AACTE Welcomes New Holmes Scholars

The AACTE Holmes Program continues to grow with diverse scholars who are engaged in innovative and impactful research in the education field. AACTE is excited to welcome three new scholars from the University of North Texas and Lehigh University. Congratulations to these new scholars on being selected to join the Holmes Program: Zutella Holmes, Mohammad Bahadori Fallah, and Devon Carter.

Zutella HolmesZutella Holmes is a graduate of Prairie View University with a bachelor’s degree in communications studies, and later earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from Texas State. Holmes is currently enrolled in the early childhood studies Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas (UNT). Prior to attending UNT, she was an early childhood educator for 9 years. Her interests are centered on preschool instruction, curriculum, and evaluation methods.

Mohammad Bahadori FallahMohammad Bahadori Fallah is a first-year Ph.D. student in special education at Lehigh University. His research interest is reading instruction, specifically evidence-based practices for teaching reading to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bahadori Fallah is currently working on a qualitative research project and intends to conduct a meta-analysis in phonics instruction.

Devon CarterDevon Carter is a doctoral candidate in the special education Ph.D. program at Lehigh University. As a black athlete who played basketball for Lehigh, he has a keen interest in how athletes are perceived and how much they are aware of this perception and the implications. His thesis investigated the stereotypes that persist among black athletes in Confirmation Bias and the Stereotype of the Black Athlete (Psychology of Sport and Exercise 36, 139-146). In a similar, yet different direction, his current dissertation study combines Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) and Positive Peer Reporting (PPR) to enhance academic performance and positive social interactions for students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders. His goal is to promote the idea of cooperation in the classroom, motivated by his time as an athlete. He is also interested in the demographic similarities and differences of the PALS pairs and how they influence the success of the pair.



Weade James

Vice President, Organizational Advancement