UrbanEd Podcasts – Middle and Secondary Education

The UrbanEd Podcast is intended for prospective graduate students wanting insights into how Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development moves the lives of children and adults forward in education, human development and health-related fields.

The podcasts below feature students, alumni and faculty discussing the College of Education & Human Development’s Middle and Secondary Education programs.


As a recipient of the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Valerie says her passion for teaching stems from her being a life-long learner and finding unique and innovative ways to engage her students, including performing arts.

* Valerie Camille Jones, Ph.D., is an alumni of the TEEMS Teacher Preparation M.A.T. program in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

With three years of teaching middle school students under her belt, Miraca states that both understanding and learning from her scholars is the most important aspect of being a successful educator. She warns against approaching the classroom like a savior with a god complex.

* Miraca Scott is an alumni of the Master of Art in Teaching in Social Studies Education program in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad provides insights into why middle school teachers should strive to improve their teaching practice by incorporating identity development in literacy exercises, especially when working with African American adolescents.

* Gholdy Muhammad, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Middle and Secondary Education department.