Class Notes Submitted in August, 2016

Carolyn (Kepple) Dewalt (B.S. ’77 Speech Path & Aud) says that her Communication Disorders degree led the way to a career in education which culminated with retirement in 2013 as a school administrator. “Since retirement I have had the pleasure to teach as an adjunct at Winthrop University. My husband Mark (Ph.D. ’96 Ed Rsrch & Methodology) will spend the 2016-17 school year teaching English is Shanghai, China.”

Carolyn (Kepple) Dewalt's Curry Memory

“My time in Charlottesville made such an impression that I insisted that my husband chose UVA when he decided to earn a PhD in Educational Research. Living on Copley Hill with two young children was a definite contrast to my undergrad years, but equally as rewarding.”

Barbara-Ann Adcock (B.S. ’88 Elem Ed) Barbara Adcockis among 213 educators across the nation named by President Barack Obama on August 22 as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.””

“When anyone receives an award like this, it is not all of their own doing.  I have been very fortunate to have received my beginning education in teaching from UVA’s Curry School of Education where I learned that creating a student based, inquiry-based classroom is best for my students.  Throughout my career I worked to do that. (more…)

Fern Andraos (B.S.Ed. ’06, M.Ed. ’08 Speech Path & Aud) is working part-time at two pediatric private practices in the DC area. “My husband and I have 2 kids, ages 3 1/2 and 18 months, with another child on the way. I basically play on the floor all day, whether it’s at my house or in the clinic :).”

Fern Andraos's Curry Memory

“I love remembering the look of kindness and joy in my professors’ eyes when I passed the oral exams….the hardest and one of the best days of my life.”

Carrie (Lopez) Balazs (B.S.Ed. ’04, M.Ed. ’06 Speech Path & Aud) recently accepted a new position as an acute care speech language pathologist at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. She and her husband Brian are expecting their first born (a daughter) in November 2016.

Nancy Brooks (M.Ed. ’83 Soc Fdns) retired in May 2016 after 38 years of service at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. She is reading, gardening, traveling and volunteering.

Kathleen Brophy (M.Ed. ’16 Couns Ed) Kathleen Brophyis starting her first year as an (international) school counselor in Nansha, Guangzhou, China. “I am working at a college prep school for Chinese students as a middle school counselor (grades 7 & 8). Thus far, the experience has been fantastic, as I could not have imagined a more excitingly different and challenging work environment. I learn something everyday, whether it be from my peers or students. I am enjoying the challenge of working with and advocating for English language learners. Every day I am able to practice Chinese with my students, as they practice their English and share their culture with me. I am excited to implement what I learned from my amazing professors at UVA here in China.”

Kathleen Brophy's Curry Memory

“All of my incredible counselor educators at UVA! I am so thankful for them.”

Cathy Carrell Teague (B.S.Ed. ’80 Speech Path & Aud) lives in Bloomington, Ill., with her husband Joe. Cathy has worked for State Farm Insurance for 28 years in the Life/Health division, focusing mainly on Life Underwriting. Daughter Rachel is a senior at Bradley University in Peoria, IL majoring in Finance and Spanish.

Meghan (Judge) Chab (M.Ed. ’16 Speech Path & Aud) is completing her Clinical Fellowship in Speech Language Pathology in Bowie, Md., at Children’s Evaluation and Therapy Center. “We have a private practice as well as contracts with charter schools in Washington, DC and Prince George’s county private and public schools.”

Sheila Chrobak (B.S.Ed. ’94 Speech Path & Aud) Sheila Chrobak“It’s hard to believe that I began my practice, Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC, a bit over 8 years ago! After moving into a new office space last summer, I’ve had the opportunity to expand the number of children and families I serve. Incorporating a wide variety of therapy approaches and philosophies into each child’s individualized plan continues to be a cornerstone to my practice and I appreciate all of the learning opportunities that I have been lucky enough to participate in over recent years.” dottodotspeech.com

Sheila Chrobak's Curry Memory

“Driving by Barrett Early Learning Center on Ridge Street always reminds me of the amazing volunteer opportunity I had as an undergrad to go into the center and read to groups of children in order to support language and vocabulary development.”

Brittany Davis (B.S.Ed. ’10, M.Ed. ’12 Speech Path & Aud) recently completed a new training — SPEAK OUT! “This program is for patients with Parkinson’s disease and unlike LSVT LOUD, it focuses on both loudness and intelligibility. Currently, I am the only trained therapist in the state of Va. With colleague and another former UVA Alum, Keri Cullen, we have developed a Head and Neck Cancer Program at our facility and are starting a support group for patients with HNC/difficulties related to HNC. I am getting married in October and will be Brittany R. Reed!”

Brittany Davis's Curry Memory

“Research and presentations with Dr. Loncke”