Recent Notes

Tim Cooke (M.Ed. ’99 Health & PE) started a new job this year as the Director of Golf Instruction at The Sea Pines Resort in South Carolina. “We have opened a new 2,800-sq-foot Golf Learning Center at the Resort and feature some of the latest technologies in golf instruction, including TrackMan radar, SAM Putt Lab and high speed cameras.

“The Golf Learning Center was ranked by LINKS Magazine as one of the Top 10 golf schools in the USA in September, which is the first time Sea Pines Resort has received this award. Also, I was fortunate to by ranked by Golf Digest magazine as one of the Best Young Teachers in America – Top 40 under 40 for 2014-15. This is the third time I have been recognized by Golf Digest on this list.

Beth Heller (Ph.D. ’05 Clin Psych) left private practice in 2011 to become associate director for the Center for Psychological Services and Development, the training clinic for VCU’s clinical and counseling psychology Ph.D. programs. “I was appointed Director in July 2014, and continue to enjoy supervision, occasional guest lectures, and a small faculty practice.”

Beth Heller's Curry Memory

“My girls, who were in elementary school during my years at Curry, loved climbing in the big magnolias outside of Ruffner while they waited for me to finish whatever I was doing inside. The trees were easily reached, because they were planted in the steep hill between the parking lot and the building. We still mourn the loss of those beautiful trees, but retain the sweet memories!”

Michael Sohn (B.S.Ed. ’13 Kines) is a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. “After my time in service, I plan to attend either physical therapy or medical school.”

Heather Byrne (B.S.Ed ’05 Sports Med)

Heather Byrne and family

Heather Byrne and family

and Jonathan Byrne welcomed their second baby, Rachel Virginia, on October 1, 2014. Their first child, Jackson Thomas, turns 3 in October.

Janice Chong (M.T. ’10 Elem Ed) Janice Chongsince graduating from Curry taught in Fairfax County Public Schools, then completed her Master’s in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M. 2014). Immediately after graduation, Janice founded Teaching Garage, Inc.

Teaching Garage is an education venture that educates the students of tomorrow to become scientific doers, design-oriented thinkers, and responsible, global citizens. We directly address the deficit of talent in science, technology, engineering, art, design and mathematics. 26 million jobs in the U.S. are in STEM fields, accounting for 20% of all jobs, but only 16% of U.S. graduates are projected to have STEM degrees by 2020. By the time students are in college, too few aspire to be innovators. (more…) www.teachinggarage.com

Sarah Ludwick (B.S.Ed. ’11 Health & PE) after graduating with an MPH from UNC Chapel Hill is now employed as a Pediatric Dietitian at U.Va. Hospital, working with acute care patients and outpatients with developmental disabilities and feeding disorders. “I also recently got married and am enjoying living in Charlottesville again.”

Tim Uhl (Ph.D. ’98 Health & PE) was recognized with the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award at the 2013 NATA Annual Meeting. The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished. MDAT recipients have been involved in the service and leadership activities at the national and district level. Dr. Uhl was also promoted to Professor with tenure within the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

Tim Uhl's Curry Memory

“I met my wife during my time at Virginia.”

Carl Mattacola (M.Ed. ’91, Ph.D. ’96 Health & PE) was recognized with the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award at the 2013 NATA Annual Meeting. The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished. MDAT recipients have been involved in the service and leadership activities at the national and district level.

Stiliani “Ani” Chroni (Ph.D ’97 Health & PE) became a professor of Sport Psychology in June 2014 http://www.hihm.no/content/search?SearchText=chroni

Michael Freeman (M.Ed. ’05 Health & PE) is in his 10th year as a physical educator. “I work in an elementary school and continue to learn something new everyday either from my students or professionally.”

Morgan Birge (M.Ed. ’97 Health & PE) is now assistant principal at Garfield Elementary School in Fairfax, Va.

Robert Huggins (M.Ed. ’08 Kines) recently graduated with a Ph.D. in exercise science from the University of Connecticut, where he now works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Korey Stringer Institute, which specializes in the prevention of sudden death in sport. “I have the unique opportunity to organize the first ever National Youth Sport Governing Bodies Meeting in January which will bring together the top 10 governing bodies in sport (i.e. USA Football, US Lacrosse) and assist in the first annual 2015 Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Sport Meeting in March. It will bring together the executive directors of the 50 state high school athletic associations. Both meetings will be held at the National Football League Headquarters in New York with a primary focus on developing and implementing best practices for health and safety at both the youth and high school sport levels. It is our hope that governing bodies will improve upon their health and safety policies and that high school athletic associations will implement best practices for issues like sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, and concussion and perhaps even promote legislative change in their states.” www.ksi.uconn.edu

Robert Huggins's Curry Memory

“My most fond Curry memory was the day when my fellow graduate athletic training students and I presented our thesis projects in the Rotunda to the faculty, graduate students, and family.”

Valerie Herzog (M.Ed. ’96 Health & PE) was elected as a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and elected as president of the Utah Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Valerie Herzog's Curry Memory

“Gus Burgers!”

Kendra Jones (M.T. ’01 Health & PE) is a proud mom of an 11-year-old son. “I recently went back to the University to Virginia to earn my certification in Administration and Supervision and now I am the assistant principal at Waynesboro High School. Prior to that I taught Biology and Human Anatomy at Waynesboro High School. I also taught elementary physical education in Northern Virginia for six years.”

Jennifer Krause (Ph.D. ’10 Phys Ed) Jennifer Krauseis an assistant professor of sport pedagogy and coordinator of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate K-12 physical education teacher education programs at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Krause is currently researching the technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge of physical education teacher candidates and instructional technology educational practices among physical education teacher education programs across the United States, funded by the Society of Health and Physical Educator’s Early Career Investigator Research Grant.

Michael Guthrie (B.S. ’75 Health & PE; M.Ed. ’76 Couns Ed) Michael Guthriehas been the CEO of Roy Wheeler Realty Company in Charlottesville since 2005. He was recently named the Virginia Association of Realtors’ Manager of the Year. roywheeler.com

Michael Guthrie's Curry Memory

“Small classes providing great professor/student interaction”

J. Roy Vorhauer (M.Ed. ’67, Ed.D. ’77 Admin & Supv) Unshackled cover

Unshackled
by J. Roy Vorhauer,2013

Read an interview with Vorhauer in the Virginia magazine.

“J. Roy Vorhauer worked for 27 years as teacher, coach, principal, and professor, trying throughout his career to improve race relations in schools. At U.Va. he was influenced by Professors James Bash and Nathan Johnson, who founded the Curry School Desegregation Center. The Curry School created the center in 1967 to support public school districts in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. by training teachers and administrators in schools being desegregated.”

Natalie Perry (Ph.D. ’14 Higher Ed) Natlie Perry-fellows-group_1was named by Gov. Deval Patrick (Mass.) as a member of the inaugural class of Massachusetts Women’s Leadership Fellows. While the inaugural class represented a diverse group of women with advanced degrees, Perry was the only African-American to receive this honor and the only fellow to have earned a Ph.D.

Jim Bash (B.S. ’49, M.Ed. ’53, Ed.D. ’60 Admin & Supv) (90)–a legendary educator–died on October 6, 2014, at home with his family, where he spent the last days of his battle with Leukemia. His lifetime achievements earned him recognition from the University of Virginia, the City of Charlottesville, the Virginia General Assembly and President Barack Obama for his work in Civil Rights education.

Jim and Daisy at the 2012 Dean's Circle of Friends dinner. Jim was always an enthusiastic supporter of the Curry School.

Jim and Daisy at the 2012 Dean’s Circle of Friends dinner. Jim was always an enthusiastic supporter of the Curry School.

The history of Jim’s life is intertwined with the history of U.S. education. He graduated from the V-12 program at U.Va. and served in the Navy during WWII undercover in China with the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO). Upon return to the U.S. he finished his studies at U.Va., ultimately earning a PhD in Education Administration. As a practitioner of public school education he served as principal of several schools before he was appointed at Farmville High School in Prince Edward County.Upon hiring, when asked about the decision to integrate the schools after Brown vs. the Board of Education he stated, “I am a public school man and will not go against the law of the Supreme Court.” (more…)

Mary Jackson (B.S. ’77 Elem Ed)

“WHEN she was just 10 years old, Mary Jackson began her teaching career on the back porch of her family’s home in Easley, S.C. It was there that she set up her chalkboard and led her imaginary classroom. ‘I would use my yardstick to tap my make-believe students who misbehaved, or didn’t get the right answer,’ Ms. Jackson said. Her passion led her to earn a teaching degree at the University of Virginia in 1977, but her career took a detour when, after graduation, she accepted a position at IBM. The job paid $4,000 more a year than the teaching job she had been offered, so she snapped it up. After three decades with Big Blue, she retired, and now Ms. Jackson, a 59-year-old former IBM project management executive, is finally in the classroom, and not just imagining it. She teaches math and science to fifth graders at Lockheed Elementary in Marietta, Ga….”

Read more in the Sept 27, 2014, edition of the NY Times.