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Transforming Tomorrow: A Degree of Difference

Attending Vanderbilt Peabody College means joining a worldwide network of 30,000+ leaders who are creating positive change in public and charter schools, government offices, hospitals, colleges, universities, start-ups and tech companies. Many of our graduates are spearheading this change by founding schools and nonprofits of their own. Vanderbilt is committed to equipping you, and all of our students, with the skill set necessary to make a positive impact long after graduation.

Because our students are in such high demand, as of September 30, 2017, 96 percent of 2016-17 Peabody graduates have been successfully employed.

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Dan Parsons Dan Parsons M.Ed. '17 Middle School Language Arts Teacher/Response to Intervention Coordinator John Trotwood Moore Middle School Nashville, TN
"Peabody not only expanded my teaching practices, but also transformed my teaching philosophy. In my classroom, students are exposed to a variety of texts that expand not only their thinking but also their perspective on various situations in today’s society. My experiences and professors helped me become a more responsive and effective educator."

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Laura Moore Laura Moore M.P.P. '14 Senior Advisor for Education, Office of Mayor Megan Barry, Senior Advisor for Education Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Nashville, TN
"Every day, I have the opportunity to work with partners inside and outside of government to prepare our students for success in school and life. My Peabody degree prepared me to be a critical consumer of research and data to inform the initiatives that we lead, from Pre-K to postsecondary. Getting a degree from Peabody also gave me a head start on forming the relationships that I needed to affect real change in Nashville."

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Hannah Clark JULIE DEVOE M.Ed. '12 Director of Scholar Advising Morehead-Cain Foundation Chapel Hill, NC
"My role, everyday, is to invest in, inspire, and accelerate the growth of the some of the most promising young leaders in our country. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the first merit scholarship at the first public university in the US, is a platform for giving scholars the tools and experiences to meaningfully impact issues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in our greater community, and across the world. The education and experiences I gained at Peabody provided me with the foundation I needed for a challenging and dynamic role, allowing me to lead our scholars and my team of advisors with confidence and optimism."

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Matt Dolson Matt Dolson M.Ed. '13 Senior Solutions Provider InfoWorks, Inc. Nashville, TN
"My degree from Peabody highlighted my absolute strengths and allowed me to fully communicate my optimism for life. Being this kind of optimist does not mean that I am always happy, simply that I have a natural desire to be and it is in a program such as mine, that you are able to fully understand yourself and the amazing impact you might have on those around you. I believe that one of our greatest gifts is our ability to connect with people and to enhance their lives. Each and every day, I am able to challenge, coach, and motivate individuals to be the best version of themselves regardless of their background. I constantly seek to understand the frustrations and roadblocks that people hold on to that make them unable to embrace a change in personal or professional settings, while ensuring that they never lose sight of who they are and who they want to be."

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Robbye Good Robbye Good M.Ed. '13 Vice President of Investor Relations and Special Projects Hope Enterprise Corporation Jackson, MS
 "HOPE's mission is to eradicate opportunity deserts in a region where fully one third of counties have had poverty rates greater than 20 percent for more than three decades. My Peabody degree and network have been instrumental in my work to leverage data, research and partnerships to raise public and private support for programs that strengthen communities and improve lives in these highly distressed places."

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Ke Wang Ke Wang M.Ed. '16 Research Associate, Research and Evaluation American Institutes for Research Washington D.C.
"I work with the National Center for Education Statistics on generating statistics and reports that monitor the state of education in the United States. I also work on a multi-year project that evaluates various outcomes of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, using matched data from the U.S. Census Bureau, IRS, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. I gained all the skills needed for my current position through my Peabody education: quantitative and qualitative methods, programming in statistical software, and how to design research studies that not only meet the highest standards in social sciences but also carry practical significance. More importantly, as an international student who had zero social capital in the United States, I am extremely grateful for having worked with some of the most talented, warm-hearted colleagues and professors in the field of education." 

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Greg Schermbeck Greg Schermbeck M.Ed. '14 Founder and Principal SchermCo Charlotte, NC

"SchermCo is a social-impact advising firm that offers strategic advising and implementation services to educational focused organizations. We partner and work directly with organizations to improve educational disparities across the country. To fulfill our social-impact focus, we reinvest 1% of either our time or funds from each project back into the communities we serve.

My time and Peabody and in the Leadership and Organizational Performance (LOP) program shaped me as a person and the vision for SchermCo. My colleagues in the program were diverse leaders in all ways – culture, race, work experience and more. Having such a unique blend of diversity and passions allowed us to explore critical issues in leading people and top-performing organizations. Further, the LOP program did a remarkable job balancing theory and practical advice – while encouraging us to test ideas and collect feedback in real time. This framework and the guidance to get our hands dirty really pushed us to take the leap from ideas to implementation.

Studying such important issues at Peabody from performance analytics to innovation management provided a really unique graduate experience that helped me launch our organization and serve others working to improve public education. I’d put the LOP program and my experience up against any in the country."

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Nupur Singh Nupur Singh M.Ed. '13 ELA Teacher Lead SouthEast Middle School Nashville, TN
"As an educator, I am impacting lives by teaching the minds and hearts of my scholars. My aim is to teach them the critical literary and life skills needed for their future. I am teaching scholars to not only write strong essays but to also write essays of encouragement on the hearts of others. I am not only teaching scholars to closely analyze texts but to also create close bonds within their community. Through Peabody, I learned to provide this education of both the mind and heart through caring and talented professors, small class sizes, and excellent research based pedagogy."

“All my experiences at Peabody gave me a unique perspective on behavior management in the classroom, which I am able to apply daily to my career.”

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William Payton Richardson William Payton Richardson M.P.P. '15 Quantitative Research Analyst Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford Sunnyvale, CA
William Payton Richardson is a 2015 graduate of Peabody’s Education Policy Program. He presently is a quantitative research analyst with the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, where he continues to put his thirst for knowledge to work. He came to Peabody wanting to study issues of education and policy through a different geographic and demographic lens. “My time at Peabody left me asking more detailed and informed questions … The unique experience of applying lessons from the classroom directly to areas of legislation, policy, or research is Peabody’s greatest asset.”

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Sissy Peters Sissy Peters M.Ed. '13 Associate Program Manager Vanderbilt Reading Clinic Nashville, TN
"It is no secret that the state of education, especially the field of Special Education, is subject to increasingly more challenges. At this critical time in our nation’s history, it is more important than ever before that we have educators that are not only passionate about the field, but also extremely well-trained. Peabody continues to hold the No.1 ranking in the country for Special Education (as well as high rankings in many other programs) and I know with confidence that my impact in the field is representative of that ranking. I only know one type of practice; best practice. Upon graduation, I was the only first year teacher hired at Rawson Saunders, a highly respected, private school designed solely for students with dyslexia, located in Austin, TX. Such a hiring decision had never been made at that school. The stakes were high, but because of my training, I exceeded all expectations over my three year career at that innovative school. I returned to Nashville to reconnect with this incredible city, Vanderbilt University and the public school system, as a whole. There is a reason that Vanderbilt, especially Peabody, is known as the “Gold Standard.” Because there is truly no place else like it in the country. I feel honored to be a Commodore."

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Ayindé Rudolph Ayindé Rudolph Ed.D. '12 Superintendent of Schools Mountain View Whisman School District Mountain View, CA
Ayindé Rudolph is a 2012 graduate of Peabody’s Ed.D Program in Educational Leadership and Policy. He presently is the superintendent of schools in the Mountain View Whisman school district in California. When asked what he would like to share with prospective students, he said, "[At Peabody], you're going to learn more about yourself, what you believe, and how you want to lead others in education. More importantly, you are going to meet some of the smartest people in the world: classmates, professors, and staff.”

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Ruochen Li Ruochen Li M.Ed. '17 English Language Teacher Affiliated High School of Peking University Beijing, China
 "The transformation from a ‘student' to a ‘teacher' is not an easy one, and I was lucky enough to have gone through this process at Peabody College, under the guidance of great professors and among insightful cohorts. Now I am determined to be an informed and responsive language teacher in my own classroom. I hope to not only help my students in language learning, but also facilitate their growth into stronger individuals."

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Nicole Quetham Nicole Queathem M.Ed. '14 Child Life Specialist Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center,
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Neuro-Oncology
Durham, NC
 "In my work as a certified child life specialist, I teach children and teens how to adaptively manage their treatments for various forms of cancer. By attending to their psychosocial and developmental needs and implementing appropriate interventions to support those needs, I bolster my patients to build positive coping skills for their hospital hardships. My time in the Child Studies program at Peabody provided me with a foundational knowledge of evidence-based practices for supporting children and teens facing healthcare challenges. Through both my classroom learning as well as my in-field practical experiences, I gained the rich, research-based skill set that I use daily to perform effective interventions with pediatric patients and their families. Because of my training at Peabody, I can now serve as an advocate for children and teens fighting cancer so that they experience less fear and gain more resiliency throughout their treatment journeys."

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Robert Robinson Robert Robinson M.Ed. '13 Associate Director  Alignment Nashville Nashville, TN

"I facilitate teams of community leaders to develop and implement initiatives to improve educational outcomes for students. These initiatives bring different community organizations together to align their resources to have a greater collective impact on the school district and support the districts strategic plan. My Community Development and Action degree helped me to better understand the public sector landscape, while also emphasizing the community’s role in creating solutions to complex community problems. In completing the program, I gained skills in areas such as group facilitation, program evaluation, grant writing and others that I have been able to use throughout my career.”

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