November 2012

Mary Susan Kincade, a Ph.D. in Education student, became the vice president of instruction at Modesto Junior College in California in September. She previously served as the dean of the Community & Technical College at the University of Alaska.

October 2012

Shameeka Browne, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) student, received the Benjamin Banneker Association’s Exemplary Mathematics Teacher Award in April at a ceremony in Philadelphia. The award recognizes educators who have excelled in teaching mathematics. Browne is a teacher at Wagner Middle School in Philadelphia.

Dr. Kimberly Handy ’12, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate and an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Reading and Literacy Leadership student, co-hosts a weekly talk show on Blog Talk Radio with Dr. Wanda Gwyn to give graduate students tools to complete their dissertations. Dr. Handy is a language arts teacher in the Anchorage School District and a published author.

Robert Stephenson, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named the principal of Donley Elementary School in East Lansing, Mich., in August. Stephenson spent 18 years as a teacher in Okemos Public Schools. He also served as the 2009–2010 Michigan Teacher of the Year and was named a 2010 finalist for National Teacher of the Year.

September 2012

Judith K. Berry, a Ph.D. in Education student, was recently appointed the assistant chancellor of instructional support and educational accountability for the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, a new statewide school district that serves underperforming schools.

Jacqueline M. Cavalier, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was honored in June with the Community College of Allegheny County Vanguard Diversity Award, which recognizes her efforts to expand student knowledge of labor and race relations and women’s history. Cavalier has been a faculty member at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pittsburgh, Pa., since 2000. She also currently serves as a contributing member to the advisory board for the Robert M. Mill Labor-Management Institute at CCAC, where she provides leadership and historical expertise in the creation of a labor-management relations certificate program.

Denise Clark-Wilson, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning student, was profiled in the story “Blending Life, Art, and Education” in The Herald Independent (Aug. 9, 2012).

Faith Cole, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named the assistant principal of Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Ill., in July. Cole previously served as one of the district’s teacher leaders for mentoring and instruction, and as a kindergarten teacher and Title I reading teacher.

Jacqueline Hike, a Ph.D. in Education student, is now a full-time faculty member at Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member at the university for the past four years. Hike previously served at River Spring Charter School in positions ranging from instructor to student achievement advisor.

August 2012

Laurel Bongiorno, a Ph.D. in Education student, had “My View: Let Preschoolers, Kindergartners Play to Learn” published on CNN’s blog Schools of Thought in June. In the post, she explains how parents can encourage learning through play at home and encouraged readers to learn about and observe play-based curricula.

Harriet Go, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) student, was featured in the article “Being Blind Is No Barrier for This Philadelphia Teacher” in the Philadelphia Inquirer in June. The article highlighted her work as a special education teacher at Richmond Elementary in Bridesburg and talked about her recent scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind.

Robert J. King, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership for Social Change in Education student, recently received a 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. He is an adjunct professor at Barry University and Hillsborough Community College in Florida, as well as an associate faculty member at the University of Phoenix.

Rebecca McLelland-Crawley ’04, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in June, the highest recognition a K–12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. A Perth Amboy High School science teacher in New Jersey for more than 12 years, McLelland-Crawley recently accepted a position as a science supervisor for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District.

July 2012

Shanna Beber, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Teacher Leadership student, was named 2011–2012 Middle School Teacher of the Year for the St. John the Baptist public school district in Louisiana in May. She teaches sixth grade at LaPlace Elementary.

Robert J. King, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership for Social Change in Education student, received a 2012 Excellence Award at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) international conference on teaching and leadership excellence in Austin, Texas, in May.

June 2012

James Bailey, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, will become the principal of Whites Creek High School in Tennessee at the start of the 2012–2013 school year. He is currently the assistant principal at Hillsboro High School in Nashville.

Whitney DeSantis, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named the principal of Village Elementary School in Coronado, Calif., in April. She will begin work in the 2012–2013 school year. She currently is the principal of Alvin Dunn Elementary in San Marcos.

Lloyd “Joe” Peck, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, will become the Chenango Forks Central School District Board of Education’s district superintendent July 1 in Binghamton, N.Y. Peck previously served as the principal of Watertown High School.

Jill Stearns, a Ph.D. in Education student, was named the president of Modesto Junior College in California in May. She will assume her new role July 1. Stearns previously worked for West Hills College, where she built relationships with the community, employers, and area schools.

Sandra Upchurch, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named a Woman of Excellence by the New Tri-State Defender in April. The award honors African-American women who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and personal contribution to the community. Upchurch is a teacher at Douglass High School in Memphis, Tenn.

Bonnie Vause, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was appointed to serve on the North Carolina Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee in March. In this role, she advises the governor and state policymakers on issues affecting education. Vause is a special education teacher at Johnston County Schools in Smithfield.

Tammy Wawro, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was elected the Iowa State Education Association’s (ISEA) president in April by nearly 300 delegates who attended ISEA’s annual meeting in Des Moines. She is an educator who serves as the resolution team facilitator in the Cedar Rapids School District and as the Cedar Rapids Education Association president.

March 2012

Donald M. Ball, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named dean of the engineering, industrial, and emerging technologies division at Stark State College. For more than eight years, he has served as director of apprenticeship and industrial training.

Rebecca Barton ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, co-authored a study she co-presented at the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing conference in Chicago in November. The presentation—titled “Human Patient Simulation vs. Case Study: Which Teaching Strategy is More Effective in Teaching Nursing Care for the Hypoglycemic Patient?”—won second place at the conference. Barton is an assistant professor of nursing at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.

February 2012

Maureen Kroning ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, published A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Advanced Health Care Directives (CreateSpace, 2011). The book aims to increase readers’ understanding of end-of-life treatment decisions.

Preeti Singh, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) student, was featured in the article “Teacher Gives Students a ‘Preeti’ Good Start for the Future” in the North/South Brunswick Sentinel (Dec. 8, 2011). Singh describes overcoming laryngitis by teaching her fourth-grade class via the Internet.

January 2012

Derek Atchison, a Ph.D. in Education student, won the Educational Communications and Technology Foundation’s McJulien Minority Graduate Scholarship Award, presented to a minority graduate student in educational communications and technology at the 2011 Association for Educational Communications and Technology conference.

Thomas Costello, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, is the new principal of High Point Regional High School in Sussex, N.J. In an interview with the local newspaper and High Point journalism students, Costello stressed the importance of good communication between stakeholders in the school district as key to effective leadership.

Hollis Easter, an M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology student, was a Certificate of Merit winner at the 2011 Association for Educational Communications and Technology conference for his project, “Demystifying New York’s Mental Hygiene Law.”

Edith Flores, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) student, received the 2011 Mississippi Science Teachers Association Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher award.

Vincent Robinson, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, is the new campus center director as well as the director of recruiting and military affairs at Park University in Parkville, Mo. Robinson served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery soldier for more than 25 years before moving to academia.

December 2011

Robin Hertel ’08, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was recently elected national secretary of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) for 2011–2014. She has been an active member of AMSN since 2004.

Preeti Singh and Lisa WilsonM.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) students, were cited in North Brunswick, N.J.’s Sentinel (Oct. 12, 2011) for connecting Singh’s fourth-grade class in North Brunswick, with Wilson’s fifth-grade class in New Buffalo, Mich., by using Skype as part of Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” event.

Cynthia Wambsgans, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, presented “Intensive Math Workshops for Incoming Freshman Latino Students: Key Findings” at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Conference in San Jose, Calif., in October, about remediating math deficiencies.

November 2011

Hollis Easter, an M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology student, received an Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Award at the AECT conference in Jacksonville, Fla., in November.

October 2011

Maryann Woods-Murphy, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, is a Teaching Ambassador Fellow for the 2011–12 school year. Woods-Murphy, a high school Spanish teacher in Bergen County, N.J., is one of five fellows who will be full-time employees at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she will work on labor and management issues. Woods-Murphy was the 2009–2010 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.

September 2011

Judith Kaye Berry, a Ph.D. in Education student, was appointed to the Education Achievement Authority Board for Detroit Public Schools. Berry is currently associate vice president of strategic initiatives for the Office of the Provost at Lansing (Michigan) Community College where she heads development and operations of college readiness partnerships with 15 school districts.

Susan Pratt, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, is now superintendent of Maine School Administrative District 40. Pratt was previously superintendent and assistant superintendent of three other school districts.

August 2011

Verna Vanessa Bostic, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named 2011–2012 Lee County, S.C., Teacher of the Year and a finalist for District Teacher of the Year.

Christine Moore, a Ph.D. in Education student, is profiled in the June article “Brownwood Intermediate Utilizes Moore Technology in the Classroom” on BrownwoodNews.com. The profile highlights her efforts to integrate technology into her sixth-grade classroom.

Yeu Vang, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student and principal of St. Paul’s Jackson Magnet School, was featured in a Minnesota Public Radio story in June about the Promise Neighborhoods initiative, a federal program to help low-income children make it to college.

July 2011

Linda Elliott-Nelson, a Ph.D. in Education student, served as a panel chair of “Capitalizing on Arizona’s Arts and Culture” for Arizona Town Hall, a nonprofit membership organization.

Katrina Fuller, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was awarded a $1,000 Simon Scholarship from Walden University’s Phi Delta Kappa Cyberspace Chapter #1586.

Kim Hamman, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named 2010–11 Gwinnett County, Ga., Teacher of the Year.

June 2011

Mary Duncan, a Ph.D. in Education student, was appointed to the Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

Ann Ertel, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was appointed director of education at Fortis College, where she oversees programs in nursing, health, and continuing education for faculty and staff, and is responsible for accreditation compliance and student retention.

Erdmine Fabien, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) student, is a top-10 finalist for the Principal of Excellence Award in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Catherine McCorvey-Watson, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, presented a poster titled “How Language Arts Achievement May Impact Mathematics Achievement in Middle School Students” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Student Research Conference on April 15, 2011.

Renee F. Rogers-Frank ’08, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Education student, authored “Relaxation Tips for Nurses” in MedCity News on April 22, 2011.

Sandra Upchurch, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, recently won the Memphis Public Library’s Satterfield Award and was nominated for a 2011 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award.

May 2011

Byron Ernest, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student and 2010 State Teacher of the Year for Indiana, won the College Mentors for Kids Education Mentor of Excellence award.

Meike McDonald, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, won the 2011 Dr. Elizabeth Gressette Professional Development Scholarship.

Joan Miller, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student and a visual arts teacher at Mad River Middle School in Riverside, Ohio, contacted Gulf Coast businesses for donations of T-shirts, hats, and other items for her students to raffle to raise money to send her class to a local aquarium to learn about the ocean and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Lucy “LuLu” Buffett, owner of LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, in Gulf Shores, Ala., was so moved by Miller’s request that her restaurant offered an all-expenses-paid trip for the students to Gulf Shores to learn about the ocean, conservation, and to view sea creatures up close.

April 2011

Margaret Young Bennett ’06, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, won a WYFF-TV Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching.

Martha Joseph, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was honored with the Heath Award from the Virgin Islands Humanities Council for her “outstanding ability and unfailing dedication to teaching the humanities.”

Kermit Snyder, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named superintendent of Rocky Ford School District in Colorado.

February 2011

Dr. Jason Bing Schetelick, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named schools superintendent for Bloomfield, N.J.

Debbie Raines, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Technology student, published “Be Efficient, Not Busy: Time Management Strategies for Online Teaching” in Faculty Focus (Jan. 24, 2011).

Stacie Pullum, a Ph.D. in Education student, was named Woodstock-Towne Lake Teacher of the Year.

January 2011

John Krenik, a Ph.D. in Education student, received a $1,500 grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod to support Arts Day, January 31, 2011, at Nauset Regional Middle School, where he teaches art. In November 2010, he presented “Neuroscience and Creativity: Why Every Art Teacher Should Know How Their Students Think and Create” at the Massachusetts Art Education Association Conference and “Neurological Functions, Thinking, and Creativity” at the 27th International Learning and the Brain Conference. He was a Kappa Delta Pi 2010 Teacher of Honor.

December 2010

John E. Cech, a Ph.D. in Education student with a specialization in Community College Leadership, was named deputy commissioner for two-year and community college education for Montana.

November 2010

Sherri Jurysta, an M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology student, joined the faculty of Butler County Community College in Butler, Pa., as a business instructor.

Jeff Cutchin, a Ph.D. in Education student, was promoted to assistant dean of student services at Frontier Community College in Fairfield, Ill.

Bobbi Barends, a Ph.D. in Education student, was named dean of instruction at the Jack F. Owens Campus of Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown, Del.

Belita Hamilton, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named Atlanta Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2010–2011.

David Harms, a Ph.D. in Education student, was recognized as an emerging leader by PDK International, a global association of education professionals.

Deborah RainesEducation Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Technology student, was selected as the 2010 Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at Florida Atlantic University.

Elizabeth McKinney, a Ph.D. in Education student, was named Teacher of the Month by Ohio News Network.

October 2010

Michael Strohschein, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was selected as the 2010 state recipient of the Young Teacher of the Year award from the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education.

Tracey Bennett, a Ph.D. in Education student, was selected to serve as a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.

Victoria King Heinsen, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, published the book Ghosts and Legends of Lake Erie’s Northcoast (The History Press, 2010). This is her second book.

Alberto Vazquez-Matos, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, is the new superintendent of Tampa Bay’s Catholic schools.

July 2010

Tracey Bennett, a Ph.D. in Education student, has been selected to serve as a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.

Susan Birdsey, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named superintendent of the Garfield Re-2 School District in Rifle, Colo.

Zickeyous Byrd, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named principal of Escambia County High School in Atmore, Ala.

Peri-Anne Chobot, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named CEO and head of school for the Kingsbury Center, the District of Columbia’s oldest non-public school for learning disabled students.

Amy Beth Cook, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, will serve as superintendent of the Lake Stevens School District (Wash.) beginning in the summer of 2011. Cook has worked for the district for the past 28 years.

Shane Harwood, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was appointed principal of Nolan Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Janet Riley, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named Teacher of the Year at Elkhart Central High School (Ind.), where she has taught for 30 years.

June 2010

Julie Carvalho, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, gave a presentation on education reform, titled “Education Values and Educational Choices,” on March 24, 2010, at the U.S. House of Representatives. Carvalho teaches psychology at Northern Virginia Community College.

Earl Godfrey, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, founded the Men of Honor initiative to help African American men stay in school at San Jacinto College in Texas, where he serves as dean of enrollment services at the south campus.

Christopher Hughes, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, and Dr. Don Jones, a faculty member in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, co-authored “A Relationship Among Public School Leadership, Ethics and Student Achievement” in the National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal (2010: Vol. 27, Issue 2).

Frank Scarafile, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, is running for commissioner of Union City, N.J.

April 2010

Allison Behne, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, writes for the literacy website The Daily CAFE.

Thomas Hopkins, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was named chief of police of the Wilson (N.C.) Police Department. He has served on the Wilson force for the past 15 years.

Julia Goodman Marshall, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, has been named one of five finalists in the 2010 South Carolina Teacher of the Year program.

Thomas Martellone, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, has been named principal of Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, Mass.

February 2010

Dr. Don Jones, program director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, co-authored an article with Ed.D. student Danielle Kass, “The Relationship Between Instructional Delivery and Academic Motivation of Included Elementary School Students with Special Needs,” in the National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal (2009: Vol. 27, Issue 1).

Rachael Kristine Weeman, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) student, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and excellence in home healthcare. Weeman is an educator and teacher at Early Connections Daycare—PreK Counts in Erie, Pa.

Sallie Weems, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was elected president of the Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona for the 2010–2012 term.

November 2009

Michael T. Beckett, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) graduate, in an article about his efforts to promote global education, in the Oct. 8, 2009, edition of the Gloucester County Times (Woodbury, N.J.).“Nursing has always been a very honorable and worthwhile profession. I love helping people and being a nurse is a wonderful way to do that.”

October 2009

Jason Bing-Schetelick, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning, was selected to serve as superintendent of schools in Barnegat Township, N.J. For the past four years, he has served as superintendent of Great Meadows Regional School District, Great Meadows, N.J.

John E. Cech, a Ph.D. in Education student with a specialization in Community College Leadership, published “Dual Enrollment, Multiple Paths and Diverse Students: A Look at Options for Enhancing Entry Into Postsecondary Education” in the Spring 2009 issue of The Montana Professor.

Summer Clayton, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student with a specialization in Teacher Leadership, has been named director of the Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning in Moscow, Idaho, a public charter school that is based on Outward Bound’s Expeditionary Learning Schools model.

Sonya Jackson, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning, was selected as interim school superintendent of Hernando County Schools, Hernando County, Fla.

Joseph L. Ricca, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning, is now superintendent of East Hanover schools, East Hanover, N.J. He formerly served as the principal of East Hanover Middle School.

September 2009

Rhonda E. Walsh, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student specializing in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning, in the online article, “PTSD—Veterans, Family and Friends.”“After working full time in agriculture, I just started observing what was going on around me and that really intrigued my interest in local government.”

Anthony D. Jackson, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning, in an article on his goal of outreach within the community in the Martinsville Bulletin, Martinsville, Va.

“Home care is all about efficiency, whether in regard to providing optimal patient care, in seeing the most patients in the day safely, or in completing the necessary documentation for each visit.”

August 2009

Jody Goins, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student with a specialization in Teacher Leadership, has been named principal of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He had been vice principal of the school since 2007.

Michael Heller, an M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) student with a specialization in Educational Leadership, has been hired as an assistant principal at Mater Christi School, one of three parochial schools in Burlington, Vt.

Sonya Jackson, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning, was selected to fill the newly created assistant superintendent position in the Hernando County School District, Hernando County, Fla.

Corwin Robinson, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning, has been named assistant principal of Clarksville High School, Clarksville, Tenn.