Recent Notes

Sara Rich (M.T. ’07 Soc Studies Ed) after seven years teaching in Congo, Belgium and the States, is now the Associate Director for Teacher Training at Bridge International Academies. “Bridge is a company that builds and operates low cost private schools in Kenya and Uganda. We currently run over 400 academies. We train thousands of teachers each years. I am also a writer and have a blog to share my stories about teaching, learning and living around the world. It’s called Beans & Rice for the Soul.”

Virginia Epstein (M.Ed. ’05 C&I) is excited to be teaching fashion illustration at John Tyler’s Fool for Art (April 18) in addition to a week long camp-style class at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Summer Discovery this July. Gennyville/Facebook

Virginia Epstein's Curry Memory

“The talented student artists at Collegiate who helped make my creativity research a little more fun.”

Barbara Schmertz (M.Ed. ’05 Soc Fdns; Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed) was recently hired as associate director for research and policy analysis at the Maryland Higher Education Commission located in Baltimore, Md. She had previously served as program manager at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation since 2010.

Vera Woodson (M.Ed. ’03 Soc Fdns) educator, business woman, now novelist, has authored a Young Adult novel to chronicle the greatest contemporary love story never told: Scattered Shells: Hello Homecoming (Mascot Books)

Diana Everett (M.Ed. ’71 Spec Ed) Diana Everettretired from teaching gifted girls at The Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio and is now enjoying teaching a thing or two to her five grandchildren! Putting her U.Va. Master’s Degree in Special Education to good use, she has taught children with Down Syndrome and learning disabilities as well.

Diana Everett's Curry Memory

“The Special Ed department was in Peabody Hall, and I believe that the program was very new. It was also the first year women were admitted. I remember Douglas P. Howard and Dr. Payne, two of the professors, and I can see the faces of the others but the names have escaped me. Our department was small but close, and I would so very much like to have a list of the names of my Class of 1971 Graduate Education classmates! I remember Dr. Carriker….and I believe a holiday party at his house. I remember Sensitivity Training and did NOT like that…it was strange.”

David Schein (Ph.D. ’05 Higher Ed) is visiting assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas – Houston Cameron School of Business and was recently appointed director of graduate programs. He teaches business ethics, business law and management courses.

Lara Ashmore (M.Ed. ’95, Ph.D. ’03 AV C&I) Lara Ashmore and Familywas recently appointed the assistant director of Technology, Innovation and Program Development for the Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas Dallas. (more…)

Lara Ashmore's Curry Memory

“Spaghetti dinners at the Bunch’s house, late nights and weekends in Mable Kinzie’s computer lab, working as a grad assistant in the AV lab.”

Vera Woodson (M.Ed. ’03 Soc Fdns) Woodson cover

Scattered Shells: Hello Homecoming
by Vera Woodson,
Mascot Books, available April 15, 2015

Whoever said high school was easy, must have attended school online. Charlie faces the ups and downs of high school life with the entire social media spotlight surrounding every scene. Why do the head and heart always seem to disagree? Can any girl ever fall in love without falling head over heels into a ditch? Who decided a girl needs a date to Homecoming anyway? The best love story never written finally comes to life and puts names to all of those awkward moments you felt in the most secretive, annoying, and exciting adolescent world. Charlie, Tyler, and Kayla are three rock solid girlfriends, coming of age and growing stronger, as they help each other maneuver one of the most dramatic places on earth, high school. ISBN: 978-1-63177-065-4


David Schein (Ph.D. ’05 Higher Ed) Schein cover

Teaching Undergraduate Business Ethics
by David Schein.

Paperback: 128 pages.
Publisher: Scholars’ Press (February 26, 2014).

ISBN-10: 3639709802
ISBN-13: 978-3639709803

Angelique (Tritaris) Wynkoop (M.T. 96 Spec Ed) continues to enjoy her work as the Curriculum Specialist in the Office of Special Education in Culpeper, Va. One of the many perks of her position is the ability to return to recruit enthusiastic and exceptional Curry teachers on Grounds each year as part of the U.Va. Educator’s Expo. When her daughter had the opportunity to participate in the Saturday Enrichment Program at Ruffner Hall, Angelique had the surreal and fun experience of walking the halls of Ruffner after a 20-year hiatus. She highly recommends it. ;)

Maggie Thornton (M.Ed. ’11 English Ed) was featured in Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Meet Your Educator series. She is an English teacher at Charlottesville High School. “I came to teaching as an idealist in my early twenties. I thought that if I could help teens learn to read and write critically, I would be helping our democracy. Instead, I have been surprised by how much my students have taught me. Every day they challenge my assumptions, share their stories, and help each other out. I am in awe of students who struggle but keep coming back to school to see what we have for them.” Read more about Maggie.

Jennifer (Lilliston) Hindman (M.T. ’95 Elem Ed) Hindman book cover

Effective Teacher Interviews: How Do I Hire Good Teachers?
by Jennifer Lilliston Hindman, Ph.D.,
ASCD, 2014.

Written as a reader-friendly, short read, for immediate implementation this book applies interviewing and effective teacher research to practice to empower instructional leaders write experienced-based interview questions. Also addressed are interview strategies, interview team training considerations, and candidate selection.

Sheri Caligan (M.T. ’00 Elem Ed) earned National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist.

Sarah Hagan Hudspeth (M.T. ’08 Foreign Lang Ed) in June will celebrate four years in Durham, N.C., and will have finished her second year teaching math at the Hill Center, a private school for students with learning differences. “I plan to spend the summer with my two children, Evelyn (4) and Charles (2), and celebrate six years of marriage with my husband Daniel in August.

“This past October I presented “Technology and Differentiation: How to Reach all Types of Learners in the Math Class” at the NCAIS’s annual conference in Concord, N.C. I’ve also enjoyed being on the board of my children’s school, Durham Community Preschool, and taking fiction writing classes at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center.” Twitter: @eviesmomhuds

Sarah Hagan Hudspeth's Curry Memory

“I’ll always remember Susan Mintz sitting on a desk, telling us to form groups, and modelling best engaging ways to teach.”

Jennifer Bacon (M.Ed. ’04 Spec Ed)

Book coverSisters in the Dissertation House: A Dissertation Narrative
by Jennifer Nicole Bacon, Ph.D.,
New Forums Press, 2014.

This book addresses the experiences of women of color doctoral students who create sisterhood and community (primarily through blogging) during the dissertation writing process to complete their Ph.Ds.
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Natalie (Delaney) Lago (M.T. ’09 English Ed) Natalie Lago's babyand her husband David welcomed their daughter Delaney Carolina Lago into the world on December 18, 2014.

Christine Hamm (M.T. ’01 Spec Ed) is working as an assistive technology specialist for Wake County Public School System. “I’ve spent the last 6 years teaching an ID-Severe class in WCPSS and was ready for a change!”

Gary Pillow (Ed.S. ’09 Reading) Gary Pillowwas elected president-elect of the international Educational Audiology Association and will assume the presidential role in January 2016. The Educational Audiology Association is an international organization of audiologists and related professionals who deliver a full spectrum of hearing services to all children, particularly those in educational settings. The mission of the Educational Audiology Association is to act as the primary resource and as an active advocate for its members through its publications and products, continuing educational activities, networking opportunities and other professional endeavors throughout the world.

Gary Pillow's Curry Memory

“I had many fond memories of my Curry School experience, but I enjoyed most my class with Ottilie Austin. Dr. Austin was vivacious, charming, and a very effective professor, whom I will always remember!”

Jennifer Bacon (M.Ed. ’04 Spec Ed) Greetings! My husband and I have been living in Costa Rica for almost a year and are expecting our first child. While in Costa Rica, my first book Sisters of the Dissertation House: A Dissertation Narrative was published by New Forums Press in the US.

Elizabeth Clune-Kneuer (M.Ed. ’04 Ed Pol Studies) co-wrote an article for NASPA “‘Why Is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?’ * Storytelling in Assessment” with Lisa Endersby. She was also was included in the 2015 Student Affairs Feature with “Telling Your (Assessment) Story” (pp. 53-58). Twitter: @eliza_c_k