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.

Mon
Apr
18
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro is part of team from UW-Whitewater that's being recognized with the 2016 Model Practice Award for Student-Athlete Development by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). Navarro is Director of Student-Athlete Engagement at UW-Whitewater and received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012. Navarro was also recently selected as chair of AERA's Research Focus on Education and Sport SIG.
Wed
Apr
13
A feature-length documentary from UW-Madison alumnus Marc Kornblatt, "What I Did In Fifth Grade," will have its world premiere at the Julien Dubuque (Iowa) International Film festival April 21. Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison's School of Education in 2001. "What I Did in Fifth Grade," follows Kornblatt and his students during an entire year, his last as a teacher.
Tue
Apr
12
UW-Madison alumnus Raul Leon recently received the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award. This honor is the highest award given to a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University. It recognizes recipients for a distinguished contribution in one of three categories: teaching, research or service. Leon is receiving the 2015 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. Leon received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2010, with a focus on higher education administration.
Thu
Apr
07
UW-Madison alumnus George Mavroulis was recently named the next superintendent of Wisconsin’s Middleton-Cross Plains school district. Mavroulis holds three degrees from UW-Madison’s School of Education. He earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education in 1984, a master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1991 and a Ph.D. from that same department in 2012.
Sat
Apr
02
UW-Madison alumnus Gerardo Mancilla, a dual language immersion teacher at Cherokee Middle School, was profiled on the Madison Schools’ website. Mancilla recently completed his Ph.D. with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum & Instruction. "I went into teaching to support youth in being successful by preparing them academically, socially and emotionally," Mancilla says in the story.
Fri
Apr
01
Members of UW-Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR) met with James T. Minor, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, during visit to campus earlier this semester. Minor, who holds a Ph.D. from the UW-Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, spent March 1 touring various areas, including OCCFR. This office is administratively housed within the School of Education.
Thu
Mar
31
The Chicago Tribune recently put the spotlight on UW-Madison alumna Jessica Stovall as one of 30 finalists for the 2016 Golden Apple Award. Stovall, who earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007, is an Oak Park (Ill.) and River Forest High School English teacher. She was nominated for the award by a former student.
Fri
Mar
25
UW-Madison alumnus Terrance Green is the recipient of the William J. Davis Award given annually to the authors of the most outstanding article published in Educational Administration Quarterly (EAQ). Green earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is currently an assistant professor at The University of Texas–Austin.
Tue
Mar
15
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announced in a news release Tuesday the winners of several of its top 2016 awards for excellence in education research. And among those being recognized are UW-Madison’s Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy, the recipients of the 2016 AERA Outstanding Book Award for their publication, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education.” Meanwhile, UW-Madison alumnus Kevin Kumashiro will receive AERA’s Social Justice in Education Award.
Tue
Mar
15
UW-Madison’s LaVar J. Charleston will be receiving the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship from the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education special interest group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Charleston is the assistant director and senior research associate for Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), which is housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He has also taught in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an alumnus of that department, earning his master’s in 2007 and a Ph.D. in 2010.
Mon
Mar
14
UW-Madison alumnae Becky Stokes and Lumei Huang were recently recognized by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education at WACTE’s Spring Conference Sunday at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Madison. Stokes received a Pre-service Educator Award in recognition of her outstanding work demonstrating a sustained pattern of mentoring UW-Madison pre-service educators. Huang received the Early Career Educator Award, which is given to outstanding educators within the first three years of their professional careers.
Wed
Mar
09
Madison365.com has awarded UW-Madison alumna and Mendota Elementary School Principal Carlettra Stanford its first Milton McPike Education Award. Stanford earned her master’s degree from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1996. Milton McPike, who died in 2008, was a highly regarded educator who served as Madison East High School's principal for 23 years.
Thu
Mar
03
The Huffington Post recently published an article headlined, “Bisexual Invisibility: The LGBT Community's Dirty Little Secret.” And among the papers the blog post cites in an effort to put this hot-button topic in perspective is one co-authored by UW-Madison alumna Tangela Roberts, Professor Sharon Horne of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and UW-Madison Professor William Hoyt. Hoyt, who chairs the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, explains that there has been a flurry of articles on this group lately, including evidence that their experiences of discrimination come from both the gay community and the straight community.
Wed
Mar
02
UW-Madison alumnus Dane Styczynski was recently recognized by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) as a recipient of one of its 2016 Young Designers and Technicians Awards. Styczynski, who earned his MFA from the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama in 2015, received the Bernhard R. Works, Frederick A. Buerki Scenic Technology Award. These honors, known as the YD&T Awards, bring acclaim and support to early career designers and technicians, through generous funding from industry sponsors.
Sun
Feb
28
UW-Madison alumna Susie Silbert was appointed curator of modern and contemporary glass at the Corning (New York) Museum of Glass (CMoG). Silbert earned her BFA from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2003. An independent curator, writer and historian, Silbert has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of glass and strong connections to people in the field. In her new role, Silbert will be responsible for the acquisition, exhibition, cataloguing and research of the museum’s modern and contemporary collection, a period ranging from 1900 to the present day.
Thu
Feb
25
In the world of Web apps, simple, intuitive and visual are the operative words. And an emerging app from the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s Field Day Lab called Siftr seems to be hitting all the right notes. The Field Day Lab is directed by David Gagnon, who earned his master's degree from the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010.
Wed
Feb
24
UW-Madison alumna Crystle Martin recently authored an op-ed for The Conversation about technology and learning in lower-income families. Martin earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012. She writes: “Having access to the Internet only through a phone can have an impact on young people’s access to learning opportunities. Designers, educators and researchers need to be aware and continually create more equity through mindful decision-making.”
Fri
Feb
19
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is a co-author of a recent article published by the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education that explains how white faculty members who mentor graduate students of color using race-neutral, colorblind language can actually reinforce racial inequalities. This case study is titled, “Colorblind Mentoring? Exploring White Faculty Mentoring of Students of Color.” The paper’s lead author is Dorian L. McCoy, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. UW-Madison alumna Courtney Luedke, who received her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2014, also is a co-author of the study.
Sat
Feb
13
UW-Madison alumna S.V. Medaris earned the "Best in Show" award for her woodcut,"Hog Butcher for the World," at the 2016 Wisconsin Artists Biennial. Medaris earned her MFA from the School of Education's Art Department in 2011.
Fri
Feb
12
Did graduate from a Teacher Education program between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013? If yes, we need you! In the near future, you will receive an e-mail from the School of Education asking you to participate in a follow-up survey. We hope you will participate and provide opinions about various aspects of your teacher certification program and your post-graduation employment. Even if you are not currently teaching, please respond to the survey. It includes questions that will be relevant to you.