Category: Alumni

Read stories about Neag School of Education alumni.

Best of Luck, Dr. K!

July 7, 2022

After 47 years in education, The Independent Day School’s Dr. Marijke Kehrhahn officially retired on June 30th. Dr. K, which she was affectionately called by the IDS community, served as the Head of School for the past six years, and was previously associated with the school as a Board Trustee and a parent of an IDS student.

School Mental Health Resources Critical to Ensuring Safe School Environments

June 7, 2022

“Whenever a mass shooting takes place in schools, public discussion often focuses on laws or policies that might have prevented the tragedy. But averting school violence needs more than gun policy. It requires both prevention and crisis response that take students’ emotional well-being – not just their physical safety – into account,” say authors Sandra Chafouleas and Amy Briesch.

Board Of Ed Appoints Melillo Next Superintendent Of Schools

May 20, 2022

A Milford resident, Melillo has served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Hamden Public Schools since July 2012. During that time he also served as interim superintendent of schools, from February to July 2014. He served as Hamden’s director of elementary education, October 2010-June 2012; principal at Shepherd Glen School, also in Hamden, July 2007-October 2010; and as assistant principal at ACES-Thomas Edison Middle School in Meriden, August 2005-June 2007. He began his career as a fifth to sixth grade teacher at Church Street School and Bear Path School in Hamden, August 1993-June 2005. Melillo earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education at the University of Connecticut, graduating in May 1991.

Crowd of graduates gather in the Gentry Lobby.

Year-End Neag School Accolades: 2021-22

May 19, 2022

Throughout the academic year, the Neag School is proud to share the latest achievements of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Explore their most recent promotions, awards, retirements, publications, and more: Dean’s Office Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education Department of Educational Leadership Department of Educational Psychology Faculty/Staff Students Alumni In Memoriam Dean’s […]

April Wilson Named 2023 Teacher of the Year

May 18, 2022

6th Grade English and Language Arts Teacher April Wilson is the 2023 Teacher of the Year for East Hartford Public Schools. District leaders surprised Ms. Wilson with the news in her East Hartford Middle School classroom on May 18. She was selected after a rigorous application and interview process, during which Wilson completed a virtual interview on her wedding day! She will represent the school district as an example of what is best in the profession in the statewide Teacher of the Year competition. A graduate of East Hartford Public Schools herself, Wilson earned her Master’s degree at UConn’s Neag School of Education in 2018 then returned to her hometown of East Hartford to teach.

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Sally Reis: A Reflection of 40 Years of Success at UConn

May 18, 2022

Sally Reis, the Leticia Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education, first connected to the University of Connecticut during her master’s program at Southern Connecticut State University in the mid-1970s. While in one class, she heard UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Joseph Renzulli talk about his work in educational psychology, specifically his internationally-known and pioneering work in gifted and talented with the Enrichment Triad Model.

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Neag School Secures $25K+ in 36 Hours During UConn’s Giving Day

May 17, 2022

Thanks to 494 individuals, the Neag School of Education garnered more than $25,000 in contributions during this spring’s annual Giving Day at UConn. The University-wide fundraising event raised over $504,000 in total for UConn in just 36 hours, with incoming donations set up to support everything from scholarships and academic programs to student groups and athletics. The Neag School, including its Alumni Board, promoted seven different education- and sport management-affiliated projects during this year’s Giving Day campaign, held over the course of two days in March.

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Feel Your Best Self: Educators, Puppets Unite to Teach Kids About Emotions

May 11, 2022

Enduring the turmoil of a global pandemic for more than two years now, many of us have struggled. We can recognize the importance of self-care and wellness, but not everyone has necessarily adopted a daily meditation practice or quit their late-night doomscrolling. By now, though, perhaps we can admit to ourselves one thing: It’s OK to not be OK in every moment.