Alumni News

We like to share what our alumni have been up to. Please use our online form to send in your news for posting here and on the front page of News Connections.

Thu
Mar
21
A publication from UW-Madison alumni Katherine Palaces Narita and Suzanne Kaufman — “100 Bugs! A Counting Book” — was named a 2019 Mathical Honor Book. Narita, who authored the book, earned her master’s degree from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1997, after earning her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and sociology in 1995. Kaufman, who illustrated the book, earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1994.
Tue
Mar
19
The work of UW-Madison alumna Maxine Sheets-Johnstone has appeared in various publications over the last four months. Sheets-Johnstone earned her master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Dance in 1952, and received her Ph.D. in dance in 1963.
Mon
Mar
18
UW-Madison alumna Miriam Thangaraj is this year's recipient of the Gail P. Kelly Dissertation Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. Thangaraj earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2018. Thangaraj's dissertation examines global policy efforts to combat child labor on the historical silk hand-looms of Kanchipuram, India, by moving children off of the looms and into schools.
Fri
Mar
15
The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted an article detailing UW-Madison alumna Carolyn Stanford Taylor’s journey to becoming Wisconsin’s state superintendent of public instruction. Stanford Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration with the School of Education. The State Journal reports that Stanford Taylor’s experience of desegregation growing up in the south inspired her to a career in education, stating that it has driven her desire to create equitable learning environments for children.
Wed
Mar
13
UW-Madison alumna Kathryn Kirchgasler is receiving honorable mention recognition from the American Educational Research Association’s Division B (curricular studies), in that group’s Outstanding Dissertation Award competition. Kirchgasler earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018. The dissertation being recognized is titled, “Tracking Disparities: How Schools Make Up Scientific Americans and Pathologized Others.”
Thu
Mar
07
UW-Madison alumna Edie Raether recently gave a TEDx talk on brain fitness for kids. In her presentation, she discusses setting goals for children and oneself, drawing on the new finding that people are able to alter DNA through their thoughts. Raether earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1966.
Wed
Mar
06
Northern Illinois University (NIU) recently hired UW-Madison alumnus Thomas Hammock as its football coach, and he will work alongside fellow alumnus Sean Frazier, the Huskies’ athletic director. Hammock earned his master’s degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2005. Frazier earned a master’s from that same department in 2015. NIU is the only major college sports program in the country with black men in the key roles of head football coach, athletic director and head men's basketball coach.
Tue
Mar
05
The La Crosse Tribune recently ran a feature on UW-Madison alumna and children's book author Christine Gowey. She earned her undergraduate degree in physical education​ from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1978. With tragic beginnings, Gowey’s career as a children’s book author was born out of her son Jeremiah’s unexpected death. According to the La Crosse Tribune, she used the writing process to heal and share her experiences to help other people.
Mon
Mar
04
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving Outstanding Dissertation Awards from two different American Educational Research Association (AERA) special interest groups (SIGs). She is receiving this high honor from both the Bilingual Education Research SIG and the Hispanic Research Issues SIG. Chávez-Moreno received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018. Her dissertation is titled, “A Critical Race Ethnography Examining Dual-Language Education in the New-Latinx Diaspora: Reinforcing and Resisting Bilingual Education’s Racial Roots.”
Fri
Mar
01
Edward Holmes has accepted a newly created position with the Overture Center for the Arts, and now is the organization’s senior vice president of equity and innovation. Holmes will help implement programs and expand the Overture Center's equity, diversity and inclusion portfolio. Holmes is an alumnus of UW-Madison and is a current member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors.
Wed
Feb
27
UW-Madison alumna Yi-Hwa Liou is receiving the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Division A.This Early Career Award is given annually to a scholar in the first five years of her/his career who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of educational leadership, administration and organization. Liou earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2010 and today is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Management at the National Taipei University of Education.
Mon
Feb
18
UW-Madison alumna Elizabeth Farrow is a finalist for the 2019 Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, a state-wide honor for Illinois educators. Now a ninth and 10th-grade English teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Illinois, Farrow earned her undergraduate degree in English education from the School of Education in 2006. Following a highly competitive process, 32 educators were selected as finalist for the award, out of over 550 nominations.
Thu
Feb
14
The Wisconsin Alumni Association presented LaVar Charleston, assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement, and success at UW–Whitewater, with a 2019 Forward under 40 Award. The School of Education alum is making waves of change in the international movement to create college opportunity for all. Colleges and universities at home and abroad look to him for his voice and award-winning scholarship exploring how more students can access higher education.
Wed
Feb
13
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Bilingual Education. This award recognizes Chávez-Moreno’s dissertation, “A Critical Race Ethnography Examining Dual-language Education in the New Latinx Diaspora: Reinforcing and Resisting Bilingual Education’s Roots.” Chávez-Moreno earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction this past summer.
Sat
Feb
09
The Isthmus recently put the spotlight on an oral history collection of Madison’s black pioneers edited by UW-Madison alum Muriel Simms. Simms worked as an educator in Madison and holds two degrees from the School of Education — a master's from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her book is titled, “Settlin’: Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families.”
Tue
Feb
05
Emily Evans Fanaeian, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education(AACTE) Outstanding Dissertation Award. An AACTE news release about the award explains that Fanaeian designed an ambitious multiple case study to examine the ways in which university-based teacher education programs take up the task of preparing general education teacher candidates to provide instruction to English learners.
Thu
Jan
31
School of Education alumnus LaVar Charleston will be recognized with a 2019 Forward Under 40 Award at a Wisconsin Alumni Association Founders’ Day event in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Charleston, who received both his master’s degree (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) from UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, is currently the assistant vice chancellor of student diversity engagement and success at UW–Whitewater. Charleston will join the School of Education's Richard Halverson for a program titled, “Healing Communities through Conscientious Inclusion.”
Wed
Jan
30
In 1990, James Knapp earned a master of fine arts from UW-Madison — and for the next 28 years, he dedicated himself to the students of theatre and drama. After receiving his MFA in technical direction from the Department of Theatre and Drama at UW-Madison, Knapp began working at the Ohio State University (OSU) Theatre Department in a temporary position. Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, recently reported how Knapp retired from his long-time position as technology manager in the department in December.
Fri
Jan
25
The Capital Times recently ​published an article headlined, “Artist Jerry Butler is making his mark,” that gives a fascinating look at his career as an artist and educator. Butler received his master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1972 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1995. He has gone on to enjoy ​an ​impressive and multifaceted career.
Thu
Jan
24
Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, received the 2018-19 Wisconsin Global Educator of the Year award in a brief ceremony Jan. 16 at the school. Kowalczyk is an alumna of UW-Madison, having earned a reading specialist license through the School of Education in 2005. Kowalczyk was recognized for her work to bring an international perspective to her classrooms and community.