Recent Notes

Suzanne Rushton Harper (Ph.D ’02 Math Ed) was promoted to Full Professor in the Mathematics Department at Miami University. She teaches mathematics content courses for prospective K-12 teachers. Her main research interests include the teaching and learning of mathematics with technology.

Carolyn Massie Still (E.dD. ’93 C&I) Carolyn Massie Still“After retiring from Albemarle County, I wanted to have an adventure with my degree and experience. So, I have gone abroad. First, I was a principal of a grades 1-12 school in Taiwan; next, I was an elementary principal of an American school in Egypt. Now, I have been having a wonderful experience as a classroom teacher in an international school in Germany. It has been educational to learn about Asian, Arabic, and European cultures. The private schools are VERY different from those public ones I had worked in before going abroad! My husband, Leo, has been the ‘trailing spouse.'”

Carolyn Massie Still's Curry Memory

“I enjoyed being a graduate instructor for EDIS 501-502 with the M.A.T. program.”

Michael Bentley (Ed.D. ’85 Sci Ed) just published is first practical, how-to book aimed at parents and teachers: Connecting Children: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators (2014, Bethany, Oklahoma: Wood ‘N’ Barnes). (more…)

Michael Bentley's Curry Memory

“I’ll never forget reading John Dewey’s books, one after another, with an informal group of grad student peers led by Professor Gail McCutcheon. We met every week over the course of a year to work through the meanings found in our self-assigned chapters. I received no credit but spent as much time with this project as I did with my regular classes, and got more out of it than I did from many of them.”

Ryan Richard Ruff (M.T. ’05 Soc Studies Ed, Ph.D. ’09 Rsrch Stats & Eval) is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion at the New York University College of Dentistry, with an associated research assistant professorship at the NYU Global Institute of Public Health. “I was also appointed a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. My research interests focus on the relationship between oral health, academic performance, and socio-emotional development. Recent articles have been published in Preventive Medicine, the American Journal of Health Promotion, the Annals of Epidemiology, and Social Science & Medicine.”

Robert C. Knoeppel (M.Ed. ’92 Couns Ed; Ph.D. ’01 Admin & Supv) received the National Education Finance Conference Distinguished Research and Practice Fellow Award. He is a professor and chairman of the leadership, counselor education, and human and organizational development department in Clemson University’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education. The award is given to 10 individuals who have gained national visibility by their exemplary research and practice in the field of public education finance.

Gregory Narleski (B.S.Ed. ’93 Health & PE) most recently worked as Associate Dean of Students at Landmark College in Southern Vermont before leaving to serve on Semester at Sea over the summer working as a Residential Director. He is currently in an interim position with Springfield College, Massachusetts, in Student Activities and the Campus Union.

Leesa Foster Blum (M.Ed. ’96 Health & PE)

Leesa Blum & family

Leesa Blum & family

owns and operates a home-based business assisting clients in attaining the greatest level of fitness and health given all/any health conditions in order to lead the most healthful and functional life.

Bethany Dannelly (M.Ed. ’10 Kines) is working as the assistant basketball coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Colby College.

Martin Ritchie (B.A. ’73, M.Ed. ’74, Ed.D. ’78 Couns Ed) was the inaugural recipient of the Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 2014. He was named Curry School of Education Foundation Distinguished Alumnus in 2012. Dr. Ritchie retired in 2013 after 38 years as a school counselor in Virginia, and a counselor educator at the University of Queensland in Australia, Ohio University and the University of Toledo.

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…)

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

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.