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. The award — regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science teachers — recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning. Adcock, formerly an elementary school teacher at Pocahontas Elementary School in Powhatan County, earned the presidential award for K-6 science. She is currently the STEM Coach for Powhatan County Public Schools.
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) 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.
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.”
Emily Wolber Scheuring (M.Ed. ’10 Speech Path & Aud) has been serving as clinical speech-language pathologist at the Duke Voice Care Center in Durham, NC since 2010. She continues to pursue a hybrid career in vocal performance, pedagogy, and rehabilitation through the Doctor of Musical Arts Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2015, she joined the clinical faculty at UNC-Greensboro Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders, where she trains SLP graduate students in assessment and treatment of voice disorders. In early 2016, she was the co-recipient of a grant from the Guilford Green Foundation, which funds ongoing voice and communication modification services for transgender individuals. www.dukehealth.org/treatments/voice-disorders
Fern Andraos (B.S.Ed. ’06, M.Ed. ’08 Speech Path & Aud) is working part-time at two pediatric private practices in the DC area. “My husband and I have 2 kids, ages 3 1/2 and 18 months, with another child on the way. I basically play on the floor all day, whether it’s at my house or in the clinic :).”
Fern Andraos's Curry Memory
“I love remembering the look of kindness and joy in my professors’ eyes when I passed the oral exams….the hardest and one of the best days of my life.”
Louise Ewell Pugh (B.S. ’41) died Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. She was 96. She was born Feb., 21, 1920, in Ruckersville, Va., to Nathaniel McGregor Ewell and Mary Louise Camper Ewell. She was the oldest of six children and was called Camper by her family. After 10 years in Ruckersville and on the family farm in Greene County Virginia, her family moved to Charlottesville, Va., primarily to ensure she and her five younger siblings could obtain a better education. After Lane High School and one year at St. Annes School, she attended the State Teachers College (now Longwood). Transferring to the University of Virginia for two years, she was granted a degree in Education in 1941. (more…)
Stacy Wagovich, CCC-SLP (Ph.D. ’92 Speech Path & Aud) is the incoming co-editor of Seminars in Speech and Language. Seminars covers topics relevant to speech-language pathologists and graduate students. healthprofessions.missouri.edu/csd/viewProfile.php?facultyName=wagovich-stacy-a
Sheila Chrobak (B.S.Ed. ’94 Speech Path & Aud) “It’s hard to believe that I began my practice, Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC, a bit over 8 years ago! After moving into a new office space last summer, I’ve had the opportunity to expand the number of children and families I serve. Incorporating a wide variety of therapy approaches and philosophies into each child’s individualized plan continues to be a cornerstone to my practice and I appreciate all of the learning opportunities that I have been lucky enough to participate in over recent years.” dottodotspeech.com
Sheila Chrobak's Curry Memory
“Driving by Barrett Early Learning Center on Ridge Street always reminds me of the amazing volunteer opportunity I had as an undergrad to go into the center and read to groups of children in order to support language and vocabulary development.”