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Freed-Hardeman University’s Graduate Program in Education received the “Friends of Education Award” presented by the Tennessee Principals’ Association at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis as part of the association’s conference Nov. 13-14.

During the conference, which brought together 150 principals from across Tennessee, FHU’s Dr. Amy Downey, a dedicated member of TPA for almost two decades, delivered an inspiring breakfast presentation titled “What Is Your Why.” Additionally, Dr. Sharen Cypress, dean of the FHU College of Education, took the opportunity to showcase the Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching during the lunch hour on the first day of the conference.Friends of education awarded to FHU's Graduate Program in Education

During this event, the Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching at FHU introduced its latest initiative, the Praxis Prep Bootcamps: Unlocking Success in Praxis Exams. These bootcamps a

im to provide professional development support to school leaders throughout the state, especially in assisting teachers who are currently teaching on job-embedded pathways or permits.

The recognition and introduction of the Praxis Prep Bootcamps at the conference highlighted the ongoing commitment of FHU’s Graduate Education Program to excellence in education and its dedication to supporting the professional growth and development of educators across Tennessee.


The Solley Center is supported by input from experienced education professionals. Utilizing the mantra “Reaching Students, Empowering Teachers, Transforming Instruction,” the center seeks to develop teacher and school leaders who are committed to making a positive impact on student learning and fostering high student academic achievement for diverse student populations. The BSCET Board of Directors and Advisory Council provide relevant insight to the needs of public and private educators from across the state and beyond to fuel the work of the center. The Solley Center provides learning opportunities for teachers online and in person and conducts in-service training for public and private schools. For additional information about the center and its programs, educators may email shibbett@fhu.edu.


The mission of Freed-Hardeman University is to help students develop their God-given talents for His glory by empowering them with an education that integrates Christian faith, scholarship and service. With locations in Henderson and Memphis, FHU offers associates, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees.