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Advocacy for all Students

Hosts Dean, Jean McGivney-Burelle, and Philanthropic Advisor, Tabatha Butler, interview Dr. Joel Bocanegra otherwise known as Dr. B,  Chair and Professor for the School Psychology and Educational Leadership Department and Hunter Filer, a current student in the School Psychology program.

Dr. Joel Bocanegra reflects on his journey, transitioning from a self-proclaimed army brat to a college professor. His narrative takes a pivotal turn after experiencing 11 school moves, wherein a teacher recognized his writing talents, altering his educational trajectory and instilling in him a desire to give back to future students. Dr. Bocanegra delves into the crucial leadership role that school psychology plays in our educational institutions, seamlessly aligning with the overarching mission of the School Psychology and Educational Leadership Department within the College of Education.

Hunter, having dedicated five years to special education, draws inspiration from her hands-on experience, propelling her to aspire for greater advocacy on behalf of the students she serves. Currently serving as a graduate assistant to Dr. Bocanegra, she envisions empowering her students to take control of their own destinies, shaping a brighter future for each individual as she moves into her career


Dr. Joel Bocanegra, Chair and Professor for the School Psychology and Educational Leadership Department

Hunter Filer, graduate assistant and student in the School Psychology program.

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.