LMU Graduate Faculty

Dr. Helen Cole   Betty Standifer
Assistant Professor, Graduate Education


EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Sarasota. Sarasota, FL (1996)
EdS in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Tennessee. (1985)
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, University of West Georgia (1978)
BS in Elementary Education, Lee University. (1973)
BA in Christian Education, Lee University (1965)

Honors, Awards, Other Achievements

  • Certificates for Community Service
  • Certified Teacher Support Specialist
  • Certified Community Chaplain
  • Accrediation Committee Facilitator, SACS in Georgia
  • Speaker for several educational associations and groups
  • Trained and served as Literary Coach, Georgia

Other Teaching Experience

  • Tennessee Technological University - Cookeville, TN
  • Kennesaw State University - Kennesaw, GA
  • Mercer University - Atlanta, GA
  • Public schools
  • Private schools
Consulting/Outside Training
  • SACS Facilitator - Serving in Georgia Schools
  • Training in America's Choice - A reading and writing program for school systems
  • Workshops for schools "How to Teach Students to Write Real State Affiliate Broker" (2002)

Professonal Presentations

  • The Grieving Child. Presentations presented for children and parents that were dealing with death. (2002)
  • Understanding Children of Poverty. Presentation presented as part of the Second Annual Diversity Workshop sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the Lincoln Memorial University Graduate School, and the Knox County, Tennessee Center for Professional Development. (2005).
  • Guiding the Gifted Child in Poverty. Presented to the Knoxville Youth Summit for Youth by Youth at the Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, Tennessee. (2006).
  • Writing Can be Fun.  Presented in several schools In Knox County Schools for Faculty Meetings. (2004; 2006)
  • Identifying Poverty in Our Schools. Presented for Newport City  School System. (2007)
  • What Poverty Looks Like.  A Diversity Workshop sponsored By the American Association of University Women, Lincoln Memorial Graduate School, and the Knox County Tennessee Center for Professional Development. (2007).
  • Women in Leadership.  Presented at the Theological Seminary In Cleveland, Tennessee. (2007)
  • What Poverty Looks Like at Christmas.  Presented at the Chaplain’s Commission Luncheon. (2007) 


  • The Alternative School and Prison Connection This has involved hundreds of inmates, teachers, principals and other educators. This project has been on-going for two years.
  • Poverty and Education
  • Teacher Burn-Out
  • The Grieving Child - University of Sarasota
  • Counseling the Grieving Child - University of Sarasota

I will continue to do research on the connection between alternative school students and the prison inmate, teaching children living in poverty, and research/conduct workshops on "The Grieving Child."


  • Westmore Community Connection Going on the Heritage Trail, 8. (2006)
  • Westmore Community Connection. Inmate Experience, 5. (2006)
  • Evangel Children, Mothers, and Grandmothers in Prison. (2007)
  • Woman’s Perspective.Leadership Development Center (2007)
Professonal and Scholarly Affiliations
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • Georgia Association of Educators
  • American Association of University of Professors
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • American Association of University Women

Meetings Attended

  • ASCD Conference in Chicago, IL (2006)
  • Ruby Payne's Workshop on Poverty, Middle Tennessee State University (2007)
  • Planning to attend ASCD Convention in Nashville, TN

Professional Growth Activities

  • Training with America’ Choice – A reading and writing program for school systems (2002)
  • Training in educating inmates – especially women (2005)
  • CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS – 8 hour workshop – Topics:  Stress Education, Critical incident Stress Debriefing, Critical Incident Stress Management (2006)
  • CONFIDENTIALITY – 8 hour workshop Topics:  The Workplace, Counseling in the workplace, Depression in the Workplace, Sensitivity and Diversity, Grief Counseling, Suicide is Not Painless (2006)
  • DEATH NOTIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED SESSONS – 8 hour workshop Death Notifications, Working with Law Enforcement, Guidance in working in prisons and jails (2006)
  • RESOURCES – 8 hour workshop – Public Attitudes, Getting Peer Support, Domestic Violence (2006)
  • Ruby Payne Workshop on Poverty at Middle Tennessee State University (2007)
  • Women in Leadership - 1 hour course (2007)
  • How to Teach in Small Group Setting - 1 hour course (2008)

Special Academic Assignments

  • Curriculum Committee, Graduate Education

University Committee Assignments

  • Research Handbook Committee (2006)
  • University Library Committee (2007)
  • C & I Curriculum Committee (2008)

Community Activities

  • Professionally-Related Community Activities: Volunteer teaching and guidance to women inmates on life issues at Silverdale Correctional Center, Chattanooga, TN

Professional Licenses/Certifications

  • Early Childhood - Life Certificate - DT, Georgia
  • Education - Life Certificate - DT, Grades K - 8, Georgia
  • Middle Grades - Life Certificate - DT, Georgia
  • Teacher Support Specialist - DT, Georgia
  • Tennessee Endorsement, K-8