Class Notes Submitted in 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

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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.

Randy Barrack (Ed.D. ’82 Admin & Supv) Randy Barrackwas appointed to a full three-year term as a member of the eight member AdvancED Accreditation Commission on January 28, 2016. Dr. Barrack is executive director of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals and president of the Virginia Foundation for Educational Leadership, Since June 2015, Dr. Barrack and other members of the AdvancED Accreditation Commission have been serving as interim appointees. Dr. Barrack most recently served on the Virginia AdvancED Council as state chair and is a certified AdvancED Lead Evaluator. (more…)

Lynne Beegle-Gebhard (B.S. ’87 Elem Ed) Lynn Beegle-Gebhardhas married her degree in education with her equestrian career and opened her own equestrian center, Brookhill Farm Inc. in Charlottesville, Va. As owner, head trainer and instructor, Lynne develops safe, smart and healthy horses and riders in her program. Brookhill offers the Virginia area and beyond an opportunity to achieve their equestrian goals, whether they are a weekend fox hunt rider or becoming a professional rider. Lynne’s program also includes a successful Interscholastic Equestrian Association (I.E.A.) Team for middle school and high school students. Team participants have the opportunity to letter for their school while they build confidence, learn invaluable teamwork lessons and become strong riders. Brookhill also provides a diverse lesson program, summer riding camp, clinics from Olympic trainers and riders and local events and shows. www.brookhillfarminc.com

Joe Bock (B.S. ’81 Health & PE) joe-bock-250has been a teacher in the Rochester, New York, City School District for 21 years and coached three sports a year for 15 years at Marshall High School. “I have started a 501 c 3 public charity called Joe Pro Youth Life Camps that benefits at-risk youth and teaches life skills through character camps with football and cheerleading.”

Joe Bock's Curry Memory

“Numerous— especially teaching long snapping (my eventual professional specialty) to a class that included Valerie Ackerman and Dori Gamble.”

Peggy Bourke (B.S. ’71, M.Ed. ’75 Reading) has created decks of Numbers Are Fun! cards for pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade students, with math activities so that parents, grandparents, baby-sitters, and siblings can have fun “mathing” as well as reading with kids. There are 52 cards in a deck and each card is aligned with the CCSSM.

Peggy lives in Evanston, Ill., and has sold the decks of cards to several school districts who give them to parents at conferences. The decks of cards can be ordered on her website for $10 per deck. The feedback from parents has been fantastic. “I firmly believe that we need to make a national campaign for math in this country, especially for early math. If you have a 4, 5, or 6 years old do not wait!” numbersarefun.biz

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.”

Elizabeth Brann (M.Ed. ’03 Foreign Lang Ed) is starting the new World Language Program at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in the Albemarle County Public School System in Charlottesville. She was featured recently by the local CBS TV news affiliate: Meriwether Elementary students learn French as second language. The piece was highlighted in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ Smart Brief on October 25!