Sandra Mitchell (Ed.D. ’11 Admin & Supv)
retired as associate superintendent for instruction for Fauquier County Public Schools on Jan. 1, 2017. She left FCPS to become a part-time educational leadership instructor and the program administrator for the leadership preparation program for the University of Virginia, Falls Church campus. (more…)
David Wolcott (Ph.D. ’05 Higher Ed) has been appointed as Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President & Provost at The University of Texas at Austin.
Katie Norwood (M.T. ’09 Elem Ed) and Bryan Norwood were married October 15, 2016 at the Rigmor House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The couple now lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where Mrs. Norwood is a 7th- and 8th-grade social studies teacher with Orange County Schools.
Katie Norwood's Curry Memory
“Taking photos for Curby Alexander’s technology class in the snow-covered tennis courts by Curry, getting my student teaching assignment and opening that letter with my classmates, taking all classes in Ruffner because Bavaro wasn’t built yet, group projects in the library in Ruffner, Curry tailgates!”
Charles (Chap) Percival (M.Ed. ’88 AV C&I) was featured in a story by the Sarasota, Fla., Herald Tribune about the upcoming total solar eclipse. Read This retired Pine View teacher really wants you to see 2017’s total solar eclipse
Quoted from the story:
“Once the sun is half covered up, the quality of light changes,” he says. “The temperature drops. You can actually see the shadow of the moon projected on the sky. You can see it rushing toward you. The very last thing you see is this diamond ring effect before the moon hides the rest of the sun, and when you’re with people there’s lots of shouting and hollering.
“It’s unlike anything you’ll ever experience. You can see how people who didn’t know what was going on would be absolutely terrified. It would terrify anyone.”
Percival is 69 – he retired from Pine View last year – but he sounds like a schoolboy when he starts talking about eclipses.
Claude R. (Bud) Mayo (M.Ed. ’75 English Ed) has been named president of the Northern Virginia Sigma Chi Fraternity Alumni Association The group meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 in the Kilroy’s Restaurant in Springfield, Virginia. Call 703-389-1505 for details.
Claude R. (Bud) Mayo's Curry Memory
“My association with the late Dr. Jerry Moore of the Curry School.”
Brennan Sigel (M.T. ’03 Soc Studies Ed) married David Guion on July 16, 2016, in Richmond, Va.
Tamara Wilkinson (M.T. ’12 Foreign Lang Ed) was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30 for Education.” She is executive director of African American Teaching Fellows in Charlottesville. Judges for the Education list were Stacey Childress, CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund; Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective; Wendy Kopp, Cofounder, Teach for All; and Marcus Noel, Founder, Heart of Man Ventures.
Laura Leviski (M.Ed. ’10 Speech Path & Aud) married Matthew Hyde on October 22, 2016. The ceremony took place at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Federal Hill and the reception was held at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Md. Laura currently lives in Baltimore and is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Melissa McBride (M.Ed. ’03 Admin & Supv) and Tony Borash (M.T. ’02 Sci Ed) were featured by the local Daily Progress in its Distinguished Dozen series for their exceptional volunteer service to the Fluvanna SPCA. McBride is a special-education coordinator for Albemarle County Public Schools. Borash is an education consultant for Advanced Learning Partnerships.
Read about them in Pt 10 of the series.
Mary McKay (M.Ed. ’13 Soc Fdns)
Swimming Lessons: How Our Mental Healthcare System Fails Us
A Mother’s Personal Reflections And Cry For Help
by Mary McKay.
Available on Amazon.
“When someone talks about their crazy family— the critical mother, the manipulative sibling, the hyperactive kid, the remote father, the disastrous and painfully hilarious family vacations and holidays—I now understand that ‘crazy’ is on a long continuum that reaches from ‘quirky’ to catastrophic, but only a few (if any) are lucky enough to avoid that continuum altogether. In fact, if you exist, I want to meet you.” (p. 23)
A firsthand account of parenting two children with behavioral and emotional illness, this story casts a spotlight on the dysfunction of the mental health system and offers demands for change. Too many families suffer behind closed doors due to stigma and lack of solutions, which often leads to tragedy. This story references recent violent events that have proven the massive national need to address the mental illness epidemic. Swimming Lessons is a personal story, but it is a national story as well.
Kathleen Rudasill (Ph.D. ’06 Ed Psych)
Quiet at School: An Educator’s Guide to Shy Children
by Robert Coplan & Kathleen Moritz Rudasill,
2016, Teachers College Press.
Virginia Justis (M.Ed. ’07 Couns Ed) was recently named Colorado Middle School Counselor of the Year. Virginia moved to Denver, Col., in August 2015 to take a position at Hamilton Middle School in Denver Public Schools through the Colorado Counselor Corps grant. She implemented a school counseling for 920 students after Hamilton hadn’t had a school counselor for over a decade.
Jacob Rooksby (M.Ed. ’07 Soc Fdns; Ph.D. ’12 Higher Ed)
The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage, and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why It Matters
by Jacob Rooksby
(Johns Hopkins University Press).
Anne Cash (Ph.D. ’10 Applied Dev Sci) and colleagues published “Assessing the Association Between Observed School Disorganization and School Violence: Implications for School Climate Interventions” in the April 2016 issue of the journal “Psychology of Violence,” an affiliate of the American Psychological Association. Read more about the paper on the UNC Charlotte site, where Anne is an assistant professor in the Cato College of Education.
Jessica Schwartz (M.Ed. ’14 C&I) is program manager at Harvard Yard Child Care Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jeff Ewing (M.Ed. ’89 Couns Ed) after spending 19 years working in Student Affairs on a small campus and then working for two different regional accrediting agencies, just began a new position as Senior Consultant for Executive Search with Keeling & Associates. “We focus primarily on searches in student life related fields. Three years ago we moved from Philadelphia to the San Francisco area and love living here and I am enjoying my lack of a commute as I work from home.”
Pamela Moran (M.Ed. ’80 Sci Ed; Ed.D. ’97 Admin & Supv)
superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, was given the 2016 Administrator of the Year Award from the Virginia Music Educators Association. VMEA is a statewide nonprofit that promotes the advancement of music education in schools and other learning institutions. Read more in Charlottesville Tomorrow.
Carl Mattacola (M.Ed. ’91, Ph.D. ’96 Health & PE) was recently promoted to Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs at the University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences.
Frederic Babbitt (M.Ed. ’77 Couns Ed) after serving as principal of Hillyard Middle School for 11 years, retired in 2011 and performed part-time supervision of student teachers and practicum students for UVA and JMU until this year. Now fully retired, he lives with wife Janis in Harrisonburg, Va.
Erin Ottmar (Ph.D. .’11 Ed Psych: ADS) was awarded an AERA Study of Deeper Learning (AERA-SDL) Fellowship. “As a part of this fellowship, I will use the Study of Deeper Learning dataset to investigate direct and indirect relations between cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal opportunities, non-cognitive outcomes, and student achievement outcomes in reading, math, and science. Examining whether there are differences in predictability of student outcomes in deeper learning network and non-network schools will help build a stronger understanding of what types of DL opportunities and strategies can best develop the complex skills that students need to be successful in school and can also be used to inform future intervention designs and research studies.”
Erin was also awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). “This project uses smartwatches and cell phone technology to train middle school students in mathematics and computational thinking by creating augmented reality games with math-related challenges. This new genre of embodied technologies (mobile and wearable devices that involve motion and physical activity) will allow children to create math games while also enabling them to play each other’s math games. The project intends to advance scientific knowledge on how people learn, as it investigates how to teach mathematics and computing through game play and game design.”