Recent Notes

Kitty Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT (Ed.S. ’00 Admin & Supv) is founder of Boitnott Coaching, LLC, a coaching service dedicated to offering personal and professional coaching, professional development workshops, and break out programs for conferences and conventions around the country. Kitty speaks on topics related to stress management for busy professionals along with speaking to the importance of intentionally creating work-life balance in today’s busy, information over-loaded world. Kitty has coached dozens of individuals from all over the world either through her private practice or as a career coach consultant with CareerHMO.

Kitty also offers programs related to job search strategies and the problems individuals in their 40’s and 50’s typically run into as they attempt to find new work, switch careers, or find work that is more satisfying after being chronically under employed since the economic meltdown of 2008-2009. (more…)

Meghan O’Leary (M.Ed. ’08 Soc Fdns) MeghanOLeary-rowing-300never joined the rowing team while she was a student-athlete at the University of Virginia from 2003 to 2008. She traded softballs for oars on a whim a couple of years after graduating. Now she’s a winner on the water and a 2016 Olympic hopeful in the women’s double sculls.

O’Leary was honored for National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the Cavalier women’s basketball game on Jan. 25, 2015. (more…)

Kenneth X. Warren ( M.Ed. ’04, Ph.D. ’11 IT) knows the power of story. His grandfather, Dr. Francis M. Foster, a Richmond dentist, was known in the family as “the golden griot.”

“He was sort of the African-American historian for the city of Richmond,” says Warren, who has a master’s degree and a doctorate in instructional technology from U.Va.’s Curry School of Education. Two generations later, Warren is carrying on his grandfather’s legacy.

Now an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Warren teaches a graduate course that helps medical educators use digital media to tell stories. “Storytelling is a way of sharing experiences, sharing stories, communicating,” says Warren. “It’s a way to archive lived experience … My grandfather taught me how to be a good listener. He believed, as do I, that it is the listening that values a storyteller’s experience and prepares a listener for change.”

That can be particularly challenging in medical settings, where patients face medical personnel with a mixture of awe, terror, hope and confusion. Warren believes much of that discomfort can be softened by doctors who are more reflective and “in the moment,” or “meta-cognitive.”

Read the full story: “Alumnus Kenneth Warren teaches digital storytelling to physicians” by Tracey O’Shaughnessy in the Virginia Magazine

Catherine M. Marchetti (M.T. ‘11 Spec Ed) was named Richmond’s 2014 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in November. She won $1,000 and goes into the running for the regional teacher of the year honor. Marchetti has been an early-childhood exceptional educational teacher at Amelia Street School for the past three years. She was selected from a field of 46 nominees, including 10 finalists.

Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Rebecca Estes Gore (B.S. ’72) Rebecca Gore and familyafter more than 44 years of teaching recently retired. “I spent 20-plus years in Madison County, first as a substitute in the late 60’s and early 70’s while obtaining my degree at U.Va. Upon receiving my undergrad degree I taught Earth and Space Science and coached fast pitch softball at Madison County High School. During that time I also served on the U.Va. softball team’s summer camp staff, with head coach Sue Ross. (more…)

Rebecca Estes Gore's Curry Memory

“Helpful advisors, Dr. Ertel Thompson, and professors — Dr. Lowry — and astronomy professors, Dr. Osvalds, and nights spent at McCormick Observatory. As a teacher, I have visited the observatory many time with students. I have returned to take classes in the Physics dept: both Nuclear and Astronomy.

“In the early 70’s I found it unfortunate that some professors in the college would not let me take their courses offered, i.e., Oceanography, because I was a woman at the University, even though I had excellent grades. As much as Dr. Thompson pleaded on my behalf, I had to wait and take the course at James Madison University. I am sure Curry women do not have that obstacle today.

“Additional memories: One day, attending a PE class in Mem Gym, Dr. Sullivan approached me with a U.Va. basketball uniform, His question was, ‘Did you play basketball in high school.’ My reply: ‘Yes Sir!’. ‘Then would you suit up tonight on the U.Va. team travel to Longwood to play in game against them.’ I would have loved to have said I played basketball at U.Va., but unfortunately, I had a major test the next day and felt it best I not go play basketball. Thinking back, I wish I had taken the offer.”

Linda Ettinger Lieberman (M.Ed. ’73 AV C&I) is retiring from her job on February 15, 2015. “I intend to do more volunteer work for Hadassah, the March of Dimes, and my synagogue. My husband and I plan to travel more and enjoy our joint retirement.”

Linda Ettinger Lieberman's Curry Memory

“Moving into Ruffner Hall from our old site [in winter ’72-’73]. Having dinner at the homes of my department chairman and my graduate advisor.

Cherish S. Skinker (M.Ed. ’10, Soc Fdns; Ed.S. ’12 Admin & Supv) works for the Virginia Department of Education as a School Improvement Coordinator.  “I am faculty at James Madison University, as the University is the agent for the program.  I am over-the-moon!  I could never have done this without all of the support and knowledge that I gained through Curry Social Foundations program.”

Claude (Bud) Mayo (M.Ed. ’75 English Ed) has been named to the Board of Directors of the Society of Virginia. Bud is a retired administrator from Fairfax County Public Schools.

Anne Constant (M.Ed. ’72, Ed.D. ’79 English Ed) Anne Constant“After retiring 12 years ago from Ernst & Young/Cap Gemini, I embarked on another career—owning and managing (and teaching in) the Jazzercise Premier Fitness Center of Falls Church, Va. Now I’ve just retired a second time and am able to devote more time to travel, sports, music, animal rescue, and, most importantly, family.

Anne Constant's Curry Memory

“Not exactly a ‘memory’–My understanding of how people acquire and use information has been invaluable to me throughout my career as a consultant, sales professional, and business owner…and I have the Curry School to thank for that.”

Elizabeth Oscanyan (B.S. ’59, M.Ed. ’65 Math Ed) received an Appreciation Award from the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia for work including founding of the Loudoun ENDependence Center, a.k.a. LEND. [12/15/08] She moved from Loudoun County to an independent living apartment at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center in Harrisonburg in summer of 2010. She sang tenor in the Loudoun Chorale, sings tenor in the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society and has been singing tenor in the Bach Festival in Harrisonburg for about 15 years.

Jeffrey (Jeff) Saeli (B.S. ’66) “I am retired now, but I have experienced a varied life thus far. Since leaving U.Va. in 1966, I have been a middle school social studies teacher, Ford Motor Company production line supervisor, Peace Corps Volunteer in Songkhla, Thailand, high school guidance counselor in Orlando, Fla., director of admissions at Brenau College, and magnetic tape sales representative and media consultant for Graham Magnetics throughout the Southeast. I also was in charge of training new Graham sales representatives and US distributor sales representatives. In addition I traveled to SE Asia to train Graham dealer sales representatives.

“My experience at U.Va. and Curry was fundamental to my success in my many careers. Over the years, I have traveled extensively to Europe, Asia, Africa. South America and Australia. In 2012, my wife and I spent three months touring Asia. In 2009, we sponsored a water well in a NE Thailand village and traveled to the site for the dedication. I will always be grateful for the training and skills I learned while attending U.Va. and the Curry School of Education.”

Tom Grant (B.S. ’79 Math Ed) Tom Grantstarted a new job in August 2014 as full-time Math Emporium Coordinator at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn. “I am excited to be part of this innovative program of computer-based learning, the first of its kind in the state system. I oversee 12 to 24 sections of developmental math each semester, and our goal is to refine our program and eventually create the computer platform entirely in-house. Dr. Senan Hayes developed the program and wrote an excellent workbook in which the students are guided to learn from an electronic text and then complete homework online. Please contact us if you would like to know more or come visit our beautiful facility.

Judy Barbieri (M.Ed ’69) retired after teaching many years in Twickenham, Middlesex, England. “We now spend six months in London and six months in Sanibel, Fla.”

Judy Barbieri's Curry Memory

“I remember what a lovely bunch of people that were there, both studying and teaching.”

Martha Nowak (B.S. ’75 Science Ed) Martha Nowakretired after being a classroom life, earth and physics science teacher from 1975-2010. She received the Mid-America Regional Council’s Teaching Environmental Stewardship Award in 2010. Since retiring, she has been program coordinator for One Health Kansas, and K-12 Education Program Coordinator for Kansas State University/Olathe. She married fellow Wahoo, Kent (A & S, 1974), and both enjoy sailing the Caribbean, managing rental properties, and visiting grandkids.

Martha Nowak's Curry Memory

“My passion for teaching was sparked by my elective, Education and Society. I switched my major from nursing to education, and found my mission in life!”

John “Jack” Docherty III (B.S. ’61) after retiring in Boston from a career in the surgical implant field where he assisted in the design of total hip and knee replacements, retired to Hilton Head Island, S.C.  “While in retirement, he has participated in volunteer work. Mr. Docherty became the chairman of the Sea Pines Plantation Architectural Review Board, the chairman of the Town of Hilton Head’s Land Management  Ordnance Committee, and the chairman of Hilton Head’s Rules and Procedure Committee. After many years, he recently stepped down as a Town’s Planning Commissioner.

“While a student on a football scholarship at U.Va., he also was a member of the golf team and was the last U.Va. boxer to represent the University in the NCAA Boxing Championships before boxing was eliminated as a college sport.  Mr. Docherty was the president of the School of Education and the President of the Student Education Association, a member of the Jefferson Literary Society, the Executive Committee of Dormitory Counselors, Phi Delta Kappa, the TILKA Society, the IMP Society and the Honor Committee.

“Remarkably, he graduated from U.Va. in three years.”

David E. D. (Dee) Sinkler (B.S. ’65 Special Ed) David Sinkler(M.A. Special Ed, SJSU, 1995) is retired now, farming, writing, composing, riding, adventuring. Happy to be alive. All Glory to GOD.

Book is in the process.
Lots and Lots of songs,
Photos sold all over the world.
Sculpture, weavings, pottery, glass and woodwork.

Promoting Motorcycling through Confederation of Clubs


David E. D. (Dee) Sinkler's Curry Memory

“In 1964, I became an undergraduate assistant to one of my Special Education major professors. I had my own office down in the far depths of Peabody Hall, where I was his legs to Alderman Library, doing research for his classes. That experience truly was invaluable in preparation for my life’s work: to help “special” kids. They are just like everybody else, only more-so, you know…

“I started schools, principal’d schools, chaired departments, instituted innovative “Special” programs, empowering kids at both ends of the bell curve of intelligence, and taught ALL SUBJECT levels from 1st grade to GED and college prep. Received Commendation from the state of California for innovative curriculum. On the board of State Textbook Adoption (CA). Put musical instruments into the hands of many, many students, knowing that music has a profound influence upon calming restless minds. Helped start the first school in the U.S. in an Industrial Park, where we had a sheltered workshop with at-risk and ED kids together. Utilized the Socratic method where possible. Taught (facilitated and empowered) in the private and public school systems in 5 states for more than 40 years . The undergraduate assistantship in Curry was a critical factor in forming my future.”

Vera Woodson (M.Ed. ’03 Soc Fdns; Ed.S. ’04 Admin & Supv) Woodson coverLady Bug, Beetle Boy, and Friends: Bullies Be Gone!
by Vera Woodson.
Mascot Books, 2014.

Play Ball! Lady Bug, Beetle Boy, and friends are out for a day of play and adventure. Follow the fun-loving crew as they avoid bullying and show the importance of teamwork!

Woodson is a marketing teacher at South County High School in Lorton. She was the 2011 Creating Excellence Award Winner for the State of Virginia in teaching and training students in the area of Career and Technical Education. The Creating Excellence Award recognizes exemplary projects that promote excellence in Career and Technical Education, demonstrate innovation, can be replicated or adapted by other educators, and stress strong ties to the community and business and industry.

Lyle R. Smith (M.Ed. ’67) received an honorary associate degree of humane letters from Germanna Community College at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 14, 2014, in recognition of his significant contributions to the progress and development of the college. He served for a decade as a member of the school’s local college board. Mr. Smith is a retired teacher and elementary school principal.

Elaine Pinkerton Coleman (B. S. 64) Santa Fe Blogger: Life After Adoption Recovery
by Elaine Pinkerton.

$2.99 on Amazon for Kindle.

Douglas David Ready (M.Ed. ’97 Soc Fdns) was named among 200 university-based education scholars who had the biggest influence on the nation’s education discourse last year. He appeared for the first time in the prestigious 2015 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, coming in at 195th. Ready is an associate professor of Education and Public Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University.