Class Notes Submitted in 2014

Ann Flynn (Ed.D. ’86 Higher Ed) was named by the Center for Digital Education as one of the nation’s Top 30 Technologists, Trailblazers & Transformers for 2014. “I was even more surprised when my picture was selected as the cover photo for the publication! I’ve been involved in education technology since 1992 when I joined the National School Boards Association.”

Ann Flynn's Curry Memory

“My fondest memories are those of the friends I made among the small group of students in the Center for Higher Education. I still appreciate the encouragement and support from Dr. Gibbs to complete the program.”

Suzanne Rushton Harper (Ph.D ’02 Math Ed) was promoted to Full Professor in the Mathematics Department at Miami University. She teaches mathematics content courses for prospective K-12 teachers. Her main research interests include the teaching and learning of mathematics with technology.

Charles Igel (Ph.D. ’10 Rsrch Stats & Eval) is now lead of the M.Ed. Elementary Education Program at Regis University in Denver, CO.

Kimberlye Joyce (M.Ed. ’95 Audio Visual C&I) Kimberlye Joyceis now HR Manager, Curriculum, at Cherry Bekaert, LLP, headquartered in Richmond, Va. As a nationally recognized, growth-oriented CPA firm, Cherry Bekaert LLP provides guidance and support that helps clients move forward to reach their organizational goals. Ranked among the largest accounting and consulting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert specializes in offering solutions that impact clients’ ability to grow. For more than 65 years, global corporations, private businesses, government entities, nonprofits, emerging firms, start-ups and successful individuals have relied on Cherry Bekaert to guide them forward to their growth destination.

Cindy Claassen Kluttz (M.Ed. ’99 Speech Path & Aud) recently joined the administrative staff of the Summit School in Winston-Salem, N.C., as director of admissions. Previously, she served for seven years as director of admissions at a college-prep independent school, and taught elementary school in the Winston-Salem area for several years. She has also served as president of the Triad Association of Independent Schools and is an active member of the Winston-Salem Child Study Club.

Robert C. Knoeppel (M.Ed. ’92 Couns Ed; Ph.D. ’01 Admin & Supv) received the National Education Finance Conference Distinguished Research and Practice Fellow Award. He is a professor and chairman of the leadership, counselor education, and human and organizational development department in Clemson University’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education. The award is given to 10 individuals who have gained national visibility by their exemplary research and practice in the field of public education finance.

Carolyn Massie Still (Ed.D. ’93 C&I) Carolyn Massie Still“After retiring from Albemarle County, I wanted to have an adventure with my degree and experience. So, I have gone abroad. First, I was a principal of a grades 1-12 school in Taiwan; next, I was an elementary principal of an American school in Egypt. Now, I have been having a wonderful experience as a classroom teacher in an international school in Germany. It has been educational to learn about Asian, Arabic, and European cultures. The private schools are VERY different from those public ones I had worked in before going abroad! My husband, Leo, has been the ‘trailing spouse.'”

Carolyn Massie Still's Curry Memory

“I enjoyed being a graduate instructor for EDIS 501-502 with the M.A.T. program.”

Dennis Mendoza (B.S.Ed. ’98, M.Ed. ’99 Health & PE) is a nurse anesthetist with North American Partners in Anesthesia and the chief CRNA at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Northern Virginia.

Cecil Duke Mercer (Ed.D. ’74 Spec Ed) passed away on November 21, 2014, at home after a long battle with neurological Lyme Disease. He was a retired Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida and in 2011 received the Outstanding Alumni Higher Education Faculty Award from the Curry School Foundation.

He joined the Florida faculty in 1974 and retired in 2005. His research focused on the areas of math education and effective instructional techniques. He coauthored the popular textbook “Students with Learning Disabilities,” as well as the Strategic Math Series, the Great Leaps K-2 Reading Program, and the Great Leaps Math Program.

Mercer served on the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors and on the Learning Disabilities Association of America Professional Advisory Board. He was awarded the College of Education Teacher of the Year award three times at the University of Florida and also received the University of Florida Graduate School Advisor/Mentoring Award and the College of Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2000 he received the Samuel A. Kirk Award for his outstanding article in Learning Disabilities Research and Practice.

See more in his obituary in The Gainesville Sun.