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Wade Whitehead '94

Wade Whitehead ’94 will be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Five Hall of Fame inductees are selected on an annual basis in recognition of their commitment to the teaching profession.

Gerard Lawson, Ph.D. '02

Gerard Lawson, Ph.D. ‘02 will begin his term as President-elect of the American Counseling Association (ACA) on July 1, 2016 and will assume the presidency on July 1, 2017.

Randy Williams, Ph.D. ‘13

Dr. Randolph Williams, Jr. has been named associate vice president for campus engagement at Elon University. He worked previously as assistant dean of students at William & Mary and earned a Ph.D. in 2013 in Higher Education.

Tisa A. Mason, Ed.D. ‘93

Tisa Mason, Ed.D. '13, President of Valley City State University, was named for the Pillar of the Profession Award Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Antonis Katsiyannis, Ed.D. '89 named President of CEC

Antonis Katsiyannis, Ed.D. '89 has been named President of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Ambler receives AFA Gardner Award

Ginger Ambler ’88, Ph.D. ’06, William & Mary’s vice president for student affairs, has been recognized for her exceptional commitment to fostering a rich environment for fraternity/sorority life at William & Mary, with the 2015 Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award.

Johnston Brendel, Ed.D. '96

John Brendel, Ed.D. ’96 has been named for the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Counseling. That Board is responsible for enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.

Tisa A. Mason, Ed.D. ‘93

Inaugurated on Oct. 1, Tisa Mason, Ed.D., has been named Valley City State University’s (VCSU) 13th president.

Aria Dakota Willis '13

There were the people who welcomed me warmly, who offered endless explanations of their culture, who made me feel at home in a strange place. I learned how to work with my students' personalities and cultures to get more from them. And they were some of the most hilarious, loving, creative children I've ever met.

Anthony Vladu, M.Ed. '08

York County School Division has named Anthony Vladu as their New Chief of Secondary Instruction.

Dr. Leslie Kaplan
Leslie S. Kaplan, Ed.D. '78

Leslie S. Kaplan, Ed.D. '78, has again teamed up with Dr. Bill Ownings to co-author a new textbook, Introduction to the Principalship.

Najoua Benothmane ’13, M.Ed. ’14

Najoua Benothmane ’13, M.Ed. ’14 has been awarded the Innovative Instructional Grant by the York Foundation for Public Education, Inc. Ms. Benothmane is a 2013 graduate of the College of William and Mary and earned her master’s from the School of Education in 2014, majoring in Secondary Foreign Language.

Sue Henshon Ph.D. '05
Suzanna E. Henshon Ph.D. '05

Sue Henshon Ph.D. '05 teaches creative writing and composition at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is the author of over 300 publications, including her new book, Andy Lightfoot and the Time Warp.

Shelly Laurenzo, M.Ed. ’11

Shelly Laurenzo, M.Ed. ’11 has been appointed to a seat on the Waynesboro Public School Board in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Robert J. Grant, Ed. D. ‘83

Still in the midst of a 40-year career in school counseling and administration, Bob Grant reflects on his William and Mary experience.

Dr. Drew Polly
Dr. Drew Polly '99

Drew Polly '99 was recently awarded with the Innovator Award by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics for his outstanding contributions to mathematics education and schools in North Carolina.

Tisa Mason Ed.D. '93, CAE

Dr. Tisa Mason, Vice President for Student Affairs at Fort Hays State University, has been selected as a recipient of the Robert H. Shaffer Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

Shannon Chance Ph.D. '10

Dr. Shannon Chance has been named a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow for a two-year research fellowship based at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Dublin, Ireland.

Rachel Boyd Potter '99, M.Ed. '00

Dr. Rachel Boyd Potter '99, M.Ed. '00 has been selected to be the first dean of the newly launched College of Education at Mary Baldwin College.

Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D. ’08

Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D. '08 has been named the Interim Associate Dean of Accreditation, Licensure, and Student Services in the new University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) College of Education and Health Professions. She was also awarded the 2014 UALR Faculty Excellence Award.

David Gaston
David W. Gaston '88, M.Ed. '90, Ed.D. '05

David Gaston '88, M.Ed. '90, (secondary education) and Ed.D. '05 (Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership) has been selected to serve as superintendent of schools for the Charles City County Public Schools.

Several Alumnae named Teacher of the Year in WJCC

Selected by their peers for hard work and leadership, several of the educators named for the Teacher of the Year Award in the Williamsburg James City County Public Schools were alumnae of the College of William & Mary.

Loury Ollison Floyd, Ph.D. '03

Loury Ollison Floyd, Ph.D. '03, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the School of Education at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, has been elected President of the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (NC-ACTE).

Marguerita K. DeSander J.D., Ph.D. '05

Marguerita K. DeSander was recently appointed as the Department Chair for the Educational Administration, Leadership and Research Department at the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

Wendy W. Murawski, Ph.D.

Wendy Weichel Murawski, Ph.D. (W&M BA '91, MEd '92, Ed.S '95), Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair for the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL ) at the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University, Northridge hosted Dr. Diane Ravitch as speaker for their inaugural Education of the Edge lecture series.

Spanish text and e-text published

Janet Dannemiller-Parker, adjunct instructor of modern and classical language education, in collaboration with School of Education graduates, Catherine Schwenkler, ’96, M.A.Ed. ’09, and Megan Packett Cory, ‘07 published Tejidos (Tapestries), a student-centered high school Spanish program.

Kristi Lee, Ph.D. '09

Dr. Kristi Lee '09 was featured in the Seattle University College of Education magazine, Banner, with a discussion of making connections from the classroom to the community.

Earl Granger '92, M.Ed. '98

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan (non-student) award was presented at Commencement to Associate Vice President for Development Earl T. Granger III, BA 1992, MED 1998 in recognition of his heart, mind and helpfulness to others.

Michael Asip, Ed.D., 2012

The Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education has named Michael Asip President-Elect for 2014.

Sondra C. VanderPloeg, M.Ed. '93

Sondra C. VanderPloeg, a 1993 Master of Arts in Education in Secondary Social Sciences at the College of William & Mary, has been awarded an Excellence in Advising at Colby-Sawyer College's Commencement. She serves as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Colby-Sawyer College.

Jordan Adair
Jordan Adair '78 lauded by Secretary of Education

Jordan Adair '78, Durham Academy Upper School teacher was honored at the U.S. Presidential Scholars Award ceremony and received the Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Esther (Bunny) Akers, MA.Ed. '74, M.Ed. '06

Esther (Bunny) Akers was named the 2011 recipient of the Clinical Partnership Award. "When you combine Bunny's own teaching with the teaching careers of her former student teachers, Bunny will have touched the learning of more than 230,000 middle and high school students."

Laura Bagbey '11 honored by the VACTE

Laura Bagbey '11 is the 2011 recipient of the VACTE Scholarship. She remarked in her application, "Teaching means striving everyday to understand my students and help them to believe that their opportunities in life are limitless."

Rachel Previs Ball '07, M.Ed. '11

In 2011, Rachel Previs Ball received the Mary L. Murphy Scholarship, established to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing careers in leadership positions at an elementary school and/or pre K-12 administration. Mrs. Ball will now begin her career in administration as assistant principal at Acquinton Elementary School in King William, Virginia.

Amy Barnes Ph.D. '07

Amy Barnes, PhD '07 (Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership) has been named Senior Lecturer in the HESA program at The Ohio State University.

Kathleen Belk
Kathleen Belk '07 at the Murie Center in Grand Teton National Park

With inspiration from her student teaching experience in Williamsburg, and all that she learned from W&M SOE, she is working with the Teton Science School to create three-day workshops for Wyoming teachers featuring Richard Louve's best practices for place based education.

Marie K. Booz ‘05

Marie K. Booz ‘05 (M.Ed. EPPL K-12 Administration) is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for the Department of Technology in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Dr. Frances Boyd
Dr. Frances Boyd ‘72 holds 38 years of teaching experience

Dr. Frances Boyd ‘72 has 38 years of teaching experience from elementary through high school in urban and rural, private and public settings. She has taught in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland in the areas of Special Education, Reading, Social Studies, French and German.

Clint Calzini
Clinton R. Calzini Ph.D. '11

Clint Calzini Ph.D. '11 (EPPL) now serves as the principal of the secondary school at Westlake Academy, Westlake, Texas. Calzini has a master's degree in school leadership from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in secondary education with biology and psychology from the University of Vermont.

Dr. Shannon Chance
Shannon Chance Ph.D. '10

Dr. Shannon Chance has been awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholarship to do research at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. Dr. Chance will research innovative ways to teach engineering and architecture.

Shannon Chance Ph.D. '10

US Fulbright Scholar Shannon Chance Ph.D. '10 is in a show featuring her new photography collection at the University of Notre Dame in Dublin. Dr. Chance is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Hampton University.

Chandler and Stambaugh Publish Book

Tamra Stambaugh Ph.D. '07 and Kimberley L. Chandler Ph.D. '04 recently published a book with Prufrock Press titled Practical Solutions for Underserved Gifted Students: Effective Curriculum for Underserved Populations.

Billitta Jallon Brown Croskey '96

Billitta Jallon Brown Croskey '96 serves as the Director of Academics at the SEED School of Maryland. This fall sixth grade girls were welcomed to "William and Mary Hall," filled with college paraphenalia.

Dr. Joy Davis
Joy Lawson Davis, MA.Ed. '92, Ed.D. '08

Dr. Joy L. Davis, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana - Lafayette, author of Bright, Talented and Black; A Guide for African American Gifted Learners, was a key-note speaker at the Annual Conference of the Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted Conference.

Dissertation Recognition for Three SOE graduates

Three recent School of Education doctoral alumni received recognition for their dissertations by the International Society for Education Planning at the 40th annual conference held in Alexandria, VA, October 6-9.

Darin J. Eich, M.Ed. '02

"My first experience researching leadership programs was while a Masters student in EPPL. I also worked with Mark Constantine in Student Activities to build one for W&M students. I became passionate about this and continued down this path for the next 10 years, earned a Ph.D. from Wisconsin in '07, and just published this book."

Michael Faughnan, Ph.D. '08

Mike Faughnan, Ph.D. '08 is completing eighteen months as the Chief, Education Division for the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.

Philip Forgit
Philip Forgit '89, M.A.Ed. '95

After teaching, serving in the military and now serving as the head of the Virginia Education Association, Phil Forgit credits William and Mary with toughening him and giving him “emotional resilience,” as well as strengthening his organizing and teaching skills that have “served [him] well in life.”

Antonia Fox M.Ed. '05

Antonia Fox M.Ed. '05 has been named the 2012 Outstanding High School Principal of the Year by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP).

Sue Hanna Gerdelman '76

On Feb. 5 during Charter Day weekend, School of Education graduate, Sue Hanna Gerdelman ’76, will be among five honored by the William and Mary Alumni Association with the Alumni Medallion.

Emilie E. Godwin Ph.D. '09

Emilie E. Godwin Ph.D. '09 was recently quoted in The New York Times while discussing the impact of brain injuries on family members, "When injuries to the brain tear at hearts."

Daina Paupe Henry, Ed.D. to retire

Daina Paupe Henry MA '81, Ed.S. '94, Ed.D. '01, long time adjunct faculty member and administrative faculty member for the office of Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness will be retiring on May 1 from her full-time position at the College.

Jill Sivertsen Hunter '71

A 1971 graduate of the Elementary Education program, Jill Sivertsen Hunter, Ed.D. now served as the chairperson of the School of Education Development Board.

Ashley Cambridge Wilson Ide

Ashley Cambridge Wilson Ide, M.Ed. '12 has been named assistant principal of Barron Elementary School in Hampton, Virginia. Last spring she was been named Teacher of the Year at Hampton City Schools at Phenix PreK-8 School.

Patsy Rainey Joyner C.A.S.E. '83, Ed.D. '89

Patsy Rainey Joyner C.A.S.E. '83, Ed.D. '89, lauded as a true role model, retired as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Paul D. Camp Community College in January after 31 years with the college.

Antonis Katsiyannis
Antonis Katsiyannis, Ed.S. '88, Ed.D. '89

Antonis Katsiyannis, a professor of special education at Clemson University for the past 13 years, was named an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the fall of 2010.

Alumni named for leadership positions

Wendy Ellis - Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies, Melody Camm - Principal, Carver Elementary School; Jennifer Cohodas - Principal, Atlee High School; Pamela Wilson Aerni, - Professor at Longwood College; Antoine Hickman - Coordinator of Special Education, Suffolk Public Schools; Lisa Pennycuff - Director, Special Education, York County

Daria Kavaliova Lorio '09

Daria Kavaliova Lorio '09 has been selected for the DAIS Instructional Specialist postion with the York County School Division. Mrs. Lorio was the 2009 recipient of the Dean's Awards for Excellence - Masters Level.

Dr. Bronwyn MacFarlane
Bronwyn MacFarlane Ph.D. '08

Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D. '08 has been offered tenure and has been promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Department of Educational Leadership where she is in her fourth year as Assistant Professor of Gifted and Talented Education at The Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education.

Rachel McBride '02

Rachel McBride '02, now in her tenth year of teaching, has been selected as Teacher of the Year for Tabb High School and for the York County School Division High School Teacher of the Year. She was also honored with the Langley Chapter Air Force Association Teacher of the Year Award.

Susan McGowan, Ed.D. '07

Dr. Susan McGowan-Koyzis, who completed her doctoral work in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership with an area of emphasis in Gifted Education Administration at William and Mary, has been appointed the Interim Dean for the Honors College at West Liberty University.

Sara Miller, Ed.D. '10

Sara Miller was recently named a finalist for the International Reading Associations's Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award.

Valerie Muller Egger M.Ed. '04

What happens when Adam Hollinger and his obnoxious older sister, Courtney, convince their absent-minded mother to allow them to adopt a pair of corgis — after their father explicitly said, “No!” ? Author Val Muller answers this question as the mystery on Dorset Drive unfolds.

Dr. Deborah Dymacek Pettit '72

Dr. Deborah Pettit has been named Regional Superintendent of the Year for 2013. She and her team at the school were also credited for their response when they had to invent an emergency plan on the fly when a 5.8 earthquake — centered in Mineral — hit the county on Aug. 23, 2011.

Virginia Graduate Research Forum 2011

Dr. Shannon Chance shared the significance of LEED certification in university buildings at the Graduate Research Forum featuring the new School of Education facility. Student researchers demonstrated their findings with members of the Virginia General Assembly. The Virginia Council of Graduate Schools conducts it annually at the Library of Virginia.

Margaret (Meg) Alcorn Smith '89

Meg Smith has been named the 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year. "I want to remind people of all the dedicated teachers, fantastic students, and meaningful moments happening in Virginia's public schools every day. I invite everyone to celebrate and strengthen our schools," said Mrs. Smith.

Steve Staples '76, M.Ed. '82

Steve Staples '76, M.Ed. '82 served for 17 years as superintendent of York County School Division, one of the highest performing school systems in the Commonwealth. For his leadership within the division and state, Steve was named Superintendent of the Year.

Ronald D. Willard '61

Ronald D. Willard '61 (Secondary Education & Social Studies) and his wife, Joan, recently moved to an apartment in Greenspring Retirement Village in Springfield, Virginia and have two sons and four grandchildren in Northern Virginia.

Susannah Wood
Susannah Wood honored with the NCACES Research Award

Susannah Wood, M.Ed. '00, Ph.D. '06 serves as an Assistant Professor in Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development at the College of Education, at the University of Iowa. In October Dr. Wood was honored with the NCACES Research Award.

Susannah Wood, M.Ed. '00, Ph.D. '06

Susannah Wood, associate professor at the University of Iowa Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, has been recognized for the University of Iowa College of Education’s 2011-2012 Collegiate Teaching Award, the college’s highest honor recognizing excellence in teaching.