November 2015

Dr. Tabatha L. Tierce ’13, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, has been named Floyd County (Georgia) Schools’ 2016 Teacher of the Year and will be the school system’s representative for the Georgia Teacher of the Year contest in the spring. She has been teaching at Cave Spring Elementary for 9 years and has helped raised more than $7,000 for technology at the school.

Dr. Melissa Reed ’11, an EdD graduate, has joined the Immaculata University faculty as chairwoman of the Division of Education. She will oversee the graduate and undergraduate education programs and supervise 10 full-time faculty members.

Dr. Heidi Sweeney ’11, an EdD graduate, has been named principal of Oswego High School in Oswego, New York. She graduated from the high school herself and has been a teacher since 2001. She was dean of students last year and served as interim assistant principal prior to this appointment.

Jennifer Bouwman ’07, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, has joined the Muskegon Heights (Michigan) Public School Academy System as interim principal of the middle/high school. She has worked in the system for 4 years as a curriculum instructional specialist.

October 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Beasley ’14, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, has been appointed supervisor of human resources at St. Mary’s County (Maryland) Public Schools. She has been with the school system since 1987, serving first as a special education teacher and then as a school counselor and principal.

April Saint ’12, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate and MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship through the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Paralyzed Veterans’ Educational Scholarship Program.

Dr. Arthur Garner ’11, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, has been named principal of Muskegon High School in Muskegon, Michigan. Dr. Garner previously served as principal of Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Westwood Middle School. He is in his 12th year as a school administrator.

Dr. Candace M. Robick ’10, a PhD in Education graduate, was recently named assistant principal at the Urban Pathways K–5 College Charter School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Janna Carter ’08, an MS in Education graduate, was promoted to associate principal and testing coordinator at Hamshire-Fannett High School in Hamshire, Texas, in the spring. In August, Carter was named principal of the high school campus. She has been in education for 22 years and has worked at all levels of instruction.

Melyssa Ferro ’06, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, was named the 2015 Caldwell (Idaho) Teacher of the Year and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Ferro, a science teacher at Syringa Middle School, received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation for her presidential award.

Leslie Renee ’06, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, is the new assistant principal at Sonora High School in La Habra, California. She has also been an English teacher and administrative substitute at Amador High School in Jackson, California, for 10 years.

Dr. Harold Dean ’05, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, is the new director of grants, funded programs, and student achievement for the Freeport school district in New York. He is also an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College.

Pam Wright ’05, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, has been named assistant director of the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Kentucky. Wright will develop, implement, and manage social media strategies, digital marketing content, and promotional materials for the tourism industry in Boyle County.

June 2015

Dr. Robin S. Gilpatrick ’10, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, recently published Classroom Management Strategies, a reflection of her dissertation.

Michelle Hunt ’09, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, was named principal of Ewing Elementary School in Ewing, Kentucky. She has been in the Fleming County school district for 10 years.

Len Hiatt ’08, an MSEd graduate, was appointed assistant principal at Kelso High School in Kelso, Washington.

Renee Childress ’07, an MSEd graduate, was appointed principal at Hatfield Elementary School in Mitchell, Indiana. She was previously named the 2013 Pike County Teacher of the Year.

May 2015

Anthony Crespo ’08, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, will assume the role of principal at East Aurora High School in Aurora, Illinois, next school year. Crespo is currently an assistant principal at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois.

April 2015

Dr. Andrea Townsend ’15, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, has been named superintendent of New Bremen (Ohio) Local Schools effective July 1. Previously, she served as director of student services, elementary programs, and online learning for Springfield City Schools. She was selected from 10 applicants to fill the role.

Dr. Richard Waters ’12, a PhD in Education graduate, published The Evolution of Teaching: A Guidebook to the Advancement of Teaching, Teacher Education, and Happier Careers for Early Career Teachers (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014). Much of the book’s content was derived from Dr. Waters’ research for his dissertation.

Karen Krantz ’11, an MS in Education graduate, recently received the Milken Educator Award. Krantz is a sixth-grade teacher at Adams Elementary School in Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Juniace Senecharles ’11, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, recently published Three Steps to Guide Your Children’s Educational Future (Regenz Books, 2014), a foundational resource booklet for parents planning their children’s college education. Dr. Senecharles is currently teaching French in Collier County (Florida) Public Schools and is a facilitator for the Title I Parent Academy.

Melodi Power ’10, an MS in Education graduate, has been named Somerset County (Maryland)’s 2015 Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Greenwood Elementary’s Teacher of the Year. Power teaches kindergarten through fifth grade and has been an educator for 15 years.

Dr. Billie Jean Holubz ’08, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, wrote a chapter in Mobile Learning and Mathematics, recently published by Routledge. Dr. Holubz is an assistant professor in Liberty University’s School of Education, a middle school teacher in the Cobb County (Georgia) School District, and writes online, university-level teacher education curricula for Pearson Publishing.

Beverly Stern ’05, an MS in Education graduate, was awarded a 2015 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. She was one of 12 recipients in West Virginia. Stern teaches first grade at Ruthlawn Elementary School.

Dr. Patricia Moran ’98, a PhD in Education graduate, recently published an article titled “Why Employees Fail” on The article addressed the top three issues she sees leading to employee failure, including not getting to work on time, not putting the cell phone away, and poor communication skills. Dr. Moran is an adjunct professor at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey.