Hope N. Walton (B.S. ’75 Speech Path & Aud; M.Ed. ’76 Spec Ed) co-authored an article titled, “Outstanding Student Retention and Graduation: The Peer Advisors and Mentors Program at the University of Richmond.” Article appeared in the 2015 Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO) Journal, Vol. 28.
Doug Ballwas among a Marymount University group recognized by The ARC of Northern Virginia with its 2015 Jessica Burmester Volunteer Award. Through a partnership initiated by Doug before his retirement from Marymount, the school supports of a series of workshops that help students with intellectual and developmental disabilities transition from high school. Read more on the Marymount news page: www.marymount.edu/Home/News-Events/News?newsId=173
Melissa Driver (Ph.D ’15 Spec Ed) received the 2016 Student Research Award in the Mixed Methods category from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research. Her award-winning paper, “Word-Problem Instruction for English Learners with Mathematics Difficulty: A Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Approach,” is based on her dissertation research at Curry. She will receive a free membership to CEC-DR for one year; reimbursement of registration for the CEC 2016 Convention & Expo; and a certificate.
Mark Miear (Ed.D. ’06 Admin & Supv) was selected as the new superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools. Miear is currently the assistant superintendent for Winchester Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. Previously, he has served as director of secondary education, a high school principal, a high school associate principal, an assistant director of personnel and a history teacher. Miear also served in the United States Marine Corps. Miear earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Liberty University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lynchburg College and a doctor of education in educational leadership from the University of Virginia.
“We believe that Dr. Miear will successfully lead our school division through the next steps for success,” said Joey Lyons, school board chair. “His energy and enthusiasm are evident.” (more…)
Lois Williams (M.Ed. ’81, Ed.S. ’92, Ed.D. ’02 C&I) The Common Core Mathematics Companion: The Standards Decoded 6-8
by Ruth Harbin-Miles and Lois A. Williams,
Corwin Press and NCTM, publishers,
COMING Spring 2016.
This is Lois’ first book. “I am very excited and believe it will be of assistance to many middle school math teachers, whether they use the common core or not,” she says.
Dr. Linda Miller (M.Ed. ’78, Ed.D ’91 Soc Studies Ed) was photographed with stone mason Rick Clout who designed a marker for the Helen J. Stewart house site at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park in Las Vegas. It was given on behalf of the Southern Chapters Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate the 125th anniversary of DAR.
In the photo below, Dr. Miller is pictured with the descendants of Helen Stewart around the statue of Helen J. Stewart which Dr. Miller helped raise $100,000 for its completion.
Vera Woodson (M.Ed. ’03 Soc Fdns; Ed.S. ’04 Admin & Supv) in 2011 was named winner of the Creating Excellence Individual Educator Award presented by the Virginia Department of Education. She is a marketing teacher and supervisor of Fairfax County Public Schools’ Tysons Corner Classroom on the Mall. She was recognized for her work with the Students Helping Improve Neighborhoods Through Education (SHINE) program, which engaged students in a number of school- and community-based projects and experiential learning initiatives.
Vera Woodson's Curry Memory
“Graduating in the torrential downpour of 2003.”
Margaret Schimmoeller (Ed.D. ’97 C&I) is director of the education program at Randolph College. Her works in progress include preservice and in-service teacher perceptions of college preparation and transfer of knowledge and skill to the classroom setting and STEM professional development to improve teaching and learning in grades k-9 using the Reformed Teacher Observation Protocol.
Margaret Schimmoeller's Curry Memory
“Working with Dr. Greta Morine-Dershimer in learning communities before this concept was all the buzz. Wonderful and engaging programs at Curry — keep up the great work and research.”
Dr. Diana S. Perdue (Ph.D. ’97 Math Ed) recently accepted a position at the University of Trinidad and Tobago in order to help improve student success rates in the Foundation Maths program, to increase the effective use of educational technology, and to create educator professional development for the country’s teachers.
She is the author of “Chapter 5 Best Practices for Hybrid Mathematics Courses” in Teaching Mathematics Online: Emergent Technologies and Methodologies by Angel A. Juan, Maria A. Huertas, Sven Trenholm and Cristina Steegmann (2012. 414 pages). http://www.igi-global.com/book/teaching-mathematics-online/50527
Elizabeth Talbott (M.Ed. ’85, Ph.D. ’94 Spec Ed) is president of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Research. With colleagues from around the country, she lobbies on behalf of increased funding for special education research. For forty years, special education research has had a positive effect on the lives and learning of children and youth with disabilities, their families, teachers, and school leaders.
Elizabeth Talbott's Curry Memory
“While a student in the Curry School, I was a jazz DJ and jazz concert organizer at WTJU 91.1 FM.”
Robin Ward (Ph.D. ’97 Math Ed)
Count on TCU: Fun Facts from 1 to 12
by Robin Ward,
While counting from 1 to 12, learn about campus life at TCU. Also, as you move through the four seasons in the 12 months, discover even and odd numbers as well.
This is Robin’s sixth book. She is director of curriculum integration for the Rice University School Mathematics Project and clinical assistant professor of mathematics in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. rusmp.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=4154
Molly Ness (M.Ed. ’03 English Ed; Ph.D. ’06 Reading)
The Question is the Answer: Supporting Student-Generated Queries in Elementary Classrooms
by Molly Ness,
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. www.drmollyness.com
Adam Hastings (Ed.D. ’13 Admin & Supv) was elected to the Charlottesville School Board in his first bid for an elective office. He is dean of business, mathematics and technologies at Piedmont Virginia Community College. His term begins Jan. 1, 2016, and runs through 2017.
Barbara Lehman (Ed.D. ’86 C&I)
Creating Books for the Young in the New South Africa: Essays on Authors and Illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
Edited by Barbara Lehman, Jay Heale, Anne Hill, Thomas van der Walt, and Magdel Vorster,
William A. Gray (M.Ed. ’67)
Why Become a Christian? A Spiritual Memoir
by William A. Gray
Discusses events and people significant to his life, lessons learned and insights gained. He is president of Corporate Mentoring Solutions Inc. and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of mentoring. His other titles, Situational Mentoring and Mentoring Relationships that Work, explore developing formal mentoring relationships and how both protégés and mentors can benefit from them.
Kevin Guskiewicz (Ph.D. ’95 Sports Med) a neuroscientist and internationally recognized expert on sport-related concussions and a senior associate dean in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, will become the College’s 22nd dean. A 20-year member of Carolina’s faculty, Guskiewicz’s vision for the immediate and long-term future of the College inspired the search committee and he emerged early as a top candidate.
“Kevin is a natural fit to become the next leader of our vibrant College of Arts and Sciences, which provides students with a critical foundation for learning and discovery every day,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “An extremely accomplished teacher and researcher renowned for his expertise in injury prevention, Kevin represents the very best of Carolina. We look forward to his continued leadership on our campus.” KEEP READING THE UNC ANNOUNCEMENT.
Jonathan Plucker (Ph.D. ’95 Ed Psych ) will join Johns Hopkins University in January 2016 as the inaugural Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development. This joint appointment between the School of Education and the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) reflects Johns Hopkins’ commitment to interdisciplinary research and to advancing the science of learning.
“In his exceptional career to date, Jonathan Plucker has been a compelling and informed voice speaking to the needs of students at all points on the learning spectrum,” said Elaine Hansen, executive director of CTY. “His leadership in defining the excellence gap as a critical dimension of all educational improvement is particularly key to advancing and integrating the unique strengths of the School of Education and Center for Talented Youth.” KEEP READING from the Johns Hopkins newsroom.
Stewart Roberson (B.S. ’81 Soc Stud Ed; M.Ed. ’81, Ed.D. ’87 Admin & Supv) explained the roles and responsibilities of a school superintendent in the Oct. 24, 2015, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
…The success of this regional relationship is found in how the superintendents share many common experiences and beliefs as the chief executive officers and chief educational leaders of the school districts and communities they serve. Let me answer a few key questions about this vital position.
Q. How has the role of superintendent evolved through the history of public education?
Since its introduction in the early 1800s, the position has evolved incrementally, becoming more extensive, complex, and demanding. The phases of evolution have included emphases upon the superintendent as teacher-scholar, organizational manager, democratic statesman, applied social scientist and communicator. It is safe to assume that, today, all of these skills can be called upon any day of any year… Read more in “Roberson: It’s a calling, not just a job”