Student Spotlights

Student Spotlights

Oni Nicolarakis

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Onudeah “Oni” Nicolarakis, born deaf, has taught deaf and hearing students and is earning her Ph.D.

Deyrha Mills

Medicine on the Brain

Deyrha Mills has long wanted to tackle conditions that afflict not only patients, but their families, as well

Sapna Chemplavil

Fighting Inequity, With a Little Help

Thanks to a generous fellowship, Sapna Chemplavil is getting the tools and certification to teach the students who need her most

Beryl Torthe

Rethinking Her Priorities

For Beryl Torthe, personal tragedy has led to a new purpose in life

Will Pate

He’s With the Band

In coming to New York and TC to study music education, Will Pate has realized a lifelong dream

Danilo Fernandes Lima Da Silva and Fernanda Albuquerque De Araujo

Broadening a Fruitful Partnership

A generous new gift from the Lemann Foundation brings TC researchers to Brazil

McNamee Family

Education's Next Frontier

A student group based at TC is tackling neglect of U.S. rural schools

Buddy North

Bright Lights in the Big City

TC's rural students are pursuing their field of dreams

Brittany Chambers

Listening Up on Speaking Out

A how-to conference on advocacy for noisy times

MASCLab with AERA 2019 award

A Medium to Support the Message

TC’s MASCLab unites students and faculty around media and social change

Student Poster Session

From Displacement to Deep-Water Diving

TC students shine at the annual Research Poster session

Academic Festival 2019 INA Winners

Spotlighting Student Entrepreneurship

At this year’s EdTech Innovation Awards, the buzz was about a tool for getting music students to tune in

Michelle Burris


Michelle Burris wants to add "D-Maryland" after her name. Soon.

Jose Ibarra

Outsider No More

Through TC, Jose Ibarra has rediscovered his roots in Peru

Diana Cervantes Martinez

Forging Pathways to College

College transformed Diana Cervantes Martinez into an activist. At TC, she's opening doors for others

First Generation Graduation Ceremony

Sharing the Triumph

TC's first-generation graduates pay tribute to their families and friends

Barry Goldenberg

Leaving a Footprint in Harlem

Barry Goldenberg never expected to introduce students to a storied neighborhood's heritage

TC Grads Perform at Commencement

A TC Duet

Alexa Green and Shannon O'Brien sang and signed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Columbia's commencement

Lisa McDonald

Helping Children See Themselves

Lisa McDonald channels her experience of teachers who "never taught a kid who looked like me"

Larrolyn Patterson Parms-Ford

Stepping Outside Her Boundaries

Larolyn Patterson Parms-Ford is redefining "music teacher" for herself and others

Mercedes Lysaker

Teaching with Strings Attached

Cellist Mercedes Lysaker believes music instruction overemphasizes technical brilliance

Roland Hart

Coming Home – to TC

On his second tour at the College, Roland Hart is the inaugural John Khoury Fellow at the Resilience Center for Veterans & Families

Zehra Kamal Alam

Graduate Gallery 2019: Zehra Kamal Alam

Emotional wellbeing is the key to ending violence

Andrea Duran

Graduate Gallery 2019: Andrea Duran

Two timeless reasons for focusing on behavioral health

Wayetu Moore by Bruce Gilbert

A Storyteller’s Story

Novelist Wayétu Moore conveys the magic of Liberia’s saga — and her own

Srishti Sardana

Learning Not to Give Up

Doctoral student Srishti Sardana (M.A. ’16) began helping others as a teen. TC has taught her to keep going

Kia Widlo

Graduate Gallery 2019: Kia Widlo

Kia Widlo (M.A., Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education) on going home again

Nick Dawe at EXert Lab

Lend Me Your Oars

TC Applied Physiology student Nick Dawe is using science to help world-class rowers up their game

Camilo Suarez-Sanchez and student musicians (Photo courtesy Camilo Suarez-Sanchez)

Burnishing His Faculties

Music education student Camilo Suárez-Sánchez has been on the other side of the podium

TC students at the United Nations

Group Dynamics on a Global Stage

TC psychology students sit in at the UN and meet with the General Assembly President

Michelle Parkins

On the Move

An itinerant dance instructor finds a home at Teachers College

Derald Wing Sue and students

A Little Help from His Friends

Derald Wing Sue's students past and present are his "inspiration, energy and engine"

Key Players: Caitlin Thomas and Cody Freeman

Elevating and Honoring Silenced Voices

TC students are key players in assessing school climate worldwide for LGBT+ youth

Lesley Kroupa

Running the Walk

Attorney Lesley Kroupa has sprinted through a marathon of accomplishments at TC. Ultimately, she’s still all about advocacy

Byul Kim

Embracing an Olympian Task

Inspired by her grandfather, TC physiology student Byul Kim aims to get young people moving

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