“My grandmother, Lolita Maria Diaz Aldridge, graduated from the Curry School in 1969 with a M.Ed. in special education, concentrating in deaf education.
She worked at the Delaware School for the Deaf for eight years and then taught at Gallaudet University until she retired. She always approached her work with compassion for her students and took pride in her career.
Forty-five years later, I graduated from Curry’s B/MT program (‘14) with endorsements in secondary English education and gifted education.
My grandmother taught me both sign language and Spanish when I was a child and also instilled in me an appreciation for lighthouses, Zydeco music, and curiosity. She passed before I started college, but I would have loved to have related with her over our common experiences.
I am proud to follow in her footsteps, and I know she would have been thrilled to share our Curry pride.”
Alex says that her grandmother would be even more proud now that, after teaching for two years, she is returning to the Curry School this fall for graduate work in school counseling and will become a triple Hoo.
Family connections are not uncommon among Curry School alumni, and many of these connections run even closer. We are aware of more than 120 Curry School alumni who have one or more children holding Curry degrees. In these springtime weeks between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it seemed appropriate to share a few of those families’ stories:
Lynne Richardson (M.Ed. ’02 Ed Psych-Gifted Education)
Sixth-grade science teacher, Fauquier County Schools
Anne Richardson Jewett (M.T. ’09 Elem Ed; Ed.S. ’15 Admin & Supv)
Assistant Principal, Culpeper County Public Schools
Steve Foley (M.Ed. ’70 Couns Ed)
Retired, Roanoke County Schools
Chris Foley (Ph.D. ’03 Higher Ed)
Senior Consultant, Plus Delta Partners
Jacqueline Curtis (M.Ed. ’75, Ed.D, ’84 Clin & School Psych)
Program Manager I, at Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Charles W. Curtis, II, (M.Ed. ’04, Ph.D. ’08 Clin & School Psych)
Psychologist, Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, Washington, D.C.
Harriet Bell (M.Ed. ’89 Sci Ed)
Retired from Albemarle High School
Frazier Bell (M.T. ’98 Sci Ed)
Vice President, Retail Sales Manager, Bank Newport
Betsy Bell (B.S.Ed. ’99 Health & PE)
School Counselor, Albemarle County Public Schools
Elizabeth “Betsy” Donohoe Steinberger (Ed.D. ‘93, Admin & Supv)
Retired elementary school principal, Washington County, MD
Robin Steinberger Lake (M.Ed. ’03 Ed Psych – Gifted Ed)
Client Care Coordinator, Taylor & Company
Jennifer Steinberger Pease (Ph.D. ‘08 Curriculum and Instruction)
Assistant Professor, Curry School, Secondary Teacher Education
Kenneth Warren (M.Ed. ’04, Ed.D. ’11 IT)
Assistant Professor and Instructional Technologist for Medical Education, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Carmen Foster (Ed.D. ’14 Soc Fdns)
Faculty, Federal Executive Institute, Center for Leadership Development, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Project Consultant for Teachers in the Movement, Curry School
Virginia Coffey (B.S. ’82 Elem Ed; M.Ed. ’96 Reading)
Reading Specialist, Albemarle County Schools
Elizabeth “Liza” Taylor (M.T. ’08 Elem Ed; Ed.S. ’13 Reading)
Kindergarten Teacher, Albemarle County Schools