David P. Diaz, Ed.D., graduate of NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of
Criminal Justice (FCE&SCJ), recently authored the book, “The Genesis Labyrinth: Investigating Alternatives in the First Eleven Chapters of Genesis.” The book is a thought-provoking account that contains teachings taken from the book of Genesis that define its essence upon the Christian faith.
Diaz is an author and retired college professor. His writings have spanned the gamut between peer-reviewed technical articles to his memoir, “The White Tortilla”, which won the 2006 American Book Award. He holds B.S. and M.S. from California Polytechnic State University and earned his doctoral degree from FCE&SCJ in 2000.
To learn more about the The Genesis Labyrinth please visit: http://thingsibelieveproject.net/new-book-the-genesis-labyrinth-now-available-online-for-purchase/
Undergraduate students in the Introduction to Criminal Justice class at NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice participated in a Mock Murder Trial, on Tuesday, April 23 at the Shepard Broad College of Law. The course is taught by Assistant Professor Grace Telesco, Ph.D.
The mock trial was the culmination of hard work, research, investigation, and preparation that spanned the entire semester. The class was given a mock murder case to analyze, and ultimately try, in a courtroom setting with an actual Judge (Ret. Judge Victoria Brennan). The undergraduate students, many of whom are Criminal Justice majors or minors, took the stand as witnesses and defendants, with fellow student prosecutors and defense attorneys hammering them with questions and sound arguments. Undergraduate students from other criminal justice courses served as jurors, as well as members of NSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute.
This collaborative and interactive educational modality proved to be an invaluable learning experience for all in attendance. Many students commented in the de-brief that working on the Mock Trial Program throughout the semester has inspired them to change their majors or minors to Criminal Justice and Law.
To learn more about Grace Telesco, Ph.D., and the School of Criminal Justice, please visit: https://education.nova.edu/faculty/telesco-grace.html
Matthew Zahorec, undergraduate student at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice (FCE&SCJ), has been selected as the student commencement speaker for the afternoon ceremony on May 10. Matthew will be graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in exceptional student education with an ESOL Endorsement.
He states, “My goal in education is to help kids become a little bit better, kinder, and wiser than they were yesterday. The additional challenge is figuring out how to maintain that same growth pattern for myself. I can’t really teach it unless I’m living it. Consistent, small steps forward have led far beyond my own expectations for life and personal assumptions of what I can do. I want to share that possibility with the kids I get to teach.”
Upon graduation, Matthew will start his role as a fifth grade teacher and health coordinator at Creation Village Preparatory School in Celebration, Florida. As a fifth grade teacher he will be responsible for the planning, teaching, facilitation, and oversight of a group of young learners. As the health coordinator, he will be collaborating with administration to oversee the planning and implementation of the PE, health, and character development programs.
In addition, Matthew is looking forward to a two week Disney vacation with his fiancé and soon to be in laws, as well as his upcoming wedding.
NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and the School of Criminal Justice (FCE&SCJ) hosted The Maass Family, known as Fathering Autism for a campus tour and meet and greet earlier this month.
The Maass family has dedicated their lives to increasing awareness and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders in order for their daughter, Abbie, and people like her on the autism spectrum, to live in the most positive environment possible. Parents, Asa and Priscilla, under the surname Fathering Autism, have been creating videos and utilizing various social media channels to share their experiences with their autistic child and provide the opportunity for families with autistic children to do the same.
The Fischler College of Education and the School of Criminal Justice entered into a partnership with the Maass family to present various Facebook Live Chats as influencers regarding discussion on autism, and have been given the opportunity to promote the M.S. in Developmental Disabilities program with Associate Professor, Maribel Del Rio Roberts as the co-host.
To view past recorded Facebook Live featuring Fathering Autism, please visit FCE&SCJ’s Facebook page.
Simone T. Lewis
Simone T. Lewis, doctoral student at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice was recently highlighted for her use of Project Based Learning (PBL) in the classroom by Broward County Public Schools. She is currently a 7th grade intensive reading teacher at Margate Middle School.
Her featured project revolved around the impact of harmful marine life such as jellyfish and red algae on the life of Floridians. The project began when a group of students asked what harm could come to them personally after reading a text about these invasive species. Instead of directly answering, Simone suggested to the class to do some research to find out together. Incorporating the hands on experience, while exploring science, art and history within the context of reading class has led to increased student and parent engagement.
In addition to her innovative classroom, Simone is an accomplished author. In 2016 she published her first children’s book in an anticipated series, “The Adventures of Seth and Shadow, Super- Duper Student of the Week.” Inspired by the daily routines of her then four-year-old son, Seth, who struggled with accepting the weekly defeat of not being selected as student of the week. Seth would often cry stating that he would never be good enough to be student of the week no matter how hard he tried. When he finally persevered, and became student of the week, Simone decided to document his adventures with Shadow, the classroom mascot by creating a book using pictures she had taken and the services of her local pharmacy’s photo development department. Little did she know that this would deliver Seth and Shadow Books.
Simone is a two time NSU alum. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Applied Studies with a concentration in Psychology and earned her Master’s in Reading. She is expected to graduate later this year with her doctorate of education. Her dissertation is titled, “Using PBL and Total Physical Response in the classroom”.
To order The Adventures of Seth and Shadow, Super- Duper Student of the Week”, please visit: https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Seth-Shadow-Super-Student/dp/1524656437
Jia Borror, Ed.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice and her colleague Sarah Randsdell, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Health Science at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences facilitated an undergraduate literacy project with preschoolers that was recently highlighted at the Undergraduate Student Symposium.
Undergraduate students, Ammy Castillo, Jahleeyah Muhammad, and Angela Ogero, who participated in the project, created a behavioral checklist to use with preschool children who are learning to read and write, with the presence of reading dogs, to determine how it improves their focus and attention. Ammy, Jahleeyah, and Angela won third place out of 43 poster presentations.
Daniel H. Shapiro, Ed.D., graduate of NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice (FCE&CJ) recently authored the book, The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor: Strengthening the Mentoring Relationship from the Inside Out!. The book focuses on the five key practices all mentors must master to bring out the best in their mentees.
Shapiro has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, school counselor, mentor and district leader in Broward County Public Schools. He received the Florida Governor’s Shine Award for inspirational teaching and was named a Broward County Public Schools 2014 Caliber Award winner and the 2015 Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) Elementary School Counselor of the Year. Shapiro is now a school counseling specialist and provides mentoring and professional development to school counselors within the Broward County School District.
He earned his doctorate of education with the FCE&CJ in 2012.
NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and the School of Criminal Justice (FCE&CJ) honored over 40 undergraduate students at the Dean’s List Award Luncheon on March 19. The event took place at the Cotilla Gallery, in the Alvin Sherman Library. The students who were honored earned a GPA of 3.8 or higher during the Fall 2018 semester. Families, as well as FCE&CJ leadership team, faculty and staff were also in attendance to congratulate the students on their academic success.
NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, School of Criminal Justice team, One Beat One Sound, raised more than $3,000 for this year’s Broward Heart Walk.
FCE Team Co-Captains, Mona Lee Hutton and Tanisha Robinson, hosted a variety of events over the past month to raise funds. The events included dollars for dress down days, purchasing hearts to be hung in the halls, a raffle, and FCE’s Heart’s Behind Bars, where the faculty and staff paid to have administrators and supervisors “locked up.” “Bail” was raised by the detainees asking for bail money from fellow colleagues, family and friends. Additionally, FCE’s Puerto Rico team hosted and participated in a variety of events, including a Zumbathon to raise funds for the Broward Heart Walk.
Saketha Adams, Ed.D., graduate of NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, School of Criminal Justice (FCE) was named Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Vice President of Student Affairs. Adams has served as the Dean in Student Affairs since 2016. Prior to that position, she led the adult education division for many years. During her tenure in adult education, she was selected as a state finalist for the Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.
Adams earned her doctorate degree in educational leadership from FCE in 2013. Additionally, she is pursuing another Ed.D. program focusing on student retention under the direction of Lisa Carbone, Ed.D, at the Fischler College of Education. Adams has a master’s degree in school guidance and counseling from Fort Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree in management from Savannah State University.