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Inspiring Educators - November 2021

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Host Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle interviews Helen and Donald Nielson, both originally from southeast Idaho and alumni of ISU. Helen and Donald reflect on the teachers that inspired them and their careers outside of Idaho. Both have a passion for education and started their scholarship to give the gift of education to others. Host Dean Jean also interviews Allende Pacheco, the recipient of Helen and Donald's scholarship for the last 2 years, about how he decided to become a teacher and how grateful he is for their generous scholarship.

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.