Lissa Power-deFur (B.A. ’75, M.Ed. ’76, Ph.D. ’82 Speech Path & Aud)
Common Core State Standards and the Speech-Language Pathologist: Standards-Based Intervention for Special Populations
by Lissa A. Power-deFur,
2016 (Plural Pub.) www.pluralpublishing.com/publication_ccsssp.htm
Michelle Devereaux (Ph.D. ’10 English Ed) is an assistant professor of English and English education at Kennesaw State University. Her first book, Teaching About Dialect Variations and Language in the Secondary English Classroom: Power, Prestige and Prejudice (Routledge, 2014) received the 2016 Richard A. Meade Award for Research in English Education from the Conference on English Education of the National Council for Teachers of English. The Award was established in 1988 in honor of the late Richard Meade, professor in the Curry School of Education, for his contributions to research in the teaching of composition and in teacher preparation.
John Harms (M.Ed, ’71, Ed.S. ’77 Couns Ed) has been retired since 1999. “I am now living at Patriots Colony, a Continuing Care Retirement Community for Military Officers. This after living 30 years in Hawaii. Still counseling a few high school student who are grandchildren of residents, primarily using the online SVIB. The School of Education has changed significantly from, I believe, the three buildings we were using on the Main Grounds in 1971 and ’77. Dr. Paul Walters was our mentor and adviser to the numerous US Marines that attended the Ed Graduate programs then.
John Harms's Curry Memory
“Dr. Paul Walters and UVA will always be as one in my mindset of Curry. I was in Vietnam, had applied to UVA under the Marine Corps Advanced Degree Program, but heard nothing from them. For some strange reason I had my Graduate School catalog with me. Remembered the name Paul Walters and sent him a letter requesting status. Within three weeks had all my acceptance paperwork and a letter of apology from Dr. Walter.
“One of the most interesting events was my Mental Test and Measurement Course. The US had started bombing Cambodia and some students ask the professor if they could take their current grades and protest against this Government activity. He stated yes and they waltzed out of class. Well, we two Marine’s in the class explained this to Dr. Walter and stated we wanted to take our current grade and show support for this activity. Dr. Walter said go ahead. We did, the professor had no option but to let us go, and he became somewhat of a laughing stock of the Ed faculty.”
Mary Crovo (M.A. ’79, Ph.D. ’81 Education) will retire at the end of December 2016. Mary is Deputy Executive Director of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). (more…)
Tracy C. Missett (Ph.D. ’12 Ed Psych-Gifted Ed) along with Amy Azano (Ph.D. ’09 English Ed) and Professor Carolyn Callahan developed a curriculum unit that has won the 2016 Curriculum Award from the National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Network. The award recognizes exemplary curriculum units for heterogeneous classrooms and gifted education programs that can be shared with other educators as models. Their winning unit is “Aristotle’s Rhetoric: Learning the Art of Persuasion.” They will receive their award during the 2016 NAGC convention in Orlando, Fla.
Christine Marie Quilpa (M.Ed. ’16 Couns Ed) says she is ecstatic for many great new beginnings! She is in her first year as a school counselor at Beverley Manor Middle School in Augusta County and recently moved to Waynesboro, Va. In addition, she became engaged to Robbie Turner. A wedding is planned for spring 2017. cmq5t4.wixsite.com/christinemariequilpa
Christine Marie Quilpa's Curry Memory
“I really enjoyed taking mindful strolls to class by the pond adjacent to Curry and greeting the resident ducks each day!”
Sara B. Kajder (Ph.D. ’05 English Ed) received the Ocie T. Dekle Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Georgia College of Education. Earlier this year, she received the inaugural Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies from the National Center for 21st Century Literacies.
Ann B. McCollum (M.Ed. ’93 Couns Ed) after 20 years as an outdoor educator and educator in independent schools, started a consulting business focusing on risk management for off-campus and experiential education programs for schools and youth development programs like summer camps. “My Curry School degree in counseling enabled me to add ‘mental health first aid’ to risk management trainings and assessments, which typically only include environmental and medical considerations. In May I graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law and am thrilled to have joined Matthews Fox, PC, a small firm in Santa Fe, NM, with a focus on charter school and education law.”
Barbara-Ann Adcock (B.S. ’88 Elem Ed) is among 213 educators across the nation named by President Barack Obama on August 22 as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.””
“When anyone receives an award like this, it is not all of their own doing. I have been very fortunate to have received my beginning education in teaching from UVA’s Curry School of Education where I learned that creating a student based, inquiry-based classroom is best for my students. Throughout my career I worked to do that. (more…)
Mary Meinhardt (M.Ed. ’16 Couns Ed) “I am the proud, new school counselor at Wakelon Elementary School in Zebulon, North Carolina!”
Mary Meinhardt's Curry Memory
“I will always be grateful for the constant support poured out by my professors. I would not have been able to make it through those two years without their encouragement!”
Kathleen Brophy (M.Ed. ’16 Couns Ed) is starting her first year as an (international) school counselor in Nansha, Guangzhou, China. “I am working at a college prep school for Chinese students as a middle school counselor (grades 7 & 8). Thus far, the experience has been fantastic, as I could not have imagined a more excitingly different and challenging work environment. I learn something everyday, whether it be from my peers or students. I am enjoying the challenge of working with and advocating for English language learners. Every day I am able to practice Chinese with my students, as they practice their English and share their culture with me. I am excited to implement what I learned from my amazing professors at UVA here in China.”
Kathleen Brophy's Curry Memory
“All of my incredible counselor educators at UVA! I am so thankful for them.”
Dana Levitt (M.Ed. ’95, Ph.D. ’01 Couns Ed) was promoted to professor in the Counseling and Educational Leadership Department at Montclair State University.
Dana Heller Levitt co-authored the book, A Guide to Graduate Programs in Counseling, with Tyler Kimbel (2017, Oxford University Press).
Winifred Wegmann (M.Ed. ’77 Couns Ed) “After using my M.Ed. in Counseling in a variety of settings in higher education and law firm administration in Charlottesville, Washington, DC, New York City and Albuquerque, I moved back to Charlottesville in the mid 90s when my husband accepted a position at the University. I involved myself in a number of local volunteer organizations, which led me in a roundabout way to working in a specialty store. Once our kids were out of college I decided to open my own shop — Pour la Maison, on Ivy Road not far from the University. I sell tabletop and other gifts for the home sourcing from France and Italy whenever possible. I call it my “fun” career and am so happy to be doing it.” www.pourlamaisoncville.com
Winifred Wegmann's Curry Memory
“We had some interesting experiential group exercises in one of our required courses. As a result one of my best friends to this day is a classmate who came to my defense, so to speak.”
Erin McDonald (M.Ed. ’06 Couns Ed) is the Assistant Dean for Student Conduct at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Erin oversees the student conduct staff, process, documentation and outreach for the campus. She resides in Conway with her husband Jeremy and their son Henry.
Casey Loftus (M.Ed. ’09 Couns Ed) and her husband John and her son Jacob welcomed a daughter, Cora, this June. Casey is currently on a sabbatical from work, but is employed by Fairfax County Public Schools.
Harrison Gordon (M.Ed. ’84 Couns Ed) “My wife and I moved to the Charlottesville area around Thanksgiving of 2014 after many years in the Lancaster, Penn., area. It is nice to be back in C’ville!”
Steve Parker (B.S. ’76 Health & PE; M.Ed. ’83 Couns Ed) “Nothing exciting to report. Can say that my experiences, as both a undergrad and graduate student in the Curry School, have been of immense lifelong benefit.”
Steve Parker's Curry Memory
“Had 2+ wonderful years there! Can’t say enough good things about my experiences while there. The professors, the support staff, the students, all aspects of this wonderful program.”
Kimberly Edwards (B.S.Ed ’09, M.Ed. ’11 Speech Path & Aud) is a Virginia and Washington, DC, certified speech language pathologist. She is working as the Transitions Program coordinator and speech-language pathologist for KIPP DC Public Charter Schools in the newly founded Learning Center. The center services preschool, elementary and middle school students who require specialized instruction and related services in a full-time setting outside of general education. She is currently pursuing her ABA Certification from George Mason University to become a board certified behavior analyst.
Jennifer Schmid (B.S.Ed. ’16 Speech Path & Aud) is excited to remain at UVA Curry School to continue her education at the graduate level in speech therapy!
Jennifer Schmid's Curry Memory
“My fondest memories involve the study abroad trip with fellow classmates and creating valuable networks worldwide.”
Dana Levitt (M.Ed. ’95, Ph.D. ’01 Couns Ed)
A Guide to Graduate Programs in Counseling
by Tyler Kimbel and Dana Levitt
(Coming in 2017, Oxford University Press).