Class Notes Submitted in September, 2015

Tashia Abry (M.Ed. ’08, Ph.D. ’12 Ed Psych) had a study on which she was co-author highlighted on NPR Ed, in an article titled “Five Lessons Education Research Taught Us in 2014.” The featured paper was “Efficacy of the Responsive Classroom Approach: Results From a 3-Year, Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial” published in American Educational Research Journal. Tashia also co-authored an article published in Arizona Kids called “

Sophie Aiyer (Ph.D. ’11 Ed Psych: App Dev Sci)  

Desistance: Ecological Factors in an Inner-City Sample
by Sophie Aiyer,
LFB Scholarly Publishing (2014)

Andrea Backman (Ph.D. ’06 Higher Ed) was named Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Strayer University. She most recently served as dean of the Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI). In this role, she was responsible for all academic matters including faculty on-boarding and performance management, product design and development and the overall student experience. Working closely with Jack Welch, Andrea implemented a robust faculty performance system and brought student satisfaction scores in line with best-in-class institutions.

David Black (M.Ed. ’67 Couns Ed) David Blackis retired from teaching and also the pulpit. “Now I spend my time officiating weddings and writing. I have two books of poetry out, a third coming, and a collection of essays/spiritual musings on the way.”

One of David’s books is The Clown in the Tent.

Laura Brock (Ph.D. ’08 Ed Psych: ADS) is an assistant professor at the College of Charleston in the Teacher Education Department.

Suzanne Burch (M.Ed. ’79 Couns Ed) has had a wonderful career in the Charlottesville area, working with visually impaired adults. She still has her own business, Vision Solutions, LLC

Marcus Carter (M.Ed. ’04 Couns Ed) has been a school counselor for Fluvanna Co. Public Schools in Virginia since 1999. “I am also a varsity football coach, athletic director at our middle school, and school testing coordinator. I have been married for 19 years, and we have a son who is 13. Through the ups and downs, I love my school system.”

Marcus Carter's Curry Memory

“The day I received word that I was graduating. I was a part-time student; therefore, it took me longer to complete my degree.”

Amy Cohen (M.T. ’97 Spec Ed) teaches special education at the high school level in Arlington, Va. “The degree I received from the University of Virginia is so versatile that I have decided to expand my experience base, after having taught special education at the elementary level for ten years. With the on-Grounds program as well as the Extension Center, I certified in K-12 LD, GT, and K-8 Elementary (along with a bachelor of arts in History). Such a great program.

Kevin Doyle (Ed.D. ’99 Couns Ed) Kevin Doylecontinues on the Counselor Education faculty at Longwood University in Farmville and serves as chairman of the Board of Counseling in Virginia.