Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education



First Advisor

Dr. Sherrie Wisdom

Second Advisor

Dr. Tanya Vest

Third Advisor

Dr. Randy Caffey


In all things, I give my God glory; He is my strength and comforter. To my mom, thank you for giving me life and choosing to love me relentlessly. You are, to me, an inspiration and a warrior for Christ. To my mother-in-law, my first classroom teacher, completing this project could not have happened without you. Its success is just as much yours as it is mine. Thank you for giving me my best friend and biggest supporter. To my Joe, the wind beneath my wings and protector of my heart, you have been with me through every season of my life from our earliest years and beyond. I don’t know why God saw me fit to deserve such a strong and loving man, but I thank Him every day for you. Thank you for always knowing exactly when to stand in front of me and behind me and hand-in-hand beside me. To my Grant Green, you are my greatest gift of love from God. You are the light of my life. Always remember how much dad and I love you. Every day, you make us so proud. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you.

Thank you to Dr. Wisdom for the leadership and direction you have continuously provided through this project. In summer 2018, God put you in my path. Blessed by your patience and guidance, I returned to finish something abandoned and am forever indebted to you. Thank you to Dr. Caffey and Dr. Vest for serving as committee members. I am grateful for your generosity of time and commitment to helping me complete this project.

Thank you for the path you paved to my dad, my father-in-law, Granny Edna and Uncle Lynn, Grandpa Windy, and all the grandmas and grandpas that have gone before me. To all my family near and far, you are a piece of my life’s puzzle, and I thank you for completing me. And to Grandpa Dan, the Senator, I burnt the midnight oil. I hope its glow was bright enough for you to see from Heaven.


Copyright 2022, Rachel M. Green,

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