COEHS Initiatives

COEHS features nationally and regionally acclaimed programs that provide professional training and student enrichment in Jacksonville’s urban areas:



The Jacksonville Teacher Residency is a partnership between COEHS and Duval County Public Schools.This innovative teacher residency graduate education program is recruiting Science, Mathematics or STEM-related majors/minors for a 20-month masters degree program in conjunction with a one-year classroom apprenticeship with a mentor teacher in Duval County Public high-needs middle and high schools. Financial support is provided during the residency year along with a tuition reimbursement plan. Interested applicants can complete a prospect form for the 2015 cohort at:

For additional information please visit:
Dr. Wanda Lastrapes, University Program Director
(904) 620-1621


The Urban Professional Development Schools are a partnership between COEHS and Duval County Public Schools to provide teacher education students  with a wide variety of field-based, clinical experiences in urban schools.


·         Kings Trail Elementary School

·         Lake Shore Middle School

·         West Jacksonville Elementary School

·         Woodland Acres Elementary School


Dr. Cathy O’Farrell, Director

Office of Educational Field Experiences

(904) 620-3934





Poetry Science Stars afterschool program promotes literacy and science learning through the performing arts in Jacksonville’s urban schools with a high percentage of at risk students and immigrant, English Language Learners.


·         Guardian Catholic Schools,

                  Holy Cross and St. Pius



Dr. Nile Stanley, Associate Professor

Childhood Education, Literacy & TESOL

(904) 620-1849





Supporters of Academic Rigor (SOAR) prepares counselors to meet the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of diverse student populations.

·         Andrew Jackson High School

·         William M. Raines High School

·         Jean Ribault High School



Dr. Rebecca Schumacher, Program Director & Assistant Professor

Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

(904) 620-1546





UNF & Tiger Academy Book Buddies is a science-based literacy program addressing the 4th grade “reading slump”. It provides hands-on learning experiences for pre-service teachers and increasing the pre-service teachers’ and the school’s capacity to effectively deliver nonfiction reading instruction.


·         Tiger Academy  


Dr. Lunetta Williams, Associate Professor

Childhood Education, Literacy & TESOL

(904) 620-1777


Dr. Katrina Hall, Associate Professor

Childhood Education, Literacy & TESOL

(904) 620-1761


Danielle Boller, Graduate Research Assistant

Childhood Education, Literacy & TESOL