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Alumni Spotlight: Giselle Newman

Published November 11, 2014

Giselle NewmanFSU Alumnus, Giselle Newman, recently received the 2014 ENR McGraw Hill Exemplary Mentor Award. Giselle received her Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in 1982 and her Master of Science from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1999 with research on the theory of supportive design. Giselle is now the Principle and Owner of Supportive desiGN LLC in Nashville, TN.

The ACE Exemplary Mentors jury selected five outstanding mentors as the 2014 ENR/McGraw Hill – ACE Exemplary Mentors. Their contributions to students, fellow mentors and affiliates epitomizes the dedication and effectiveness of ACE’s several thousand other mentors. To hone the five 2014 Exemplary Mentors, each of their affiliates received $ 2,500 student scholarship to be named after them.
Giselle has been an ACE volunteer for close to 10 years and serves as the team leader for Cane Ridge High School, LaVergne, TN. She is the first in the country to start an actual ACE for credit class in the high school curriculum, while the norm is an afterschool program nationally.. The clients Giselle’s team works on are actual projects the students design, go to codes and build each. The list includes, a residential shed, an outdoor learning classroom for the local elementary school, baseball dugouts for the high School, dog shelters for the local sheriff’s department and an outdoor dining area for another school. Visit for more information on joining or assisting this national mentoring program.

Giselle and students