Marissa Friedman (M.T. ’16 Scie Ed) was selected to participate in a 2016 cohort of 34 Knowles Science Teaching Fellows from around the nation. Marissa is committed to teaching chemistry to high school students in the U.S. She earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 2014 and a Masters of Teaching in 2016, both from the University of Virginia. This fall, she will begin her second year of teaching at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Read more about Marissa on the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation site.
Holly Foster (M.Ed. ’09, Ph.D. ’14 Higher Ed) accepted a position as an assistant professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She teaches courses in both Higher Education and Student Affairs, with a focus on research pertaining to community colleges and social justice. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time exploring the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Leslie Wills-Taylor (M.Ed. ’12 C&I-Elem Ed) was one of five teachers selected to receive the 2016 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching. Wills-Taylor teaches at Woodbrook Elementary School in Charlottesville. Here’s how she is described on the Teaching Tolerance website:
Leslie Wills-Taylor is a passionate advocate who supports each student at an individual level. Family engagement is paramount in her classroom. “My families have an open invitation to come into the classroom and share what’s valuable to them,” she says. “That allows students to see parents as experts on their own culture, and it allows students to really build those necessary skills of cultural empathy.” She uses Teaching Tolerance lesson plans to build her students’ vocabularies around social justice topics and to shape a classroom community based on respect. (more…)
Pamela Moran (M.Ed. ’80 Sci Ed; Ed.D. ’97 Admin & Supv)
is one of 20 school superintendents across the nation being recognized for innovative leadership by Project Tomorrow, a national non-profit education organization with its Speak Up Shout Out Awards for 2016 Outstanding Superintendents.
“More than 2,600 districts participated in Speak Up 2015, but these 20 stood out to us for their commitment to raising the voices of their stakeholders, notably students, community members, and educators, at all levels,” said Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Superintendents across the country are dealing with an array of educational technology opportunities, and Speak Up offers a platform so they can learn directly from their stakeholders about what students, parents and teachers are looking for now and in the future,” said Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators. “The superintendents being recognized by Project Tomorrow are leaders in the effective use of technology for learning.”
Last year, Moran was named one of four finalists by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, for the 2016 National Superintendent of the Year Award. From the press release: “Moran has provided 40 years of public education service in Virginia, beginning as a middle school science teacher in Orange County in 1975. She worked her way up through the ranks of education administration in both Orange and Albemarle Counties until her appointment as superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in 2005. From 2009 until 2011 she served on various committees and as an officer in the Virginia Association of School Superintendents before being elected president of VASS in 2012.” Read more.
Moran was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. She has been superintendent of Albemarle schools since 2006 and oversees a division of more than 13,600 students and 26 schools.
Kimberly Monge-Ferra (M.Ed. ’14 Speech Path & Aud) was interviewed on local NBC 29 News about her participation in the July 4, 2016, Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. She moved to the U.S. 16 years ago from Costa Rica, with her mother.
“Honestly, we were in search of the American dream. My mom was a single mom, and so the situation in Costa Rica isn’t great and she was just like let’s try this out, we know people out in the states,” she said.
Monday, Monge-Ferra walked across the stage at Monticello to accept her certificate while her family cheered loudly from the crowd. She now works at the University of Virginia Medical Center as a speech pathologist.
“It’s a beautiful reminder of the American dream. You know it’s not just an ideal, it’s possible and it takes a lot, but it does happen,” said Monge-Ferra.
Ian Rogol (M.Ed. ’96 Health & PE) is a 2016 awardee for the Athletic Training Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. This prestigious national award recognizes members for their exceptional contributions to the athletic training profession and the Association. It reflects decades of service and leadership at the state and local levels. Rogol is presently the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Mary Washington, where he has served since August 2010. umweagles.com/athletic_dept/rogolaward
Emily Nichols (Ph.D. ’14 Clin & School Psych) finished her postdoctoral fellowship in the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children’s Hospital in November of last year. “I got to learn and work alongside fellow Curry alumni Kate Driscoll (M.Ed. ’03, Ph.D. ’07 Clin & School Psych) and Tina Lafiosca (M.Ed. ’87, Ph.D. ’81 Clin & School Psych)! I am now a staff psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, working in a primary health care based program, Advocating Success for Kids, providing assessments, therapy, consultation, and school advocacy for kids with learning and developmental needs in the Boston Public School system. Nate and I are loving parenthood and Ezra (19 mos) keeps us on our toes! We hope to return to Virginia one day and think fondly of our time in Charlottesville.”
Richard W. Shelly (M.Ed. ’71, Ed.D. ’77 C&I) (70), of Roanoke, Va., passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016. He taught in Fairfax County Public Schools then became founding director of the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School in 1985., which he considered a calling. Read the full obituary in The Roanoke Times.
Leila Azarbad (M.Ed. ’02, Ph.D. ’06 Clin & School Psych) continues to love her job as an associate professor of psychology at North Central College, a private, liberal arts college located 30 miles outside of Chicago, Illinois. She teaches a variety of courses in clinical and health psychology and continues to focus on research pertaining to disordered eating and obesity. Outside of work, Leila and her husband keep busy toting their two boys, ages 8 and 5, to a variety of sports and activities. northcentralcollege.edu/facultyprofile/lazarbad/PSY
Mary Alice Fisher (M.A. ’78, Ph.D. ’82 Clin Psych) now has four great-grandchildren, which gives her the chance to play with little ones again! “Professionally, the last few years have been very busy. The Center for Ethical Practice is in its 13th year and is still thriving, providing ethics workshops and ethics consultation. I also maintain a small private clinical practice in Charlottesville. I thank Professor Jason Downer and the Curry program for nominating me in 2015 for the Curry School of Education Foundation’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni Human Services Practitioner Award. It was an honor to be the first-ever recipient.
“This year, the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association has honored me with its award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education, which I will receive at the APA Convention in Denver in August. There, I will also be presenting a CE workshop called “Keeping Secrets: The Complicated Ethics of ‘Conditional’ Confidentiality,” which is based on my second book, which was published by APA this year: Confidentiality Limits in Psychotherapy: Ethics Checklists for Mental Health Professionals.”
Jeremy Anderson (M.Ed. ’13 Kines) has been hired by Vanderbilt head men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, according to a June 10 announcement. Anderson joins the Commodores after spending the previous two seasons as the men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach at the University of New Mexico.
“Jeremy comes highly recommended and will be a great asset to our program,” said Drew. “He is extremely knowledgeable and has a passion to get players better.”
Ree Messer (M.Ed. ’92 Reading) “Following a horrendous car accident in March 1994, necessitating a cervical fusion, I was unable to continue teaching the K-1 “at-risk” class; hence my career as a Reading Specialist began…. With the blessings of a wonderful principal, I served many roles: (1) Classroom Teacher (or preferably co-teacher) in the Language Arts; (2) pull-out Resource teacher for small “at risk” groups; (3) pull-out Resource teacher for total-grade “gifted” groups; (4) Teacher & Parent Resource providing group & individual instruction, as well as appropriate materials and/or contacts; (5) monthly display Resource (in conjunction with the school Librarian) providing key quotations taken from authors & illustrators using visual examples of their works; (6) school representative developing new county-wide Language Arts Curriculum; (7) Chair of Child Study Committee; (8) member of Grant Committee; and (9) Chair for Resource teachers. (more…)
Mary Alice Fisher (M.A. ’78, Ph.D. ’82 Clin Psych) Confidentiality Limits in Psychotherapy: Ethics Checklists for Mental Health Professionals
by Mary Alice Fisher,
2016 (American Psychological Association)
Ed Moses (B.S.Ed. ’04 Health & PE) was featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Virginia magazine article, “’Hoos got the medals: Catching up with some of UVA’s Olympians“:
Co-founder of Mojo Marketing & Media; recently launched a sports app called StatFuel
Gold and Silver in swimming, Sydney, 2000
Some advice: “There’s no secret sauce for figuring out what it takes to get there and win. When I was at UVA—and everyone else was partying—I felt I had a responsibility. Be organized, disciplined, have a plan. Prepare and know that on that day, you’ll do everything you can.”
Favorite flashback: Closing ceremonies. “Hundreds of thousands of people in the stadium, and tens of millions more watching on TV. Strangers from all over, just coming up and wanting to touch you. They might not have even known my name or my event, but they knew what those medals meant, what they stood for. It was such an honor. So humbling.” (more…)
Chester Mummau (Ed.D. ’04 Admin & Supv) has been appointed Superintendent of Schools for the Shippensburg Area School District, Shippensburg, Penn., after serving as superintendent of the Wyalusing Area School District in Bradford County, Penn., for a little over 5 years.
Suzanne Rice (Ed.D. ’04 Admin & Supv) was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for Suffolk Public Schools on June 1, 2016.
Suzanne Rice's Curry Memory
“They are all fond – except dissertation time!”
Claude R. (Bud) Mayo (M.Ed. ’75) has been named president of the Northern Virginia alumni chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is a retired administrator from Fairfax County Public Schools.
Claude R. (Bud) Mayo's Curry Memory
“Working with Dr. Jerry Moore.”