Trio Join College of Education Hall of Fame
COLUMBUS, Ga.—Columbus State University has inducted Susan Andrews, Elizabeth Holmes and Louise Tolbert into its College of Education Hall of Fame, honoring each as a CSU graduate who has made “extraordinary contributions to the teaching profession.”
The induction was part of the annual College of Education and Alumni Association Awards Banquet on May 9.
Andrews, Harris County superintendent of schools, earned her bachelor’s (1977) and master’s (1979) degrees from CSU. She has served the Harris County School System her entire career, from elementary and middle school teacher, to principal and superintendent, since 2000.
Largely as a result of her leadership, the school system “is held in high esteem throughout the state,” said one of her nominators.
Such respect led to her being the 2006 Georgia Superintendent of the Year and a finalist for the national honor. Her nominators for this award cited her leadership as the system achieved systemwide SACS accreditation, implemented a Junior ROTC program, successfully passed a SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) referendum, and opened a state-model Performance Learning Center.
Andrews’ CSU ties include serving on the Educational Leadership Advisory Council and the Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Education, and as an adjunct professor for the College of Education.
Holmes, director of CSU’s Center for Quality Teaching Learning, is praised by a nominator for “changing the climate and culture of technology education and utilization in the College of Education and its entire service region.”
The center opened in 2004 in the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development as the former Educational Technology Training Center, established in 1998 in the College of Education as an initiative to improve kindergarten-through college teaching and learning in west central Georgia. Holmes, as the center’s first director, is cited by another nominator for “developing and leading the fledgling center into the forefront of educational technology in the Southeast.” Concurrently she oversaw the state’s 12 other such centers as well.
A reading specialist, she also initiated implementation of a professional development program for Georgia teachers to qualify them for “Reading Endorsement” certification.
Her early career has included elementary school teaching in the Muscogee County School District, after graduating from Brenau College in 1970. She later earned her master’s in early childhood education from CSU and has been active nationwide as a consultant and conference presenter on topics related to innovation in education.
Tolbert, mentoring program coordinator for the Muscogee County School District since 1994, is cited by a nominator for her “creativity” and “passion” in developing her program into one that is “recognized as one of the finest programs in place for new teachers.”
Tolbert, who holds both bachelor’s (elementary education, 1975) and master’s (middle grades math and science, 1983) degrees from CSU, mentors and trains about 400 teacher support specialists and 200 new teachers at all levels each year. She also oversees the district’s yearly New Teacher Orientation in the fall and the Teacher Idea Fair held every February.
She also serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Education. From 1975 to 1993, she taught at Fox Elementary and Columbus Junior High School.
CSU College of Education Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of current and former CSU personnel and community leaders. Nominees must have at least 15 years of service in a preschool-through-college setting.