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Reflections on Paths to Education: Dr. Bennett and Makenna's Inspirational Journeys

Hosts Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle and philanthropic advisor Tabatha Butler interview Dr. Cory Bennett Chair of Teaching and Education Studies and Makenna Kohtz, a current student in the Teaching and Education Studies program.

Dr. Bennett reflects on the trajectory of his career, detailing the path that led him to his current role as a professor and, ultimately, the head of the Teaching and Education Studies program. In humble recognition, he attributes the success of the program at the College of Education to the collective dedication and hard work of its faculty and staff. Dr. Bennett also underscores the profound significance of philanthropic support, exemplified by the transformative impact of two study abroad programs on students' lives. He concludes with a heartfelt piece of advice to his students: "Remember to take a moment to simply breathe."

Makenna shares her personal journey at ISU, recounting how it guided her towards her calling as an educator. Her aspiration to return to her rural hometown as a teacher radiates from her narrative, showcasing her deep commitment to her community and the field of education.

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.