Class Notes Submitted in November, 2015

Doug Ball (M.T. ’92, Ph.D. ’99 Spec Ed) was among a Marymount University group recognized by The ARC of Northern Virginia with its 2015 Jessica Burmester Volunteer Award. Through a partnership initiated by Doug before his retirement from Marymount, the school supports of a series of workshops that help students with intellectual and developmental disabilities transition from high school. Read more on the Marymount news page:

Susie Bruce (M.Ed. ’91 Couns Ed) Susie Bruceis the director of U.Va.’s Gordie Center for Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention. She was featured in the fall 2015 UVA Magazine article called “How to Save a Life.

Melissa Driver (Ph.D ’15 Spec Ed) received the 2016 Student Research Award in the Mixed Methods category from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research. Her award-winning paper, “Word-Problem Instruction for English Learners with Mathematics Difficulty: A Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Approach,” is based on her dissertation research at Curry. She will receive a free membership to CEC-DR for one year; reimbursement of registration for the CEC 2016 Convention & Expo; and a certificate.

William A. Gray (M.Ed. ’67) william gray cover

Why Become a Christian? A Spiritual Memoir
by William A. Gray

Discusses events and people significant to his life, lessons learned and insights gained. He is president of Corporate Mentoring Solutions Inc. and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of mentoring. His other titles, Situational Mentoring and Mentoring Relationships that Work, explore developing formal mentoring relationships and how both protégés and mentors can benefit from them.

Barbara Lehman (Ed.D. ’86 C&I) Lehman-book-cover

Creating Books for the Young in the New South Africa: Essays on Authors and Illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
Edited by Barbara Lehman, Jay Heale, Anne Hill, Thomas van der Walt, and Magdel Vorster,
McFarland (2014)

Barbara Lehman (Ed.D. ’86 C&I) retired as Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning from The Ohio State University in 2014 after 28 years.

Mark Miear (Ed.D. ’06 Admin & Supv) was selected as the new superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools. Miear is currently the assistant superintendent for Winchester Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. Previously, he has served as director of secondary education, a high school principal, a high school associate principal, an assistant director of personnel and a history teacher. Miear also served in the United States Marine Corps. Miear earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Liberty University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lynchburg College and a doctor of education in educational leadership from the University of Virginia.

“We believe that Dr. Miear will successfully lead our school division through the next steps for success,” said Joey Lyons, school board chair. “His energy and enthusiasm are evident.” (more…)

Dr. Linda Miller (M.Ed. ’78, Ed.D ’91 Soc Studies Ed) Linda and plaquewas photographed with stone mason Rick Clout who designed a marker for the Helen J. Stewart house site at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park in Las Vegas. It was given on behalf of the Southern Chapters Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate the 125th anniversary of DAR.

In the  photo below, Dr. Miller is pictured with the descendants of Helen Stewart around the statue of Helen J. Stewart which Dr. Miller helped raise $100,000 for its completion.

Stewart family

Molly Ness (M.Ed. ’03 English Ed; Ph.D. ’06 Reading) Ness cover

The Question is the Answer: Supporting Student-Generated Queries in Elementary Classrooms
by Molly Ness,
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Dr. Diana S. Perdue (Ph.D. ’97 Math Ed) Diana Perduerecently accepted a position at the University of Trinidad and Tobago in order to help improve student success rates in the Foundation Maths program, to increase the effective use of educational technology, and to create educator professional development for the country’s teachers.

She is the author of “Chapter 5 Best Practices for Hybrid Mathematics Courses” in Teaching Mathematics Online: Emergent Technologies and Methodologies by Angel A. Juan, Maria A. Huertas, Sven Trenholm and Cristina Steegmann (2012. 414 pages).

Perdue book cover