Class Notes Submitted in March, 2015

Christine Hamm (M.T. ’01 Spec Ed) is working as an assistive technology specialist for Wake County Public School System. “I’ve spent the last 6 years teaching an ID-Severe class in WCPSS and was ready for a change!”

Jennifer (Lilliston) Hindman (M.T. ’95 Elem Ed) Hindman book cover

Effective Teacher Interviews: How Do I Hire Good Teachers?
by Jennifer Lilliston Hindman, Ph.D.,
ASCD, 2014.

Written as a reader-friendly, short read, for immediate implementation this book applies interviewing and effective teacher research to practice to empower instructional leaders write experienced-based interview questions. Also addressed are interview strategies, interview team training considerations, and candidate selection.

Linda Hogan (M.Ed. ’88 English Ed) works in the communications office at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and serves as secretary of the board of Four County Players.

Sarah Hagan Hudspeth (M.T. ’08 Foreign Lang Ed) in June will celebrate four years in Durham, N.C., and will have finished her second year teaching math at the Hill Center, a private school for students with learning differences. “I plan to spend the summer with my two children, Evelyn (4) and Charles (2), and celebrate six years of marriage with my husband Daniel in August.

“This past October I presented “Technology and Differentiation: How to Reach all Types of Learners in the Math Class” at the NCAIS’s annual conference in Concord, N.C. I’ve also enjoyed being on the board of my children’s school, Durham Community Preschool, and taking fiction writing classes at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center.” Twitter: @eviesmomhuds

Sarah Hagan Hudspeth's Curry Memory

“I’ll always remember Susan Mintz sitting on a desk, telling us to form groups, and modelling best engaging ways to teach.”

Jenny Johnson (M.T. ‘02 English Ed) is one of ten writers who has received a prestigious 2015 Whiting Award, as announced in the Paris Review.

Since 1985, the Whiting Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, which remain one of the most prestigious and largest monetary gifts to writers, and are based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come. The program has awarded more than six million dollars to three hundred writers and poets.

According to the Paris Review, Jenny Johnson’s poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012, Troubling the Line: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics, New England Review, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, and Waxwing, and she has just completed her first collection, In Full Velvet. Johnson was the recipient of the Beloit Poetry Journal’s Chad Walsh Poetry Prize for her poem “Aria”. She has also received awards from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College. An educator as well as a poet, she taught public school for several years and spent ten summers on the staff of the University of Virginia Young Writer’s Workshop. Johnson is currently a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Abby Swanson Kazley (M.T. ’01 Spec Ed) is an associate professor in the Department of Health Care Leadership and Management at the Medical University of South Carolina. She lives in Charleston with her husband Bryan and their three young children.

Kelly Kwolek (M.Ed. ’93 Spec Ed) teaches seventh-grade English at Warrenton Middle School, in Warrenton, Va. “In the summer, I work for a Startalk (foreign language) program. I am proud to have a daughter who is now a second year student at U.Va. I have two younger sons who keep me busy with school, sports, and scouting activities. In my community, I have served my church as youth leader, elder, and committee member. I also coordinate collections of shoes for Soles4Souls.”

Natalie (Delaney) Lago (M.T. ’09 English Ed) Natalie Lago's babyand her husband David welcomed their daughter Delaney Carolina Lago into the world on December 18, 2014.

Gary Pillow (Ed.S. ’09 Reading) Gary Pillowwas elected president-elect of the international Educational Audiology Association and will assume the presidential role in January 2016. The Educational Audiology Association is an international organization of audiologists and related professionals who deliver a full spectrum of hearing services to all children, particularly those in educational settings. The mission of the Educational Audiology Association is to act as the primary resource and as an active advocate for its members through its publications and products, continuing educational activities, networking opportunities and other professional endeavors throughout the world.

Gary Pillow's Curry Memory

“I had many fond memories of my Curry School experience, but I enjoyed most my class with Ottilie Austin. Dr. Austin was vivacious, charming, and a very effective professor, whom I will always remember!”

Margaret (Matia) Rankovic (M.Ed. ’05 Ed Research) and Boban Rankovic welcomed a baby boy, Filip, on October 15, 2014. He joins older brother Marko at home in Miami Beach, Fla.