.

Brian Granton ’19, worked on an independent study with Dr. Stephen Forsha last semester, and in that process developed a conceptual paper.  He was selected to present his paper to the Board of Trustees prior to graduation and since then, has been working to complete final edits for conference submission.  On June 18, his paper was submitted to the Midwest Academy of Management for inclusion in their upcoming annual meeting.