Dr. Brenda Logan spent 30 years as a veteran English teacher at Mc- Murray Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee. While teaching in Nashville, Logan completed her doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction at George Peabody of Vanderbilt University. In 2001, Dr. Logan decided it was time to return to Savannah, her hometown. Logan was offered a position in 2002 as an Assistant Professor in the Middle, Secondary, Adult Ed & Physical Education department in the College of Education where she remained until her retirement on May 31, 2017. She was awarded Faculty Emeritus December 19, 2017.
Logan wrote papers on classroom management, preparation of novice teachers, differentiated instruction, and total inclusion that were selected as chapters in editions of the Athens Greece Institute for Education and Research and in a disability journal in New Delhi, India. Logan co-authored grants and wrote a Faculty Mentoring Handbook for the College of Education in 2015.
Logan believed in educational research and the knowledge gained from practice. Logan wrote four teacher handbooks from 30 years of classroom teaching to prepare future teachers in her courses: Diary of a Suburban Middle School Teacher, Don’t Stop Telling Those Stories, Meat and Potatoes of Middle School Writing, and What’s Management Got to Do with It?.
Logan presented at state, national, and also international conferences in Honolulu, Hawaii and Athens, Greece. For 10 years, Logan served as Director for Teacher of the Year for the Georgia Council Teachers of English Board. Logan became a department head for one year in the Middle, Secondary, Adult Ed & Physical Education Department. She served as an advisor for MAT middle and secondary majors and undergrad education students. She was chosen as a principal investigator for a SPARC grant for three years to run the Military Family Day each spring. She served on the Oglethorpe Charter School Board and was instrumental in choosing its current principal. Logan gave speeches to honor students at DeRenne Middle, Shuman Middle, East Broad Elementary, and Country Day Middle.
Her awards included the Certificate of Merit from the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators for article on “The Preparation of Novice Teachers in 2007”. She was selected as one of eight professors published in Armstrong’s Excellence in Research and Scholarship in 2006. Logan has appeared in the Savannah Morning News and the Savannah Herald. She was chosen Teacher of the Year and WSMV Terrific Teacher in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999 and 1995. She graduated Who’s Who in American
Colleges & Universities at Savannah State in 1972. Logan was chosen for the Strong commercial by a former Armstrong student. She was selected as one of six College of Education professors who had an impact on the lives of former students from an Armstrong Alumni Student Survey in October 2017 thus her photo will hang in the Alumni building slated for June 2018.
Logan served on numerous committees for the university and her department such as, University Grievance Committee, Faculty Welfare, University E-Face Assessment Committee, University Minority Committee, Grade Appeals, Curriculum Committee, Tenure & Promotion Committee, Dean’s Leadership Team, Headed the PDS, Professional Development Schools Task Force in 2006, Search Committees for the Dean, the President of Armstrong, the Department Head, and many Assistant Professor positions.
Dr. Logan taught a number of courses in the College of Educations but her favorites were Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and Classroom Management Strategies. She took joy in teaching the proverbial lesson plan with a verbose unit plan. In classroom management, her practical knowledge, her sharing of notable theories and proven research, plus area principals and gang experts made her course viable for students. Logan was a respected role model for her students.