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Alumni & Friends

College of Education Alumni & Friends

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Welcome, College of Education alumni and friends! We are over 38,000 strong and continue to grow as newly graduating classes join the alumni fold! Our alumni leave the halls of Benjamin to become teachers, principals, researchers, counselors, and professors – all working towards the goal of improving educational outcomes for our nation’s citizens. The work that you do is important, and we are honored to count you as alumni of the College of Education!

Moving and need to change your address? Recently married and need to change your name? Prefer to receive Endeavors electronically? Have a piece of news that you would like to share with your fellow College of Education alumni? Please keep in touch with address or name changes, submission of a Class Note or with any suggestions on how we can better serve our COE alumni. We will share your good news in the next issue of Endeavors or even feature you on our website!

Meet our College of Education Alumni Board

Barbara Friedlander

Barbara Friedlander, President

'85 Special Education, '90 M.A. Education

Barbara currently serves as the Learning & Achievement Specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools, MD. 

Norka Padilla

Norka Padilla

'87 Elementary Education

Norka is currently an Instructional Specialist with International Admissions & Enrollment in the office of School Support and Wellbeing in Montgomery County Public Schools, MD.


Cheryl Dyson

 '99 M.A. Education

Cheryl currently serves as the Superintendent for Frederick County Public Schools, MD. 

Meri Robinson

Meri Robinson, Treasurer

'96 Early Childhood Education, '16 Ed.D. Education, Leadership, & Policy

Meri serves as an administrator for Prince George's County Public Schools, MD. 

Tiki Ayiku

Tiki Ayiku

'05 M.A. Higher Education, Student Affairs, & International Education Policy

Tiki is the Assistant Vice President for Professional Development for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). 

Eve Case

Eve Case

'03 Social Studies Education

Eve serves as the Social Studies Coordinator for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD. 


Nicole Long 

'12 Ph.D. Counseling & Personnel Services

Nicole is the Assistant Vice President for Student Experience and Belonging at the University of Delaware. 


Jacob Goldberg

'12 Secondary Education Social Studies

Jake serves as the Data Couch at Laurel High School in Prince George's County, MD. 


Candice Lietzke, Treasurer/Membership Chair 

'98 Elementary Education

Candice is a teacher at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School in Montomery County Public Schools. 

Patricia Myers

Patricia Myers

'65 Elementary Education

Linda Pieplow

Linda Pieplow

'72 English Education, '78 M.A. Secondary Education


Tia Washington 

'03 Secondary Education, Social Studies 

Kristan Skendall

Kristan Skendall

'12 Ph.D. Higher Education, Student Affairs, & International Education Policy

Elizabeth Stuart Whitehead

Elizabeth Stuart Whitehead

'98 Art Education

Darryl Williams

Darryl Williams

'11 Ed.D. Education, Leadership, & Policy


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    Feel free to email Rachel Morales Hess, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, to connect, update contact info, or share your idea!

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