Class Notes Submitted in September, 2016

Mary Crovo (M.A. ’79, Ph.D. ’81 Education) will retire at the end of December 2016. Mary is Deputy Executive Director  of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). (more…)

Michelle Devereaux (Ph.D. ’10 English Ed) is an assistant professor of English and English education at Kennesaw State University. Her first book, Teaching About Dialect Variations and Language in the Secondary English Classroom: Power, Prestige and Prejudice (Routledge, 2014) received the 2016 Richard A. Meade Award for Research in English Education from the Conference on English Education of the National Council for Teachers of English.  The Award was established in 1988 in honor of the late Richard Meade, professor in the Curry School of Education, for his contributions to research in the teaching of composition and in teacher preparation.

John Harms (M.Ed, ’71, Ed.S. ’77 Couns Ed) John Harmshas been retired since 1999. “I am now living at Patriots Colony, a Continuing Care Retirement Community for Military Officers. This after living 30 years in Hawaii. Still counseling a few high school student who are grandchildren of residents, primarily using the online SVIB. The School of Education has changed significantly from, I believe, the three buildings we were using on the Main Grounds in 1971 and ’77. Dr. Paul Walters was our mentor and adviser to the numerous US Marines that attended the Ed Graduate programs then.

John Harms's Curry Memory

“Dr. Paul Walters and UVA will always be as one in my mindset of Curry. I was in Vietnam, had applied to UVA under the Marine Corps Advanced Degree Program, but heard nothing from them. For some strange reason I had my Graduate School catalog with me. Remembered the name Paul Walters and sent him a letter requesting status. Within three weeks had all my acceptance paperwork and a letter of apology from Dr. Walter.

“One of the most interesting events was my Mental Test and Measurement Course. The US had started bombing Cambodia and some students ask the professor if they could take their current grades and protest against this Government activity. He stated yes and they waltzed out of class. Well, we two Marine’s in the class explained this to Dr. Walter and stated we wanted to take our current grade and show support for this activity. Dr. Walter said go ahead. We did, the professor had no option but to let us go, and he became somewhat of a laughing stock of the Ed faculty.”

Tracy C. Missett (Ph.D. ’12 Ed Psych-Gifted Ed) along with Amy Azano (Ph.D. ’09 English Ed) and Professor Carolyn Callahan developed a curriculum unit that has won the 2016 Curriculum Award from the National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Network. The award recognizes exemplary curriculum units for heterogeneous classrooms and gifted education programs that can be shared with other educators as models. Their winning unit is “Aristotle’s Rhetoric: Learning the Art of Persuasion.” They will receive their award during the 2016 NAGC convention in Orlando, Fla.

Lissa Power-deFur (B.A. ’75, M.Ed. ’76, Ph.D. ’82 Speech Path & Aud) power-defur-cover

Common Core State Standards and the Speech-Language Pathologist: Standards-Based Intervention for Special Populations
by Lissa A. Power-deFur,
2016 (Plural Pub.)

Christine Marie Quilpa (M.Ed. ’16 Couns Ed) Christine Quilpasays she is ecstatic for many great new beginnings! She is in her first year as a school counselor at Beverley Manor Middle School in Augusta County and recently moved to Waynesboro, Va. In addition, she became engaged to Robbie Turner. A wedding is planned for spring 2017.

Christine Marie Quilpa's Curry Memory

“I really enjoyed taking mindful strolls to class by the pond adjacent to Curry and greeting the resident ducks each day!”