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By: Jo Ann Jones/College of Education and Human Development

Elisabeth Krimbill, doctoral student in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) and assistant principal at Barbara Bush Middle School in North East Independent School District, was recently accepted into the 2014 cohort of the Public School Research Scholar’s Program.

The Public School Research Scholar’s Program selects top public school professionals from around the state who are currently seeking a doctoral degree. The goal of the program, which is co-sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE), is to promote scholarly research by educators for educators.


“Being asked to be a part of the CREATE research team is a very exciting possibility,” said Krimbill. “What they are looking for are people who are currently working in public schools to do research for public schools.”


As a requirement of the program, Krimbill will attend three, two-day workshops at the University of Houston each month during the summer. The goal of these workshops is to facilitate the development of good research questions, something Krimbill says she hopes to apply towards her research in law, ethics, and organizational culture.

“One of the things we are going to be focusing on is writing good research questions that will drive actual studies towards an outcome that we will be able to use in public schools,” said Krimbill. “There’s a great need for focus on what’s working and what isn’t in public schools and what we can do so that our students can be successful.”

Krimbill is a 16-year veteran of the public school system, with three of those years spent in administration. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and plans to graduate from UTSA in December.

“I have treasured every moment I’ve had here at UTSA,” she said. “The courses are very well structured and tie together nicely and expose you to research you wouldn’t get at other places because of the emphasis on quality, fairness, and justice. It’s been really wonderful.”



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