Category: Alumni


Read stories about Neag School of Education alumni.


Watching Chris Dailey Win the National Championship (as a Player)

March 30, 2020

For the last 34 seasons, Chris Dailey has worked closely with Geno Auriemma to build UConn women’s basketball into the dynasty it is today. Together, they’ve won over 1,000 games, 51 conference championships, and 11 national titles. But Dailey does have one trophy that Auriemma can’t claim: a 1982 AIAW championship with the Rutgers Lady Knights. The AIAW was the predecessor to the NCAA for women’s sports and that year was the first time the NCAA sponsored a women’s basketball championship. So it was the last year of the AIAW Tournament.


Mansfield Mom of Six Gets Extreme Head Start on Distance Learning

March 30, 2020

Kelly Villar, 43, a mom of six who teaches second grade at Southeast Elementary School in Mansfield, was selected last June as the Iditarod’s designated “teacher on the trail,” a year-round role created in 2000 to extract educational opportunities from the fabled, 1,000-mile sled dog race. She recently served as the race’s “teacher on the trail.”


UAlbany Football Adds Four to Coaching Staff

March 26, 2020

“Jordan is a great addition to our defensive staff as our linebacker coach,” said Head Coach Greg Gattuso. “Jordan worked with us two years ago and did an outstanding job for our staff, which made this an easy choice for our defensive coaches and myself.”




Matthew Failor coming into Unalakleet.

Follow Iditarod’s 2020 Teacher on the Trail: Kelly Villar ’06 MA

March 18, 2020

Kelly (Heffley) Villar ’06 MA, a second-grade teacher for the past 16 years at Southeast Elementary School in Mansfield, Conn., was selected as the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail for 2020. The race officially began March 7, and Villar has been tracking her experience with blog posts and photos on the Iditarod’s Teacher on the Trail blog since arriving in Alaska in February.


Britton Chosen to Replace O’Reilly as Portland Schools Chief

February 25, 2020

Britton, a North Haven native, has worked as a teacher, assistant high school principal, high school principal and professor of educational leadership.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., his master’s from Quinnipiac University and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education.