Neag School Accolades: Summer 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

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

Dean’s Office and Departments

The Neag School welcomes a number of visiting faculty members and also announces several new appointments for current members of the community. Read more about the new appointees, including those pictured below.

The Neag School, in partnership with benefactor and Dean’s Board of Advocates member Katie Fuller, curator of the Race and Revolution series, hosted an exhibit “Race and Revolution: Reimagining Monuments” at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, N.Y., in June. Check out photos from the Race and Revolution event.

Katie Fuller and Dean Gladis Kersaint gather at the “Race and Revolution” exhibit.
Dean’s Board of Advocates member Katie Fuller, left, and Dean Gladis Kersaint gather at the “Race and Revolution” exhibit this past June. (Caitlin Trinh/Neag School)

Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) and Teacher Education

Amy Fosse, a student in the Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates, works with a student at Norwich Free Academy. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)
Amy Fosse, a student in the Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates, works with a student at Norwich Free Academy this past summer. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)

Middle-school teachers from across Connecticut converged on the Storrs campus in August to participate in the “Ant U” Professional Development program offered by Todd Campbell; Tori Schilling ’16 (ED), ’17 MA, science teacher at Ellington (Conn.) Middle School; and Tamashi Hettiarachchi, science education major in the Neag School; in collaboration with Janine Cairo, Ant U director of Academic Partnerships and Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and Jane O’Donnell, manager of Scientific Collections at UConn. Check out photos from the Ant U program.

Neag School students in the Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG) got firsthand experience working with the middle-school students this past summer as part of a free summer STEM academy for grades six through eight offered by the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Conn. Check out photos from the summer STEM academy.

Kate Roberts gives remarks during the Literacy Program alumni event. (Frank Zappulla/Neag School)
Kate Roberts gives remarks during the Literacy Program alumni event. (Frank Zappulla/Neag School)

The Neag School hosted an alumni networking event for the Literacy Program at the UConn Storrs campus in June. The event featured guest speaker Kate Roberts, a national literacy expert. View photos from the Literacy Program alumni event.

Michele Femc-Bagwell, director of the Teacher Education Program, gives welcome remarks during the networking event. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School
Michele Femc-Bagwell, director of the Teacher Education Program, gives welcome remarks during the networking event earlier this month. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School

Students from all Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s (IB/M) and Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG) cohorts came together for a networking event on the Storrs campus earlier this month September. Check out photos from the welcome event.



Department of Educational Leadership (EDLR)

Gerardo Blanco is serving as interim director of the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program. 

Laura Burton is serving as interim department head for Educational Leadership while Jennifer McGarry is on sabbatical.

The sport management program hosted a networking event for alumni and sports industry professionals at the Salute Restaurant in Hartford, Conn., in August. Check out photos from the sport management networking event.

The University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) hosted a Wallace Foundation site visit in September in Hartford, Conn., focused on social and emotional learning and parent/community engagement for aspiring school leaders. Participants from across the nation learned from the work of Florida Atlantic University and UCAPP.

This past academic year, the Neag School, along with UndocuScholars at the University of California Los Angeles and the Association for the Study of Higher EducationPresidential Commission on Undocumented Immigrants, co-sponsored a research brief dissemination series highlighting issues related to the undocu/DACAmented community. H. Kenny Nienhusser coordinated the series. Read more about the #Undocedu series.


Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY)

Scott Brown gives closing remarks during his retirement celebration in September.
Scott Brown gives closing remarks during his retirement celebration in September. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology Scott Brown retired from the Neag School in August after 39 years in faculty and administrative roles. Read reflections from fellow colleagues and former students.  He also co-wrote “Applying the Concept of Chunking to Tennis” for the April issue of Coaching and Sport Science Review.

Neag School educational psychology faculty members including Michael Coyne, Jennifer Freeman, Devin Kearns, Allison Lombardi, D. Betsy McCoach, Brandi Simonsen, and Hariharan Swaminathan were collectively awarded $6.9 million from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for three research projects related to special education. In addition, Sandra Chafouleas is co-principal investigator on a five-year, $3.9 million grant project administered by the University of Kansas.

Two students from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Senior Summit examine computer data as part of their research project.
Two students from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Senior Summit examine computer data as part of their research project. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)

The Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development hosted 68 high school students from across the country for a three-week, hands-on research experience at the UConn Storrs campus as part of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s three-week Young Scholars Senior Summit (YSSS) program, a national scholarship initiative for students in grades eight through 12 who demonstrate exceptional academic abilities, unique talents, and persistence. Check out photos from this July’s YSSS program.

A Confratute participant examines small fish as part of a hands-on science workshop.
A Confratute participant examines small fish as part of a hands-on science workshop. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)

In addition, the Renzulli Center welcomed more than 400 educators from around the world this July for Confratute at UConn Storrs. Celebrating its 42nd anniversary this year, Confratute has attracted more than 30,000 educators worldwide for a highly acclaimed, enrichment-based program. The weeklong program is geared toward providing educators with research-based practical strategies for engagement and enrichment learning for all students, as well as meeting the needs of gifted and talented students. View photos from this year’s Confratute program.

The Summer Behavioral Institute, sponsored by the Neag School’s Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) and the Northeast Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NEPBIS), hosted a four-day event at UConn Storrs designed to increase school practitioners’ understanding of behavioral science theory. Check out photos from the Summer Behavioral Institute.



Gerardo Blanco co-wrote “Giving Account of Our (Mobile) Selves: Embodied and Relational Notions of Academic Privilege in the International Classroom” for the June issue of Teaching in Higher Education.

Laura Burton and Monique Nia Golden, a graduate student in educational leadership, co-presented at the North American Society for Sport Management’s (NASSM) national conference in New Orleans, La., in June. Burton also co-wrote an opinion piece, “The War on Women Coaches,” for The Conversation. 

Todd Campbell co-wrote “A Community of Practice Model as a Theoretical Perspective for Teacher Leadership” for the July issue of International Journal of Leadership in Education. He also co-wrote “JSTE as a Forum for Engaging in Knowledge Generation and Discourses in Science Teacher Education, Equity and Justice-Focused Science Teacher Education, and Professional Learning for Science Teacher Education Scholars” for the June issue of Journal of Science Teacher Education. Most recently, as co-principal investigator on a UConn collaborative research team, Campbell has received a $2.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “Redefining Public Engagement at the University of Connecticut: Studying the Impact of an Innovative STEM Service Learning Model on the University Community.”

Casey Cobb co-authored with Patricia Virella, a graduate student in educational leadership, “The Legitimization of Improvement Science in Academe” for the June issue of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. He also published “A Geographic Account of Economic, Health, and Educational Disparities in Hartford’s Sheff Region” in the May issue of Humboldt Journal of Social Relations.

Morgaen Donaldson, educational leadership doctoral student Jeremy Landa, and former faculty member Kimberly LeChasseur co-wrote “District Micropolitics During Principal Professional Learning” for the July issue of Educational Management Administration and Leadership. Donaldson also co-authored “Teacher Evaluation as Data Use: What Recent Research Suggests” for the June issue of Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability.

Justin Evanovich was awarded a seed grant by the UConn Office of the Vice President for Research for his research project “Experiences and Impacts of Critical Service Learning Course.”

Rachael Gabriel was featured by the International Literacy Association, for which she is a board member at-large. In addition, Gabriel co-authored an opinion piece for an Education Week Teacherissue of “Classroom Q&A” in June. She also co-wrote with Neag School alumna Jennifer Barone ’15 6th Year “Running Records Revisited: A Tool for Efficiency and Focus” for the August issue of The Reading Teacher and wrote “Is the Research Trustworthy? Learn to Think Like an Investigator” for the August issue of ASCD Express. In addition, she authored “Converting to Privatization: A Discouse Analysis of Dyslexia Policy Narratives” in the July issue of American Educational Research Journal.

Book cover for "Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education"
Elizabeth Howard is co-editor of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education.

Preston Green is featured in a National Education Policy Center Q&A about the 50thanniversary of the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines case. He was also appointed with a named professorship, the John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education.

Robin Grenier co-edited the May issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources.

Elizabeth Howard co-edited Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education (Harvard Education Press, 2019).

James Kaufman co-wrote “The Creativity Matrix: Spotlights and Blind Spots in Our Understanding of the Phenomenon” in the June issue of the Journal of Creative Behavior. That same month, Kaufman was also the Anna Craft Memorial Lecture speaker on “Possibility Thinking About the Future of Creativity” for the British Educational Research Association in Bloomsbury, U.K., and gave the keynote at the 3rd Marconi Institute for Creativity Conference in Bologna, Italy. 

Allison Lombardi presented on “Universal Design and Inclusive Instruction” at the “Inclusion at Universities and Barrier-Free Bavaria” event in Munich, Germany, in May.

A Holocaust survivor is filmed as part of The Forever Project.
A Holocaust survivor is filmed as part of The Forever Project. (Photo courtesy of The National Holocaust Centre and Museum)

Alan Marcus, along with a team of researchers including Ian McGregor, a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction, and Rotem Maor, a former curriculum and instruction postdoctoral student, and faculty from other universities, has embarked on “The Forever Project: The Benefits and Dilemmas of Using Virtual Interactive Survivor Testimony” to capture stories of Holocaust survivors.

Adam McCready published Relationships Between Collective Fraternity Chapter Masculine Norm Climates and the Alcohol Consumption of Fraternity Men for the October issue of Psychology of Men and Masculinities. He was also named vice chair for scholarship and research for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)’s Coalition on Men and Masculinities.

Jennifer McGarry accepted the North American Society’s for Sport Management highest honor, the Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award, this summer. She also co-wrote “An Individual and Organizational Level Examination of Male and Female Collegiate Athletic Trainers’ Work-Life Interface Outcomes: Job Satisfaction and Career Intentions” for the May issue of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care.

Glenn Mitoma co-edited a special July issue of the Journal of Human Rights on human rights in higher education.

Sally Reis and Joseph Renzulli wrote an original commentary about New York Public Schools’ controversy on eliminating gifted education programs for the New York Daily News. Renzulli also was recognized by the Mensa Foundation with a 2018-19 senior investigator award for Excellence in Research.

Christopher Rhoads is a co-principal investigator on a project entitled “Investigating Whether Online Course Offerings Support STEM Degree Progress,” which has received $2.5 million NSF grant to investigate whether online courses provide increased access to STEM college degrees, particularly to students underrepresented in STEM fields.

Lisa Sanetti co-wrote with Hao-Jan Luh, a doctoral student in special education, “Fidelity of Implementation in the Field of Learning Disabilities” for the June issue of Learning Disability Quarterly.

John Settlage co-edited the third edition of Teaching Science to Every Child: Using Culture as a Starting Point (Rutledge, 2019). He also co-wrote “Developing as a College Science Teacher: Using Identity to Examine Transformation” for the May issue of International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Brandi Simonsen was a panelist on “Addressing the Needs at the Top of the MTSS Triangle: Implementation Lessons From the Field” for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 2019 Leadership Conference in Arlington, Va., in July.

Megan Staples co-presented “Inservice Teachers’ Evaluations of Students’ Arguments” for the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Conference in Birmingham, U.K., in June.

George Sugai co-published “Sustaining and Scaling Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: Implementation Drivers, Outcomes, and Considerations” for the July issue of Exceptional Children.

Jennie Weiner, Laura Burton, and Daron Cyr, a doctoral student in educational leadership, co-wrote “Microaggressions in Administrator Preparation Programs: How Black Female Participants Experienced Discussions of Identity, Discrimination, and Leadership” for the June issue of the Journal of Research on Leadership Education.

Milagros Castillo-Montoya co-presented “Examining the Role of Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) in Professional Education” for the 2019 Intergroup Dialogue Conference: Pedagogy of Possibilities in June in Amherst, Mass.

Jaci L. VanHeest was named UConn’s new Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).

Sarah Woulfin hosted a Twitter chat with the American Education Research Association (AERA)’s special interest group on educational change in August. She was also recently named co-editor of AERA’s Educational Researcher and was featured in “Lead the Change Series Q & A with Sarah L. Woulfin” for the August issue of American Education Research Association (AERA)’s Special Interest Group (SIG) on Educational Change.


Students from Neag School's LEAD program gather at the Gentry Building.
LEAD Program students visit the Gentry Building last month. (Photo courtesy of Michele Femc-Bagwell)

Students from the Leadership, Equity, and Diversity (LEAD) Program in the Neag School visited various classrooms and the Neag School Dean’s Office on the UConn Storrs campus in August. Students are connected to the Neag School during their first two years of study through courses, seminars, research opportunities, and mentorship, all aimed at supporting the achievement of curricular and career goals. The purpose of this program is to nurture a diverse group of highly motivated students who are interested in working in areas of teaching shortages in the State of Connecticut, including comprehensive special Education, mathematics, science, and world languages. LEAD students are members of UConn’s Honors Program.

Joshua Abreu, a doctoral student in educational leadership, wrote an original article “People in the Reform: Brenda Oursler White” for the September issue of People in the Reform.

Batouly Camara 19 (ED), a sport management master’s student and redshirt senior for the UConn women’s basketball team, was featured in an episode of the podcast “In the World of Female Sports.”

Chelsea Connery 13 (CLAS), 14 MA, a doctoral student in educational leadership, Preston Green, and James Kaufmanco-published “The Underrepresentation of CLD Students in Gifted and Talented Programs: Implications for Law and Practice” for the June issue of University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class.

Robert Cotto, a doctoral student in educational leadership, co-authored “Charter Schools Bypass Racial Imbalance Laws” for the Stamford Advocate.

Carli Cutler portrait
Carli Culter is writing a new series for The Daily Campus. (Charlotte Lao/Daily Campus)

Carli Cutler, a sport management student and senior on the women’s softball team, wrote an original article for The Daily Campus.

Sandra Faioes, a student in the Executive Leadership Program (ELP), was appointed director of school improvement for Norwalk (Conn.) Public Schools. Previously, she was the principal at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Conn.

IB/M students Kiana Foster-Mauro, Lauren Kumnick, and Colin Miller volunteered at a preK-12 dual language school in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, through the end of June. Read Foster-Mauro’s piece on her experience at the school this past summer.

Kiana Foster-Mauro with schoolchildren in Costa Rica
Kiana Foster-Mauro ’19 (ED), ’20 MA poses with her students at La Paz Community School in Costa Rica, where she volunteered for six weeks this past summer. (Photo courtesy of Kiana Foster-Mauro)

Lynne Henwood, a master’s student in educational psychology, teacher in the Washington Township (N.J.) school system, and advocate for gifted and talented students in the Trenton Statehouse and Congress, is the 2019 winner of the Mensa Foundation’s Gifted Education Fellowship.

Jillian Ives, a doctoral student in educational leadership, wrote an original article “People in the Reform: Milena Cuellar” for the May issue of People in the Reform. She also serves as the Department of Educational Leadership’s representative for the UConn Graduate Student Career Council.

Jillian Ives and Ashley Robinson, doctoral students in educational leadership, were each awarded graduate conference travel scholarships from the Association for the Student of Higher Education (ASHE) to attend their national conference in Portland, Ore., in November.

Music ed students gather at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Music education students performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City this summer. (Photo courtesy of Cara Bernard)

Music education students from the Neag School, including Emily Lattanzi, Jonah Garcia, Hannah Maynard, Spencer Sonnenberg, and Nicolas Tedeschi, performed two world premiere pieces at Carnegie Hall in New York, N.Y., in June as part of the National Concert Chorus.

Xiaochen Liu, a doctoral student in educational psychology, is working on behalf of the University of Connecticut’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a teaching fellow on Blackboard and teaching technology.
Doctoral student Xiaochen Liu is working as a teaching fellow on behalf of UConn’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Tsinghua University in Beijing. (Photo courtesy of Xiaochen Liu)

Josué Lopez, a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction, received a Fulbright research grant to Guatemala, where he will conduct ethnographic research in a Mayan Ki-che village to better understand policy and practice relevant to multicultural education.

Dean Powers, a senior in agricultural education, penned an original article “Multiple Literacies in Agriculture Classrooms” for the June/July issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine.

Ashley Robinson, a doctoral student in educational leadership, was appointed vice president of UConn’s Graduate Employee Union. She was also named to the Graduate and New Professional Editorial Review Board for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education’s Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education; was appointed vice-chair of American College Personnel Association (ACPA)’s Commission for Housing and Residential Life; and selected as an institute faculty member and institute assessment co-chair for ACPA’s Institute on the Curricular Approach.

Patricia Virella, a doctoral student in educational leadership, was recognized by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) as a UCEA Jackson Scholar. This two-year program provides formal networking, mentoring, and professional development for graduate students of color who intend to become professors of educational leadership.


Alan Addley in the Granby (Conn.) Public Schools' Board of Education Room.
Alan Addley ’07 ELP, ’14 Ed.D., superintendent of Granby (Conn.) Public Schools, was named the state’s Superintendent of the Year for 2019. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)

Alan Addley 07 ELP, ’14 E.D. has been appointed superintendent of Darien (Conn.) Public Schools. He most recently served as superintendent of Granby (Conn.) Public Schools.

Anastasia Ali ’13 MS was recently promoted to director, football strategy and business development at National Football League in New York, N.Y., after serving as manager of strategic business operations also at the NFL.

Heather Allenback-Lucia 94 (ED), ’95 MA was recognized as Southington (Conn.) Public Schools’ 2019/2020 Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching social studies at Southington High School since 1995.

Emily Armstrong 16 (CLAS), 17 MA, a goalkeeper with a women’s soccer club from Sundsvall, Sweden, shared highlights from the 2019 season.

Joseph Briody86 (CLAS), 95 MA, 96 Ph.D.has been named interim assistant vice president for UConn’s Division of Student Affairs. He has been in the Department of Student Activities for more than 24 years.

Hannah Brown (middle) with Jessica Patris, a school psychologist from East Hartford Middle School, and Michelle Ford, a school psychologist from Glastonbury High School., accepts CASP Intern of the Year.
CASP 2019 Intern of the Year Award winner Hannah Brown ’17 MA, ’19 6th Year (center) celebrates with Jessica Patris, a school psychologist from East Hartford (Conn.) Middle School, and Michelle Ford, a school psychologist from Glastonbury High.(Photo courtesy of Lisa Sanetti)

Hannah Brown17 MA, 19 6th Year received the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists (CASP) 2019 Intern of the Year Award.

Shane B. Bryant 09 MA has been selected to serve as the elementary special education coordinator in the Milford (Conn.) School District.

June Cahill 92 (CLAS) ’93 (ED), ’94 MAprincipal of Kennelly School in Hartford, Conn., led a group of students who presented at the Hartford Public Schools’ Board of Education meeting about the school’s partnership with the Neag School.

Kathryn Dal Zin ’05 (CNHR), ’06 MA was named Teacher of the Year by Wallingford (Conn.) Public Schools. She has been the agricultural-science teacher at Lyman Hall High School since 2010.

Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton ’04 (CLAS), ’08 MA was accepted to join the Learning Forward’s Academy Class of 2021 as a Corwin Academy Scholarship recipient. She is the assistant director of professional learning at Hartford (Conn.) Public Schools.

Miguel Cardona ’00 MA, ’04 6th Year, ’11 Ed.D., ’12 ELP, at right, was sworn in by Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz as the Connecticut State Department of Education’s new education commissioner. Also pictured are members of Cardona’s family.
Miguel Cardona ’00 MA, ’04 6th Year, ’11 Ed.D., ’12 ELP, at right, was sworn in by Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz as the Connecticut State Department of Education’s new education commissioner. Also pictured are members of Cardona’s family. Cardona was also featured by numerous outlets, including in a piece by The Intelligencer about his journey from educator to state education commissioner. Desi Nesmith ’01 (ED), ’02 MA, ’09 6th Year, chief turnaround officer for the state Department of Education, served as interim commissioner.

Killeen Tracy Dziavit ’01 (ED), ’02 MA was named the English department head for Norwich Free Academy (NFA) in Norwich, Conn. Dziavit began her NFA teaching career in 2002 as a member of the English department faculty. For the past 17 years, she has been immersed in professional activities, contributing to numerous school and departmental improvement initiatives.

Jamelle Elliott ’96 (BUS), ’97 MA, sport management alumna, former UConn women’s basketball star, and current associate athletic director for the UConn National ‘C’ Club, was featured by UConn Today.

Paul Freeman ’09 Ed.D., superintendent of Guilford (Conn.) Public Schools, wrote “Improving Schools Through Confident Vulnerability,” which was published in Education Week.

Paul A. Funk 93 (ED) was named principal of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in South Yarmouth, Mass., where he previously served as assistant principal, athletic director, and head football coach.

Holly Hageman 86 (CLAS), 00 6th Year, 06 Ph.D. has been named interim superintendent of schools for Regional School District 17 in Haddam, Conn. She previously served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

David Howes ’11 6th Year was named principal of LEAP School in Willimantic, Conn. Howes most recently served as principal and executive director from 2014 to 2019 at the Interdistrict School of Arts and Communication in New London, Conn.

Brittany Hunter ’08 (ED), ’11 MS began her second year in the Vanderbilt University MBA program and has been offered a job at Microsoft as a human resource manager upon graduation. Most recently, Brittany was the director of instruction (grades 3-5) at Harlem Village Academies in Harlem, N.Y., and before that, she was a teacher at the Harlem Success Academies for six years.

Isaiah Jacobs ’17 MS recently began a job with the Hartford (Conn.) Public Schools as a student engagement specialist. He will have the new Weaver High School in Hartford, his alma mater, as one of his schools. Most recently Jacobs was the assistant program director for Upward Bound at the University of Vermont.

Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers ’17 (ED) was recently promoted to director of communications at the National Football League in New York, N.Y., after serving as the media relations manager before this new position.

Kimberly Lawless 94 MA, 96 Ph.D. was named dean of Penn State’s College of Education. She previously served as associate dean for research of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has also been a co-researcher for GlobalEd2.

Josh Lupinek ’11 MS started the semester as an assistant professor of sport marketing at Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, where he is also the co-program director of the sport and recreation business program. He had previously taught at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Melissa Collier Meek, ’08 (CLAS), ’04 MA, ’11 6th Year, ’13 Ph.D., a faculty member at UMass Boston, is the winner of the American Psychology Association’s Division 16 2019 Lightner Witmer Award. The award honors young professionals and academic school psychologists who have demonstrated scholarship that merits special recognition. Meek also co-published an article titled “Exploring the Influences of Assessment Method, Intervention Steps, Intervention Sessions, and Observation Timing on Treatment Fidelity Estimates” with Lisa Sanetti, Sandra Chafouleas, and alumna Lindsay Fallon ’09 MA, ’11 6th Year, ’13 Ph.D. for the June issue of Assessment for Effective Intervention.

Michael McDonnell ’91 (CLAS), ’16 6th Year was appointed assistant professor for Mabelle B. Avery Middle School in Somers, Conn. McDonnell joins the middle school after 16 years of teaching at Somers Elementary School as both a reading interventionist and a fourth-grade teacher.

Emmanuel Omokaro 11 (ED), 12 MA was is ESPN’s Team VoluntEAR of the Year. A project coordinator in ESPN Corporate Citizenship, Omokaro helped raise nearly $40,000 to build a school in Senegal and oversaw its construction.

Anthony A. Pittman 03 Ph.D. was named dean and professor of Claflin University’s School of Education in Orangeburg, S.C. He previously served as the dean of the College of Education at Jean University in Union, N.J.

DJ Quinn ’19 (ED) is serving as a hiring associate at the UConn Department of Recreation at the UConn Storrs campus.

Emmanuel Omokaro (L) and ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro during the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Presentation.
Emmanuel Omokaro ’12 (ED), ’12 MA (left) celebrates with ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro after receiving the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award. (Melissa Rawlins/ESPN Images)

Amy H. Reising ’91 MA was appointed director of performance assessment policy and development at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Reising has been deputy director of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing since 2015. She resides in San Diego, Calif.

Zuleyka Morales Shaw ’09 MA, a science teacher at Hartford (Conn.) Magnet Trinity College Academy, was one of three 2019 finalists for Hartford Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

Victoria Schilling ’16 (ED), ’17 MA, a science teacher at Ellington (Conn.) Middle School, was featured in a podcast about Consensus Modelling in the NGSS Classroom for NGS Navigators.

Eric Schneider ’07 (ED), the assistant athletic director for UConn’s Compliance Department, was profiled by the Department of Educational Leadership.

Jessica Shufelt running on the soccer field.
Jessica Shufelt ’12 (ED) was inducted into the 2019 New York High School Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy of the New York State High School Soccer Hall of Fame)

Jessica Shufelt ’12 (ED) was inducted into the 2019 New York High School Hall of Fame. Shufelt is the head coach of the Keuka College women’s soccer team in Keuka Park, N.Y.

Jaclyn Sullivan ’18 MA was named head coach for boys’ cross-country at Norwich Free Academy (NFA) in Norwich, Conn. She is NFA’s current indoor and girls outdoor track and field assistant coach.

Lea Theodore ’00 MA, ’01 6th Year, ’02 Ph.D. a faculty member at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., received the American Psychology Association’s Division 16 Jean A. Baker Mid-Career Service Award, which honors school psychologists who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to the field through programs of service or innovations in practice.

Howard J. Thiery ’90 6th Year was named superintendent of Region 10 Schools in Burlington, Conn. For the past nine years, Thiery has been superintendent of Regional School District 17 (Conn.), which comprises the towns of Haddam and Killingworth.

Ian Tieremann accepts award for Teacher of the Year.
Ian Tiedemann ’05 MA will receive the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award this fall. (Photo credit Greenwich Free Press)

Ian Tiedemann ’05 MA, a teacher at Greenwich (Conn.) High School, will receive the Council for Economic Education’s 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award in October in Los Angeles, in recognition of excellence in economic education.

Suzanne Updegrove ’15 MA, a gifted and talented teacher for grades 6 through 8 at Branchburg Central Middle School in Bridgewater, N.J., was named Somerset County Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Kelly (Heffley) Villar ’06 MA is a finalist for the 2020 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail competition. She teaches second grade at Southeast Elementary School in Mansfield, Conn.

Katie Visentin ’14 MS was recently promoted to director of sponsorships and brand loyalty at Generation UCAN in Woodbridge, Conn., where she previously was the event manager and marketing associate. While at UConn, she served as an assistant coach for the UConn women’s rowing team.

Lindsay Waack 
’15 (ED), ’16 MA received the 2019 National Association of Geoscience Teachers “Outstanding Earth Science Teacher” award for the state of Connecticut. She teaches at Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Conn.

Roberta “Bert” Wachtelhausen ’81 (ED), senior vice president of chief sales and marketing officer for ConnectiCare, was recognized as the 2019 Chief Marketing Officer of the Year by the Hartford Business Journal in June.

Megan Wax ’11 (ED), ’12 MA has been hired as head coach for Greenwich (Conn.) High School’s field hockey team. A mathematics teacher at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, Wax began her coaching career at E.O. Smith High School in Mansfield, Conn., where she served as a varsity assistant and junior varsity field hockey coach.

Ally Zoppa ’08 (CAHNR), ’12 MA has been promoted to associate head coach of UConn women’s rowing. She recently wrapped up her 11thseason on the UConn staff.


In Memoriam

Howell Aarons 68
Leonard R. Aldrich 70
Kenneth A. Bilodeau 75
David J. Calchera ’70
Robert F. Derosler 
Sally S. Doyle 
William J. Faber 
Samuel B. Greene III 
Marcella R. Gugnoni 
Robert A. Hille 
Fay B. Husted 
Sharon T. Kallin 
Madeline M. Lane 
Leland F. McElrath 71
Ricardo J. Menendez 95
Barbara A. Mooney 
Robert J. Narducci ’68
Barbara N. Pearsall 
Karin Randolph 86
Stephen J. Rechner 59
Barbara M. Shea 
Sonya J. Shue 
Andrew (Andy) “Skev” Soltis 53
Lillian Tanguay ’46
John P. Tauro 
Bertha J. Tosh 
Virginia (Hargreaves) Tyron ’49
Alice S. Vale 81
Francis X. Vasile 71
Lee Weinstein 
Rosalie T. Whitesell