Jennifer Carson (2011) Jennifer Carson (M.Ed. ’11 from UVa Curry School of Education; J.D. ’87 from Duke University School of Law) was recently elected President of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL). www.nadsfl.org
Afi Wiggins (2014) Afi was recently hired as Director of Program Evaluation and Research at the University of Texas Charles A. Dana Center. The UT Dana Center provides teachers and instructional support personnel in schools, colleges, and universities training, resources, and other products and services in K-14 science and mathematics education for underrepresented and other student populations across the US and internationally. Click this link to see Afi’s feature on the UT Dana Center website: http://www.utdanacenter.org/welcome-afi-y-wiggins/. http://www.utdanacenter.org/welcome-afi-y-wiggins/
Diane Hoekstra (1991) Diane is a 1991 graduate of the Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology.
Her daughter, Grace just graduated with a Masters from the Curry School and attended UVA as an undergraduate. Grace was captain of the UVA Women’s Rowing Team. Diane’s son, Joseph is a sophomore at Frostburg State University and wants to take after his grandfather and become a Game Warden.
This past year, Diane has moved, gotten married, become a grandmother, launched my children, and well–that’s a lot!!! www.drdianehoekstra.com
Diane Hoekstra's Curry Memory
My years at UVA are among the most treasured of my entire life–I consider myself privileged to have attended such a beautiful, prestigious school and to have learned from such brilliant, gifted faculty. My fondest memories include hanging with Karen Loftus watching Miami Vice (haha) and my training in the Family Stress Clinic with Dave Waters. So many more!!!
J. Gordon Coleman, Jr. (1982) Gordon retired in 2012 after 28 years on the faculty of The University of Alabama and began volunteering at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (ashof.org). In 2015, Gordon increased his commitment to the Hall of Fame and was appointed to a three-year term on the selection committee in 2016, responsible for voting on nominees for induction to the Hall. Additionally, he volunteers with the local Salvation Army.
George Martin (Ed.D. ’92 Engl Ed) celebrated the third anniversary of starting a learning corporation with his wife at Market Square in Midlothian, Virginia. “We have tutored hundreds of students: from those learning their alphabet to those wishing to obtain certification to become teachers or nurses.”
George is the author of The Golden Boy: A Biography of Jackie Jensen (2000). www.chesterfieldlearningcenter.net
George Martin's Curry Memory
“I recall that about the time I was graduating from Curry, word was that the parking area opposite Ruffner Hall was about to undergo construction for a parking garage. I thought of the many times I drove into the parking lot in hopes of finding a spot for less than an hour to pick up or drop off papers–only to find no spots were available.”
Brian Kissell (Ph.D. ’06 Elem Ed)
When Writers Drive the Workshop—Honoring Young Voices and Bold Choices
by Brian T. Kissel, Ph.D.
In this practical, engaging book, former elementary school teacher and university professor Brian Kissel asks teachers to go back to the roots of writing workshop. What happens when students, not planned teaching points, lead writing conferences? What happens when students, not tests, determine what they learned through reflection and self-evaluation? www.stenhouse.com/content/when-writers-drive-workshop
Erika Caruso (M.T. ’05 Elem Ed) and her husband, Thomas J. Caruso (Col ’04), welcomed a daughter, Marielle Frances, on June 1, 2016. Marielle joins sister Charlotte Jane, 2. The family lives in Menlo Park, California.
Abby Swanson Kazley (M.T. ’01 Spec Ed) was promoted to professor in the department of healthcare leadership and management at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ms. Kazley teaches in the master in health administration program and conducts research evaluating hospital strategies in health information technology. She and her husband live in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, with their three children.
Melissa Seymour “Missy” Wood (M.T. ’01 Elem Ed ) and Adam Osgood Wood (Col ’99, Darden ’05) welcomed a fourth son, James Patrick Wood, on September 13, 2016. James joins Harrison and August, both 8, and Philip, 4. The Wood family lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Rich Mehrenberg (M.Ed. ’98 Ed Psych) has been promoted to associate professor of early, middle and exceptional education at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he worked as a high school teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Sharon McKenna Chidsey (M.Ed. ’83 Admin & Supv) has opened a bed and breakfast in Ashland, Virginia, called The Tinder Guest House. The house is unusual in that it hosts only one group at a time in more than 2,000 square feet.
Ronnie Bartley (M.Ed. ’79 Admin & Supv) has retired as president of Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, South Carolina. Previously, Mr. Bartley was interim president of West Virginia State Community and Technical College. He also served in various positions in the Virginia Community College System, including 11 years as dean of business at Southwest Virginia Community College. He worked in education for more than 46 years and held leadership positions as a teacher, college faculty member, college dean, vice president of academic affairs and twice as college president. Mr. Bartley and his wife live in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Kathryn Alley Norwood (M.T. ’08 Elem Ed) and Bryan Norwood were married October 15, 2016, at the Rigmor House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Evelyn Ahlfield (Col ’08) was a bridesmaid, and other alumni attendees included Tosin Oluwole (Col ’08), Amanda Brill Hasley (Col ’08) and Susan Fisher Mahlburg (Col ’08). The couple now lives in Hillsborough, where Mrs. Norwood is a seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher with Orange County Schools.
Frances Babb Keene (M.Ed. ’02 Couns Ed) earned her doctorate in higher education from Virginia Tech in December 2016. Having begun her doctoral work while six months pregnant in 2007, and having taken her prelims in 2009 while pregnant for the second time, she credits her husband, friends and colleagues in student affairs for helping her through the toughest parts of going to school, working full time and being a parent all at once. She plans to continue her work in Student Affairs at Virginia Tech.
Robin Ward (Ph.D. ’97 Math Ed) has published her fourth children’s counting book, Count on Villanova: Fun Facts From 1 to 12 (Mascot Books, 2016). Readers count from one to twelve while discerning even and odd numbers, exploring the passage of time through the twelve months and four seasons, and enjoying the beauty and history of Villanova’s campus. The book has a rhyming narrative and includes two coloring pages. Ms. Ward is planning her fifth book in the series: Count on UVA: Fun Facts From 1 to 12.
Larry Herbert (M.Ed. ’75 Engl Ed) has an article featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Hearing Loss magazine, a publication of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). The article is about the installation of hearing loops (assistive listening systems for people with hearing loss) in the UVA Rotunda. A celebratory event was held on November 16, 2016, in the Dome Room of the Rotunda with students from the Curry School’s speech pathology program in attendance. Faculty member Kristin Rousch helped to coordinate the event. HLAA is the nation’s largest advocacy, educational, and support group for people with hearing loss. www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/HLAA/G74349_hlaa_marapr17/index.php#/44
Larry Herbert's Curry Memory
“Jerry Moore, Michael McMahon, Jennings Wagoner, Edith Mosher, Wayne Wiley – wonderful professors on the faculty at that time.”
Thomas L. Howard III (M.Ed. ’14 SAPHE) Society Ties: A History of the Jefferson Society at the University of Virginia
by Thomas L. Howard III and Owen W. Gallogly,
(University of Virginia Press, April 2017)
Society Ties is a history of the University of Virginia’s oldest student organization, the Jefferson Society. Founded in 1825, the Society has counted the likes of Woodrow Wilson and Edgar Allan Poe among its membership and continues to be one of the largest and most active student organizations on Grounds. Society Ties is more than just the story of the Jefferson Society, however; it is a history of student life at the University of Virginia. The book explores what motivates students during their time at the University and how they experience the ineffable place that is Jefferson’s Academical Village. (more…) www.upress.virginia.edu/title/5159