Class Notes Submitted in January, 2017

Matthew Landahl (M.Ed. ’99, Ed.D. ’12 Admin & Supv) Matthew Landahlwas appointed superintendent of the Beacon City School District in Beacon, NY, effective July 1, 2017. He is currently deputy superintendent of the Ithaca City School District. He began his employment in Ithaca City as chief elementary schools officer in 2013. Read more in the press release.

Landahl received the he Outstanding Principal Award from the Curry School Foundation in 2011 when he was principal of Mary C. Greer Elementary School in Charlottesville.

Laura Leviski (M.Ed. ’10 Speech Path & Aud) married Matthew Hyde on October 22, 2016.  The ceremony took place at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Federal Hill and the reception was held at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Md.  Laura currently lives in Baltimore and is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Claude R. (Bud) Mayo (M.Ed. ’75 English Ed) has been named president of the Northern Virginia Sigma Chi Fraternity Alumni Association The group meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 in the Kilroy’s Restaurant in Springfield, Virginia. Call 703-389-1505 for details.

Claude R. (Bud) Mayo's Curry Memory

“My association with the late Dr. Jerry Moore of the Curry School.”

Melissa McBride (M.Ed. ’03 Admin & Supv) and Tony Borash (M.T. ’02 Sci Ed) were featured by the local Daily Progress in its Distinguished Dozen series for their exceptional volunteer service to the Fluvanna SPCA.  McBride is a special-education coordinator for Albemarle County Public Schools. Borash is an education consultant for Advanced Learning Partnerships.

Read about them in Pt 10 of the series.

Mary McKay (M.Ed. ’13 Soc Fdns) Mary McKay cover

Swimming Lessons: How Our Mental Healthcare System Fails Us
A Mother’s Personal Reflections And Cry For Help
by Mary McKay.
October 2016,
Available on Amazon.

“When someone talks about their crazy family— the critical mother, the manipulative sibling, the hyperactive kid, the remote father, the disastrous and painfully hilarious family vacations and holidays—I now understand that ‘crazy’ is on a long continuum that reaches from ‘quirky’ to catastrophic, but only a few (if any) are lucky enough to avoid that continuum altogether. In fact, if you exist, I want to meet you.” (p. 23)

A firsthand account of parenting two children with behavioral and emotional illness, this story casts a spotlight on the dysfunction of the mental health system and offers demands for change. Too many families suffer behind closed doors due to stigma and lack of solutions, which often leads to tragedy. This story references recent violent events that have proven the massive national need to address the mental illness epidemic. Swimming Lessons is a personal story, but it is a national story as well.

Sandra Mitchell (Ed.D. ’11 Admin & Supv)

retired as associate superintendent for instruction for Fauquier County Public Schools on Jan. 1, 2017. She left FCPS to become a part-time educational leadership instructor and the program administrator for the leadership preparation program for the University of Virginia, Falls Church campus. (more…)

Katie Norwood (M.T. ’09 Elem Ed) Katie and Bryan Norwoodand Bryan Norwood were married October 15, 2016 at the Rigmor House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The couple now lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where Mrs. Norwood is a 7th- and 8th-grade social studies teacher with Orange County Schools.

Katie Norwood's Curry Memory

“Taking photos for Curby Alexander’s technology class in the snow-covered tennis courts by Curry, getting my student teaching assignment and opening that letter with my classmates, taking all classes in Ruffner because Bavaro wasn’t built yet, group projects in the library in Ruffner, Curry tailgates!”

Charles (Chap) Percival (M.Ed. ’88 AV C&I) was featured in a story by the  Sarasota, Fla., Herald Tribune about the upcoming total solar eclipse. Read This retired Pine View teacher really wants you to see 2017’s total solar eclipse

Quoted from the story:

“Once the sun is half covered up, the quality of light changes,” he says. “The temperature drops. You can actually see the shadow of the moon projected on the sky. You can see it rushing toward you. The very last thing you see is this diamond ring effect before the moon hides the rest of the sun, and when you’re with people there’s lots of shouting and hollering.

“It’s unlike anything you’ll ever experience. You can see how people who didn’t know what was going on would be absolutely terrified. It would terrify anyone.”

Percival is 69 – he retired from Pine View last year – but he sounds like a schoolboy when he starts talking about eclipses.

Kathleen Rudasill (Ph.D. ’06 Ed Psych) Quiet at School cover

Quiet at School: An Educator’s Guide to Shy Children
by Robert Coplan & Kathleen Moritz Rudasill,
2016, Teachers College Press.

Brennan Sigel (M.T. ’03 Soc Studies Ed) married David Guion on July 16, 2016, in Richmond, Va.