Trevor Patzer (M.Ed. ’04 Admin & Supv) is the co-founder and executive director of the Little Sisters Fund, an organization that supports the education of about 1,700 economically disadvantaged girls in Nepal. Nepal may seem a long way from Virginia, but for him the Asian country is very close in heart – and it was especially so after the devastating earthquake of April 25. The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude quake and its aftershocks has now climbed beyond 8,600 with 16,000 injured. Since the earthquake, Patzer, who is based in Maryland, and his Nepali colleagues in Kathmandu have kicked into high gear to help with the relief and recovery effort. The Little Sisters Fund has 9 full-time and about 25 part-time staff in Nepal, and all survived the quake, although quite a few homes were damaged.
“In the early days after the quake, pretty much anyone who survived unscathed jumped into the relief effort simply as friends, neighbors, and citizens,” Patzer explained. “We were unique in that we had an existing organizational structure and a network that reached into many of the affected districts, as well as funds on hand that allowed us to act immediately.” (more…)
Cathy Lechowicz (B.S.Ed ’99 Speech Path and Aud) was honored on April 28 with Cathy Lechowicz Day in Middletown, Conn., for her profound dedication to the community. The Connecticut Commission on Community Service and the Office of Higher Education announced the recipients of the 2015 Community Service Awards and singled out Lechowicz for her great work. She is Director of the Center for Community Partnerships at Wesleyan University.
Read more on the Wesleyan blog.
Watch a video interview with Cathy on the HoosNetwork.
Bill A. Ferster (Ph.D. ’07 IT) Teaching Machines: Learning from the Intersection of Education and Technology
by Bill Ferster.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
Read a review by the American Association of University Professors
Ellen Ramsey (M.Ed. 2000 Soc Fdns) has never really left U.Va.! After many years in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, she recently took a new position as the Institutional Repository/Libra Librarian at the University Library. Graduating Curry masters and PhD students interact with her each year now that their dissertations and theses are deposited electronically with the University’s institutional repository, known as Libra. Next up for the repository is enhancing the ability to provide worldwide, open access to U.Va.-generated scholarship of all types, including articles and datasets from faculty and student research. She resides in northern Albemarle County with her husband, son, and two lovable rescue pups. libra.virginia.edu
Barbara Conner (M.Ed. ’05 Soc Fdns) is Director of College Counseling at Foxcroft School, a college-preparatory girls’ boarding school in Middleburg, Virginia. I have been using a different approach and different language in working with my students for the past five years in order to reduce stress and improve outcomes in the college exploration and application process. My article, “Five First-Choice Colleges” appeared in the spring 2015 edition of the The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Journal of College Admission.
Julia Habel Thompson (M.Ed. ’87 Soc Fdns) retired from teaching at Woodrow Wilson H.S. two years ago, where she was honored on two occasions as a Highly Effective teacher at the Kennedy Center. “Since then, I have moved on to teach of AP English, Honors 10 English, and ESL at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, a lovely ‘retirement’ job. I will return there next fall for year 3 and add English 4 as another class I will have taught there. I stay busy travelling in between my work and spent last summer in Cornwall researching family lore and locales, both helpful in the writing of my novel. I hope to return to Siberia to teach once I ‘fully retire’ and once the 14 + hours a day it takes to teach 6 classes becomes too much.”
Julia Habel Thompson's Curry Memory
“My travel-study ventures with a Curry school professor — 1st to England and later to Russia during the still then Communist era — were life changing. Later I returned to England to do graduate work in English at Oxford, and I have been to Russian four times. Most recently I lectured in English as a Foreign Language at Novosibirsk State University, and when/if I return, I hope both to teach again (possibly in Tuva) and to spend time with the numerous orphans in that region. I think few of us can fathom what it would be like not to have had any parent at a young page, and I hope to be a presence to some degree at some point.”
Scott Richardson (M.Ed. ’92 Soc Fdns) is an Education Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, US Department of the Interior, where he develops middle school teaching guides about public lands and BLM resource topics such as wilderness, habitat, and renewable energy. on.doi.gov/1Df0zJO
Sue Ellen Henry (Ph.D. ’96 Soc Fdns) was recently promoted to full professor and just finished her first of a three-year term as the director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Penn.
Sue Ellen Henry (Ph.D. ’96 Soc Fdns)
Children’s Bodies in Schools: Corporeal Performances of Social Class
by Sue Ellen Henry,
Palgrave Press, 2014.
Gerry Starsia (Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed) led the Brazil Global Business Experience for students in the Darden School of Business in March 2015. Gerry is senior associate dean and chief operating officer at Darden. The Brazil GBE provides students with the opportunity to dig deeply into the broad cultural and business drivers across this diverse and fascinating country, with an eye to understanding leadership and management of complex global projects.
Melany Stowe (M.Ed. ’04 Admin & Supv) was named the Director of Public Relations and Communications for The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Va. Melany has almost twenty years of public education and communications experience. She was recognized as an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2013, and a Top 20 to Watch in 2012 by the National School Boards Association. She received the Creating Excellence in Career and Technical Education Award by the Virginia Department of Education in 2009. Recently, her school report card design (co-designed with HD Web Studio) was the national Best Summary Winner for the My School Info Challenge sponsored by The Foundation for Excellence in Education and Getting Smart. Melany serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia ASCD and the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville.
Dominique Baker (M.Ed. ’12 SAPHE) has been awarded a $20,000 Dissertation Proposal Grant from the Association for Institutional Research. Dominique, who is a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University, received this award to support her dissertation research and writing on “An Examination of the Effects of Undergraduate Debt on Postbaccalaureate Decision-Making.”
Pamela Moran (M.Ed. ‘80 Science Ed; Ed.D. ‘97 Admin & Supv) was named 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.
In 2011 the Curry School honored Moran with its Distinguished Public Service Award.
Read more in the Daily Progress.
Virginia Smith (M.Ed. ’06 Admin & Supv) The Silly Adventures of Gail the Snail and the Disco Ball
The Silly Adventures of Gail the Snail and the Chocolate Cake
by Virginia Smith.
Tate Publishing (2014) Tate Publishing (2014). www.thesillyadventuresofgailthesnail.com
Virginia Smith's Curry Memory
“My fond memories were made during the cooperative group sessions when we had the opportunity to learn from one another, teacher to teacher.”
Gail Lovette (Ph.D. ’14 Reading) was mentioned by U.Va. professor Dan Willingham in his April 28 Washington Post article, “Can Reading Comprehension Be Taught?”
From the article: “Gail Lovette and I (2014) found three quantitative reviews of RCS instruction in typically developing children and five reviews of studies of at-risk children or those with reading disabilities. All eight reviews reported that RCS instruction boosted reading comprehension, but NONE reported that practice of such instruction yielded further benefit. The outcome of 10 sessions was the same as the outcome of 50.”
Willingham, D. T., & Lovette, G. (2014, September 26). Can reading comprehension be taught? Teachers College Record. http://www.tcrecord.org.proxy.its.virginia.edu ID Number: 1 7701
Mark Angle (M.Ed. ’98 C&I; Ed.D. ’02 Admin & Supv) was appointed superintendent of Douglas County School District #15 in Days Creek, Oregon, effective July 1, 2015.
Deon Louw (M.Ed. ’83, Ed.D. ’89 Admin & Supv) after completing his doctoral program (under the knowledgeable supervision of Dr Frank Flora) in 1989, returned to South Africa and was appointed principal of Camps Bay High, in Cape Town. “At the same time John Gibbon (M.Ed. ’69, Ed.D. ’76 Admin & Supv) and I were appointed to run the post-graduate courses Educational Management and Educational Leadership at the University of Cape Town. Over the next 15 years we continued to share our Curry School skills and knowledge as we co-facilitated weekend workshops in all the major centers of southern Africa. In 2001 I was appointed by the minister of education to the Commission to Revise the National Curriculum for grades 1 to 9. Since 2004 I have been an independent education consultant, initially to the provincial education department in Cape Town and currently to the Kazakhstan government in central Asia. Based in the capital, Astana, I work with Kazakh trainers who facilitate workshops (designed by Cambridge University) for introducing distributive leadership skills and collaborative teaching methods across the country. Every day I am reminded, with gratitude, of the skills and insights I learned while at the Curry School.”
Charlynn Miller (Ph.D. ’05 Higher Ed) was honored in April 2014 with an iAward as the ICT Educator of the Year for the state of Victoria in Australia. Charlynn and her partner Asheley Jones were married on 28 October 2014.
Publications in 2014: (more…)
Morgan Ganoe (M.Ed. ’14 SAPHE) is a territory manager for the Institute for Shipboard Education, the parent organization of the study abroad program known as Semester at Sea. Watch her GoAbroad Interview, which highlights her current position: www.goabroad.com/interviews/morgan-ganoe-territory-manager
Cheryl Lindeman (Ed.D. ’84 Higher Ed) after 29 years at Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology as the biology instructor/partnership coordinator, accepted the position of assistant professor of education at Randolph College. Her roles include teaching models of instruction and math & science curriculum, along with providing practicum experiences for preservice teachers.