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Hillary Billingsley (M.Ed. ’10 Reading) was named Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012 at South Anna Elementary in Montpelier, Va., where she serves as the Reading Specialist.
Ben Blohowiak (M.Ed. '12 IT) is a Parent Consultant and IT Specialist with the U.Va. Department of Psychology. His latest album, Songs for Metaphysical Families, is available on Amazon, iTunes, and eMusic.
Ben Blohowiak ‘s fond Curry memory: Learning about the law of first effective settlement from John Bunch.
Meredith A. Dean (M.Ed. ’10 C&I) is a contributing author to the new book, Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia (University of Illinois Press). Dean's chapter, "Organizing Appalachian Women: Hope Lies in the Struggle," analyzes the 15 year journey of the Appalachian Women's Alliance to unite anti-racist education with creative feminist action in mountain communities. Founding director of the Appalachian non-profit, Dean currently teaches Appalachian Social & Environmental Issues, Ecological Ethics, and Creative Group Action at Radford University, while writing and parenting for social justice in Floyd County, VA, near her family's homeplace of eight generations.
Christina Gainey (M.T. '12 Elem Ed) recently moved to Raleigh, N.C., and is an third grade teacher at Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary School in Cary. (posted 2012)
Melody Hackney (Ed.D. ’12 Admin & Supv), superintendent of Charlotte County Schools was named Region 8 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.
Charles Heaton (Ph.D. ’10 Admin & Supv) has been hired as Ruckersville Elementary School’s principal beginning July 1, 2012. He is currently assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Louisa County.
Whitney Hinnant (M.T. '11 Spec Ed) says she is blessed to be teaching fantastic first graders at Hollymead Elementary School in Albemarle County. She also volunteers with a greater Charlottesville non-profit organization Helping Young People Evolve (H.Y.P.E.). The organization aims to enhance the quality of life for youth within the Central Virginia community. The aim of H.Y.P.E is to create a path of success through education, physical exertion, and discipline. One of the organizations main focuses if the art of boxing. Boxing instills discipline, self-respect, and respect for others, thereby lessening the behaviors that are detrimental to themselves, to society, and to the youth of the community. We are in the process of implementing a young woman centered component at this time.
Whitney Hinnant’s fond Curry memory: “The time I spent participating in engaging activities with my SPED/ELEM [Special Education/Elementary Education] Cohort! We were the first to test out the SPED/ELEM dual endorsement and we made it!”
Corrie Kelly (M.Ed.‘10 C&I), a reading specialist at Woodbrook Elementary School, is the 2012 recipient of the Red Apple Award, bestowed each year by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC). The award includes a $2,500 Technology in Education grant to be used to further the use of technology in the classroom. (posted 2012)
Thomas Taylor (M.Ed. ’06, Ed.D. ’10 Admin & Supv) will become the superintendent Middlesex County Public Schools in January 2013. He has served as principal of Charlottesville High School since 2008, where he distinguished himself by significantly decreasing the dropout rate and tripling minority enrollment in AP classes. He was named 2012 Outstanding Principal by the Curry School of Education Foundation. More about Thomas' award (posted 2012)
Maggie Thornton (M.Ed. '11 Engl Ed) says, “As a first-year teacher, I have enjoyed working at Stuarts Draft High School. I teach English primarily to lower proficiency students. I have enjoyed blogging about my experiences and getting lots of feedback from Curry alums around the world!”
Jenna Pastuszek (M.T. '10 Elem Ed) will graduate from NYU this May with a master’s degree in Vocal Performance for Musical Theatre and an advanced certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. As part of the program, Jenna taught non-music major voice lessons at NYU this year. She is thrilled to report that NYU has asked her to come back next year as adjunct faculty continuing to teach voice lessons to undergraduates. She will also continue performing around the New York area. She is happy to have found a way to connect her two passions- music and teaching! Learn more about Jenna at www.jennapastuszek.com.
Alice Wiggins (M.Ed. '90, M.Ed. '10 Ed Psych) was recently promoted to executive vice president of the Core Knowledge Foundation in Charlottesville.
Liz Wood (M.T. '10 Math Ed) married Spencer Wood in 2010. She is currently teaching math in Orange County, Va. She moved from Lake Monticello to Fredericksburg and is looking for a math teaching job in Fredericksburg for next school year.
Mark Angle (M.Ed. '98, Ed.D. '02 Admin & Supv) has accepted a job as assistant professor of education at Concord University in Athens, W.Va., and will be teaching in the Educational Leadership program.
Sue Davies (M.Ed. ’02 Admin & Supv) received the Alton L. Taylor Leadership Award from the Charlottesville chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Davies is principal of Columbia Elementary School in Fluvanna County, Va.
Melissa DeMott Branch (M.T. ’08 Foreign Lang) married Jeremy Branch (Col ’07) in 2008. The couple welcomed their first child, Jeremiah Branch, on Feb. 1, 2012. They reside in Richmond.
Brian Campbell (M.Ed. '03 Ed Pol Studies) has been named executive director of the NC State Engineering Foundation. The NC State College of Engineering is the fourth largest College of Engineering in the United States. Campbell says, “The whole experience was great!”
Hank Cardwell (M.T. ’03 Sci Ed) represented Glencliff High School among 28 high school teachers of the year for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in 2012. The annual Teacher of the Year program recognizes teachers from each school who have been selected by their peers as among the best. The 2012 Teachers of the Year winners go on to represent the district in the state competition for their division. He and his wife Lauren Rooker Cardwell (Col ’02) welcomed a son, Clayton Scott, in June 2011. He joins a sister, Lottie; and a brother, Lem.
Robin G. Crowder (Ed.D. ’00 Admin & Supv), superintendent of Waynesboro City Schools, was named 2012 Region 5 Superintendent of the Year.
Michelle Capozzoli (M.T. '01 Spec Ed) writes, “Hello Curry School friends! I have been employed by Fairfax County Public Schools for the past eleven years. I worked as a middle school LD/ED resource teacher for 9 years and as a Special Education Department Chair for a year. For the past year, I have served as a Special Education Mentor Coach, mentoring novice special education teachers at 10 schools across FCPS full time.
Erika (Glavan) Caruso (M.T. '05 Elem Ed) married Thomas Caruso (Col ’04) in 2011 in Boston. Thomas is completing the last year of his anesthesia residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Erika is a kindergarten teacher in Wellesley, Mass. In the summer of 2012, they will be moving to Palo Alto, Calif., where Thomas will begin a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Stanford University.
Sue Davies (M.Ed. ’02 Admin & Supv) received the Alton L. Taylor Leadership Award from the Charlottesville chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Davies is principal of Columbia Elementary School in Fluvanna County, Va.
Courtney Paige Davis (Ph.D. ’01 Spec Ed) published a children’s picture book called A Is for Anacostia. Davis is the special education coordinator at the historic Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
Amy Dean (M.T. ’04 Spec Ed) and Brandon Almond (Col ’03) were married in July 2011, in Charlottesville. They reside in Arlington, Va.
Meara Swaminatha DeRose (M.T. ’05 Spec Ed) and her husband, Paul DeRose, welcomed their first son, Vincent Matthew, in March 2011. The family resides in Richmond, Va.
Stephen A. Geyer (M.Ed. ’00, Ed.D. ’07 Admin & Supv) is currently serving as director of elementary education for Goochland County Public Schools. He had been an elementary school principal in Berryville, Va., the previous 11 years. He continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member for the University’s graduate program in administration and supervision.
Peter Henning (2009) received the Outstanding Secondary Teacher award from the Charlottesville chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Henning is Intervention Prevention/AVID/Testing and Assessment Coordinator at Jackson P. Burley Middle School.
Michelle Henry (M.Ed. ’07 Spec Ed) was named the 2012 National Health Teacher of the Year K-12 by the American Association for Health Education. Henry is the health specialist at Liberty Middle School in Clifton, Va. Last year she received the 2011 Virginia Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Association K-12 Health Education Teacher of the Year award. Read more from the Fairfax County Schools website.
Sarah Henry (M.T. '09 Elem Ed) lives in Newton, Mass.
Emily Hodge (M.T. ’06 Engl Ed) married Alan Pehrson in 2010. The couple recently moved from Pittsburgh to Ramsey, N.J. She is pursuing a doctorate in education theory and policy at Penn State University after teaching language arts at the middle school level for three years in Pittsburgh.
Jenny Johnson (M.T. ‘02 English Ed) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the 2011 winner of the Beloit Poetry Journal’s annual Chad Walsh Poetry Prize. The editors of the BPJ select on the basis of its excellence a poem or group of poems they have published in the calendar year to receive the award. This year’s choice is Johnson’s crown of sonnets, “Aria,” which appeared in the Summer 2011 issue. Johnson is an alumna of the Young Writers Workshop directed by Margo Figgins, and she later worked as associate director of the program. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh.
Jennifer M. Jones (M.Ed. ’09 Spec Ed) recently produced Stanley Ann, a one-woman play about Barack Obama’s mother, performed at The Bridge in Charlottesville. Jen currently works as a script reader for independent film productions.
Tracey Jones (M.Ed. '06 C&I) was a recipient of the 2011 Heroes in Education Award at the UVA-Virginia Tech Football Game on November 26, 2011. Jones is assistant principal of Sutherland Middle School at Charlottesville.
Kate Juhl (M.T. '06 Soc St Educ) started a new position in August 2011 as a program director/career counselor in the University Career Center & The President's Promise at the University of Maryland. Before UMD, she worked for 5 years as a career counselor at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va.
Cindy Kean (M.T. '06 Elem Ed) is an instructional coach working with teachers K-5 on instructional best practices and increasing student achievement Classroom Teacher previously in both Charlottesville City and Hamilton County Schools in Tennessee.
Katherine Lear (M.Ed. ’05 C&I) received one of two 2012 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. She is a first-grade teacher from Penn Forest Elementary School in Roanoke County, Va. Lear was presented with a $25,000 check at an annual ceremony conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol, Va.. and Blue Ridge PBS, and hosted by the Radford University College of Education and Human Development. Winners must use $10,000 of their award for international travel. Lear and her family visited Italy last summer, exploring the history of Rome, Siena, and Pompeii, the rolling hills and vineyards of the Tuscan countryside, the culture of Florence, and the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. She posted her daily experiences on a blog so her students and their parents could share in her travels (read her blog). The McGlothlin Awards are among the largest education prizes given in the United States. (posted 2012)
Soojin Lim (M.Ed. ’07 Ed Psych) received a Science Teacher of the Year award from the Korean Ministry of Education and the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity. Soojin is teaching in Seoul.
Kirk Lindgren (M.T. ‘04 Sci Ed) received the 2012 Teacher of the Year award from Charleston County School of the Arts in South Carolina. Lindgren teaches physical science and physics classes. He was featured earlier this year in the Feb. 20 issue of Charleston’s, The Post and Courier. Read about how this physics teacher launched two student volunteer programs, the After School Art Program and Each One, Teach One, in the article “Service Work Stretches Students,” available online. (posted 2012)
Nikkia Sheppard Lynch (M.Ed. ’03 Ed Pol Studies) and Terry Braswell Lynch (M.Ed. ’02 Ed Pol Studies) welcomed their first child, Jordan Bernard, in 2010. The family resides in Durham, N.C.
Laurel Maughan (M.T. '08 Foreign Lang Ed), French teacher at James River High School in Chesterfield County, was named 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Foreign Language Association of Virginia and received the David E. Cox - Excellence in Teaching K-12 Award. Read more at the FLAVA website. (posted 2012)
Juliana Stein McDougall (M.T. ’04 Spec Ed) and Jason McDougall (Com ’03) welcomed their first child, Madison Lily, in 2010. The family resides in New York City.
Patrick J. McGuinn (M.Ed. ’01 Ed Policy Studies) was 40th in the 2012 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings, a list of 121 university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling. McGuinn is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at Drew University. His first book No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2005 (University Press of Kansas, 2006) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Before he left Virginia McGuinn also earned a Ph.D. in Government from the Department of Politics (’03).
Cyndee Perdue Moore (M.Ed. ’02 C&I) is president of the Tennessee Association of Independent Colleges and Schools for the 2011 to 2013 term. She represents National College, where she has served as vice president of operations for the Tennessee region since 2004, and is active in efforts to educate federal and state lawmakers about the critical role of career colleges in the 21st century. Ms. Moore splits her time between Nashville and Danville, Va., where she and her husband spend their spare time restoring their Victorian home on Millionaires Row.
Richard Moore (M.T. ’06 Spec Ed) and Page Malmsjo Moore (Col ’02) welcomed their first child, Grace Abbott, in 2010. The family resides in Columbia, S.C.
Chester Mummau (Ed.D. '04 Admin & Supv) was appointed superintendent of the Wyalusing Area School District in Wyalusing, Penn., in 2011.
Rebekah Edwards O’Dell (M.T. ’05 Engl Ed) and her husband, Evan, welcomed their first child, Georgia Isabelle, on Sept. 23, 2011. The family resides in Richmond, Va.
Denise Ondrof (M.Ed. '00 Ed Psych) is principal of Merryhill Preparatory School in Sacramento, Calif.
Brendan O'Shea (M.Ed. '01 Admin & Supv) is in his eighth year as headmaster at Charleston Day School in So. Carolina, which serves students in grades 1-8. The campus is in the heart of historic downtown Charleston.
Anne Castle Personett (M.T. ’01 Spec Ed) and her husband, Benjamin, welcomed a son, William Anderson, born in Feb. 2011. William joins a brother, Barrett, 2, with whom he shares a birthday. The family resides in Atlanta.
Laura (Stanley) Quaynor (M.T. '05 Foreign Lang) completed her Ph.D. in Educational Studies at Emory University in 2012 and is now an assistant professor of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Her recent article entitled "Providing a Global Education for Refugee Students" was published in the November/December 2012 issue of Social Studies and the Young Learner. (posted 2012)
Laura Quaynor’s fond Curry memory: “Doing reading research with Laura Justice and taking Stephen Plaskon's language development class.”
Heather Burdette Quinn (M.T. ’08 Elem Ed) married Joshua Quinn in 2011. The couple lives in Rocky Mount, Va. Heather teaches eighth-grade English at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
Michelle Reininger (M.Ed. ’01 Ed Policy Studies) appeared on the list of 121 university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling. Reininger is an assistant professor and the executive director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis in the Stanford University School of Education. After Curry she earned an MA in economics and a PhD in the economics of education from Stanford.
Alexandra Roosenburg (M.T. '05 Elem Ed) says that after five years of International Teaching, she is back stateside and coordinating technology at the Washington International School in Washington, DC. She spends free time consulting on Smithsonian exhibits and lesson plans, volunteering at the Humane Society, and singing Kostume Karaoke!
Kirk T. Schroder (Ph.D. ’02 Admin & Supv) was named 2013 Best Education Lawyer of the Year in Richmond, Va., by the publication Best Lawyers. Schroder, a senior partner with Schroder Fidlow, PLC, received his law degree from the University of Richmond. While he has an extensive entertainment and arts law practice, he handles select matters of personal interest in education policy and law. He was president of the Virginia Board of Education from 1998-2002 and was the first president of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Education Fund. (posted 2012)
Brennan Sigel (M.T. ’03 Soc Studies Ed) was named Hanover County’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Va., and has been recognized as a Hanover Honored Educator for three years. (posted 2012)
Carol A. Sinwell (M.Ed. ’00 Soc Fdns, Ed.D. ’08 Admin & Supv) is dean of Learning Resource Services at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. She is also assisting with publication of a book on academic management and is teaching in the Curry School’s Social Foundations of Education off-Grounds program through the U.Va. Northern Virginia Center.
Carol A. Sinwell’s fond Curry memory: “Student centered teaching practiced by Dr. Bernadette Black which has affected all of my work and teaching. Being nurtured by Dr. Black to reach outside my comfort zone to try things I wouldn't have considered without her encouragement. Doctoral Dissertation seminar Dr. Black conducted that enabled many of us to succeed.
Daniel Smith (M.T. '07 Sci Ed) is a High School Chemistry Teacher at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, Penn.
Terrell Strayhorn (M.Ed. '00 Pol Studies) is now associate professor of Higher Education & Africana Studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, he was on the College of Education's faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Additionally, Strayhorn is author of The Evolving Challenges of Black College Students (Stylus LLC, 2011), which has been nominated for several book awards. In 2011, Strayhorn was named one of the top 12 rising scholars in the nation by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Learn about his NSF project: Investigating the Critical Junctures
Thomas W. Taylor (M.Ed. '06, Ed.D. '10) was recently appointed superintendent of the Middlesex County Public Schools. Taylor is currently the principal of Charlottesville High School and will start his new responsibilities on January 1, 2013. He was named 2012 Outstanding Alumni Principal by the Curry School Foundation. (posted 2012)
Jennifer Ursomarso (M.T. '08 Spec Ed) is a special education teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Arlington, Va.
Kathleen VanOrden (M.Ed. '05 Reading) is a reading specialist at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Alexandria, Va.
Sharon Varney-Mahieu (M.T. ’06 Foreign Lang Ed) was named 2012 Outstanding High School Teacher by the Curry School of Education Foundation. She is a French teacher at Louisa County High School, Mineral, VA. More about Sharon's award.
Brenda M. Walton (M.Ed. ’03 Admin & Supv) has been appointed the new principal at Stewart Middle School in Augusta County. She is currently an assistant principal at Wilson Middle School.
Kimberly Bareford Warburton (M.T. ’03 Elem Ed) and John B. Warburton (Col ’00) welcomed their second child, David Maxwell, in Jan. 2011. Max joins a brother, Ben, 2. The family resides in Midlothian, Va.
Kristen Ingram Weatherford (M.T. ’05 Early Child/Dev Risk) and Andrew Weatherford were married in 2010. The couple resides in Suffolk, Va., where Ms. Weatherford is an early childhood specialist for the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center.
Rob West (M.Ed. ’06 C&I) joined the Alpha Delta Epsilon chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. Mr. West is the branch manager and assistant vice president of the M&I Bank in Brandon, Fla. He is also an adjunct instructor at Remington College in Tampa.
Amy Angelo Cohen (M.T. ’97 Spec Ed) teaches Special Education at Daniels Run Elementary School in Fairfax County, Va. She has taught previously in Falls Church City, Va; Ypsilanti, Mich.; Whitmore Lake, Mich.; and Ambler, Penn.
Charles Easley (M.Ed. '96 Admin & Supv) lives in Danville, Va. And is a principal in Henry County Public Schools.
Charles Easley’s fond Curry memory: “Studying together for the comps.”
Keri Fox (M.Ed. '94 Reading) is an ESL teacher at Walter Elementary School in Bealeton, Va. She says, “Attending U.Va. to complete an M.Ed. in Reading Education has changed my life as an educator. Working at the McGuffey Reading Center was great and the knowledge gained through the program has helped me in my position as an ESL teacher.”
Keri Fox’s fond Curry memory: Hanging out with all of my McGuffey Reading Center friends and the aftermath of the day when my student pulled the fire alarm and cleared out the Curry School!
Alexa Frisbie (M.T. '91) is busy working on a new type of after school program—one dedicated to teaching 21st Century Skills. She lives in Woodside, Ca. She is a featured writer in the spring 2012 Curry Alumni Writing Contest.
Roberta Gentry (M.T. '97 Spec Ed) is currently an assistant professor of Special Education at the University of South Carolina, but have accepted an assistant professor position in Special Education at the University of Mary Washington in the fall. She says, “I am thrilled to be returning to Virginia!”
Janene Gorham (M.T. ’93 Elem Ed) received the Making IT Happen award for her contributions to the integration of technology in education in K-12 schools. She is the director of the Center for Teacher Leadership, Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
Bob Grimesey (Ed.D. ’91 Admin & Supv) of Orange County Public Schools has been named 2013 superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Region 4 covers 20 school divisions in Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier and Culpeper counties. It is the second regional award for Grimesey, who won in 2007 as superintendent of Alleghany County schools. He became Orange superintendent in 2009. Grimesey also received the 2012 Outstanding Superintendent of the Year Award from the Curry School Foundation.
Robert Heffern (Ed.D. '99 Admin & Supv) will retire from service as Education Department Chair at University of the Cumberlands in May 2012. He will relocate from Corbin, Ky., to Winchester, Va., and will serve as an adjunct instructor for University of the Cumberlands.
Craig Herring (M.T. '94 Math Ed) in August 2011 was promoted to director of the Office of PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction in Fairfax County Public Schools. He is also the recipient of the 2011Robert R. Spillane Leadership Award.
Craig Herring’s fond Curry memory: “Courses with Joe Garofalo.”
William R. Hite, Jr. (M.Ed. ’90 Admin & Supv) was named the next superintendent of Philadelphia School District, one of the largest school systems in the nation. Hite has been superintendent of Prince George’s County Schools since 2008. Since then, scores on state tests in Prince George’s have improved, according the Washington Post. “Hite’s main focus has been on education equity, trying to ensure that students throughout the county have the tools needed to graduate from high school, ready to go to college or go to work.” Read more about Hite in The Inquirer’s philly.com.
Francine Johnston (M.Ed. '86, Ed.D. '95 C&I), after teaching for 16 years at the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will be moving back to Virginia to devote more time to writing, consulting, and travel.
Kate Kelderman (M.T. ’94 Sci Ed) is the associate for ministry development at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Fla. For the past five years she had been serving as rector of the Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace in Gettysburg, Pa. Read more in the Palm Beach Daily News.
Virginia Loh-Hagan (M.T. '99 Spec Ed) accepted a professorship with Ashford University in southern California in February 2012. She has a picture book (co-authored by Helen Foster James) about Angel Island coming out in spring 2013 (Sleeping Bear Press).
Natalie Lorenzi (M.T. '90 Elem Ed) is a teacher and librarian with Fairfax County Public Schools. Her first novel for children, Flying the Dragon, will be released on July 1, 2012.
George Martin (Ed.D ’92 Engl Ed) is director of the Chesterfield Learning Center in Midlothian, Va. With his wife, Ilene, he has established a tutoring center for students of all ages and for all subjects.
Kathleen Millar (Ed.S. '92 C&I) is director of the Tesseract Lower School in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Kathleen Millar’s fond Curry memory: “Working with student teachers, teaching off-grounds and Summer Enrichment Program. Wonderful people, exceptional faculty: great memories!”
Nicole Myers (M.T. '96 Spec Ed) works as a professor of special education at University of Mary Washington. She teaches graduate education students. Her publications and research interests focus on autism, developmental disabilities, DIR/Floortime and other play-based therapies, and collaboration with families. She developed and oversees the UMW Play Lab and Autism Clinic, where university students receive supervised training in working with children with developmental disabilities. http://umwbullet.com/2010/08/19/new-lab-prepares-students-to-teach-children-with-autism/
Leslie Parpart (M.T. '95 Elem Ed) joined CarMax, Inc., in July 2011 as the manager of the CarMax Foundation. In this position, she oversees CarMax's volunteer programs, matching giving, and grants to nonprofits across the country in the areas of education, youth leadership, and wellness.
Michelle Paul (M.T. '92 Elem Ed) is a teacher at L.L. Beazley Elementary School in Prince George County, Va.
Michelle Paul’s fond Curry memory: “I can't remember a single instance, but in almost every class the discussions in which we all participated were lively, challenging, and often good markers of new information or reinforcement of learned information. So interesting that even in a discussion of a common book read, there were so many different interpretations of the material. It certainly broadened one's point of view.”
Deborah D. Pettit (M.Ed. ’84, Ed.D. ’94 C&I), superintendent of Louisa County Public Schools was named the 2013 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region 5 of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.
Maryl Randel (M.T. '99 Spec Ed) is currently a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the College of Education at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She is also a Disability, Diversity, and Urban Leadership Fellow who studies adolescent literacy.
Tracy Rohrbaugh (M.T. ’97 Soc Stud Ed) and her husband, Seth Goldberger, welcomed a son, Sawyer Aaron, in Aug. 2011. Sawyer joins a sister, Madeline Bella, 2. The family resides in New York City, where Ms. Rohrbaugh is an associate director of marketing at Revlon.
Donna Shifflett (M.T. ’94 Elem Ed) is an elementary school teacher at Ruckersville Elementary in Greene County, Va. In February 2011, she was part of a delegation of 10 teachers from Virginia and 10 teachers from the United Kingdom that traveled to Barbados and met for six days to continue their studies on the transatlantic slave trade, funded by a Teaching American History grant. In March 2011, Ms. Shifflett was a presenter at the National Council for History Education’s conference in Charleston, S.C.
Tom Shortt (Ed.D. ’86 Admin & Supv) received the 2011 Jo Lynne DeMary Award for distinguished leadership and significant professional contributions in education from the College of William & Mary School of Education. Mr. Shortt is a former director of the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals.
Martha Spencer (M.Ed. '90 Elem Edis a Gifted Resource Teacher and Program Director at Parkway Christian Academy in Roanoke, Va. In 2011 she received grants from Virginia Association for the Gifted and Delta Kappa Gamma for curriculum development.
Martha Spencer’s fond Curry memory: “Mentorship in the Summer Enrichment Program”
Amanda "Mandy" (Renaghan) Taylor (M.T. '99 Engl Ed) is director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid at the School of International Service, American University, in Washington, D.C. She recently co-authored a chapter in a new book about community organizing for school reform titled, A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (Oxford University Press, 2011). She participated in the project as a part of her doctoral work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Elizabeth White (M.Ed. '91 Elem Ed) is vice president and education consultant for We Come to Learn, a developer of early learning games and mobile apps, headquartered in Richmond, Va. She previously spent 20 years as a teacher, principal, and assistant executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Linda Knight Wilson (Ed.D. ’96 Admin & Supv) was honored with the West-Whitelow Award for Humanitarian Service by Bridgewater College for her lifelong commitment to the betterment of community and society through her work as a counselor-educator and civic volunteer. She is a retired assistant professor of the George Washington University Graduate School of Counselor Education. Carlyle Whitelow (M.Ed. ’69) is a namesake of the award and one of its first recipients.
Dion Woolfolk (M.T. '98 Elem Ed), after working for Fairfax County schools for six years, has relocated to Charlotte, NC. He has worked with academically gifted students (K-5) for the last 8 years. Since he and his wife moved to No. Carolina, he became a National Board Certified Teacher. He says he is most proud of his bride and their wonderful children (ages 7, 5, 4, 3, and 17 months).
Dion Woolfolk’s fond Curry memory: “I really enjoyed my time with classmates as we collaborated and encouraged one another over the years. I am also grateful for my time with both of my practicum teachers who really prepared me well.”
Michael Bentley (Ed.D. ’85 Sci Ed) had a book, The Educator’s Field Guide: From Organization to Assessment (And Everything in Between), published by Corwin.
Karen King Brazell (M.Ed. ’80 Soc Stud Ed) is a Supreme Court of Virginia Certified Mediator and Certified Parent Educator, serving Westmoreland, Essex and Richmond County juvenile and domestic relations courts. She is also a grant writer for several agencies and nonprofits.
Allison Brochu (B.S. '82 Math Ed) is proposal manager for Oracle in Reston, Va. She received master’s degree in Library and Information Science degree from The Catholic University of America in 2008.
Ann B. Clark (M.Ed. '82 Spec Ed) has been promoted to deputy superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in No. Carolina. Read more about Clark in a recent Curry newsletter.
Ronda Davis (B.S. ’82, M.Ed. ’84 Spec Ed) visited Curry for Reunions Weekend 2012. She says, “Wahoo Wah everyone! I am teaching special education in Prince William County, Va. I continue to travel. I was in Fort Worth, Texas, in April 2012 and will travel to see a former exchange student in Uruguay this July. I continue to enjoy hosting exchange students. My last two students were from Belgium and Hong Kong. It was great to visit U.Va. and be a part of reunions weekend!” (posted 2012)
Carol Pope (Ed.D. '83 Engl Ed) is currently a professor of English education at North Carolina State University’s College of Education. She has been professionally active since her graduation from the Curry School and has enjoyed working with both undergraduates and graduate students, sharing her vital experiences as a doctoral student at the University of Virginia. In 2012 she published with a colleague Engaging American Novels: Lessons from the Classroom.
Robert Horn (M.Ed. '82 Admin & Supv) retired from 27 years of public school administration in 2010. He was elected to the Nottoway County School Board in November and began his term of office in January 2012.
Robert Horn’s fond Curry memory: “All my time in the administrative internship program.”
Gerry Kruger (M.Ed. '83 Reading) recently published her first book, On Kruger Pond: Charlie's Story, essays which she read on National Public Radio. The collection tells the true story of Charlie, a flightless Canada goose that stayed with her for nine years.
Gerry Kruger’s fond Curry memory: “When I was working on my master's degree in reading, the students and professors were a close-knit group. One of the professors, Dr. Gillette, was given a shower for a baby she was adopting from South America. I attended the shower, and 17 years later I realized I was reading the journal of one of my students who was that baby!
Mary Catherine W. Peterson (B.S. ’86 Elem Ed) was named 2012 Outstanding Middle School Teacher by the Curry School of Education Foundation for her work at Princess Anne Middle School, Virginia Beach, VA. More about Mary Catherine's award
Karen Reidelbach (B.S. '83 Elem Ed) earned National Board Certification (Middle Childhood Generalist) in December. She is currently working as the gifted resource teacher for Windsor Oaks Elementary School in Virginia Beach and is a fellow with the National Writing Project. For the past 16 years, she has run a camp for young creative writers, hiring other writing project fellows. She averages 200 campers per summer.
Patricia Walters (M.Ed. '85 Admin & Supv) lives in Grapevine, Texas, and is founder and executive director of Private Schools Interscholastic Association, Inc., which is celebrating 15 years of inspiring student achievement through academic competition. PSIA is a 501(c)(3) educational service organization, providing academic competition in 60 grade-level events for grade 1-8 privately- schooled students since 1997.
Patricia Walters’ fond Curry memory: “The campus library and that beautiful grassy lawn surrounded by majestic pillars were my sanctuary for study and relaxation.”
Ruth Allen (M.Ed. '69) received her PhD from the University of New Orleans in 1994. She graduated from the Episcopal seminary at the University of the South in 2009 with a MA in theology. Her recently published book, The Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Reiki, is now available.
Alfred Butler (M.Ed. '68, Ed.D. '77 Admin & Supv), a faculty member in the Curry School's Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy, announced that he will retire as executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, effective July 1, 2012. Butler has served in the position for 16 years.
William Clendaniel (M.Ed. ’78 Couns Ed) will become interim principal at Charlottesville High School beginning in January 2013. He is a former principal at Langley High School in Fairfax County has a history of short-term, interim stints. For the last two years, Clendaniel has been serving as an educational consultant for the American Association for School Administrators and the National Student Clearinghouse. (posted 2012)
Joan Gilliland (B.S. ’74 Elem Ed) was named 2012 Outstanding PreK-Elementary School Teacher by the Curry School of Education Foundation. She is a teacher and the founder of Casa de Esperanza Academy, Houston, TX. More about Joan's award
Winston Odom (M.Ed. ’79, Admin & Supv), retired in June 2011 as superintendent of Hopewell City Schools, after being named 2012 Region 1 Superintendent of the Year.
Patricia Estes Paige (M.Ed. ’74 Admin & Supv) retired as principal of the Clearview Early Childhood Center in Martinsville, Va.
Susan Roda (M.Ed. '73) says her employment in various positions in education spanned 35 years, from a special education teacher to school psychologist to learning consultant. She retired to Naples, Florida, from a learning consultant position with the Medford Township School District, Medford, NJ, in 2010. “I am happily married and loving life.”
Rosa Lovelace (M.Ed. '88 Admin & Supv) died December 17 from lung cancer. She was the principal of Lexington Middle School in No. Carolina up until the time of her illness. Read a lengthy tribute from her former students and colleagues in the The Dispatch.
Jill Bailey Chenet (M.Ed. ’07 Reading) died tragically on July 25, 2012, in a drowning accident in Buxton, No. Carolina. Jill had been teaching at The River School in Washington, D.C. Read more in The Roanoke Times.
Ertle Thompson (M.Ed. ’58, Ed.D. ’67), 83, former Curry School professor of science education, passed away on June 5, 2012 in Charlottesville. He retired from Curry in 2001 after decades of dedicated service to the field of science education. Read his obituary in the Daily Progress.
Mary Hall Pace (M.Ed. ’56) of Falls Church, Va., died on March 24, 2012. She was a retired principal of Cedar Lane Elementary School in Fairfax County, and she served a term on the Curry School Foundation Board of Directors from 1986 to 1989. Her husband Warren J. Pace (M.Ed. '54) is a retired superintendent of Falls Church Schools.
Patricia Louise Pullen (M.Ed. ‘76) died at age 73 on March 20, 2012, at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge after a six-month battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She was a retired special education teacher at Jackson-Via Elementary School. She was married to James Kaufman, Professor Emeritus of the Curry School.
Robert Alan "Bob" Wilson Sr. (B.S. '56, M.Ed. '65), 83, died on March 15, 2012, at his home in Keswick, Va. Bob and his wife Libby (B.S. '59) founded Little Keswick School for special needs boys back in the 1960s. Read more.
Joseph Neal Payne (M.Ed. ’51, Ph.D ’55 Math Ed) died at age 82 on March 6, 2012, in Charlottesville. Payne taught at Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Al., and the University of Wisconsin in Madison before joining the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Education, where he enjoyed working for forty years. In his retirement years, Payne served on the board of directors of the Curry School of Education Foundation.
Sylvia J. Henderson (M.Ed. ’74 Admin & Supv) died on January 21, 2012, at the age of 69. Henderson was principal of Woodbrook, Agnor Hurt, and Meriwether Lewis Elementary Schools in Charlottesville and worked with many Curry faculty and students over the years. The University of Virginia chapter of Phi Delta Kappa named an award in her honor: The Sylvia Henderson Early Childhood Educational Leadership Award.