Class Notes Submitted in May, 2016

Christina Morell (M.Ed. ’94 Ed Research & Meth; Ph.D. ’98 Higher Ed) has been appointed as Associate Provost and Director of the Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies (IAS), effective August 8, 2016.  She will lead IAS in institutional data efforts that will help shape planning, policy formation, and decision-making in support of University goals. Christina presently serves as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.  In her current role, she manages strategic and financial planning, assessment, policy and human resources.

Phyllis Pajardo (B.S. ’81 Elem Ed; Ed.D. ’09 Admin & Supv) Phyllis Pajardo

The Principal Influence: A Framework for Developing Leadership Capacity in Principals
by Pete Hall, Deborah Childs-Bowen, Ann Cunningham-Morris, Phyllis Pajardo, and Alisa Simeral
2016 (ASCD)

The Principal Influence can help your efforts in developing your own leadership capacities or supporting the development of a group of principals, assistant principals, or aspiring principals. www.ascd.org

Chip Prehn (Ph.D. ’05 Soc Fdns) is headmaster of Trinity School of Midland in West Texas. The school raised $17.1 million in 19 months for a state-of-the-art new Upper School Building, a new Commons, and fine arts instructional space. The science labs and humanities area will be the most advanced instructional and problem-based learning facilities in all of West Texas.

Chip Prehn's Curry Memory

“Listening to Jennings Wagner and waxing eloquent about American History, and WATCHING Eric Bredo’s face as he reflected on something you said that was unexpected.”

Sharon Shaffer (Ph.D. ’04 Soc Fdns) Sharon ShafferAs a leader in museum-based education and pedagogy for young children, my work takes me around the world. I am currently an independent consultant with projects in traditional museums such as the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and also travel to countries just beginning to think about young children and museums. Currently, I have a three-year appointment as a senior advisor to the Beijing Normal University in China, working with the Children’s Museum Research Center in developing children’s museums and early childhood programs in China.

Sharon Shaffer's Curry Memory

“My connection to Curry is two-fold, as a graduate student and also as an adjunct professor. Most memorable experiences are with the amazing students from my classes, enthusiastic about learning. It is incredibly exciting to hear from students long after class to learn the impact of their experience and how they’re making a difference in the lives of others. At the same time, I never cease to enjoy the bond with colleagues within the program.”

Julia Thompson (M.Ed. ’87 Soc Fdns) since retiring from teaching at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC, three years ago, I have been teaching English full time at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va. My husband and I are in the process of buying a home in Crozet, west of Charlottesville, and once we are ensconced there in a year or two, I hope to return to Siberia in summers to teach and to work in some orphanages. I am almost finished with my 16-chapter novel Red Skies Over Oak Ridge and will begin marketing it soon—a novel which began with a sudden idea flashing into my brain, with the remainder of the plot emerging similarly a couple years later.

Wade Whitehead (M.Ed. ’09 Admin & Supv) is one of five teachers named to the 2016 Class of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He will be honored at a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Tuesday, May 3. Whitehead is a fifth-grade teacher at Crystal Spring Elementary School in Roanoke, Va. A 22-year veteran of the classroom, he was named teacher of the year by Roanoke City Schools in 2000. He has also been honored with the McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence and by the Milken Family Foundation’s national education awards.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) is a non-profit organization that honors exceptional school teachers. It was founded in 1989 in Emporia, Kansas, by Emporia State University, the ESU Alumni Association, the City of Emporia, Emporia Public Schools, and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce. The NTHF has a museum on Emporia State’s campus that honors the teachers inducted and has a teacher resource center.

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