Class Notes Submitted in 2016

Carolyn (Kepple) Dewalt (B.S. ’77 Speech Path & Aud) says that her Communication Disorders degree led the way to a career in education which culminated with retirement in 2013 as a school administrator. “Since retirement I have had the pleasure to teach as an adjunct at Winthrop University. My husband Mark (Ph.D. ’96 Ed Rsrch & Methodology) will spend the 2016-17 school year teaching English is Shanghai, China.”

Carolyn (Kepple) Dewalt's Curry Memory

“My time in Charlottesville made such an impression that I insisted that my husband chose UVA when he decided to earn a PhD in Educational Research. Living on Copley Hill with two young children was a definite contrast to my undergrad years, but equally as rewarding.”

Barbara-Ann Adcock (B.S. ’88 Elem Ed) Barbara Adcockis among 213 educators across the nation named by President Barack Obama on August 22 as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.””

“When anyone receives an award like this, it is not all of their own doing.  I have been very fortunate to have received my beginning education in teaching from UVA’s Curry School of Education where I learned that creating a student based, inquiry-based classroom is best for my students.  Throughout my career I worked to do that. (more…)

Erin Anderson (M.Ed. ’04 Soc Fdns; Ph.D. ’15 Admin & Supv) after returning to Curry to complete my doctorate in May 2015 in Administration and Supervision and working as postdoctoral research associate for the University Council for Educational Administration, I will now begin a position as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Denver.

Fern Andraos (B.S.Ed. ’06, M.Ed. ’08 Speech Path & Aud) is working part-time at two pediatric private practices in the DC area. “My husband and I have 2 kids, ages 3 1/2 and 18 months, with another child on the way. I basically play on the floor all day, whether it’s at my house or in the clinic :).”

Fern Andraos's Curry Memory

“I love remembering the look of kindness and joy in my professors’ eyes when I passed the oral exams….the hardest and one of the best days of my life.”

Mark Angle (M.Ed. ’98 C&I; Ed.D. ’02 Admin & Supv) Mark Anglewas offered a three year contract following the Jan. 11, 2016, meeting of the Douglas County School District #15 (Days Creek) Board of Directors, in which board members held an executive session to evaluate Angle’s performance. Angle is the district superintendent. On return to regular session, the board voted unanimously to offer Angle a three-year contract that will bring consistency in leadership to the school district through the 2018-19 school year.

The board cited Angle’s effective communication with the board, employees, parents and the community. Under Angle’s leadership, the district has launched a new website that is regularly updated, and has made use of social media tools such as Facebook and Instagram, and has turned around its enrollment decline from 19 percent in 2014-15 to a 25 percent enrollment increase this year. (more…)

Alfredo Artiles (M.Ed. ’89, Ph.D. ’92 Spec Ed) was appointed dean of Arizona State University’s Graduate Education. He will assume his new responsibilities July 1, 2016. He is currently associate dean of academic affairs at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education. Artiles was the featured speaker at the 2015 Ridley Lecture and was named by the Curry School Foundation as the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus.

Richard J. Aubry, Jr. (M.Ed. ’69, Ed.D. ’74 Elem Ed) aubrey-cover

It’s Not Just Black or White,
a book about baseball and civil rights in Farmville, Virginia.

Richard Aubry, Ed.D., played for the Farmville All Stars for three years in the 1970s. During that time, Richard celebrated a twenty-two-game winning streak, and was named pitcher of the year in 1976. He remains close friends with the other players.

Richard has multiple degrees from the University of Virginia. In addition to being a college professor, he has also worked as a school teacher, principal, director of instruction, and assistant superintendent. He now lives in Florida with his wife.

Coauthor Warren (Ricky) Brown was co-captain of the Farmville All Stars when Richard joined. A native of Farmville, he was the first African American to work for the Farmville Police Department who had been trained at the Police Training Center. His biggest accomplishment is persevering when the public schools closed in his community. He became a success without his father living at home.


Leila Azarbad (M.Ed. ’02, Ph.D. ’06 Clin & School Psych) continues to love her job as an associate professor of psychology at North Central College, a private, liberal arts college located 30 miles outside of Chicago, Illinois. She teaches a variety of courses in clinical and health psychology and continues to focus on research pertaining to disordered eating and obesity. Outside of work, Leila and her husband keep busy toting their two boys, ages 8 and 5, to a variety of sports and activities. www.northcentralcollege.edu/profile/lazarbad

Grant Azdell (Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed)  

Azdell and Nayor coverLiability and Risk Management: A Guide for Campus Professionals
by Grant L. Azdell (Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed) and Greg Nayor (Ph.D. ’09 Higher Ed),
Paper Clip Communications, 2016.

This is their second co-authored book.

grant azdell www.campusliability.com

Grant Azdell's Curry Memory

“Old Ruffner (before the renovations). A Great faculty (Pusser, Gibbs, Duke, Brenaman)”

Frederic Babbitt (M.Ed. ’77 Couns Ed) after serving as principal of Hillyard Middle School for 11 years, retired in 2011 and performed part-time supervision of student teachers and practicum students for UVA and JMU until this year. Now fully retired, he lives with wife Janis in Harrisonburg, Va.