Alumni & Giving

EdTerps Alumni Class Notes

Our alumni live in all corners of the world and do many great things! We invite you to meet some of your stellar fellow alumni here in our COE Terps section. And if you have news to share, please let us know by submitting to our Class Notes. We love to share stories about your impact!

Betty Ann Ernst Bauer (BS '65) has written a book of historical fiction for upper elementary-grade children about Ancestral Puebloan life in the American Southwest. Published by Portamento, Tamika and Friends is a story of three children whose families migrated from Mesa Verde in the late 1200s. [July 2014]

Thomas Novotny (BS '62) was inducted into the Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame. [July 2014]

Judith Lese ('69, M.Ed. '74) retired after 53 years of teaching. She was a classroom teacher for five different schools in Montgomery County Public Schools, MD. [July 2022]

Dr. Bernice R. Sandler (Ph.D. '69) was featured on ESPNs The Power of IX Legends, celebrating the anniversary of this landmark occasion. [July 2014]

June E. Streckfus (BS '68) retired after serving for twenty-two years as head of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. She has worked to connect the worlds of education and big business for the betterment of kids STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) skills. [July 2014]

Dr. Darla Fishbein Strouse (BA '67, Ed.D. '04) wrote and won a grant from Sinai and Synapsis and the Sir John Templeton Fund to have research scientists from Howard County, MD, present five science presentations with religious interpretations and relationships discussed using the Old Testament and other Jewish texts that connect ancient ideas to modern scientific discovery. [July 2023]

Dennis D. Urban ('69) wrote the book The Making of a Civilian Solider in the Civil War: the First Diary of Private William J. McLean Along the C & O Canal and the Affair at Edwards Ferry, published by New Academia Publishing.  [July 2022]

William D. Wargo Ed.D. ('68) served as a professor of industrial education for 35 years before retiring. He then earned a Marine Sea Turtle permit from the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, serving as the director of the Alligator Point Sea Patrol from 2004 to 2021. [July 2022]

James H. Bruns (BS '70) assumed responsibility of the Naval History and Heritage Command's museum system operations, serving as Assistant Director of the national museum system while continuing to direct the National Museum of the United States Navy, the flagship museum located at the Washington Navy Yard. Bruns has previously served as vice president of Montclair State University in New Jersey, as founding director of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, and as president of the Atlanta Historical Society, where he managed the acquisition of the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum and also assembled the most comprehensive Civil War collection in the country. [July 2014]

Dr. Delores C. Datcher (M.Ed. '74) was honored with the 2012 Verizon Community Innovator Award at Verizon's Black History Month Celebration. [July 2014]

Dr. Maurice Dorsey (BS '70, Ph.D. '83) was inducted into the Sigma Chapter, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society at the University of Maryland in 2022. [July 2023]

Christine A. Edwards (BA '74) was awarded the 2012 Transformative Leadership Award by InsideCounsel, which recognizes women general counsels who are catalysts for change. [July 2014]

John Enkiri (M.Ed. '78) retired after 40 years of service as an educator and administrator in the Prince George's County Public Schools, MD. [July 2014]

Dr. Dana E. Friedman (MA '79) was honored with the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award, bestowed annually on those who make an impact on public education in Nassau County, NY. [July 2014]

Dr. Jacqueline Brown-Frierson (BA '71) was the first Black female Resident Assistant (R.A.) serving in Denton Hall. [May 2023]

Judith Freeman Garey (BS '70) had her book Theater, Drama, and Reading: Transforming the Rehearsal Process into A Reading Process, published by National Council of Teachers of English [July 2023]

Dr. Diane M. Gayeski (Ph.D. '79, MA '75) was honored by the International Association of Business Communicators Research Foundation with its Lifetime Foundation Friend Award. [July 2014]

Lee Havis (M.Ed. '74) published the book The Technology of Scientific Education: Practical Guidance for creating a true natural reality, based on his decades of work with the International Montessori Society, which he established in 1979. 

Carolee B. Miller (BA '70) received the 2014 National Middle Level Art Educator of the Year Award at the National Art Education Association convention in San Diego. This award is given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. [July 2014]

Valerie Stasik (BS '70) published her first novel, Incidental Daughter [July 2014]

Jim Wharton (BS '73) retired after forty years of service as a music teacher in schools around Baltimore, most recently Catonsville High, where he has taught since 1988. [July 2014]

Rocky Lopes (BS '80), was elected to the University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors.  [July 2023]

Rocky Lopes and Testudo

Mary (Conrad) Skowronski (BA '85, '87) retired after 36 years of teaching English in Maryland serving Anne Arundel, Charles, and Frederick Counties. [May 2023]

College of Education graduate Tom Willis (B.A. '80, M.Ed. '88) was born with a "no problem" philosophy. He was also born without arms and hands. Yet, Willis has not let his physical difference stand in the way of living life to its fullest. It was that can-do attitude, adaptability and resourcefulness that further ensured his success at the University of Maryland. He graduated with honors in three and a half years with a 4.0 GPA. Willis' current endeavor involves his love of baseball through a project called "Pitch for Awareness." Willis is traveling to major league baseball stadiums across the country to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. [July 2014]

Leah Carol Geiger (M.Ed. '97) received the Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Southern Maryland. [July 2014]

Dr. Gena Glickman (Ph.D. '92) was re-elected as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation in 2023. She was also named president emerita in 2018, of Manchester Community College. [July 2023]

Christine E. Ground (M.Ed. '99) was honored as the 2012-2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County Public Schools. [July 2014]

Dr. Marsha Guenzler-Stevens (Ph.D. '93) has been honored by the NASPA Women's Center with the Zenobia Hikes Award in recognition of her commitment to the advancement of women in higher education and student affairs. [July 2014]

Stephanie McKenna (BA '99) has been named Teacher of the Year at Weathersfield High School in Connecticut, where she teaches ninth- and tenth-grade English. [July 2014]

Dr. Alice Mitchell (Ph.D.'97) published the book New Directions for Student Services: No 178-179. Student affairs assessment: Nuanced practice to leverage equity. [November 2022]

MollyBeth Jacobs Rushfield (BS '91) was named inaugural recipient of the Avi West Jewish Education Award [February 2023]

Lisa Stuart Whitehead (BS '98) received the Gilbert A. Clark & Enid Zimmerman Leadership and Advocacy Award during the 2023 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention [April 2023]

Dr. Darnell Barnett (BS '04) completed his Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University in 2022. He currently teaches virtually with Proximity Learning and has worked for both Prince George's County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools. [August 2023]

Dr. Carolyn McNamra Barry (Ph.D. '01) received the Professional Achievement Alumni Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Ursinus College. Thus award recognizes an individual who has reached significant professional achievements through exemplary leadership.[July 2023]

Dr. Heather Ruetschlin Schugar ('01, M.S. '05, Ph.D. '08) was named one of the 150 Most Influential Women at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she is a professor of Educational Leadership and Literacy and is the director of the doctoral programs in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration. [August 2023]

Josh Schneider ('04) founded The HockEYE Guy Foundation to provide transportation and lodging for blind hockey players. Learn more about Josh's story here

Josh Schneider

Dr. Sean Simone (Ph.D. '09) left his full time position at Rutgers University to become Branch Chief of the Longitudinal Surveys Branch at the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education. The Branch houses the Early childhood Longitudinal Studies Program, the Secondary Longitudinal Studies Program, and the Postsecondary Longitudinal Survey Studies Program. [July 2023]

Mary Truman (M.Ed.'04) was named 2023 Teacher of the Year by Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). Mary teaches preschoolers with autism at Kenmoor Early Childhood Center and is a 22-year veteran PGCPS educator.  [May 2023]

Jamie Adasi (M.Ed.'13) lead a global DEI team that has won numerous awards for culture and impact. [May 2023]

Dr. Carlos Beato (Ed.D. '19) started Soy La Esperanza LCC, an educational consulting organization to support school teams in providing excellent services for multilingual learners. [May 2023]

Dr. Rotunda Floyd-Cooper (Ed.D. '17) was named as the new director of education leadership for the Wallace Foundation. [March 2023]

Elias Gonzalez (B.S. '17, M.Ed. '18) serves as curriculum innovation lead for Break Through Tech DC where is work is leading inclusive teaching efforts within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Elias Gonzalez

Dr. Courtney Hattan (Ph.D. '18) Accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Science of Reading at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [July 2023]

Dr. Daman Harris (Ph.D. '14) has a new book being published in November 2023 called, The Antiracist School Leader: What to Know, Say, and Do. [August 2023]

Dr. Hayley Haywood (M.Ed. '11) was promoted to assistant provost for organizational learning at Clark University. She also launched Elevating Access, an organizational capacity-building firm supporting universities & employers in building equitable pathways to soulfilling work through identity-conscious coaching & consulting. [August 2023]

Dr. Amanda Knapp (Ph.D. '13) has accepted a three year term as the incoming vice president/president/past president on the Executive Board for the National College Learning Center Association. [October 2023]

Dr. Alana Murray ('98, Ph.D. '12) received the Harry J. Carman Award from the Middle States Council for Social Studies. [February 2023]

Justin K. Robinson (M.Ed. '13) was appointed by Governor Wes Moore to serve on the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Accountability and Implementation Board. [May 2023]

Ellen Slobodnik (B.A. '11, M.Ed. '12) is serving as an Assistant Principal in Prince William County, VA. [ August 2023]

Michelle Udeli (M.A. '14) founded and launched the College Auntie social media platform to provide College Students with tips and tricks to help them navigate college successfully. [May 2023]

Dr. Arthur Williams (Ed.D.'13) serves as the Coordinator of Career Advising at Montgomery County Public Schools. [August 2023]

Dr. Darryl Williams (Ed.D. '11) was hired by Morgan State University as a Professor of Practice for the School of Education and Urban Studies program. [August 2023]

Dr. Myriam Yarbrough (Ed.D.'13) was selected to be the superintendent of Baltimore County Public School Systems. [May 2023]

Allison Curtin (M.Ed. '21) received the Promising New Social Studies Teacher of the Year award from the Maryland Council for Social Studies. [March 2023]

Maria McGee (M.Ed. '23) received the extremely competitive and prestigious, Knowles Teaching Fellowship award. Maria teaches at Quince Orchard High School in Montgomery County Public Schools. [August 2023]

Candace Quander (M.Ed. '22) received a Fulbright Educational Teaching Assistant scholarship to Colombia. [July 2023]

Lekha Tantry (B.S. '20, M.Ed. '21) was selected as a Desmos Fellows 2023 Cohort, a highly selective opportunity with only 30 teachers selected from across the country. Lekha teaches at Capital City Public Charter School for the District of Columbia Public School System. [August 2023]