Dr. Chinazo Echezona-Johnson ’14, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, presented Equitable Obstetrical Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community at the 27th International Nursing Research Congress hosted by Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.
Dr. Deborah Dennie ’13, an EdD graduate, has been appointed principal of Leonardtown Middle School in Maryland. She previously served as assistant principal at Leonardtown High School.
Lynn Carmouche ’13, an Education Specialist in Administrator Leadership graduate, has been named the new principal of Redemptorist St. Gerard School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She most recently served as dean of intervention, special education, and electives at Inspire Charter Academy.
Dr. Tom Baxter ’11, an EdD graduate, received the Dr. Ralph L. Kendall Outstanding Site Visitor Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Dr. Baxter is the director of the Master of Science in Health Science program in the College of Health Professions at Northern Kentucky University, and has been a site visitor since 1990.
Dr. Jill Takacs ’10, an EdD graduate, was named the new superintendent of Jenkintown School District in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. She was previously assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction of the Middletown Township Public Schools in Middletown, New Jersey.
Abigail Enz-Doerschner ’09, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, has been named director of Once Upon A Time Early Learning Center in Houston, Pennsylvania. She previously served as assistant director at the Washington, Pennsylvania, location.
Craig Forth ’09, an MSEd graduate, has been named the new principal at Mechanicville Junior High School in New York. He previously served as assistant principal, and taught first grade for 7 years prior to that.
Danielle Thomas ’08, an MSEd graduate, was recently promoted to director of professional development and community engagement at Footsteps2Brilliance.
Melanie A. Witkowski ’05, an MSEd graduate, has been appointed executive director of the Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council in Jamestown, New York.
Dr. Derek (Bo) Hannaford ’10, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, was recently promoted to vice president of academic affairs at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Dr. David Arencibia ’13, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, has been named principal of Colleyville Middle School in Colleyville, Texas.
Dr. Marcia J. Ballinger ’12, a PhD in Education graduate, has been named president of Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Ohio. Ballinger has worked at LCCC since 1991, and as provost and vice president for academic and learner services for the last 5 years.
LaDonna Braswell ’12, an EdS (Education Specialist) in Educational Administration and Leadership graduate, has been named principal of Lincoln Elementary in Jackson, Tennessee, for the 2016–2017 school year. She most recently served as assistant principal at Pope Elementary.
Dr. Noreen Lishak ’11, an EdD graduate, has been named superintendent of the South Plainfield School District in New Jersey. She most recently served as assistant superintendent at Township of Union School District.
Dr. Jillian Tsoukalas ’11, an EdD graduate, has been named director of pre-K–5 math and science for Valley View School District 365U in Illinois. Most recently, she was kindergarten curriculum coordinator and K–2 math content specialist for West Aurora School District 129.
Seth Dimbert ’10, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, launched a free 30-day EdTech challenge in May. This second year of the #EdTech30 online course was completely free to participants. Dimbert currently works as the director of educational technology and innovation at Yeshivat Noam, a private Jewish day school in Paramus, New Jersey.
Joseph “Cody” Moncrief ’10, an MSEd graduate, was named the runner-up for the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year award. Moncrief is a math teacher at Valdosta Middle School.
Teresa St. Angelo ’10, an MSEd graduate, has been appointed teacher-in-residence at the Library of Congress for the 2016–2017 school year. She will research and develop primary source lessons for teachers using the digitized collections from the Library of Congress.
Robert Pruitt ’09, an MSEd graduate, has been named supervisor of student services for Robertson County Schools in Tennessee. He most recently served as interim principal at Coopertown Middle School.
Desiree Fisher ’07, an MSEd graduate, has been named the assistant principal at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She has been the assistant principal at Lake Oswego Junior High School since 2012.
Christine Zelaya ’04, an MSEd graduate, has been named the principal of Holmes Elementary School in Oak Park District 97 in Illinois. Zelaya previously served as curriculum director in the Glencoe District 35 administration office.
Dr. Reza Namin ’91, a PhD in Education graduate, has been named 2016 Massachusetts Outstanding Educator, presented by the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education. Dr. Namin is currently the chief academic officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dr. Kelley M. Jones ’15, a PhD in Education graduate, has been named the first director of the Wallace State Community College instructional site in Oneonta, Alabama. Jones has served as Wallace State’s adult education director since April 2006 and been employed at the Hanceville, Alabama, college since 2002.
Dr. Catherine Griswold ’14, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, was recently named dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing at Trocaire College in Buffalo, New York. Griswold spent the past year at the Nursing Leadership Academy at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She previously had more than 15 years of clinical nursing experience in the Baltimore region.
Nicole Simonsen ’10, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, received the 2016 Aspiring Principal Scholarship Award at the 65th Annual Montana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals’ Winter Conference.
Stephanie Wayment ’09, an MSEd graduate, has been named principal of Upper Lake Elementary School in Upper Lake, California. Wayment previously served as educational resources and accountability director at the Lake County Office of Education.
Celeste Waltermeyer ’05, an MSEd graduate, has been named school leader at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy in Washington.
Karen T. Leo ’04, an MSEd graduate, was named Fernwood Avenue Middle School’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.
Christopher Correa ’15, a BS in Educational Studies graduate, hosted a free Intro to Culinary Arts class at El Molino High School for 30 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. The course is part of the Sonoma County Office of Education’s Middle School Career Exploration Program. Correa is currently an adjunct professor teaching customer service in the hospitality industry at Santa Rosa Junior College in California.
Dr. Martha B. Evans ’14, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, was named West Virginia American Legion’s College Professor of the Year. Evans is an assistant professor and campus liaison at Ohio University Southern, was an adjunct faculty member in childhood education at Marshall University for 10 years, and worked in the Cabell County school system for 17 years as a teacher and administrator.
Dr. Jim Berry ’10, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, was selected as a 2016 recipient of the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Dr. Berry is one of only 15 trainers nationwide to receive the award in 2016. He has been the head athletic trainer at Conway High School in South Carolina since 2013.
Dr. Lynn Carey ’10, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, will take on the role of superintendent for Frontier Regional School District in Massachusetts on July 1. Dr. Carey is currently the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, New Hampshire.
Dr. Christopher A. Dignam ’07, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, has been named superintendent of schools by the Township High School District 113 Board of Education in Highland Park, Illinois. Dignam previously served as principal of Deerfield High School.
Jasmine Lynch ’14, ’11, an MS in Higher Education and MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate, has joined Salem Community College in New Jersey as director of retention and admissions.
Jennifer Gurley ’11, an EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership graduate, was recently inducted into the National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Woman of the Year Circle for 2015-2016 for her leadership in education. Gurley is assistant principal at DeSoto Central Primary School in Mississippi.
Keith Levatino ’10, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, is the new superintendent of schools for the Little Falls, New York, district. Levatino was previously principal of Perry Junior High School in New Hartford, New York.
Brian Myrup ’07, an MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, has been named managing director of York Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Myrup has been working there as a consultant since July 2015, helping the school learn to use student test data to design its instruction.
C. Damon Osborne ’04, an MSEd graduate, has been hired as associate vice president for online and alternative delivery programs at The University of Findlay in Ohio. The position was created to manage the university’s online offerings. He most recently was dean of Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s School of Education and Professional Studies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 myCentralJersey.com. 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.