Category: Alumni


Read stories about Neag School of Education alumni.



Jamelle Elliott Returns to UConn, Rediscovers Passion for Coaching

November 16, 2020

Jamelle Elliott figured she was done with coaching. At least for the foreseeable future. She’d spent more than two decades in the industry — first as an assistant with her alma mater UConn (1997-2009) and then as the head coach at Cincinnati (2009-18) — before deciding that, at age 43, it was time to change paths and pursue another passion of hers. Then came an opportunity to get back into basketball.



Julie Wood typing on manual typewriter.

Neag School Alumna Sets Up Planned Gift for Literacy Research

November 11, 2020

Julie M. Wood ’71 (ED), ’72 MA, grateful for the safe haven that UConn gave her during the turbulent 1970s, recently decided to leave a planned gift to UConn to support research in an area close to her heart: children’s literacy. She has set up an endowment that will generate funding every year for a faculty member in the Neag School of Education to conduct research in effective practices to support children’s literacy development.


Neag Alumna Sets Up Planned Gift for Literacy Research

November 11, 2020

Julie M. Wood ’71 (ED), ’72 MA, a renowned educational consultant, decided to leave a planned gift to UConn to support research in an area close to her heart: children’s literacy. She has set up an endowment that will generate funding every year for a faculty member in the Neag School of Education to conduct research in effective practices to support children’s literacy development.




Everyone is Doing Their Part to Continue Schooling in Connecticut

November 9, 2020

“We all know remote learning will never replace the classroom experience. We also know that the health and safety of our students, staff, and their families must be the primary consideration when making decisions about school operations. The two are not mutually exclusive. In an effort to promote the best continuity of education in Connecticut, whether in person or remotely, we must use the resources available, plan accordingly, and act responsibly,” writes Miguel Cardona.


‘I’m a Caretaker First: I’m Making Sure These Kids Are Safe:’ Connecticut Teachers Adapt to a New Normal of Educating Amid Coronavirus

November 2, 2020

When Valentin closed on a new home in mid-March, he never thought schools would be shut down before the end of the week. Valentin, one of five fourth grade teachers at his school, began teaching in-person classes again this fall. He said he is “pleasantly surprised” that in-person learning has remained possible through October.