Lauren and friends

Meet Lauren Gaona, teacher and lifelong learner

May 5, 2021

Lauren Gaona’s students are often her best teachers. After teaching in Thailand, her Thai students taught her the true essence of being a teacher is about building trusting relationships and creating a space for everybody to bring their whole, authentic selves into the classroom. As a teacher, it’s ok to...

Corey with family

Meet Corey Ferraro, extraordinary educator in extraordinary circumstances and beyond

May 5, 2021

Corey Ferraro had his sights set on two things: becoming a teacher and attending the University of Colorado Boulder. The Master’s Plus Teacher Licensure program in the School of Education allowed him to check both of those boxes in just one year. Becoming a teacher is a life change I...


Meet Lianna Nixon, whose lens on climate communications is changing education and activism

May 5, 2021

Lianna Nixon is an environmental photographer and activist, but on Earth Day 2020, she was not thinking about marches or demonstrations. That was the day she found out if her spot on the world’s largest polar research expedition was still on despite the spread of a global pandemic. Photography and...


Meet Jax Gonzalez, striving for liberation in education, sociology and everything they do

May 5, 2021

Jax Gonzalez’s impressive academic accomplishments and educational pursuits would astound even their former self. I strive for liberation in everything that I do, and teaching is an opportunity to dream about building a world we all want to live in." “As a first-generation college student, to complete a graduate degree...

Katherine Lindauer

Meet Katharine Lindauer, student-athlete advisor and advocate

May 5, 2021

As an academic coordinator for student-athletes, Katharine Lindauer is used to supporting varsity student-athletes as they pursue success on the playing surface and in the classroom, but in the Master’s in Higher Education program, Lindauer is the student, learner, and supporter for classmates. I'm so appreciative of the opportunity to...

2021 grad collage

Congratulations to all of our #EdBuffs graduates!

May 5, 2021

Congratulations, education graduates! The School of Education community will gather for virtual commencement on May 6 with the Colorado Teacher of the Year Gerardo Muñoz as the keynote speaker, a celebratory video featuring student reflections, the reading of graduates' names, and more. View the complete honor roll of graduates, meet the Outstanding Graduate awardees, and more.

Jason Buell

Meet Jason Buell, a compassionate advocate for teachers

May 4, 2021

As a former elementary and middle school teacher interested in the intersections of race, science, and education, Jason Buell enrolled in doctoral studies in education because he deeply cares about teachers. I think it is important to not just think about teachers in relation to students, but that teachers themselves...

Christine and class

Meet Christine Zabala, a passionate educator working toward systemic change in higher education

May 4, 2021

After more than a decade embedded in her postsecondary studies, Christine Zabala is looking forward to more of the same — continuing to work with college students and teaching to transform higher education. I continue to feel passion for working in higher education, because there is still so much work...

Taphy Tivaringe

Meet Taphy Tivaringe, changing the education system from the inside out

May 3, 2021

College opportunities, not to mention graduate studies, were rare in the small Southern African country of Zimbabwe where Tafadzwa Tivaringe grew up. With unyielding support from his parents, his community, and mentors, Tivaringe, or “Taphy” as he is known, did his undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of Cape...

Will Lindsay skiing

Meet Will Lindsay, a teacher turned researcher looking to broaden STEM education

May 3, 2021

Will Lindsay comes from a long line of educators and CU Boulder alumni. Naturally, he followed in the footsteps of his family members and became a high school science teacher in Colorado Springs and later Denver after graduating from Colorado College. He loved teaching, but he could not shake the...