Class Notes Submitted in March, 2016

Jennifer N. Bacon, Ph.D. (M.Ed. ’04 Spec Ed) is a consultant providing holistic educational services for for self-empowerment, creative expression and goal completion.

Her mentoring, facilitation and consulting services are for:

  • Exceptional learners needing to get organized or complete a degree
  • Graduate students seeking to complete a thesis or dissertation
  • Individuals beginning a spiritual journey
  • Writers needing to reconnect with your creative side
  • Diverse school seeking to employ culturally sensitive strategies
  • Individuals, schools, libraries, community centers starting poetry and writing programs for youths and young adults


Stewart Bouton (M.Ed. ’96 Spec Ed) is in his 15th year with Charlotte County Public Schools, 10 of those as the TV production teacher and Vocational Department Head at Port Charlotte High School. He is also active in Charlotte FEA, the teacher union for the district, as the president. “My union activities include Florida Education Association Governance Board, as well as seats on Goals and Budget and Membership Development and Internal Organizing.”

Lisa Cooney (M.Ed. ’88 AV C&I) “This is my first time submitting news to the Curry School. My news is that, 28 years after graduating, I am still working as an instructional systems designer. This amazes me because I left the field for 17 years to raise kids, but such is the demand, at least here in the DC area, that it was easy to return. My U.Va. education held up to the test of time; technology has changed but people are still people. Through developing a course on it, I learned Agile and am now using Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and Agile daily in my ISD work for a Federal agency. It works wonders!”

Lisa Cooney's Curry Memory

“Working in the Audio-Visual lab, developing photos in the darkroom, preparing posters for the faculty, creating videos, and working with this newfangled Apple computer. Thank you, John Bunch and Shirl Shiffman, for teaching me so much that has endured to this day.”

Ariel Cornett (M.T. ’13 Elem Ed) was featured in an NBC-29 TV news story for her use of yoga in her third-grade classroom at Cale Elementary in Charlottesville. View it here.

Nancy Cox (B.S. ’86 Elem Ed) is in the process of becoming a certified coach in Gallup’s Talent Assessment tool, Strengthsfinder. “I enjoy coaching aspiring teachers on how to apply their unique strengths in the classroom.”

Nancy Cox's Curry Memory

“Dr. Jerry Moore taught my Geography for Educators course. I loved it and enjoyed several years as a World Geography teacher. The spark he ignited didn’t die when I left the classroom. I volunteer with AFS High Intercultural Exchange and with Sister Cities in my hometown of Durham, N.C., were I co-chair our youth committee. Dr. Moore’s passion for connecting students to the world through is teaching of aspiring teachers lives on!”

Heather Denardo (M.T. ’15 Spec Ed) teaches Early Childhood Special Education with Manassas City Public schools and loves it! “Thank you, Curry, for teaching me all I need (or how to find it) to be better prepared than most first-year teachers!”

Derek Furr, Ph.D. (M.Ed. ’02 Reading) was recently appointed director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College in New York. Has been a professor in the MAT program since its inception in 2004.

Margaret Heubeck (M.Ed. ’13 C&I) Margaret Heubeckruns the largest online, student-only, secure national mock election for the Youth Leadership Initiative at the UVA Center for Politics. Meg creates lesson plans and provides logistical and curricular support for the mock election in addition to providing instructional design for the Global Perspectives on Democracy program (also at the Center for Politics). This fall Meg will work with 24 young professionals from the Middle East and North Africa on a state-department sponsored leadership seminar.

Jack L. Hiller (M.Ed. ’66) died February 3, 2016. He was a veteran of the United States Army, stationed in Germany during the Korean conflict. After earning his degree from the Curry School, Jack taught at Groveton in Alexandria, Va., which later became West Potomac High School. He retired from teaching for Fairfax County in 1988 to devote his attention to the care of his son, John, who had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage. He served as a member of the Fairfax County History Commission beginning in 1981, and he chaired that body in 1994-1995. (more…)

Karla Kirtley (M.Ed. ’94 AV C&I) was awarded the 2016 Golden Apple for Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Albemarle County, Va. This award recognizes outstanding teachers who create a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds, stimulate thought and provoke student dialogue,
challenge students to reach high standards and expectations, understand and meet the needs of students individually and collectively, and involve families in the education process.