Carli Reis (M.Ed. ’06, Ph.D. ’10 Clin & School Psych) has been enjoying the variety a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology affords here in Atlanta. Beyond having a private practice where I mainly serve children and families. I am an adjunct professor with the Emory University School of Medicine and was recently hired to be the consulting psychologist to the Trinity School, a private elementary school in Atlanta. My husband Steve and I welcomed our daughter Matlida “Tillie” into the world in April.
Susan Parker (M.Ed. ’96 Soc Fdns) is Director of Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool in Virginia and has been awarded the 2015 District Award by Parent Cooperative Preschools International. This award honors outstanding service to the cooperative preschool movement on the local level. This year marks Parker’s tenth year directing the preschool, which embraces a child-directed, play-based curriculum. Parker has made outdoor learning a priority through the development of a new program at Long Branch Nature Center, enhancements to the school’s playground, and incorporating the school garden into the curriculum. Her tireless dedication has helped the school maintain a close-knit cooperative community benefitting children, teachers and parents.
Molly Ness (M.Ed. ’03 Engl Ed; Ph.D. ’06 Reading)
The Question is the Answer: Supporting Student-Generated Queries in Elementary Classrooms
by Molly Ness,
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
Ness is an associate professor of childhood education at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education in New York City. (more…)
Elisabeth Jerome (M.Ed. ’05, Ph.D. ’09 Clin & School Psych) and her husband Son are happy to announce the birth of their second son, Sam, who was born in March and is already growing too quickly! “It is with mixed emotions that I will be stepping down from my 6 years with Central Virginia Community Health in September to focus on expanding my private practice, WellSpring Child and Family Psychology, PC.” www.wellspringchildandfamily.com
Robyn Benson, DOM (B.S. ’87 Health & PE)
The Healthy Traveler
by Robyn Benson, D.O.M.
This groundbreaking new book has great information on how to avoid jet lag, illness, food poisoning, radiation and more, whether you travel by air, car, train or any other mode. It’s only $1.99 on Amazon, and the paperback version is coming soon. robynbenson.leadpages.net/healthy-traveler-pre-book-launch
Karen Ingersoll (Ph.D. ’92 Clin & School Psych) took a vertical team of students this summer from undergraduate to medical school level to conduct research in the rural province of Limpopo, South Africa. “We were asked last year to develop a project that would help the Ministry of Health implement Motivational Interviewing for community health workers who serve patients with chronic illnesses that require behavioral self-management. This year, we provided 4 days of training for the CHWs in their own clinic sites and are shadowing them and providing coding and coaching to improve their skills over a 6-week period. This is a collaboration between U.Va.’s Center for Global Health, the Limpopo Ministry of Health, and faculty and students at the University of Venda. This work is fulfilling and challenging. On a personal note, I am the proud mama of two teen boys! ingersolltraining.com
Megan Eliot (M.Ed. ’05, Ph.D. ’09 Clin & School Psych) and her husband are thrilled to welcome a new addition to their family: a daughter due to arrive on July 5th.
“I began a new professional role this January as the Director of Mental Health Services at the Institute for Advanced Medicine at Mt. Sinai Roosevelt Hospital.”
Sharon Shaffer (Ph.D. ’04 Soc Fdns)
Engaging Young Children in Museum
by Sharon E. Shaffer, PhD,
Left Coast Press, Inc. 2015.
Engaging Young Children in Museums examines the history, educational theory, and practice related to children and museums. The text provides a detailed explanation of advances in developmental psychology and the currently accepted framework of constructivist learning as the foundation for museum experiences for children. It further defines strategies for engaging our nation’s youngest museum visitors.
Rachel Fowlkes (Ed.D. ’84, Admin & Supv) Longtime director of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Dr. Rachel Fowlkes, will be hanging up her many hats she has worn throughout the last 24 years since the Center’s inception, officially on June 30, 2015 as she retires.
Fowlkes was honored Thursday [June 14, 2014] in the John P. Johnson, Jr. Grand Hall at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center with a reception filled with the region’s biggest players in the field of promoting higher education for adults over the age of 25.
During this reception, remarks about Fowlkes tenure were made by Kevin Crutchfield, Chair of the Center’s Board of Trustees, Delegate Joe Johnson, Carl Clarke, former University of Virginia Site Director, U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Fowlkes’ daughter, Merrill Fowlkes Hoopengardener and Duffy Carmack, Chief Financial Officer of HEC. Fowlkes closed out the reception with a comment of her role. (more…)
Cathy Waggener Peterson Smith (B.S. ’86 Elem Ed) was recently married to Mr. David M. Smith. Mrs. Smith is a middle school gifted resource teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and is a past recipient of the Curry Foundation Middle School Teacher of the Year Award, Virginia Association for the Gifted Teacher of the Year for Region II, and the VFW National Citizenship Education Award–Virginia Middle School Teacher of the Year. Mr. Smith is a retired naval officer and is currently employed as a government civilian for the navy. Mrs. Smith is the mother of Michael Peterson (SARC, 2015), and Mr. Smith is the father of Ashleigh Smith (CLAS, 2012).
Jennifer (Lofgren) Brener (M.T. ’10 Soc Studies Ed) has graduated from Shenandoah University with a master’s degree in School Administration. She will be serving as a middle school dean in Loudoun County Public Schools starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
Jane (Rice) Strong (M.Ed. ’90 Admin & Supv) received her Ph.D. in Special Education and Disability Policy on December 8, 2014, from VCU. She works as the Director of Special Education Procedural Support for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Larry Rowley (M.Ed. ’95 Soc Fnds; Ph.D. ’99 Higher Ed) is a faculty member in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and Academic and Research Program Office for Diversity and Mentoring in the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. He received the 2015 Faculty Cornerstone Award at the university’s Black Celebratory event during commencement. The award is given to faculty who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the success of African American students at the University of Michigan.
Larry Rowley's Curry Memory
“I loved studying in Ruffner Hall and my time as a graduate assistant in the Dean’s office. I am particularly proud of what we achieved during the year that I was Vice Chairman of the Education Council and a founder of Black Graduate Students in Education (BGSE).”
Suzanne Rice (Ed.D ’04 Admin & Supv) was promoted from elementary school principal to high school principal in 2008. In 2013 she was promoted to Director of Human Resources — all with Suffolk Public Schools
Suzanne Rice's Curry Memory
“Summer courses with our cohort. We spent a lot of time together.”
Bobbi F. Johnson (Ed.D. ’02 Admin & Supv) was named 2015 Region IV Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. She has led Culpeper County County Schools since 2009 and plans to retire at the end of June.
Dorinda G. Grasty (B.S. ‘80 Spec Ed; Ed.D. ‘01 Admin & Supv) was named 2015 Region VIII Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. She has led Appomattox County Schools for six years.
Jamelle S. Wilson (M.T. ’91, English Ed; Ed.D. ’02 Admin & Supv) was named dean of the University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies, effective Aug. 1, 2015. She has served as Hanover County Public Schools superintendent since July 2011. In 2015 she was named the Region 1 Superintendent of the Year. She also was recognized as one of the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History, presented by Dominion and the Virginia Library of Virginia. In 2014 she received the Outstanding Woman Award in Education from the YWCA of Greater Richmond. Wilson frequently presents on education and leadership. (more…)
Charles (Chap) Percival (M.Ed. ’88 AV C&I)
If you live in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina or adjacent to any of these, you need to read this book. This 2017 eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event for most people. The book tells you how to prepare for the eclipse and why you should see it.
Chap recently retired from 41 years of classroom teaching. He will be traveling and visiting towns in the path and is available for speaking to schools or your group. This will be big as we get closer to August 21, 2017. goseetheeclipse.com