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WKU Child Studies 2021 Alumnus of the Year - Stephanie Koeller

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Stephanie Koeller currently works as a Professional Development Coach at Child Care Aware of Kentucky / University of Kentucky Human Development Institute Early Care and Education within the Two Rivers Region.

Mrs. Koeller began her academic career at WKU pursuing her Kentucky Early Childhood Director’s Credential. Upon completion of this credential, Stephanie progressed through the Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts where she was the 2013 WKU Early Childhood Education Student of the Year. She then earned her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Studies.

While pursuing her degrees, Stephanie worked at and directed Holy Spirit Parkside Early Learning Center. While there, the center was transformed from a mothers’-day-out to a full-time early learning center. Additionally, the school became licensed and earned a level four Kentucky All STARS rating accreditation. During this time and upon her graduation, Stephanie provided a quality location for WKU students to observe and conduct fieldwork.

Upon graduation, Mrs. Koeller continued her work at Parkside while earning her Kentucky Early Care and Education Trainer’s Credential. Stephanie now leads as a trainer and professional development coach with Child Care Aware of Kentucky.

Stephanie has continued a strong relationship with the WKU Department of Applied Human Sciences through her work on the Child Studies Advisory Board and by providing vital connections for faculty and students with scholarships, state offices, and persons working in the field. Stephanie has been a great leader and advocate for children during her more than two decades of service in the early childhood community.

Congratulations, Stephanie! Thank you for your dedication to the children and families of our communities!

Outstanding Students in Child Studies, Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, and Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Each year, faculty nominate an outstanding student in each of our areas of study. We are thrilled to announce the recipients of this honor! Sue Ann, Amanda, Maelie, and Emily have all demonstrated outstanding accomplishments within their areas of study, dedication to their communities, and phenomenal grades in their courses. Congratulations! We cannot wait to watch you flourish in your specific fields of study!

woman in graduation cap and gown Sue Ann McCandless - Outstanding Student in Child Studies, 2021


woman standing in front of wall Amanda Glenn - Outstanding Student in Family Studies, 2021


image of woman  Maelie Stovall - Outstanding Student in Early Childhood Education, 2021


(No photo) Emily Toombs, Outstanding Student in FACS Education, 2021



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 Last Modified 5/12/21