UW-Madison School of Education - Alumni News

School of Education Alumni News

We like to both share what our alumni are up to and share information that may be of interest to our alumni. Please use our online form to send in your news for posting here, in our other alumni publications, and on our "For Alumni" website.

Mon
Feb
02
In 2001, UW-Madison alumna Susan Cellmer and her husband, Jeffrey Neal, provided a generous gift to the School of Education to establish an endowed chair. Sensing an opportunity to build off that initial award and to leverage matching funds, Cellmer recently decided to make an additional gift to enhance this position and create the Susan J. Cellmer Distinguished Chair of Teacher Education. Her most recent contribution to the School takes advantage of a $100 million landmark gift made to UW-Madison in November by John and Tashia Morgridge, who also is an alumna of the School of Education.
Sun
Feb
01
The Daily Pilot newspaper in Fountain City, California, posted an article about an area elementary school that was awarded part of a $100,000 grant to beef up its theater program. The school, Rea Elementary in Costa Mesa, California, is led by Principal and UW-Madison alumnus Kalim Rayburn. She earned her master’s degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2004.
Fri
Jan
30
UW-Madison alumna Julie Stamm is the lead author of a new study out of the Boston University School of Medicine that points to a possible increased risk of cognitive impairment from playing youth football. Stamm is a Ph.D. candidate in anatomy and neurobiology, and is part of the research team at the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. She received her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program, which is housed in the Department of Kinesiology, in 2009.
Sat
Jan
17
UW-Madison alumna Alicia Montague-Keels has received the 2014 Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers’ (WAFLT) Future Language Teacher Award. This honor is given to students in teacher-training programs who have shown exceptional promise and potential to become outstanding world language educators. She graduated from UW-Madison in May 2014 with a degree in Chinese Education and currently is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and is a fourth grade teacher in Philadelphia.
Sat
Jan
17
UW-Madison alumna Dr. Rocio Martinez will be coordinating the new Rising Stars mentoring program for Latinos United for College Education Scholarships (LUCES). Martinez received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UW-Madison in 1997 and earned a master’s in Counseling and Guidance in 1983.
Thu
Jan
08
UW-Madison alumna Dyani White Hawk was recently awarded funding worth $25,000 as part of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters & Sculptors Grant Program.
Sat
Dec
20
UW-Madison alumnus Jack O’Hearn (MFA, 2013) was selected as a grant recipient from the Harpo Foundation. Based in Los Angeles, the foundation awards seven to 10 grants annually to support the development of new projects by emerging artists. A Harpo Foundation web page devoted to O’Hearn’s work notes that he is “interested in material objects and their affect on one’s memory and imagination.”
Mon
Dec
15
Through a new partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, a group of UW-Madison experts will team up with K-12 teachers and students throughout the state to develop educational apps and games. The collaboration, led by School of Education alumnus David Gagnon, aims to blend hands-on learning techniques with cutting-edge digital tools to create activities that both challenge and motivate students in — and beyond — the classroom. Gagnon is the program manager of the Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
Thu
Dec
11
UW-Madison alumnus Jason Ramey was recently selected as one of this year’s Jerome Foundation Fellowship winners. The foundation’s website reports that “these artists were selected out of a pool of 252 applicants by a panel of arts professionals." Ramey will receive an award of $12,000 and be granted the opportunity to meet with visiting critics over the course of the fellowship year. He earned his master of fine arts degree from UW-Madison’s Art Department in 2012.
Thu
Dec
04
UW-Madison Professor Diana Hess and alumna Paula McAvoy have published a new book titled, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education,” that is based on the findings from a large, mixed-method study about discussions of political issues within high school classrooms. "We hope this book will be a useful resource for teachers, teacher educators, and researchers who are interested in how schools can prepare young people to participate in democracy during these highly polarized times,” says Hess.
Thu
Nov
20
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received a landmark gift of $100 million from John and Tashia Morgridge, representing the largest single contribution from individual donors in the history of the institution. A 1955 graduate of the School of Education, Tashia Frankfurth Morgridge has maintained close ties with the school, serving on its board of visitors and, with her husband, sponsoring scholarships to support students preparing to become teachers. A retired special education teacher, she has been a volunteer teacher for students with learning disabilities.
Thu
Nov
20
Alumnus Richard Telfer announced earlier this week that he will retire as chancellor of UW-Whitewater at the end of June 2015. Telfer earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison's School of Education in 1984. Telfer has spent three decades on the UW-Whitewater campus. He started as an assistant professor in 1985 and was promoted to department chair, associate vice chancellor and provost. In 2007 he was named interim chancellor, and he then was named the university's 15th chancellor in 2008.
Tue
Nov
18
Kenneth Teitelbaum, Katy Heyning and Raul Leon are each being recognized by UW-Madison’s School of Education as top alumni award winners for 2014-15. The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the School of Education's highest honor, recognizes a career of extraordinary accomplishment, while the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award pays tribute to alumni who have demonstrated achievement and leadership within their chosen field, and have also received a degree from the School within the past 10 years.
Mon
Nov
17
In honor of the Nov. 16 to 22 observance of American Education Week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers issued an editorial reminding us all of the importance of public education. Evers is an alumnus of UW-Madison, having earned a Ph.D. in educational administration from the School of Education in 1986. His opinion piece, headlined, “Working together for education,” notes that American Education Week offers the perfect opportunity to emphasize how a “strong and thriving public education system is the backbone of our state and nation.”
Sun
Nov
16
UW-Madison alumna Paula Dáil recently completed her second book for McFarland Publishers titled, “Hard Living in America’s Heartland: Rural Poverty in the 21st Century Midwest.” She earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Continuing and Vocational Education program in 1983. Dáil's earlier book, “Women and Poverty in 21st Century America,” won the Council of Wisconsin Writers 2012 Non-fiction Book of The Year award. That same year the Association of Independent Publishers recognized the work as the Book of the Year for women’s issues.
Thu
Nov
13
UW-Madison alumna Sharon Kilfoy received an Isthmus “Indie Award” for her work in running the Williamson Street Art Center over the past 10 years. The center helps children and artists enhance local neighborhoods with large-scale works -- especially in areas that get overlooked in discussions about public art. "My goal is to get kids engaged in something," she tells Isthmus. Kilfoy earned her master’s in art from UW-Madison in 1980.
Thu
Nov
06
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted an interesting article highlighting the post-football life of Mark Tauscher, a School of Education alumnus and former Badger and Packer standout. Tauscher grew up in tiny Auburndale, Wis., spent five years on the UW-Madison campus and then played 11 years in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the School of Education, and today serves on the School’s Board of Visitors, which serves as an external advisory body to Dean Julie Underwood.
Wed
Oct
29
UW-Madison alumna Josie Guiney Igielski -- a fourth-grade teacher at Madison’s Lincoln Elementary School and a motivating force behind the school’s outdoor learning space –- is the Wisconsin recipient of a 2014 Milken Educator Award. This honor includes $25,000 cash and is one of up to 40 that will be given by the Milken Family Foundation nationwide this year. Guiney Igielski, who grew up in Racine, Wis., earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education in 2006 a master’s degree from the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010.
Sun
Oct
12
UW-Madison alumnus Carlton Jenkins was recently named chief academic officer for the Atlanta Public School District in Georgia, mlive.com reported this past week. Jenkins had been working as the Saginaw (Mich.) Public School District Superintendent since 2010. Jenkins received his master’s degree from the School of Education in 1993 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2009.
Wed
Sep
24
National Public Radio earlier this month posted an article headlined: “The End of Neighborhood Schools: New Orleans is home to the nation’s first all-charter district. Is this the future of education?” Among those NPR turns to in an effort to put this interesting topic in perspective is UW-Madison alumna Beth Sondel, who today is a professor at North Carolina State University. She spent five months observing and interviewing teachers at charter schools in New Orleans for her doctoral dissertation at UW-Madison.
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