Tricia Rubner (M.Ed. ’99 Admin & Supv) is a school board member for Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in North Carolina. “The U.Va. Curry School administration and supervision program is the rock solid foundation from which I am able to help my childrens’ school continue to grow and move forward.”
Tricia Rubner's Curry Memory
“My warmest U.Va. Curry School memories start with my first class. It was a small group lesson with a new professor, Pam Tucker. I enjoyed the warm approachability of the faculty at any nuance, and professors like Drs. Wagner, Duke, Esposito, and Canady quickly come to mind. Our cohort of friends in the program created fond memories of times spent together. It will be a pleasure to keep dear old UVA close.”
Holly McCartney (Ph.D. ’05 Elementary Ed) is an associate professor of Early Childhood, Elementary and Reading at James Madison University. She coordinates the ECED MAT postbaccalaureate program and is a Madison Collaborative Fellow.
Stuart Holland (M.Ed. ’67) retired from Cox High School in Virginia Beach in 2001 after 40 years in teaching and coaching. “I was honored by having the Cox gym named for me. I have enjoyed spending time with grandchildren, snow skiing, and playing golf since retirement.”
Stuart Holland's Curry Memory
“I had some great professors, and our softball team won the summer school championship in ’66 and runner-up in ’67. I always enjoy going back to Charlottesville for football and basketball games. I met some great friends that I still keep up with today.”
William Wells (M.Ed. ’04 Admin & Supv) has been working for Amherst County Schools for 20+ years. “I was named principal of Monelison Middle School in Madison Heights, Va., in 2012 and currently serve in that capacity. I am in the dissertation phase of my Ed.D in Leadership Studies at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg VA with a projected graduation date of May 2014. I also currently serve as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Bn 317th Inf (United States Army Reserve) in Suffolk, Virginia.”
Betty Covington (M.Ed. ’71 Admin & Supv) is a retired school principal who serves as an elected member of the Prince William County School Board in Virginia. She was featured in the Curry Alumni magazine. Read Fifty Years and Counting.
Jeff McFarland (M.Ed. ’98 Admin & Supv) is an administrator at Marshall, A Governor’s STEM Academy. He sends this news: “The Virginia Board of Education has approved a proposal from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to establish a Governor’s STEM Academy at George C. Marshall High School. The Governor’s STEM Academy will offer new rigorous academic and career and technical education programs in Information Technology and STEM Engineering & Aerospace. Full implementation of these courses will take place in the 2014-15 school year. Governor’s STEM Academies are designed to expand options for students to acquire literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while earning industry credentials required for high-demand, high-wage, and high-skill careers. Each academy represents a partnership among school divisions, postsecondary institutions, and business and industry. (more…)
Curtis Fry (Ed.D. ’10 Admin & Supv) has been the assistant principal at Tomahawk Creek Middle School since prior to the 2010 school year. He has been serving America’s youth through public education for 26 years.
Curtis Fry's Curry Memory
1. My initial meeting with my adviser, Pam Tucker. I was struck with her professionalism and candor in regard to my doctoral goals.
2. Organizational Change class with Dr. Dan Duke, where I was introduced to Instructional Program Coherence, my future dissertation focus.
3. Presenting my dissertation proposal to Dr. Tucker and our thorough discussions in regard to the feasibility of my plan.
4. The Hooding and Graduation ceremonies for the Curry School of Education.
Chad Foltz (M.Ed. ’13 Admin & Supv) was recently named a finalist for the 2014 Chesapeake Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
Frank E. Barham (Ed.D. ’73 Admin & Supv) is president/owner of FEB & Associates, an administration/policy development firm. He was on the Curry Administration and Supervision program faculty from 1975-1994. From 1983-2010 he also served as executive director of the Virginia School Boards Association. www.febandassociates.com/
Chester Mummau (Ed.D. ’04 Admin & Supv) enjoys serving as superintendent of the Wyalusing Area School District in northeast Pennsylvania. “Every day brings new challenges, which keeps the job very interesting! My days at U.Va. have served me well in the changing arena of public education! I stopped by the campus in December when I was in the area and am very impressed with Bavaro Hall! Keep up the good work!”
Chester Mummau's Curry Memory
“My favorite memories of Curry center around the Summer of 1998 when a cohort of wannabe superintendents were in Dr. Al Butler’s and Dr. Margaret Grogan’s courses which we termed “Superintendent’s Boot Camp.” They were intense courses, but well worth it. There were many other very interesting courses over the years with Dr. Bull, Dr. Bunch, Dr. Burbach, Dr. Canady, Dr. Covert, Dr. Duke, and Dr. Konold. I always respected the fact that U.Va. hired professors with practical experiences prior to teaching. Keep up the good work!”
Mark Angle (M.Ed. ’98 C&I; Ed.D, ’02 Admin & Supv) after serving as a principal and central office administrator in Virginia for twelve years, moved home to West Virginia where he accepted a position at Concord University, the school from which he earned his undergraduate degree. At Concord, Mark co-teaches an innovative undergraduate course that combines Educational Psychology, Assessment, and Technology into a single, integrated course for all teacher education candidates. Mark also teaches several courses in the Educational Leadership program for those seeking a master’s degree and certification to become school administrators. (more…)
Nancy Lantz (Ed.S. ’96 Admin & Supv) “Hard to believe that it has been eighteen years since graduation in 1996. The Ed.S. program gave me the knowledge and skills to continue in a leadership role at the school level for several years before moving into the Central Office to oversee the Title I and PreK programs, along with additional assignments as the school system needed my management and organizational skills.”
Nancy Lantz's Curry Memory
“The experience at UVA was eye opening as peers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences were able to share. Had not experienced this at the undergraduate. UVA was a whole new world. Tolerance and acceptance of other views was at an all time high.”
Danielle Roby (M.Ed. ’03 Admin & Supv) is enjoying her third year as Senior Coordinator of Music. “I work with a team of 78 K-12 music teachers across our district.”
Frank Layman, PT, DPT, EdD, MTC (Ed.D. ’99 C&I) Success Through Logical Thinking
by Frank Layman, PT, DPT, EdD, MTC,
Dog Ear Publishing
Frank Layman is a specialist in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine, with over 20 years of experience treating patients and athletes of all age groups and activity levels. (more…)
Thomas D. Armstrong (M.Ed. ’76 Couns Ed) has been elected to the board of directors of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. He is an Assistant Vice President and Investment Associate, Merrill Lynch in Birmingham, Ala. Following fifteen years of experience in counseling and healthcare administration, Mr. Armstrong received a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business in 1989. He joined Merrill Lynch in March, 1989, as a Financial Advisor.
Marilyn Smith (B.S. 64) is retired from an administrative position with the VA Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. “I utilized my Curry degree by teaching third grade in Fairfax Co.,Va., for four years, going through the accreditation program. Then I took a position with the Veterans Administration. I moved around from Virginia to Kansas to Indiana to Pennsylvania and back to Kansas. I have two grown children and 2 1/2 grandchildren. Would love to hear from any classmates.”
Marilyn Smith's Curry Memory
“I enjoyed sharing time with classmates in Mumford Hall.”
Ginger Black (M.Ed. ’74 Reading) recently retired as a reading specialist from the Washington, DC, area to sunny Charleston, SC, where word has leaked out about her specialty and she now supports individual students from kindergarten through freshman year in college.
Ginger Black's Curry Memory
“When I studied at U.Va. there were no satellite locations, just the Charlottesville campus, so I would teach all day and then drive from the DC area to Charlottesville every Thursday for a 7:30pm class and then drive back to DC the same evening and teach the next day! I drove that Route 29 for three years. During the summers I would live in Charlottesville during the week and drive to DC on the weekends. Now that’s dedication.”
Ken Plum (’67 M.Ed.) Delegate Kenneth R. Plum (D-36th) became the longest serving current member of the Virginia House of Delegates this year. Plum was first elected in 1978 for a term and from 1981 to the present has represented the Reston area of Fairfax County. Ken was assigned to a teaching internship in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) as part of his Master’s degree study. He was hired by FCPS where he worked as a teacher and administrator, including director of instruction and director of adult and community education. He retired from the school system in 1996. The Fairfax School Board named a building for him, the Plum Center for Lifelong Learning, for his exemplary service. Seniority ranking in the House of Delegates is recognized on members’ license plates. Photo shows Ken with the number 1 tag on his Prius. kenplum.com
Sandra Burnett Wagaman (M.Ed. ’69) is retired and living in Keswick, Va. “I am active with the University of Virginia Medical Center serving on the Children’s Hospital Board, the EMCERT Board (Emergency Medicine) and the UVa Hospital Auxiliary…both on the board and as a volunteer. I have a daughter (who is a counselor at West Springfield High School in Fairfax, Va.) and two grandchildren.”
Sandra Burnett Wagaman's Curry Memory
“Dr. Paul B Walter…..need I say more!!!!!!”
Joseph Cipp (M.Ed. ’72) is a retired educator. “I was just about everything in that field: teacher, administrator, coach, superintendent, and even was elected to the board of education.
“A book was written about the Bellport High School football program (we had much success). The books title is Bellport Football- A Proud Tradition. The author was Christopher R. Vaccaro. Published in 2009 by Xlibris. Corporation.” (http://www.bellportfootball.com/) [Joe Cipp Field at Bellport was named in Joe's honor.]
Joseph Cipp's Curry Memory
“Going to the U.Va. was a great experience in my life. Great school & faculty. Proud to be an alumnus.”