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Desmond Hodge Named Holmes Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to February Holmes Scholar of the Month Desmond Hodge!

Hodge is a 4th-year educational leadership doctoral candidate at Florida A&M University (FAMU). He also serves as clinical services coordinator at the FAMU Center for Disability Access and Resources, where he conducts educational evaluations to identify factors that contribute to students’ learning difficulties.

Hodge’s dedication to scholarship is evident within the Holmes Program and his university. His passion for research permeates all aspects of his professional and educational experiences. He embodies the “growth mindset” that frames his research and serves as a source of support and advocacy for K-12 students as well as for undergraduate students at FAMU.

A licensed and certified school psychologist, Hodge has over 10 years of experience working in a variety of school settings, including turnaround schools in urban areas and TRIO programs that serve as a bridge for students from underserved populations to college. In the Chicago Public Schools system, he served students at the highly successful Urban Prep Academy and other turnaround schools.

Hodge’s dissertation topic is “The Leadership Styles and Personality Dispositions of Principals in Urban Turnaround Schools.” His research interests include K-12 principal recruitment, selection, and succession; successful postsecondary matriculation and integration of students with disabilities; and applying a growth mindset to personal and civic responsibility vis-à-vis prepubescent and adolescent youth. Upon graduating, he plans to start a nonprofit organization devoted to meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

The Scholar of the Month Committee is pleased to recognize Hodge as a worthy honoree.

To nominate a Holmes Scholar for the Scholar of the Month award, please use this online form.

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