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Student Services

At the Curry School, we made a strategic decision to combine into one office the functions of Admissions and Student Services. The dual function of this office allows us to work with you from the moment you find Curry all the way to the moment of your graduation and into your post-Curry careers. In the Admissions and Student Services office, our goal is to support you as you embark on the application process and continue to be a resource for you during your student experience here.

You can find us at 102 Ruffner Hall. Our office is open 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. We look forward to getting to know you during our time together.

Catherine Brighton
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs
Associate Professor, Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

As Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Services, Brighton oversees the academic programs for Curry the School, the Office of Admissions and Student Services, counsels enrolled and prospective students, as well as serves as the licensure official and advisor to the dean.

Jane Mayhew Cook
Student Service Coordinator - Day in the Life & K12 Outreach
Coordinates operations for the Day in the Life Program to include the recruitment, registration, selection, and retention of service learning and community service participants. Her role also supports the implementation of K12 Outreach initiatives - K12 Advisory Council and SCOPE.

Jessica Penca Livingston
Director, Student Affairs
The Director of Student Affairs works with the Associate Dean to improve the student experience at Curry. Jessica counsels enrolled and prospective students interested in undergraduate and graduate programs and serves as an advisor to Education Council. Her responsibilities also include coordinating programs and events such as Curry community programs, information sessions, orientations, student support services and service learning opportunities.

Mary Gubbins
Student Services Specialist, Off-Grounds Programs
The Off-Grounds Student Services Specialist provides registration assistance and related information to students in open enrollment and contract courses and applies the K-12 educator discount rate to all eligible students. She also resolves faculty questions about course registration issues and problems.

Hilary Kerner
Director, Education Career Services
The Director of Education Career Services provides career-related programming, advising, and services to any full-time students enrolled in Curry School degree programs. Her services include conducting individual appointments and walk-in advising, communicating and presenting career-related programming to Curry groups and classes, and coordinating both the annual Educators’ Expo Job & Interview Fair, and the Education Resume Marathon. 

Linda Linnartz
Coordinator of Academic Quality and K12 Outreach
The Coordinator of Academic Quality and K12 Outreach works closely with program coordinators in assessing the academic quality of programs. She works with school divisions to provide high-quality professional development opportunities for teachers in the field, as well as coordinates the library media specialist licensure program that Curry offers in partnership with UVa-Wise.

Eric Molnar
Assistant Director, Admissions and Enrollment Reporting

Phyllis Palmore 
Senior Student Services Coordinator

Sheilah Sprouse 
Academic Record Specialist

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