Class Notes Submitted in January, 2016

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…)

Crystal Chambers (Ph.D. ’03 Ed Pol Studies) Crystal Chamberswas selected to be a faculty coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. NCFDD is a professional development organization for faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and administrators, with programming designed to support academics at each stage of their career. As a faculty coach, Dr. Chambers will support small groups of faculty at institutions nationwide as they embark toward developing habits of practice to boost productivity and work-life balance. Dr. Chambers is an associate professor in East Carolina University’s College of Education. She currently teaches courses on law and ethics for students in the higher education concentration of the doctoral program in educational leadership.

(Photo courtesy of ECU)

Joseph Cipp (M.Ed. ’72) and his sons were featured in the Long Island Advance.  Before retiring, Joe coached Bellport High School to five Long Island Championships: 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2010. His son, Sonny Cipp, is the youngest coach to win a Long Island Championship when he directed Longwood High School to the 1998 crown. In December 2015 Joe’s other son Jeff led the Longwood Lions to a 47-28 victory over previously undefeated Farmingdale to win the 2015 Class I Long Island Championship.

Sonny and Jeff both played for their dad. They learned his example and followed in his footsteps.
“They know the work ethic involved,” said Joe Cipp. “They know the basics, a lot of hard work and [studying] film work. [Football] is a big part of their lives. They don’t look at a clock.”

“After graduating from UVA the experience (degree) helped me to start  my career as an educator, was head football coach (still hold the public school record for most wins in Suffolk County & a few others) and finished my career as Superintendent of Schools before retiring in 2010. As they say ‘It is a Wonderful Life’ made possible by being a graduate of UVA.”

Derek Furr (M.Ed. ’02 Reading)  

Derek Furr coverSemitones
by Derek Furr.
illustrated by Andrés San Millán
Fomite Press
A collection of poetry and prose.

Kelly Hedrick (M.Ed. ’92, Ed.D. ’08 Ed Psych) Kelly Hedrickis the principal of Kemps Landing/Old Donation School in Virginia Beach. She and her new school were featured in the The Virginian-Pilot on Jan. 17, 2016:

It was a granular decision, sure, but an important one nonetheless. The designers needed to know which material to pick for the circular piece at the base of the chair legs: plastic, steel or industrial felt?

For Principal Kelly Hedrick, this was a familiar dive into minutiae after nearly a year of furniture decisions for the new Kemps Landing/Old Donation School building. So, as she’s often done during the project, Hedrick leaned on a trusted group of consultants: her students. (more…)

Bronwen Jones (B.S. ’74 Spec Ed) Bronwen Jonesis a watercolor artist. An upcoming four-person show called Lasting Impressions will appear at the Stanton Art Gallery  in Littleton, Col., 2/20-3/30. A reception will be held Saturday, Feb 20, 5:30-7:30.

Erin Ottmar (Ph.D. ’11 Ed Psych-ADS) started a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of Learning Sciences and Psychology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is currently developing several dynamic embodied technologies that use perceptual learning and gesture to help students learn mathematics.

Benjamin Williams (M.T. ’05 Soc Studies Ed; Ph.D. ’15 Admin & Supv) was one of four DC Public Schools assistant principals to receive a 2015 Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leadership. For the past two years he has been working with Schools Without Walls at the Francis-Stevens Education Campus. DCPS just announced that Williams will become the first principal of a new all-male high school. The school, to be located at the former Ron Brown Middle School in Ward 7, will open in August 2016. Ben was featured in the Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2016:

“My father never met me. My mom was a prostitute,” Williams said. “My mother was a heroin fiend. I basically became the head of my household at the age of 3.”

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson tapped Williams to be the principal of the city’s first all-male public high school, and he wants prospective students to know that whether they come from a foster home or care for their younger siblings, a prosperous career is still a possibility.