Class Notes Submitted in July, 2016

Carolyn (Kepple) Dewalt (B.S. ’77 Speech Path & Aud) Dewalt cover

A Tour of Mr. Jefferson’s University with Edgar the Squirrel
by Mark Dewalt, Elisabeth Wise, Carolyn Dewalt and Deb Mink.
Published by Carlisle Printing, 2013

Available at the UVa Bookstore, Mincer’s, The Virginia Shop, Monticello Museum Shop, Boar’s Head Inn and Natural Bridge

Holly Foster (M.Ed. ’09, Ph.D. ’14 Higher Ed) accepted a position as an assistant professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She teaches courses in both Higher Education and Student Affairs, with a focus on research pertaining to community colleges and social justice. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time exploring the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Marissa Friedman (M.T. ’16 Scie Ed) was selected to participate in a 2016 cohort of 34 Knowles Science Teaching Fellows from around the nation. Marissa is committed to teaching chemistry to high school students in the U.S. She earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 2014 and a Masters of Teaching in 2016, both from the University of Virginia. This fall, she will begin her second year of teaching at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Read more about Marissa on the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation site.

Kimberly Monge-Ferra (M.Ed. ’14 Speech Path & Aud) was interviewed on local NBC 29 News about her participation in the July 4, 2016, Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. She moved to the U.S. 16 years ago from Costa Rica, with her mother.

“Honestly, we were in search of the American dream. My mom was a single mom, and so the situation in Costa Rica isn’t great and she was just like let’s try this out, we know people out in the states,” she said.

Monday, Monge-Ferra walked across the stage at Monticello to accept her certificate while her family cheered loudly from the crowd. She now works at the University of Virginia Medical Center as a speech pathologist.

“It’s a beautiful reminder of the American dream. You know it’s not just an ideal, it’s possible and it takes a lot, but it does happen,” said Monge-Ferra.

Pamela Moran (M.Ed. ’80 Sci Ed; Ed.D. ’97 Admin & Supv) Pamela Moran

is one of 20 school superintendents across the nation being recognized for innovative leadership by Project Tomorrow, a national non-profit education organization with its Speak Up Shout Out Awards for 2016 Outstanding Superintendents.

“More than 2,600 districts participated in Speak Up 2015, but these 20 stood out to us for their commitment to raising the voices of their stakeholders, notably students, community members, and educators, at all levels,” said Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Superintendents across the country are dealing with an array of educational technology opportunities, and Speak Up offers a platform so they can learn directly from their stakeholders about what students, parents and teachers are looking for now and in the future,” said Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators. “The superintendents being recognized by Project Tomorrow are leaders in the effective use of technology for learning.”

Read more on the Project Tomorrow blog.

Last year, Moran was named one of four finalists by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, for the 2016 National Superintendent of the Year Award. From the press release: “Moran has provided 40 years of public education service in Virginia, beginning as a middle school science teacher in Orange County in 1975. She worked her way up through the ranks of education administration in both Orange and Albemarle Counties until her appointment as superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in 2005. From 2009 until 2011 she served on various committees and as an officer in the Virginia Association of School Superintendents before being elected president of VASS in 2012.” Read more.

Moran was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. She has been superintendent of Albemarle schools since 2006 and oversees a division of more than 13,600 students and 26 schools.

In 2011 the Curry School honored Moran with its Distinguished Public Service Award.


Ian Rogol (M.Ed. ’96 Health & PE) is a 2016 awardee for the Athletic Training Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. This prestigious national award recognizes members for their exceptional contributions to the athletic training profession and the Association. It reflects decades of service and leadership at the state and local levels. Rogol is presently the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Mary Washington, where he has served since August 2010.

Leslie Wills-Taylor (M.Ed. ’12 C&I-Elem Ed) was one of five teachers selected to receive the 2016 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching. Wills-Taylor teaches at Woodbrook Elementary School in Charlottesville. Here’s how she is described on the Teaching Tolerance website:

Leslie Wills-Taylor is a passionate advocate who supports each student at an individual level. Family engagement is paramount in her classroom. “My families have an open invitation to come into the classroom and share what’s valuable to them,” she says. “That allows students to see parents as experts on their own culture, and it allows students to really build those necessary skills of cultural empathy.” She uses Teaching Tolerance lesson plans to build her students’ vocabularies around social justice topics and to shape a classroom community based on respect. (more…)