Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

2015 Award Citation

Teaching and Learning Program
Distinguished Alumna Award

Elizabeth (Betsy) Ferrell, EdD, 2014 – Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Ferrell’s commitment to professionalism in service of social justice is present in her work as a teacher and a small learning communities’ coach for Chicago Public Schools. Dr. Ferrell strives to meet the needs of all learners and to create learning environments that empower both students and teachers. Dr. Ferrell’s use of action research to address problems in schools and to give voice to teachers in solving those problems is an excellent example of her commitment to social justice.

Dr. Ferrell has conducted action research in schools for the past three years. Her work has led to changes in the disciplinary procedures at two separate schools. She has taught action research at Loyola University Chicago, and is currently assisting the Administration and Supervision faculty as they work with EdD candidates on conducting action research as part of their program requirements. In addition, Betsy shares her work in action research beyond the local community; she has made multiple presentations and published articles on her action research.

Dr. Ferrell is a loyal, dedicated professional for the students and families who live in Chicago and attend CPS schools. She could easily go and teach in a “less-stressful” P-12 environment where she could command a greater salary.  With her extensive knowledge of action research, she could easily be a university professor. However, at this time, Dr. Ferrell chooses to teach in CPS because she is dedicated to making a difference.  She is truly a person for others.

Dr. Ferrell is now an English Teacher and Department Chair at Theodore Roosevelt High School in CPS.