Neag School Accolades: April – May 2019

Congratulations to our Neag School alumni, faculty, staff, and students on their continued accomplishments inside and outside the classroom. If you have an accolade to share, we want to hear from you! Please send any news items and story ideas to neag-communications@uconn.edu.

In addition to the Dean’s Office and Department achievements, explore this edition’s list of Accolades for the following: Faculty/StaffAlumniStudents, as well as In Memoriam.

Dean’s Office and Departments

The Neag School celebrated the Class of 2019 during Commencement Weekend, May 11-13, on the UConn Storrs campus. Read more about the celebration — and check out videos featuring a special performance by music education majors as well as local schoolchildren thanking their student teachers, plus photos from the Undergraduate procession, featuring Jonathans XIII and XIV, the Undergraduate ceremony, the receptions for undergraduate and master’s/6th-Year students, and fun poses from our photo booth.

Neag School Class of 2019 graduate students celebrate outside of the Student Union this May. (GradImages)
Neag School Class of 2019 graduate students celebrate outside of the Student Union this May. (GradImages)
Photo caption: Students take a selfie with Jonathan the Husky at the Gentry Building during UConn’s Giving Day this spring.
Students take a selfie with Jonathan the Husky at the Gentry Building during UConn’s Giving Day this spring. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)

The Neag School participated in the second-annual UConn Giving Day, with the Department of Educational Psychology “Think About the Link: Resources for Schools” project comingin second place University-wide. The 36-hour effort raised more than $22,000 in support of the Neag School’s four projects, with more than 400 gifts from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. Read more about the Neag School’s 2019 Giving Day results.

During its May faculty/staff meeting, the Neag School recognized Scott Brown for his service as department head for Educational Psychology, Michael Coyne for his appointment as the incoming department head for Educational Psychology; and René Roselle for her service as interim director of Teacher Education, as well as four retirees for their years of service to UConn: Mary Anne Doyle (35 Years), Tom DeFranco (28 years); Don Leu (19 years); and George Sugai (14 years). At the meeting, Dean Gladis Kersaint also congratulated seven Neag School faculty members on their promotion to the rank of Associate Professor: Gerardo Blanco, Joseph Cooper, Jennie Weiner, Jennifer Freeman, Devin Kearns, Tamika La Salle, and Richard Gonzales (Associate Professor in Residence).

In addition, the following individuals were recognized for their years of service:

  • 10 Years of Service: Morgaen Donaldson (EDLR); Justin Evanovich (EDLR); Natalie Olinghouse (EPSY); Barbara Sousa (Dean’s Office)
  • 15 Years of Service: Casey Cobb (EDLR); Rebecca Eckert (EDCI); Alan Marcus (EDCI); René Roselle (EDCI)
  • 20 Years of Service: Melissa Bray (ESPY); David Moss (EDCI); Del Siegle (Dean’s Office); Jaci VanHeest (EPSY)
  • 25 Years of Service: Siamak Vahidi (EPSY)
  • 30 Years of Service: Sally Reis (EPSY)
  • 35 Years of Service: Jeffrey Crouse (Dean’s Office)
From left, Victoria M. Schilling, Deidra Fogerty, Rachel McAnellen, Maureen Ruby, Dean Gladis Kersaint, Craig Cooke, Carla S. Klein, and D. Betsy McCoach at the 2019 Neag School Alumni Awards Celebration in Storrs this month. (Roger Castonguay/Neag School)
Seven Neag School alumni were honored earlier this spring at the 21st Annual Awards Celebration. From left: Victoria M. Schilling 16 (ED), ’17 MA; Deidra Fogarty 05 (ED), ’06 MA; Rachel R. McAnallen ’10 Ph.D.; Maureen F. Ruby ’77 (CLAS), ’78 MS, ’82 DMD, ’07 Ph.D.; Dean Gladis Kersaint; Craig A. Cooke ’01 6th Year, ’07 Ph.D.; Carla S. Klein ’72 (ED); and D. Betsy McCoach ’01 MA, ’02 6th Year, ’03 Ph.D. (Roger Castonguay/Neag School)

The Neag School also recently awarded the 2019-20 Neag School Dean’s Research Incentive Awards:

  • Jennie Weiner (PI, EDLR) – “Investigating the Relationship Between Organizational Conditions and Effective Technology Integration in Schools”; Co-PI: Christopher Rhoads (EPSY)
  • Clewiston D. Challenger (PI, EPSY) – “A Curriculum Design and Development for a Proposed Psychoeducational Group, Dr. Challenger’s College Transition Program for Student-Athletes (CTPSA): A College Readiness Program for High School Athletes”; Co-PIs: Joseph Cooper (EDLR) and Erik M. Hines (EPSY)
  • Danielle Filipiak (PI, EDCI) – “Finding My Way: Tracing the Teaching Experiences of Early-Career, Women of Color Through an Intergenerational, Critical Ethnographic Coalition”; Co-PIs: Grace. D. Player (EDCI), Dominique Battle-Lawson, and Mia Hines.

The Dean’s Research Incentive Award is a competitive grant program intended to fund seed research projects (up to $10,000) that facilitate acquisition of external funding and utilize interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary teams with a Neag School principal investigator as lead researcher. This year’s review panel included Hannah Dostal, Brandi Simonsen, D. Betsy McCoach, Daniel Stolzenberg, and Morgaen Donaldson.

Photo caption: First-grader Emily Garcia holds up a UConn Nation banner during UConn Day at Kennelly School in Hartford, Conn. in May 2019.
First-grader Emily Garcia holds up a UConn Nation banner during UConn Day at Kennelly School in Hartford, Conn., in May 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn)

The Neag School of Education’s Office of Alumni Relations visited partner school E.B. Kennelly in Hartford, Conn., to attend “UConn Day,” which included a schoolwide celebration, parade, and basketball game with students versus teachers.Kennelly students are impacted by the Neag School juniors, senior student teachers, and master-year interns who work closely with them through intervention groups, tutoring, service-learning projects, and student leadership opportunities. Check out photos on UConn Today from Kennelly School’s UConn Day.

The Neag School’s Office of Alumni Relations also hosted a Career Panel and Networking event in March in West Hartford, Conn. Featured panelists included Nancy Williams, senior talent recruiter, Hartford (Conn.) Public Schools; Terrell Hill, assistant superintendent for human resources, Windsor (Conn.) Public Schools; Kate Lund ’06 (ED), ’07 MA, ’12 6thYear, supervisor of secondary English and library and media studies, Glastonbury (Conn.) Public Schools; and Tayarisha Stone ’17 Ed.D., principal, Sara J. Rawson Elementary School in Hartford, Conn.

Connecticut Letters About Literature winners gather at the Capitol in April 2019. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)
Connecticut Letters About Literature winners gather at the Capitol in April 2019. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)

The Neag School, the UConn Department of English, and the Connecticut Writing Project recognized Connecticut’s winners of the 26th annual Letters About Literature competition at a special ceremony at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., last month. Doug Kaufman and alum Jason Courtmanche ’91 (CLAS), Ph.D. ’06 served as faculty advisors for the competition. The nationwide contest is sponsored by the Library of Congress for students in grades 4 through 12. The Neag School served as a co-sponsor of the contest for the state for the fourth consecutive year. Students from the Neag School served as judges for the Connecticut students’ contest submissions. Check out the story and photos from this year’s Letters About Literature recognition event. 

Pictured L-R: President Susan Herbst; Casey Cobb; Jennifer McGarry; Kari Taylor; Milagros Castillo-Montoya; Danielle DeRosa; ?? doctoral student; and Gerardo Blanco. (Photo courtesy of Del Siegle)
Pictured L-R: President Susan Herbst; Casey Cobb; Jennifer McGarry; Kari Taylor; Milagros Castillo-Montoya; Danielle DeRosa; Patricia O’Rourke; and Gerardo Blanco. (Photo courtesy of Del Siegle)

Three individuals from the Neag School — Jennifer McGarry, Milagros Castillo-Montoya, and a doctoral student Patricia O’Rourke —were finalists for the UConn’s inaugural President’s Award for Excellence in Dialogue and Civility. The award honors those at UConn who work to initiate new ideas and points of view in speaking about difficult topics in a welcoming way.

 

Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) and Teacher Education

Faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction perform at the Knot Restaurant earlier this month.
Faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction perform at the Hop Knot Restaurant in Storrs, Conn., earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Spillane)

Thomas DeFranco is retiring on June 1 after serving at UConn for nearly 28 years. During his time at the Neag School, and with a joint appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, he has served in many leadership roles, including as a former dean of the Neag School.

EDCI faculty, staff, and music education students performed as The Vygotskys, featuring the Notorious ZPD, at the Hop Knot restaurant in Storrs, Conn., this month. The concert also featured a performance by Neag School music education students. Check out photos from the event.

Michele Femc-Bagwell has been named director of the Neag School’s Teacher Education program, effective Aug. 23. 

Teacher Education hosted a “Preparing for the Career Fair” workshop in March, where Neag School alumni from local school districts discussed strategies for getting the most out of the career fair, what to expect, and how to research school districts. Check out photos from the workshop. In addition, Teacher Education welcomed participants from 68 school districts from across the state for the annual Education Career Fair in April at the Storrs campus. In addition to connecting with recruiters, roughly 200 graduating teacher education students had the opportunity to interview with school district representatives for positions in teaching, counseling, and school psychology. Check out photos from the Career Fair.

Photo caption: Students from the IB/M program shared their inquiry projects during the IB/M Master’s Day of Research.
Students from the IB/M program share their inquiry projects during the IB/M Master’s Day of Research. (Eve Lenson/Neag School)

Teacher Education held its 2019 IB/M Master’s Day of Research in May, at which master’s students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s program presented their inquiry projects from this past academic year during a poster session. Check out photos from the Day of Research.

Teacher Education co-sponsored a film screening of “East LA Interchange,” which included a discussion with filmmaker Betsy Kalin at the Spotlight Theatres in Hartford, Conn., in April.

Just Experience presenters included; Ryan Parker; Ashley Okwuazi; Justis Lopez ’14 (ED), ’15 MA; and Matt Delaney ’14 (ED), ’15 MA.
The annual Partner Summit featured Just Experience (from left) presenters Ryan Parker; Ashley Okwuazi; Justis Lopez ’14 (ED), ’15 MA; and Matt Delaney ’14 (ED), ’15 MA. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)

Teacher Education hosted the annual Partner Summit, consisting of bringing Neag School faculty together with school-based teacher educators. The day included a discussion, led by Leadership in Diversity (L.I.D.) students, on cultivating a more diverse teaching force; a working discussion on meeting the needs of pre-service teachers of color; and a special presentation by Just Experience, a grassroots startup company that strives to educate, entertain, and empower communities across the world. Check out photos from the Partner Summit.

Department of Educational Leadership (EDLR)

Philip Oreopoulos from the University of Toronto spoke at the CEPA Speaker Series event at the UConn Storrs campus in April.
Philip Oreopoulos from the University of Toronto speaks at the CEPA Speaker Series event at the Storrs campus in April. (Eve Lenson/Neag School)

The Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) 2018-19 Speaker Series featured two events in April, including Philip Oreopoulos from the University of Toronto, who presented “The Remarkable Unresponsiveness to Nudging College Students and What We Can Learn from It” and Caroline Hoxby from Stanford University, who presented “The Productivity of Education in Early Adolescence: A Neuroscience-Based Hypothesis and an Intervention.” Both events were co-sponsored by the UConn Department of Economics. CEPA also hosted a speaker event in March, featuring Preston Green who presented “Are We Heading for a Charter School ‘Bubble?’: Lessons from the Subprime Mortgage Crisis.” Learn more, and check out photos from past CEPA Speaker Series events.

The Department of Educational Leadership was a sponsor of El Instituto’s talk, “(Re)Claiming Voices and Sharing Stories: Contesting Power, Privilege, and Silence in the Classroom,” held in April at the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center on the Storrs campus. Neag School faculty members Milagros Castillo-Montoya and Erica Fernández are members of the El Foco leadership team, which helped organize the event. Check out photos from the El Foco talk.

Members of the HESA class of 2019 gathered before the graduation celebration.
Members of the HESA class of 2019 gather before their year-end graduation celebration. (Frank Zappulla/Neag School)

The Higher Education and Student Affairs program (HESA) hosted a graduation celebration as part of Commencement Weekend on the Storrs campus in May. Check out photos from the HESA graduation celebration. HESA Assessment Day was also held in May, when first-year HESA students presented results of their assessment projects. Last month, HESA hosted an ice-cream social for Graduate Student Appreciation Day on the Storrs campus for students and campus partners from the program. Check out photos from HESA’s Graduate Student Appreciation Day event.

Leszek Ward, a student in the UCAPP program and English teacher at New Haven Academy (Conn.) shares his capstone project during the UCAPP Change Project Day.
Leszek Ward, a student in the UCAPP program and English teacher at New Haven Academy (Conn.), shares his capstone project during the UCAPP Change Project Day. (Frank Zappulla/Neag School)

The University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) hosted its annual Change Project Day on the UConn Storrs campus in April. The event features students presenting their capstone assignments, in which they identify a need or opportunity for school improvement and work toward positive change. Check out photos from the Change Project Day, and read more about one UCAPP change project focused on building a sense of belonging among students at a magnet school in New Haven, Conn.

Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY)

The Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) hosted its April Breakfast Brown Bag Series, “Using Implementation Science to Improve Research and Practice in K-12 Schools,” on the Storrs campus. The event featured Neag School faculty members Lisa Sanetti and Bianca Montrosse-Moorehead, and Alicia Dugan from UConn Health. View photos from the Breakfast Brown Bag. CBER also hosted its ninth annual CBER Graduate Research Symposium at the UConn Storrs campus earlier this month. The symposium included a researcher panel and a poster session featuring graduate students’ research. Doctoral student Tori Whaley won the competition for best poster. Check out photos from the Graduate Research Symposium. In addition, later this month, CBER hosted the Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum in Groton, Conn.

The Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) hosted its eighth annual CBER Graduate Research Symposium at the UConn Storrs campus earlier this month. The symposium included a researcher panel and a poster session featuring graduate students’ research.
The Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) hosted its eighth annual CBER Graduate Research Symposium at the UConn Storrs campus earlier this month. The symposium included a researcher panel and a poster session featuring graduate students’ research.

Michael Coyne has been named head of the Department of Educational Psychology; Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Scott Brown steps down from the position in June.

ScHOLA²RS House, led by faculty advisor Erik Hines, hosted its year-end banquet on the Storrs campus in April to recognize its students’ accomplishments. In addition, earlier this spring, ScHOLA2RS House hosted a Black History Month networking night. Read about two alumni who attended the networking event in the Neag School’s latest installment of 10 Questions

George Sugai retired May 1 after serving at UConn for nearly 14 years. An expert in PBIS, special education and other areas, he secured more than 20 funded projects, totaling tens of millions of dollars over the course of his tenure at UConn.

The eighth annual Teaching and Learning With iPads Conference was held this month on the UConn Storrs campus. View photos from the iPads Conference.

Research by the National Center for Research on Gifted Education was featured in The Hechinger Reportincluding quotes from Betsy McCoach, and mentioned in Education Week, with additional quotes from McCoach as well as postdoc Rashea Hamilton.

Faculty/Staff

Dorothea Anagnostopoulos has been named vice president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)’s Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education for 2019-20.

Ronald Beghetto co-authored “Toward Dynamizing the Measurement of Creative Confidence Beliefs” for the May issue of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Aarti Bellara spoke at the Badar-Kauffman Conferencein Kent, Ohio, in April.

Melissa Bray co-published with Thomas Kehle, along with others, “Japanese Educational Reforms and Initiatives as They Related to School Psychological Practice” for the April issue of the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology.

Laura Burton was a speaker at the 2019 Women’s Frozen Four Women’s Coaches Symposium at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., in March. 

Rebecca A. Campbell-Montalvo gave a roundtable presentation on “The Importance of Language Representation as School Employees Broker Health Care for Multiply-Minoritized Migrant Families” at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in March. She was also a co-presented for a podcast on “Applying Anthropology in Education: Addressing Equity From K-College” for the Society for Applied Anthropology in March.

Tutita Casa co-authored “An Analysis of the Amount and Characteristics of Writing Prompts in Grade 3 Mathematics Student Books” for the February issue of School Science and Mathematics.

Milagros Castillo-Montoya was awarded a $37,600 grant to engage in the People in the Reform Initiative, launched by Strong Start to Finish and supported by the nonprofit Education Commission of the States. The initiative focuses on highlighting the work being done by faculty involved in educational reform at their colleges to support first-generation students, students of color, and returning adult students. Doctoral students Jillian Ives and Joshua Abreu will work with her on this initiative. Castillo-Montoya also co-wrote “Learning Within Teaching: Insights Faculty Gain from Their Interactions With Students Around Subject Matter” and Community College English Instructors’ Perceptions of Learning and Enacting Culturally-Sustaining Teaching Strategies” for the March issue of Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. In March, she was a guest speaker on “Rigor Revisited: Scaffolding College Student Learning by Incorporating Their Lived Experiences” at the University of Denver. In March, she and Danielle DeRosa co-presented “Expanding Student Affairs’ Professional Preparation to Include Intergroup Dialogue” at the College Student Educators International (ACPA) Annual Convention in Boston. The EDLR website also featured their course, EDLR 5105, in its “Courses and Curriculum Series” in March.

Kent Holsinger, dean, the Graduate School at UConn; Sandra Chafouleas, professor and 2019 recipient of the Edward C. Marth Mentorship Award; and Edward C. Marth, former executive director of the UConn AAUP chapter.
From left: Kent Holsinger, UConn Graduate School dean; Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Sandra Chafouleas, professor and 2019 recipient of the Edward C. Marth Mentorship Award; and Edward C. Marth, former executive director of the UConn AAUP chapter. (Cinnamon Adams/UConn)

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Sandra Chafouleas received the 2019 Edward C. Marth Mentorship Award, established by the UConn chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to recognize the leadership and dedication of the UConn-AAUP’s former executive director Ed Marth. The award honors UConn graduate faculty members for their outstanding commitment to mentoring graduate students over the course of their careers. Read more about the Marth Award announcement on UConn Today. In addition, Chafouleas served as the 2019 UConn Graduate School’s Commencement speaker. She is also taking over as the book series editor at Guilford Press and has published two books in the series, with a second edition of her behavior assessment book to be completed this summer.

Joseph Cooper was recognized by the UConn NAACP chapter with the Faculty Lifetime Achievement award. He received the award during the UConn NAACP Image Awards ceremony on the UConn Storrs campus in March.

Michael Coyne’s project on early reading intervention was one of the proposed Institute of Education Service (IES) projects selected for replication due to its strong evidence of impact.

Morgaen Donaldson co-presented “Does Principal Evaluation Increase Principals’ Capacity” and “Trends in State Evaluation Policies” at the annual conference for the American Education Finance and Policy, in Kansas City, Mo., in March.

Danielle Filipiak, a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standing committee on global citizenship, wrote an article titled “An Equitable English Education Begins with Dignity” for the NCTE’s blog.

Preston Green was a featured panelist at the National Symposium to Mark the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board Education at Penn State in May in University Park, Pa.

Elizabeth Howard co-published “The Challenges of Recruiting and Retaining Dual Language Teachers,” a chapter in Dual Language Education: Teaching and Leading in Two Languages (Springer, 2019).

Joseph Cooper received the UConn NAACP chapter’s Faculty Lifetime Achievement award this spring. (Photo courtesy of the UConn NAACP chapter)
Joseph Cooper received the UConn NAACP chapter’s Faculty Lifetime Achievement award this spring. (Photo courtesy of the UConn NAACP chapter)

James Kaufman was featured in a podcast episode on creativity, published an article titled “Self-Assessments of Creativity: Not Ideal, But Better Than You Think” for the May issue of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and was profiled by Rice Magazine.

Allison Lombardi spoke on universal design for instruction at the “Teaching and Designing for Diverse Learners” conference at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada, in May. She also is presenting this month in Boston at the 31st annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute.

Joseph Madaus, Allison Lombardi, and alum Adam Lalor ’17 Ph.D., along with other colleagues, co-authored “Learning Strategy Instruction for College Students with Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the Literature” for the April issue of Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.

Alan Marcus is a recipient of a Spencer Foundation grant for his work on Holocaust-focused education research. The project, titled “The Forever Project: The Benefits and Dilemmas of Using Virtual Interactive Holocaust Survivor Testimony,” includes Ian McGregor, a Ph.D. student in curriculum and instruction; Rotem Maor, a postdoctoral student in curriculum and instruction; as well as faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Tech, and the University of Nottingham. The project is in partnership with the UK National Holocaust Centre in England and will focus on understanding the potential benefits, limitations, and dilemmas of using virtual interactive Holocaust survivor testimony as a means to support Holocaust education, and more broadly, human rights education. In addition, Marcus served as lead faculty marshal for the Neag School’s 2019 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony.

Jennifer McGarry was recognized by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) with the Earle F. Zeifler award, the NASSM’s most prestigious award, which recognizes significant contributions to the field in terms of scholarship, research, leadership, and peer recognition. McGarry and Justin Evanovich were also profiled on the EDLR website about their partnership with Husky Sport.

Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead co-published, along with Tamika La Salle, Jennie Weiner, Hannah Dostal, and former colleague Shaun Dougherty, “The Overall and Differential Effects of a Targeted Prekindergarten Program: Evidence from Connecticut” for the third-quarter 2019 issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

H. Kenny Nienhusser joined the board of Adelante Student Voices, a youth-driven organization whose focus is the success of the undocu/DACAmented community in rural New York state.

Megan Staples, second from left, accepts the Connecticut Council of Leaders of Mathematics’ Betsy Carter Memorial Award. (Photo courtesy of Megan Staples)
Megan Staples, second from left, accepts the Connecticut Council of Leaders of Mathematics’ (CCLM) Betsy Carter Memorial Award. Joining her, from left, are CCLM Executive Board Events Coordinator Doreen Mantilla; Ray Carter, spouse the late Betsy Carter; CCLM President John Keogh; and CCLM Executive Board Member Mary Truxaw. (Photo courtesy of Megan Staples)

James O’Neil co-authored two articles, “Black Fathers Matter: The Role of Paternal Closeness on Adolescent Male Obesityand “The Mediation Effect Between Everyday Discrimination, Gender Role Conflict, Emotional Eating, and Obesity in African American Fathers and Sons,” for the January issue of Psychology of Men and Masculinities.

Grace Player was a panelist for a discussion centered on what it is like to come from a mixed heritage. The event, hosted by UConn’s Asian American Cultural Center and the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, was held at the Storrs campus in April.

John Settlage co-authored “Epistemic Tools for Science Classrooms: The Continual Need to Accommodate and Adapt” for the March issue of Science Education.

Brandi Simonsen was featured by UConnToday in a Q&A about the use of restraint and seclusion and whether the federal government has a role to play in regulating their use in public schools.

Megan Staples was recognized by the Connecticut Council of Leaders of Mathematics (CCLM) with the Betsy Carter Memorial Award. The award was given to her at an event in May in Cromwell, Conn., where she also gave a keynote, “What’s Next for Math Education? Broadening the Conversation to Math for Citizenship.Mary Truxaw, who serves on the CCLM board, introduced Staples at the event.

Kari Taylor co-presented “Navigating the Writing and Publishing Process as a Graduate Student” at the College Student Educators International (ACPA) Annual Convention in Boston in March. She also co-published “Examining the Role of Discomfort in Collegiate Learning and Development” for the 2019 issue of the Journal of College Student Development.

Suzanne Wilson discussed her work, along with a colleague, on the forthcoming National Assessment of Educational Progress Mathematics Assessment Framework project on a Math Ed podcast episode last month.

Sarah Woulfin presented “The Spector of Evaluation” at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development in Boston in May. In April, she was recognized as the 2019 Emerging Scholar by the AERA Educational Change Special Interest Group. She also received a Research Excellence Program (REP) grant from UConn Health for her project entitled “Special But (in)Equal: A Qualitative Study of Special Education Teachers’ Work.”

Students

Dean Gladis Kersaint, third from right, gathers with (from left) IB/M student Kyre McBroom; Dominique Battle-Lawson, academic advisor; Anne Denerville ’18 (ED), ’19 MA; Danielle DeRosa, program coordinator with Husky Sport; and Mia Hines, academic advisor, to celebrate L.I.D. and Husky Sport’s first-place showing in this year’s Ignite campaign.
Dean Gladis Kersaint, third from right, gathers with (from left) IB/M student Kyre McBroom; Dominique Battle-Lawson, academic advisor; Anne Denerville ’18 (ED), ’19 MA; Danielle DeRosa, program coordinator with Husky Sport; and Mia Hines, academic advisor, to celebrate L.I.D. and Husky Sport’s first-place showing in this year’s Ignite campaign. (Photo courtesy of Danielle DeRosa)

Neag School student groups Husky Sport and Leadership in Diversity (L.I.D.) combined efforts to win the annual UConn Foundation’s Ignite Campaign, with 308 donations. The combined group are back-to-back champs, raising a total of $22,113 with 573 donors over past two years.

Sport management students hosted a “Beyond the Field”event titled “Breaking Glass: How Women Fearlessly Navigate the Sport Industry,” featuring a panel of female leaders in sport, including Mary Ellen Gillespie, director of athletics with the University of Hartford; Beth Goetz, chief operating officer and senior woman administrator with UConn Athletics; and Alaina DiGiorgio, director of diversity and inclusion at the College of Our Lady of the Elms. The event took place at UConn Storrs in April. 

Current and former students from Leadership in Diversity (LID) gather after the conference.
L-R: Danielle Fontaine ’19 (ED); Kyre McBroom, senior in secondary history education; Dominique Battle Lawson, Neag School academic advisor; Anne Denerville ’18 (ED), ’19 MA; Kiana Foster-Mauro, senior in elementary education; Kimberly Duhart ’19 (ED); D’Andre Gibbs ’19 (ED); Mia Hines, Neag School academic advisor ; and Shanza Hussain ’18 (ED), ’19 MA. (Frank Zappulla/Neag School)

Teacher Education’s Leadership in Diversity (L.I.D.) student group held its third annual Reimagining Education Conference on the UConn Storrs campus in March. The event was organized by the student-led organization, which aims to help maintain success among students of color as they pursue careers in the field of education. Check out photos from the L.I.D. Conference.

World language master’s degree students from IB/M and TCPCG presented at the annual CCSU Conference for Language Teachers. Hannah Mikesell (French language education) and Alexandra Leonelli (Spanish language education) presented with their cooperating teachers on their inquiry projects. Several students were also inducted into the Connecticut Council on Language Teacher’s Future Language Teachers Honor Society.

Doctoral student Kevin Agnello presented “Measuring Teacher Stress: Development and Validation of a Contemporary Teacher Stress Scale” at an AERA Annual Meeting Roundtable session in Toronto in April with Aarti Bellara.

Pauline Batista, a second-year doctoral student in educational leadership, was recognized with the Graduate Student of the Year Award from UConn’s NCAAP Youth and College Chapter. (Photo courtesy of UConn Center for Education Policy Analysis)
Pauline Batista, a second-year doctoral student in educational leadership, was recognized with the Graduate Student of the Year Award from UConn’s NCAAP Youth and College Chapter. (Photo courtesy of UConn Center for Education Policy Analysis)

Pauline Batista, a second-year doctoral student in educational leadership, was recognized with the Graduate Student of the Year Award from UConn’s NCAAP Youth and College Chapter. The honor recognizes strong character, commitment, and academic achievements toward UConn students and the community.

Dakota Cintron, a doctoral student in Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation and a Dean’s Doctoral Scholar, has been selected as a Gulliksen Research Fellow for Educational Testing Service (ETS). During the academic year, he will be engaged in research under the supervision of his academic advisor, D. Betsy McCoach. He will also participate in the Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students at the ETS offices in Princeton, N.J.

Jesús Cortés-Sanchez ’18 (ED, SFA), ’19 MA was featured in a recent UConn 360 podcast (4:28-15:49) and on UConn Today, talking about his Neag School experience and his work with the Grammy Award-winning album “American Dreamers.” Cortés-Sanchez was also the alumni speaker at the 2019 Undergraduate Commencement eeremony.

(Photo courtesy of Autumnsarah Foster-Pagett)
Autumnsarah Foster-Pagett receives the UConn 2019 Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Award. (Photo courtesy of Autumnsarah Foster-Pagett)

Autumnsarah Foster-Pagett, a student manager for UConn women’s basketball and a leader in various campus organizations, was recognized as a UConn 2019 Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Award recipient. She received the award at a ceremony on the Storrs campus in May.

Kathrine Grant, a senior in English education, was recognized by UConn’s Early College Experience program with the Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Concurrent Enrollment. She also was featured in UConn Today’s Commencement coverage for the Class of 2019. Other Neag School students featured included David Dapaah-Afriyie, Kimberly Duhart, Kaitlyn Ferrara, Daniella Fontaine, Isabella Horan, Clarey Pass, Konjit Richards-Johnson, and Lindsey Vieweg.

Jonathan L. Hall, a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction, presented his dissertation research at the National Science Teachers Association national conference in St. Louis, Mo., in April.

On hand to celebrate with her were previous recipients of the Alma Exley Scholarship, from left, Desi Nesmith ’0 (ED), ’02 MA, ’09 6th Year; Chastity Berrios Hernández, Theodore Martinez and Chi-Ann Lin.
Isabella Horan ’19 (ED) celebrates her Alma Exley scholarship with previous recipients, from left, Desi Nesmith ’01 (ED), ’02 MA, ’09 6th Year; Chastity Berrios Hernández, Theodore Martinez and Chi-Ann Lin. (Photo courtesy of Woody Exley)

Isabella “Ivy” Horan 19 (ED), a master’s student in elementary education, was recognized as the 30th Alma Exley Scholar at a reception in May at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn.

Alexandra Lamb, a third-year doctoral student in educational leadership and a Dean’s Doctoral Scholar, was featured in the American Educational Research Association’s March issue of AERA SIG Educational Change. She also received the AERA’s Division A Foster Polite Award in April, which recognizes scholarly excellence in doctoral students who are members of Division A and enrolled in an educational administration, school leadership, or related program.

Kaitlin Leonard, Jess Monahan, Emily Tarconish, and Victoria Whaley, doctoral students in educational psychology, each gave presentations at the Badar-Kauffman Conference in Kent, Ohio, in April.  

AJ Newton and Kolin Ebron, along with faculty Jennifer McGarry and Justin Evanovich, co-presented “Making Meaning of Race Through Critical Service Learning” at the Association of American Colleges & Universities Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh in March
AJ Newton and others present at a conference in Pittsburgh this spring. (Photo courtesy of AJ Newton)

Ajhanai (AJ) Newton and Kolin Ebron, along with faculty Jennifer McGarry and Justin Evanovich, co-presented “Making Meaning of Race Through Critical Service Learning” at the Association of American Colleges & Universities Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh in March.

Megan O’Connor, a dual-degree senior in English and education, was recognized last month in Storrs at the Aetna Celebration of Student Writing with an Honorable Mention for her paper “Writing with a Pulse: Teaching for Radical Vulnerability.”

Alfredo Ramirez, a second-year student in the Higher Education and Students Affairs (HESA) graduate program, was profiled on the EDLR website.

Suli Serrano-Haynes, an English education student, received a UConn IDEA Grant. Her project, “Bridging the Gap: Empowering the Voices of Black Women in University Classrooms,” will examine Black female experiences as part of university-based classroom discussions. The goal is to participate in the greater conversation — supporting black women pursuing higher education — and provide university stakeholders with information to better serve students.

Emily Tarconish, a doctoral student in educational psychology, spoke about agrant project featuring videos on disability awareness and inclusive teachingat the “Teaching and Designing for Diverse Learners” conference at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada, in May. In addition, she is presenting at the 31st annual Postsecondary Disability Institute in Boston this month.

Brenna Turer, a HESA master’s student, was profiled on the EDLR website.

Alumni

Addley was recognized by the Neag School’s Alumni Board with the Outstanding Superintendent Award in 2017.
Alan Addley ’07 ELP, ’14 Ed.D., who was recognized by the Neag School’s Alumni Board with the Outstanding Superintendent Award in 2017, will step in as Darien (Conn.) Public Schools superintendent this July. (Roger Castonguay/Neag School)

Alan Addley 07 ELP, 14 Ed.D., currently the superintendent of Granby (Conn.) Public Schools and the 2019 Connecticut Superintendent of the Year, who was recently featured in the Neag School’s “10 Questions” series, has been appointed superintendent of Darien (Conn.) Public Schools.

Emily Armstrong ’16 (ED), ’17 MA, a goalkeeper for the Icelandic soccer club IBV, was recognized by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team as No. 20 (out of 60) as a “goalkeeper to watch.”

Gordon Bernstein ’88 (ED) was nominated as Western Middle School’s “Principal of the Year” for Greenwich (Conn.) Public Schools. He will be formally honored at a ceremony in October.

Elizabeth Cole ’13 6th Year has been appointed assistant principal at Ellington (Conn.) High School.

Alanna Cooney ’17 (CLAS), ’18 MA presented “Compassion Fatigue Among Science and Mathematics Teachers: Investigating Climate Influences on Educator Burnout and Attrition” at an AERA Meeting Roundtable session in Toronto last month with John Settlage.

Jeffrey Corbishley ’07 (CLAS), ’08 MA was named Teacher of the Year for Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Conn., where he is the mathematics department chair.

Chris Dailey ’99 MAa past Neag School of Education Outstanding Alumna award recipient and the assistant coach for UConn women’s basketball for the past 34 years, is being recognized with the Joe Lapchick Character Award. She will be honored at a luncheon in September in New York, N.Y. She was also recently inducted into the Assistant Coaches Hall of Fame.

Baseball's Jim Penders ’94 (CLAS), ’98 MS,, right, accepts the home plate from Andy Baylock. (Stephen Slade/UConn Today)
Baseball’s Jim Penders ’94 (CLAS), ’98 MS, right, accepts the home plate from Andy Baylock. (Stephen Slade/UConn Today)

Alexandra Eckhardt ’11 (ED, SFA), a musician for the Broadway production of “The Band’s Visit” was profiled in the latest issue of UConn Magazine.

Lynda Mullaly Hunt ’88 (ED), ’97 MA, award-winning author of young-adult literature, published Shouting at the Rain (Penguin/Paulsen, 2019).Hunt was the Neag School’s Undergraduate Commencement speaker in 2017.

Michael D. Nash ’09 (CLAS), ’09 MA, ’18 6th Year has been appointed assistant principal at Ellington (Conn.) Middle and High Schools.

Jim Penders ’94 (CLAS), ’98 MA, coach for UConn baseball, was profiled in The Hartford Courant for closing in on UConn baseball’s all-time record for victories. UConn Today also featured him after he recently became the all-time winningest baseball coach in the program’s history.

Peter Scaramuzzo ’05 (ED), ’06 MA, as a featured speaker at the UConn Rainbow Center’s Out to Lunch Lecture Series on “LGBTQI Identit/ies as Educative Pedagogies Within Conservative Spaces” in April. He is currently a doctoral student at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas.

A student from Ellington (Conn.) High School enjoys the mask-making session during the visit to UConn.
A student from Ellington (Conn.) High School enjoys the mask-making session during the visit to UConn. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)

Melissa Scarbrough ’15 (CLAS), ’16 MA, a French teacher at Ellington (Conn.) High School, organized a trip for her students to the UConn Storrs campus in collaboration with world languages education doctoral student Joey Dean and his junior students in world languages.  The day included a trip to Downtown Storrs and a Mardi Gras mask-making session with the juniors on the Storrs campus. Check out photos from the visit.

Karen Skudlarek ’88 (BUS), ’16 MA was recognized as a 2018-19 First Year Experience Instructor of the Year. She is an educational technologist at UConn’s Center for Excellence in Teachers and Learning.

Tayarisha Stone-Batchelor ’17 Ed.D. who recently co-facilitated a PK-3 Leadership Program module at UConn Storrs, was featured on the EDLR website.

Rex Sturdevant leads a music education class on the UConn Storrs campus in April.
Rex Sturdevant ’17 (ED), ’18 MA leads a music education class on the Storrs campus in April. (Frank Zappulla/Neag School)

Rex Sturdevant ’17 (ED), ’18 MA visited the UConn Storrs campus in April with his fourth-and fifth-graders from Skinner Road Elementary School in Vernon, Conn. His students visited a music education class, and the junior music education students worked with the young artists, singing games, rehearsing the chorus’ songs for their upcoming concert, and reading of a book through singing. Check out photos from the visit.

Kevin Thompson ’13 Ph.D., an assistant professor-in-residence at UConn’s School of Business, was featured on the EDLR website.

Joshua Wilson ’13 Ph.D., an assistant professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Education, was profiled by the University of Delaware.

 

 

In Memoriam

Bruce E. Bradford ’65
Brian J. Burns ’63
Julieta Zapanta Castro
Richard R. Carella ’56
Dominic J. Dinino ’66
Robert J. Dowd ’50
Thomas A. Doyle ’56
Joyce (Person) Fox ’63
Helen W. Honoski ’
63
Sylvia A. Illingworth 63
Stanley J. Kosloski ’71
Raymond A. Kozak ’
78
John F. “Coach” Lambert ’65
Lila P. Orcutt 51
Leo D. Porcello ’
78
Kendall R. Richardson ’5
9
Alan J. Schwartz ’
57
Joan H. Scranton ’68
Susan E. Taraschuk ’
74
Raymond F. Walsh 57
Wayne H. Westerman ’71
Richard W. Whinfield 69
Robert A. Yawin ’72
Julieta R. Zapanta ’63