Class Notes Submitted in February, 2016

Alfredo Artiles (M.Ed. ’89, Ph.D. ’92 Spec Ed) was appointed dean of Arizona State University’s Graduate Education. He will assume his new responsibilities July 1, 2016. He is currently associate dean of academic affairs at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education. Artiles was the featured speaker at the 2015 Ridley Lecture and was named by the Curry School Foundation as the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus.

Randy Barrack (Ed.D. ’82 Admin & Supv) Randy Barrackwas appointed to a full three-year term as a member of the eight member AdvancED Accreditation Commission on January 28, 2016. Dr. Barrack is executive director of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals and president of the Virginia Foundation for Educational Leadership, Since June 2015, Dr. Barrack and other members of the AdvancED Accreditation Commission have been serving as interim appointees. Dr. Barrack most recently served on the Virginia AdvancED Council as state chair and is a certified AdvancED Lead Evaluator. (more…)

Peggy Bourke (B.S. ’71, M.Ed. ’75 Reading) has created decks of Numbers Are Fun! cards for pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade students, with math activities so that parents, grandparents, baby-sitters, and siblings can have fun “mathing” as well as reading with kids. There are 52 cards in a deck and each card is aligned with the CCSSM.

Peggy lives in Evanston, Ill., and has sold the decks of cards to several school districts who give them to parents at conferences. The decks of cards can be ordered on her website for $10 per deck. The feedback from parents has been fantastic. “I firmly believe that we need to make a national campaign for math in this country, especially for early math. If you have a 4, 5, or 6 years old do not wait!”

Michael Campbell (B.S. ’81 Health & PE; M.Ed. ’93 Admin & Supv) Michael Campbellretired from Fairfax County Public Schools after 31 years. He served as the principal of Westfield High School 2004-2006 and Centreville High School. He worked three years in Alabama with the Huntsville City Public Schools and Madison County Public Schools and retired from education after 34 years.
He currently works for Keller Williams Realty in Madison, Alabama

Michael Campbell's Curry Memory

“Working in the Sports Medicine Program with Dr. Joe Gieck and Dr. Frank McCue. Co-authoring an article with Dr. Bob Rotella.”

Cynthia Compton (Ph.D. ’02 Admin & Supv) was recently promoted to associate professor in Graduate Education Programs at Wingate University – Charlotte.

Cynthia Compton's Curry Memory

“Learning from such wonderful professors!”

Robert Evans (Ed.D. ’05 Admin & Supv) after working in the Middle East/North Africa region for the past 11 years, is looking forward to a move to South Africa, where he will be the new Director of Teaching and Learning at the American International School of Johannesburg.

Griffin Fernandez (Ph.D. ’09 Admin & Supv) is the Education and Public Sector Lead and General Counsel for The Educe Group, a human capital management consulting firm based in Bethesda, Md. He is leading the firm’s higher education practice, overseeing recent Saba Cloud learning management system implementation projects at Harvard, Cornell, Northwestern and Washington University in St. Louis.

Sallie Garrett (M.Ed. ’72) as featured in the Bristol Herald Courier last August for her reputation as “The Plant Lady” of the Abingdon Farmers Market in Virginia. Read the article.

Stephen Geyer (M.Ed. ’00; Ed.D. ’07 Admin & Supv) stephen geyerreceived James Madison University’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Health & Behavioral Studies. Stephen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from JMU in 1996. He serves the Goochland, Virginia community as the school division’s Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and has since 2011.