Class Notes Submitted in June, 2015

Carli Reis (M.Ed. ’06, Ph.D. ’10 Clin & School Psych) has been enjoying the variety a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology affords here in Atlanta. Beyond having a private practice where I mainly serve children and families. I am an adjunct professor with the Emory University School of Medicine and was recently hired to be the consulting psychologist to the Trinity School, a private elementary school in Atlanta. My husband Steve and I welcomed our daughter Matilda “Tillie” into the world in April.

Larry Rowley (M.Ed. ’95 Soc Fnds; Ph.D. ’99 Higher Ed) Larry Rowleyis a faculty member in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and Academic and Research Program Office for Diversity and Mentoring in the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. He received the 2015 Faculty Cornerstone Award at the university’s Black Celebratory event during commencement. The award is given to faculty who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the success of African American students at the University of Michigan.

Larry Rowley's Curry Memory

“I loved studying in Ruffner Hall and my time as a graduate assistant in the Dean’s office. I am particularly proud of what we achieved during the year that I was Vice Chairman of the Education Council and a founder of Black Graduate Students in Education (BGSE).”

Luke Saechao (M.Ed. ’07 Admin & Supv) is the regional adult education program manager at Central Virginia Adult Education Center in Madison Heights, Va., “a position that allows him to help improve the lives of others when adult students obtain their GED credential. And for Saechao, learning comes not only in the form of a book but through other people. Per the advice of a former superintendent, Saechao has comprised his own personal board — mentors with whom he regularly meets and receives personal feedback. One of those board members is Kevin Latham, a former principal at E.C. Glass. Saechao is a man of ‘impeccable character,’ Latham said. ‘He is driven because he believes he can make a difference for the people he’s serving and that makes him such a great educator. He doesn’t talk a lot about himself, he talks about what it takes to get the job done. He is focused on making a difference.’”

Read the full article, Madison Heights man’s pursuit: gaining knowledge and sharing it, in the News & Advance.

Sharon Shaffer (Ph.D. ’04 Soc Fdns) Shaffer cover

Engaging Young Children in Museum
by Sharon E. Shaffer, PhD,
Left Coast Press, Inc. 2015.

Engaging Young Children in Museums examines the history, educational theory, and practice related to children and museums. The text provides a detailed explanation of advances in developmental psychology and the currently accepted framework of constructivist learning as the foundation for museum experiences for children. It further defines strategies for engaging our nation’s youngest museum visitors.

Cathy Waggener Peterson Smith (B.S. ’86 Elem Ed) was recently married to Mr. David M. Smith. Mrs. Smith is a middle school gifted resource teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and is a past recipient of the Curry Foundation Middle School Teacher of the Year Award, Virginia Association for the Gifted Teacher of the Year for Region II, and the VFW National Citizenship Education Award–Virginia Middle School Teacher of the Year. Mr. Smith is a retired naval officer and is currently employed as a government civilian for the navy. Mrs. Smith is the mother of Michael Peterson (SARC, 2015), and Mr. Smith is the father of Ashleigh Smith (CLAS, 2012).

Jane (Rice) Strong (M.Ed. ’90 Admin & Supv) received her Ph.D. in Special Education and Disability Policy on December 8, 2014, from VCU. She works as the Director of Special Education Procedural Support for Fairfax County Public Schools.

William H. Teale (M.Ed. ’73, Ed.D. ’77 Engl Ed) has been elected president of the International Literacy Association (formerly the International Reading Association), a professional organization of 300,000 literacy educators worldwide. He is a professor of education, a University Scholar and director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.