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Inspiring Educators

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Host Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle meets with scholarship donors and ISU supporters Ronda and Pete Black along with Ashley Tarkalson, the 2020 recipient of The Ronda and Pete Black Scholarship. Ronda and Pete, both retired educators from school district 25, discuss their journeys to becoming educators, the memories they created, and the motivations behind their philanthropic contributions to Idaho State University. Ashley, a soon to be business and technology instructor In Salmon, Idaho, shares the path she has taken to become an educator and expresses what the scholarship and support from others has meant to her.

Jean McGivney-Burelle joined Idaho State University in June of 2020 as Professor and Dean of the College of Education. Jean has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Her scholarly work is focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics and she has served as PI or Co-PI on STEM education grants totaling more than $2 million. Jean is a Mathematical Association of America Project NExT Fellow, a National Network for Educational Renewal Fellow, and a participant in the 2016-17 HERS Leadership Institute. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Hartford, an M.S. in Mathematics from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut.