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.

Tue
Sep
01
Tom and Karen Falk are donating $10 million to UW-Madison to help ensure that future generations of students can get an education — and that the UW will have top faculty who make that education one of the best in the world. Their gift, in part, will create the Karen A. Falk Diversity Scholarship Fund in Education, which will support students from underrepresented groups enrolled in the School of Education. The Falks will also endow two faculty chairs, including the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. Karen is an alumna of the School of Education.
Thu
Aug
27
Juan Botella, a science teacher at Monona Grove High School who earned his teaching certification through UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2005, is one of six educators from Wisconsin who are finalists for a Presidential Teaching Award. The Presidential Teaching Awards are one of the nation’s highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. Applications for Wisconsin’s six finalists will be judged at the national level by a committee organized by the National Science Foundation.
Wed
Aug
26
Washington Monthly ​profiled F. King Alexander, president and chancellor of the Louisiana State University system and a WISCAPE affiliate, in a recent article which explores his views on higher education. Alexander also is an alumnus of UW-Madison who earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Titled, “Can This Man Save the Public University?” the article focuses on how Alexander is advocating for more federal regulation of public universities to prevent states from continuing to slash their higher education budgets.
Thu
Aug
20
UW-Madison alumnus Matthew Knoester is the co-author of a book recently published by Teachers College Press that’s titled, “Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction.” Knoester, who earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010, is an assistant professor of education at the University of Evansville.
Fri
Aug
14
The Tech Museum of Innovation named John and Tashia Morgridge as the recipients of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. The UW-Madison alumni will join a distinguished list of prior winners, including Bill Gates, Al Gore and Ted Turner. John and Tashia both graduated from UW-Madison in 1955, with Tashia earning her degree from the School of Education. She still serves on the School's Board of Visitors.
Tue
Jul
28
UW-Madison alumnus Jon Margerum-Leys earlier this month was named dean of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services (SEHS), that university announced in a news release. The report notes that Margerum-Leys joins Oakland from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, where he was dean of the School of Education. Margerum-Leys earned an undergraduate degree in music education from UW-Madison in 1988.
Mon
Jul
27
UW-Madison Visiting Assistant Professor Stephanie Budge received word earlier this month that she will be receiving the 2015 Early Career Award for Contribution to LGBT Counseling Psychology. This award is being presented by the Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, which is a Section of the Society of Counseling Psychology, within the American Psychological Association. Budge also is an alum of UW-Madison, having earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Counseling Psychology in 2011.
Fri
Jul
24
A recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer featuring UW-Madison alum Alicia Montague-Keels discusses Oxford Mills, Philadelphia’s first development for educators. A discounted living space for teachers and nonprofits, Oxford Mills allows educators to discuss and share ideas. The development features over 100 apartments, a majority of which are rented to teachers. “I love it because people are fighting for the same things that I’m fighting for,” says Montague-Keels, who teaches fourth grade.
Tue
Jul
14
UW-Madison alumna Patricia Busk and her husband, Michael, earlier this year committed to giving $250,000 to the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology to support a named professorship. Patricia Busk earned her Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology in 1976. Today, she is an award-winning professor with the University of San Francisco’s School of Education, where Busk chairs the Learning and Instruction Department.
Sun
Jun
21
UW-Madison alumnus Gabriel Strader-Brown has been awarded the International Sculpture Center's prestigious Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2015. Strader-Brown received an MFA in sculpture from UW-Madison’s Art Department earlier this spring. The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award" program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field.
Fri
Jun
19
The quick actions of UW-Madison alumna Brenda Paider helped save the life of a high school athlete who collapsed at a summer basketball camp earlier this week, the Salisbury (North Carolina) Post reports. Paider earned her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training Program in 2013 and is completing a one-year internship at Catawba College in Salisbury. Paider this fall will start pursing a master’s degree at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thu
Jun
18
UW-Madison alumnus Mike Gonzalez earlier this spring was named the Junior and Middle (JAM) School Administrator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC). Gonzalez earned his master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2006. Gonzalez has served as principal at Gordon Olson Middle School in Mauston, Wisconsin, since the 2013-14 school year.
Wed
Jun
10
UW-Madison alumnus Michael Brophy was named the next president of Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., the Daily Herald reports. Brophy earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2006. The newspaper reports that Brophy, 51, comes to Benedictine after nearly 10 years leading the 1,600-student Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He will become just the 11th president in Benedictine's 128-year history.
Mon
Jun
08
UW-Madison School of Education alumni Kyle Walsh and Marc Kornblatt put together another fun music video, “We Gotta Move.” Walsh says the video tells the story of movement in a first grade classroom, at Sugar Creek Elementary in Verona, Wisconsin. Walsh, who earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education in 2012 and teaches first grade at Sugar Creek, produced and directed the video, while Kornblatt also is listed as a co-director and composed the music. Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in elementary education in 2001.
Wed
Jun
03
Wisconsin’s 2015 Principals of the Year were announced June 3, and UW-Madison alumnus Paul Brost was named High School Principal of the Year. Brost is principal of Monona Grove High School, located in Monona. He earned a master’s degree (1992) and a Ph.D. (1998) from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Fri
May
15
UW-Madison School of Education alumni and Madison Lincoln Elementary School teachers Marc Kornblatt and Anthony Smith are featured in a recent Capital Times article. The two are showcased for their work making videos about school life. Smith earned his undergraduate degree from the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education Teacher Education program in 2012, while Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison in 2001.
Mon
May
11
UW-Madison alumnus Jeffrey Morin has been named the next president of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported last week. Morin was working as dean of the UW-Stevens Point College of Fine Arts and Communication. He will begin his new job at MIAD on June 1, succeeding retiring president Neil Hoffman, the Journal Sentinel reports.
Sat
May
02
An interview with Raul Leon, the UW-Madison School of Education’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award winner for 2014-15, is now available for viewing on the School’s YouTube channel. Leon, who was recently promoted to associate professor of educational leadership at Eastern Michigan University, was in Madison April 22 to receive his award and speak to faculty, staff and students.
Tue
Apr
21
UW-Madison alumnus Stephen Laubach was recently interviewed for a segment on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time.” Laubach spoke about the untold history of shared conservation on the Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve in Wisconsin. Laubach, who earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2013, is the author of a recently published book titled, “Living a Land Ethic: A History of Cooperative Conservation on the Leopold Memorial Reserve.”
Tue
Apr
14
The Fond du Lac chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association named Denise Retzleff its 2015 Badger of the Year. Retzleff earned her master’s degree from UW-Madison’s School of Education in Continuing and Vocational Education. Today, Retzleff is the 4-H Youth Development Educator with UW Extension, a position she has held the past 17 years in Fond du Lac. The Badger of the Year is an award that is presented annually by the local chapters of WAA to recognize a UW-Madison alumnus who has demonstrated leadership in their profession and community.
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