Melody Tankersley (Ph.D. ’92 Spec Ed) was appointed senior associate provost and dean of graduate education at Kent State University.
Randall Capps (Ed.D. ’70 C&I) was awarded the Doctor of Humanities by Kentucky Wesleyan College at the May 2016 commencement to recognize his career accomplishments in higher education and work with nonprofit organizations across the US.
David Gesualdi (M.Ed. ’08 Kines) received the Excellence in Classroom Innovation Award-Winner Health & PE Teacher from the DC Ed Fund. David teaches on the Walker-Jones Education Campus, DC Public Schools. He will be recognized March 13 at the Standing Ovation ceremony at the Kennedy Center. Read more about David’s achievements on The Champion Initiative blog.
Grant Azdell (Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed)
Training Campus Security Authorities & Responsible Persons: Tools, Techniques & Best Practices
by Grant L. Azdell (Ph. ’10 Higher Ed) & Gregory J. Nayor (Ph.D. ’09 Higher Ed), Paperclip Communications, 2016
Maureen Hall (Ph.D. ’03 English Ed) was promoted to the rank of full professor of education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in September 2016. “Also, I got married last June to Daniel Brush. He is an electronics engineering teacher at Old Colony Regional Technical High School in Rochester, Mass.
“I will be on sabbatical in the fall of 2017, and I am awaiting notification of another Fulbright in India. I have passed the first level of review, and I won’t know about these next levels until May of 2017. If I receive this Fulbright, I will be on sabbatical for all of 2017-2018 and conducting research in the state of Kerala in India.
“There was a recent story on my university site about a scholarship that I created in memory of my parents. (One correction is that the photo is from my wedding to Daniel Brush on June 18, 2016. We did have a spiritual wedding ceremony in India on March 21, 2015, but this picture is from my Hindu ceremony in New Bedford, Massachusetts at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.)” www.umassd.edu/news/artssciencesnews/maureenhall.html
Maureen Hall's Curry Memory
“I have many fond memories of coffee shop chats with Professor Stan Trent. He was a nurturing force in my UVA experience!”
Barbara White Ramer (B.S. ’53, M.Ed. ’69) is an administrator at Porter Academy in Roswell, Ga., a school for students with learning differences. She also works with interns in human services from Kennesaw State University.
Barbara White Ramer's Curry Memory
“One of my fondest memories was living in Mary Munford [dormitory] and being a member of Chi Omega. The friends that I made there were great. I went back and received my masters in June 1969. UVA instilled in me a love of learning which I carry with me wherever I go.”
Keri Fox (M.Ed. ’94) “After 40 years in the classroom setting working as a teacher of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, classroom teacher, reading specialist, and as an ESL teacher, I decided to apply for the position as a Dual Language Assessment Specialist in our county. I now assess English learners who are experiencing difficulty in the classroom and work to figure out if the concerns are due to acquiring English as a second language or other cause. It is a challenge yet a true honor to work with these students. My degree in reading from UVA provides me with such a strong background when dealing with phonology, comprehension, and fluency. Though I miss being in the classroom more than I ever dreamed possible, I am happy to be meeting students and their families and am amazed and delighted by their smiling faces and passion for learning. Education is the key to a good life. The relationships we build with our students make a difference well beyond our short time together.”
Keri Fox's Curry Memory
“When I was working on my master’s in Reading at the McGuffey Center, one of the students I tutored was waiting in the lobby for his parents to pick him up. He pulled the fire alarm and all of Ruffner Hall had to be evacuated. When the police asked him why he had pulled the alarm, he said, ‘I just got finished reading “CALL 911,” and so I did!’ We all turned around so he could not see us laughing.”
Kristin Schutz (M.Ed. 15 Ed Psych: Appl Dev Sci) has been working on making yoga more accessible to all ages. She opened Let It Be Yoga in October and is continuing with this mission. “I hope to have a strong mentor program in effect by October 2017.” www.letitbeyoga.com
Aaron Spence (M.T. ’94 Foreign Lang Ed; Ed.D. ’03 Admin & Supv) is the superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools and is now serving as national vice chair of the PLC Advisory Committee for EdLeader21.
Robin Ward (Ph.D. ’97 Math Ed)
Count from 1 to 12 while discerning even and odd numbers. Explore the passage of time through the twelve months and four seasons, while enjoying the beauty and history of UVA’s campus. Includes a clever rhyming narrative and two coloring pages. rusmp.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=4154
Stephen Geyer (M.Ed. ’00, Ed.D. ’07 Admin & Supv) is featured in the latest issue of Madison magazine for his recent recognition as JMU’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Education. Geyer is assistant superintendent of instruction for Goochland County Public Schools. He lives with his wife and two children (ages 12 and 9) in Sandy Hook, Va.
Betty Robertson Clark (M.E. ’76 Couns Ed) (Nursing ’71), was honored in June 2016 as one of the Top 10 Nurses in Houston, Texas. She is retired from full-time nursing after 45 years and now devotes her time to her Rehabilitation Education business. rehabnursingeducation.com
Dr. Cyndy Sickman Simms (M.Ed. ’75 Spec Ed) retired as superintendent for the San Mateo-Foster City School District, Calif., in 2015 after a 27-year career as school superintendent in California, Colorado, and Washington, and 43 years in public education. She lives in San Mateo and is currently serving as president of the Rotary Club of Foster City.
Dr. Cyndy Sickman Simms's Curry Memory
“I earned my M.Ed. in Special Education in 1975 working with renowned professors Jim Kauffman and Gerry Wallace. It was the beginning of the field of learning disabilities and how to teach to different strengths to ensure students’ success. Thanks to Kauffman and Wallace, I have carried knowledge, thoughtful insights, and progressive approaches about how children learn with me throughout my 43-year career.”
Jim Fotter (B.S. ’80 Elem Ed) was recently hired as the executive director of the Oregon Education Association. OEA is an affiliate of the National Education Association and supports 44,000 educators statewide and advocates for quality public schools.