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December 4, 2013 / erinroche

Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College

Currently the principal at the Prescott Magnet Charter School in Chicago, Mr. Erin Roche began his career in education nearly 20 years ago, when he trained teachers for the Peace Corps in Honduras. Since then, he has taught intermediate school students in Chicago, planned the development of new schools, and served as principal or assistant principal for several Chicago charter schools. Erin Roche earned his doctorate in educational leadership in 2013 from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

The Peabody College has a long history with roots stretching back to 1785. After several name and affiliation changes, it was renamed the George Peabody College for Teachers in 1909. In 1914, Peabody moved to its new campus across the street from Vanderbilt. Economic challenges confronted Peabody in the late 1970s, and the school had only two options – close, or merge with Vanderbilt. In 1979, it chose the latter path.

Although an integral part of Vanderbilt University, the George Peabody College retains its own identity, continuing its tradition of pioneering research and teaching in the fields of special education and community psychology. Today the school offers eight majors to its 1,200 undergraduates, and almost 30 graduate programs to nearly 700 graduate students.

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