Class Notes Submitted in May, 2016

Erin Anderson (M.Ed. ’04 Soc Fdns; Ph.D. ’15 Admin & Supv) after returning to Curry to complete my doctorate in May 2015 in Administration and Supervision and working as postdoctoral research associate for the University Council for Educational Administration, I will now begin a position as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Denver.

John P. Broome (Ph.D. ’11 Soc Studies Ed) was recognized with the University of Mary Washington’s Graduate Faculty Award. He is an assistant professor in the College of Education. The honor recognizes an exceptional full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in graduate teaching and professional leadership in a graduate program. The person selected must have served in a full-time position at the university for at least two years.

John Broome
Winner of the graduate faculty award, at right at the UMW graduate school graduation, May 6, 2016. (Photo by Norm Shafer. Courtesy of UMW.).


Charles R. Heaton (Ph.D. ’10 Admin & Supv) is celebrating one year as principal at McKinley TK-8 School in Pasadena, Calif. He was recruited to turn the school around after years of declining enrollment, low morale, and overdue construction projects. Now McKinley is being recognized as a Demonstration and Lab site for the district and is being recognized for its excellence. Heaton was featured on his anniversary as the Spotlight Principal in PUSD Today:

“As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be an educator, said McKinley Principal Charles Heaton, Ph.D. “When my sister wanted me to play school with her, I was the principal even at eight years old.”

Heaton credits his grandfather and mother for teaching him to approach school differently than his young peers and to develop his leadership skills. With their guidance, he made the connection between something he enjoyed and something he did well.

Today, Heaton’s leadership style is described as visionary. As Principal of McKinley School, he acknowledges that the last year was one of tremendous growth for everyone. The leadership team conducted a full review of McKinley’s protocols and procedures in order to ensure a safe school environment. Heaton noted the team’s ongoing commitment to student’s success and safety continues to be a high priority. Read the full article.


Sue Ellen Henry (Ph.D. ’96 Soc Fdns) SueEllenHenry2015_10.croppedwas promoted to full professor of education at Bucknell University in 2015.

Sue Ellen Henry (Ph.D. ’96 Soc Fdns)  

Sue Henry book coverChildren’s Bodies in Schools: Corporeal Performances of Social Class
by Sue Ellen Henry,
2014, Palgrave.

Robert F. Jackson, Jr. (B.S. ’70) Book covercompleted a five volume series based upon the marriage of a young, female, Navajo refugee from the Long Walk of the Navajo People in 1864 and a young Virginian (and Confederate veteran). They are the focal point for the stories of others as well. In volume four, the series travels back to the Shenandoah Valley and to the woman’s Navajo homeland in Arizona, as each takes their spouse home with them for a visit. In volume five most of the story is set in the Philippine Islands (in 1902) during the American conquest there. (more…)

Laurie Koehler (M.Ed. ’95 Soc Fdns) was promoted to Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Retention at the George Washington University in January 2016. “In this role, I oversee areas including undergraduate admission, financial aid, the registrar’s office, graduate enrollment and fellowships, summer and non-degree, and retention. Originally, I joined the GW team as Senior Associate Provost for Enrollment Management in July 2013 after serving in admission and enrollment leadership roles at Bryn Mawr College, Miami University, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia.”

Laurie Koehler's Curry Memory

“Digging deep into challenging conversations about diversity with Charlene Green, Allen Saunders, Kate Foreman, Bob Covert, and Paul Gorski.”

James F. Lane (Ed.D. ’09 Admin & Supv)

was named the Virginia Association of School Superintendents 2017 Superintendent of the Year. He is superintendent of Goochland County Schools.

The selection is made by the leaders of seven Virginia education organizations and the State Supt. of Public Instruction. This award comes as Lane prepares to leave Goochland Schools to become superintendent in Chesterfield County, where his career in administration began as an assistant principal in 2005.