Class Notes Submitted in 2015

Tashia Abry (M.Ed. ’08, Ph.D. ’12 Ed Psych) had a study on which she was co-author highlighted on NPR Ed, in an article titled “Five Lessons Education Research Taught Us in 2014.” The featured paper was “Efficacy of the Responsive Classroom Approach: Results From a 3-Year, Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial” published in American Educational Research Journal. Tashia also co-authored an article published in Arizona Kids called “Cooking up quality in the kindergarten classroom.”

Peggy Agee (M.Ed. ’76 Speech Path & Aud) received the Teaching and Mentoring Award at Longwood University’s Graduate Commencement in May 2015.

Sophie Aiyer (Ph.D. ’11 Ed Psych: App Dev Sci)  

Desistance: Ecological Factors in an Inner-City Sample
by Sophie Aiyer,
LFB Scholarly Publishing (2014)

Peter Alston (M.Ed. ’14 Kines) and Mike Curtis (B.S.Ed. ’98, M.Ed. ’00 Health & PE) opened a new training center in Charlottesville: The Edge Studio. It offers ADAPT Sports Performance Training.

Marcia Anderson (M.Ed. ’75 Speech Path & Aud) just retired from a 39 year career as a speech-language pathologist working with pediatric and adult patients in a variety of settings including public schools, rehab settings, outpatient clinics, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, private practice, nursing homes, home health and a facility for the deaf. “I have enjoyed all my patients over the years and will miss therapy, but look forward to traveling more with my husband Danny. I also enjoy following the Hoos in basketball and baseball and enjoy attending games when I can. I love to exercise and swim almost daily, walk, hike and am taking golf lessons. I stay busy with my friends, family and church.

“My husband and I took a wonderful trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon recently. We also went to Myrtle Beach and visited with a good friend from college, Shirley Mace. We will be traveling to Europe on a river boat cruise later in the year. I am looking forward to going to the US tennis Open in September with my 3 of my best tennis friends. Retirement sure keeps me busy! I would love to hear from other college friends and hear what they have been doing.”

Marcia Anderson's Curry Memory

“I loved to play tennis after class with my best friend Shirley Chappell Mace (M.Ed. ’75 Speech Path & Aud). We still keep in touch and enjoy getting together.”

Amy Angelo (M.T. ’97 Spec Ed) is divorced from Dr. David Cohen (CLAS 1996) and currently resides in Arlington, Va. “I have invested in a start-up company called Mutatio Formulae LLC. The mission of this company is to promote a historically accurate, fact-driven, fact-based society through music, literature, and the arts. For more information on this company, and its founder George Estrada, please visit “The Amazing Phenomena (Story) of Jorge Estrada,” on YouTube. I am featured in snippets meeting the former drummer for James Brown, Robert Mousy Thompson, the former guitar player for Bob Marley, Julian Junior Marvin, and other amazing musicians. I also continue to work in the field of education, as a first grade teaching assistant in Fairfax County Public Schools.”

Amy Angelo's Curry Memory

“Serving as the Student Virginia Education Association President with Tamara Josaitis Gordon as a fellow leader and eating meals at the Corner and at the home of Eleanor Wilson, our faculty sponsor. Working on the thesis project with Hannah Meshorer Ruble, Melissa Register Van Geisen, and Tina Skullman Bowman in Tina’s lawn room in 1997.”

Mark Angle (M.Ed. ’98 C&I; Ed.D. ’02 Admin & Supv) was appointed superintendent of Douglas County School District #15 in Days Creek, Oregon, effective July 1, 2015.

Lara Ashmore (M.Ed. ’95, Ph.D. ’03 AV C&I) Lara Ashmore and Familywas recently appointed the assistant director of Technology, Innovation and Program Development for the Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas Dallas. (more…)

Lara Ashmore's Curry Memory

“Spaghetti dinners at the Bunch’s house, late nights and weekends in Mable Kinzie’s computer lab, working as a grad assistant in the AV lab.”

Grant Azdell (Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed)  

Grant AzdellBehavioral Assessment and Intervention Teams: Going Beyond Threat Assessment
by Greg Nayor (Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed) and Grant Azdell (Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed).

Paper Clip Communications Press (2014).

The interactive book and companion CD offers campuses a “how-to” guide to establishing, improving and maintaining Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Teams on Campus.

Grant is Vice President for Student Affairs at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. Greg is Vice President of Student Affairs at Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y.

Edna (Edie) Babbitt (M.Ed. ’97 Speech Path & Aud) is interested in learning how the brain changes following aphasia treatment through neuro-imaging and in exploring through qualitative research methods how aphasia affects people.

She is completing her Ph.D. as an independent student with the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, with a focus on outcomes from Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Programs. She has worked as a research speech language pathologist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago since 2000. Research projects have included designing and implementing computerized aphasia treatment programs using an avatar and cortical stimulation via epidural implants/transcranial direct current stimulation in conjunction with aphasia therapy. She received Board Certification from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences in 2006.

She has published articles in Aphasiology, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, and American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology on the Communication Confidence Rating Scale for Aphasia and outcomes from intensive aphasia programs.

Edna (Edie) Babbitt's Curry Memory

“The challenge of Dr. Robey’s neuroanatomy class, which fueled my fascination with the workings of the brain. That and 10c wings on Tuesday nights with Kim Cascio.”