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Education Council


The Education Council represents the student body of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.  The Education Council serves to satisfy the needs of Curry students by providing a voice to the Curry administration and faculty, as well as the general public. The mission of the Education Council is to improve the experience of Curry students through initiatives that enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of their lives.  In so doing, we hope to develop a stronger community within Curry.

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Ed Council Executive Committee

Bryan A. VanGronigen

The Education Council President, typically a doctoral student, is responsible for oversight of all major programs and events.  The President convenes regular meetings of the Council and provides strategic leadership.  Additionally, the President serves as the student representative to Faculty Council and assists the Dean in representing the Curry community at events and functions as requested.  

Ellie Kyle
Vice President and Treasurer

The VP is responsible for keeping track of Ed Council expenses and managing its budget. The VP also steps in for the President at Ed Council meetings if the President is unable to attend. The VP collaborates with other members of Ed Council to devise and implement solutions to Education School concerns and issues. Finally, the VP is the Chairperson for the Budget and Finance Committee.

Michelle Culbert
Recording Secretary
The recording secretary is responsible for agenda development, meeting minutes and the day to day operation of the Ed Council.  The recording secretary is instrumental in providing an accurate historical record of Council accomplishments, keeping the Council in compliance with university requirements and supporting the President and Executive Team as needed.  

Kelly Hart
Communications Chair

The Communications chair is responsible for ensuring students know about all events planned by Ed Council. Be sure to check for emails, the bulletin board, and Ed Council’s Facebook page to stay informed of all of the exciting events going on.

Christine Carr (
Hannah Schmidt ( 
Scholarship and Professional Development Co-Chairs
The Scholarship and Professional Development Committee is interested in promoting quality educational research and effective transfer of that research into the classroom, along with developing employment skills in students at all levels. Primary responsibilities of this committee include implementation of Writing Week, Teaching Week and Research Week.  

Mary Spitler 
Academic Affairs Chair

The Academic Affairs Committee supports the academic mission of the Curry School of Education by providing student perspectives to faculty and administrators on a wide range of curricular issues. The committee seeks to advance the academic and professional goals of students by encouraging rigorous interdisciplinary courses and programs that adequately prepare students to address the problems and issues they will face as leaders in education policy, research and practice. The committee maintains a strong commitment to intellectual diversity and collaboration across program areas and departments

Vicki Hobson (
Catherine Grant (

Community Service Co-Chairs
The Community Service Committee provides students with a variety of ways to give back to the community and beyond through events such as Bowling for Books and the Blood Drive. We work to make sure that many different events are available to serve a range of needs and populations and that students are able to volunteer in a way that is meaningful for them. Join the committee if you would like to help initiate and coordinate any opportunities!

Melissa Zhu
Social Chair

The Social Committee plans various events to bring the Curry student community together. We coordinate the Fall and Spring picnics along with smaller gatherings such as bagels in the CLIC and happy hours in order to provide students with many opportunities to get to know each other. Let us know if you’re interested in helping to plan and come up with new events for students to enjoy.

Evette Becker  (
Lee Williams   (

Inter-school Relations Co-Chairs
The Inter-school Relations Chair will coordinate and plan all programmatic efforts between the various Colleges within the University.   These activities may include conferences, social activities, outreach, and other major university-wide events. These executive committee members will collaborate with other leaders in Ed Council, faculty, and administration to carry out the duties of this office.


Curry's Student Representatives

Amy Ackerman
Graduate Representative, University Judiciary Committee

Nicole Karikari
Undergraduate Representative, University Judiciary Committee

Megan Valladao
Graduate Representative, StudCo

Danielle Campion
Undergraduate Representative, StudCo

Ariana Zetlin
Graduate Representative, Honor Committee

Alison Stickel
Undergraduate Representative, Honor Committee

Sarah Holder
Health Insurance Committee Representative

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