Recent Notes

Mary Jackson (B.S. ’77 Elem Ed)

“WHEN she was just 10 years old, Mary Jackson began her teaching career on the back porch of her family’s home in Easley, S.C. It was there that she set up her chalkboard and led her imaginary classroom. ‘I would use my yardstick to tap my make-believe students who misbehaved, or didn’t get the right answer,’ Ms. Jackson said. Her passion led her to earn a teaching degree at the University of Virginia in 1977, but her career took a detour when, after graduation, she accepted a position at IBM. The job paid $4,000 more a year than the teaching job she had been offered, so she snapped it up. After three decades with Big Blue, she retired, and now Ms. Jackson, a 59-year-old former IBM project management executive, is finally in the classroom, and not just imagining it. She teaches math and science to fifth graders at Lockheed Elementary in Marietta, Ga….”

Read more in the Sept 27, 2014, edition of the NY Times.

Robin Ward (Ph.D. ’97 Math Ed) Robin Ward book cover“Math + Art = Fun: Activities for Discovering Mathematical Magic in Modern Art” by Robin A. Ward.

Published by Bright Sky Press, Houston, TX.

Put on your math goggles and see math in art! Enjoy this collection of more than twenty integrated math-art activities, designed and field-tested for children ages 4-10. Fall in love with math while learning about the visual arts!

Robin Ward (Ph.D. ’97 Math Ed) Recent Publication:

Ward, R. (2014). Go figure! Using the art of Jasper Johns to teach number concepts. Southern Early Childhood Association’s (SECA) Dimensions of Early Childhood, 42(2), 23-27.

Article describes how pre-K children used the art of jasper Johns to explore number.

Gerald Cooper (M.Ed. ’69) book cover

On Scholarship: From an Empty Room at Princeton
by Gerald L. Cooper.
List Price: $10.00
332 pages
ISBN-10: 1479199184

Gerald L. Cooper is a Norfolk resident and Lancaster County, Virginia, native. He had a career in education as an administrator, counselor and teacher in three Virginia prep schools: Christchurch, Blue Ridge and Woodberry Forest. He then headed a North Carolina day school and later directed development at a historically black college: Winston-Salem State University.

He ended his career by serving as executive director of Norfolk’s Tidewater Scholarship Foundation and ACCESS program, a 501 (c) (3) college access program.

After retiring in 2000, Cooper assisted former governor Gerald Baliles in starting a college access program in rural Patrick County, west of Martinsville, Va. He then began to write a remembrance of his life and career, titled “On Scholarship: From an Empty Room at Princeton.” He includes growing up in rural Lancaster County, Virginia, getting an education in public elementary and private high school. Cooper is a 1953 graduate of Christchurch School, and attended two public colleges: three semesters at William and Mary and then he transferred to the University of Virginia, where he earned BA and MEd degrees.

Cooper closes the book with a chapter titled “Leading to Diversity at the University of Virginia,” in which he discusses progress in economic and racial diversity at the University, from the time he enrolled there in 1955 until John T. Casteen III ended his twenty-year presidency in 2009. Cooper also describes his work as a development officer and board member in various types of schools, colleges and other nonprofits.

Gerald L. Cooper’s closing statement:
“I hope others will learn from my experiences, starting with losing my father when I was ten and being nurtured by the town of Lancaster Court House.
“Folks may read my book and benefit from a slice of real life. For example, there is useful information for students and parents on gaining access to financial aid for college. Also, I give examples of raising funds for various kinds of non-profit organizations and working with a variety of board members.
“There are also descriptions of how effective leaders in our state of Virginia have achieved high goals, using unselfish and non-partisan methods. It would be wonderful if we could get back to that unselfish, non-partisan approach here in the Old Dominion in the 21st century.
“I’m hopeful for the resurgence of those principles, and it all starts with education. One of the chapters in my book is titled ‘Getting an Education, Not the Confederacy,’ and that’s a good place to start.”

“My last three chapters chronicle the philanthropic and educational work of Joshua P. Darden, Frank Batten Sr., Gerald L. Baliles, and John T. Casteen III,” said Cooper. “These are four true ‘True Sons of the University of Virginia’ who collectively have had more impact for the educational and economic well-being and leadership of our commonwealth than any other group in our history. At least, they’re unequaled since legends walked these Virginia lands, bearing the names Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Mason and Monroe.

Ruth Allen (M.Ed. ’68) The Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Reiki: One Source, One Spirit

by Ruth Allen.

The book interconnects science, theology, and the practice of Reiki therapy. Since graduating from U.Va. I have earned a PhD in an interdisciplinary field combining zoology, cognitive psychology, and education. and a Masters of Arts in Theology. I am a Reiki Master and Teacher.


Ruth Allen (M.Ed. 68) Ruth Allen“We are moving from our beloved south Louisiana home and from the top of a mountain in Tennessee to Asheville, N.C., to be closer to our children. And grandchildren. I hope a U.Va. Alumni group is active there.”

Edward Sabornie (B.S. ’74, M.Ed. ’75, Ph.D. ’83 Special Ed)  

Handbook of Classroom ManagementHandbook of Classroom Management (2nd ed.)

by Edmund T. Emmer, & Edward J. Sabornie (Eds.).
Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

“I also have two co-authored chapters in the Handbook in addition to co-editing the text.”

Maggie Frye (M.Ed. ’11 Speech Path & Aud) is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with additional certifications in Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation, PROMPT, and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. “I have recently joined the Traumatic Brain Injury Specialty Team at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey.”

Larry Shifflett (Ed.D. ’13 Admin & Supv) was named Director of Innovation and Learning for Rockingham County Public Schools. See article on the RCPS website.

Layton “Tony” Beverage (Ed.D. ’03 Admin & Supv) Layton Beveragepassed away Monday, September 1, 2014. He had retired as principal of Gloucester High School in Virginia on May 1, 2014, for health reasons after leading the school since 2005. Under his leadership, the school met requirements for full state accreditation each year and met Adequate Yearly Progress goals under the No Child Left Behind Act. Beverage was named 2010 Outstanding Alumni Principal by the Curry School of Education Foundation and the 2009 Outstanding Youth Advocate by the Gloucester County Youth Commission. He received the 2009 Competence to Excellence Award from the Virginia Board of Education. He was also past president of the Gloucester Point Rotary Club. Read his full obituary in the Daily Press.

Paula Rosenberg Bell (M.Ed. ’75 Speech Path & Aud) of Norwich, Conn., retired after 39 years of “getting paid to have fun” as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Paula taught in Richmond (Va.) Public Schools for nine years then moved home to Connecticut with her husband Chris. She taught in the Connecticut public schools for the next 30 years of her career (LEARN, 16 years; Montville Public Schools 9 years; Groton Public Schools 5 years.) She became LEARN’s first Teacher of the Year (1990-91 school year). Among her many successes, she is most proud of helping to establish three high school American Sign Language programs (each part of their World Language Departments: Montville High School, Montville, Conn. (Levels 1-4), Palmer Academy, Montville, Conn. (Levels 1 and 2), Robert E. Fitch Senior High School, Groton, Conn. (Levels 1-3 but retiring before she taught Level 3). She wrote and taught the ASL curricula for each level. She continues to teach American Sign Language as an adjunct for Quinebaug Valley Community College (Danielson, Conn.) and Three Rivers Community College (Norwich, Conn.). Paula and Chris look forward to traveling especially now that it doesn’t have to be during a school vacation!

La-Neka Brown (M.Ed ’10 Reading Ed) La-Neka Brownwas the first recipient of the Dr. Judy Flythe Teacher Leader Award from the Center of Teacher Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jeffrey D. Litz (M.Ed. ’05 Admin & Supv) was named principal of George C. Marshall High School. Litz is currently working on an education doctorate degree in Curry’s administration and supervision program.

George C. Marshall High School’s new leader has spent years getting to know the school as an assistant principal and now he’s taken the reins…” Read more  in InsideNOVA

Mary “Mimi” Stout (M.Ed. ’72 Couns Ed) is currently living in Lorton, Va., and moving to Williamsburg, Va., in 2015. She retired from federal service with the Department of Defense after 38 years.

Mary “Mimi” Stout's Curry Memory

“We had no single building so classes were scattered around the Grounds in existing classrooms. Some faculty were in trailers behind Newcomb Hall.”

Ann Smith (M.Ed. ’07 Couns Ed) Ann Smithwas appointed to the Human Rights Commission of the City of Charlottesville in November 2013 and was elected Vice Chair of the Commission. She currently teaches GED classes with Adult Learners in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Ann Smith's Curry Memory

“My fondest memories of the Curry School Counselor program was learning that I had passed my comps after so many years working towards my degree. Working with great instructors and a wonderful advisor, Dr. Antoinette Thomas and the delightful luncheon given in my class’s honor at the Boars Head Inn.”

Casey Loftus (M.Ed. ’09 Couns Ed) since graduating has been working as a school counselor in Fairfax County Public Schools, specifically Chesterbrook Elementary School. “It has been a wonderful experience that has truly utilized my education from graduate school. On a more personal note, I married my husband John in 2009 and we welcomed our first child, Jacob, in May 2014.”

Bonnie Wasmund (Ed.D. ’77 Couns Ed) after leaving the Curry School and the Consultative Resource Center,  accepted a position as Federal Women’s Coordinator at the Naval Surface Weapons Center. “Following a two year time span, I took a position with a consulting firm in Falls Church, Va., as an Employee Development Specialist where I facilitated and developed project management programs designed to improve productivity in the area of information systems. When I left the firm to start my own company, we became a firm of management consultants formed to provide clients with solutions involving interactive system development, organization design, and strategic planning. I retired in 2004.”

Bonnie Wasmund's Curry Memory

“Even though commuting from rural Virginia, working at the center, and studying took large chunks of time out of my life, I have nothing but fond memories of the school, my professors, and my colleagues at CRC. Some of the friends I made there are still at the top of my list.”

Megan Luckert Wright (M.Ed. ’03 Couns Ed) since graduation worked as a middle school counselor first in Charlottesville and then Boston, where she met and married her husband Charles Wright. “After spending my life on the East Coast, we moved out west to Portland, Ore., in 2012. The next year we bought our first house and adopted our dog Barnaby. With much joy we welcomed our sweet daughter Anne Margaret Wright on August 6, 2014. Currently, I’m pursuing my Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning with a concentration in Neuroeducation at the University of Portland and serve as a deacon in my church.”

Megan Luckert Wright's Curry Memory

“I was privileged to have the best classmates in my counseling cohort. We gelled well right from the beginning and supported each other all the way through the program. A close second are the professors who taught us based on their real-world experience and continuous pursuit of the profession. It’s so easy to brag to people about my experience whenever asked how I liked my time at U.Va.”

Krishna Kishore (M.T. ‘02 Soc St Ed) Kris Kishorepassed away in April 2014, at the age of 41, following a yearlong battle with cancer. The following tributes were submitted by three of the many friends and colleagues who admired him deeply.

By John Baber (M.T. ’08 Soc Studies Ed)

Kris Kishore was first and foremost a dedicated educator—a touchstone for hundreds of students’ experiences over the past twelve years. But he was also much more: a perennial Curry student mentor, a diligent scholar, a thoughtful creator of curriculum, an involved faculty member, a supportive colleague, and a good friend to all who crossed his path. As a former colleague of his, I can say with confidence that he was the best teacher I’ve ever seen in action, including in my own experiences growing up. (more…)

Beverly Mikulay Momsen (Ed.D. ’81) Bev Momsen and Bobrecently retired after working for 40 years in University Student Development/Student Affairs, as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and recently in corporate leadership development roles, executive coaching and assessment.

Beverly Mikulay Momsen's Curry Memory

“Meeting great people in Counselor Education — both grad students and faculty. Dialogue sessions with Bill Van Hoose and others, walking to the Corner. Being involved in ACA and state counseling conferences.