Recent Notes

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.”