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.

Fri
Aug
16
UW–Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno was recently hired to become an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Chávez-Moreno, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018, will be joining UCLA’s César E. Chávez Chicana and Chicano Department in the fall of 2021. Chávez-Moreno will spend the next two years as a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
Thu
Aug
08
UW-Madison alumna Abbe Herzig has been named the inaugural director of education in the Division of Government Relations of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Herzig earned both her master’s (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) from the School of Education’s highly ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. According to this AMS news release, Herzig will oversee the AMS education portfolio, with a focus on undergraduate and graduate education in the mathematical sciences.
Fri
Aug
02
UW–Madison alumna Mercy Agyepong accepted a position as an assistant professor of sociology of education at New York University. Agyepong, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies this past spring, will begin serving as a faculty member at NYU in September 2019. Her research examines the ways in which school context impacts perceptions and understandings of “Blackness” and “Africanness” in unique ways, with her dissertation titled, “Blackness and Africanness: Black West African immigrant students’ experiences in two New York City high schools.”
Wed
Jul
31
UW-Madison alumnus Marc Kornblatt recently produced a music video for the song “I See You,” which was written in support of the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI). Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2001. Kornblatt retired from the classroom following the 2014-25 academic year after a 16-year second career as a teacher. He now devotes his time to filmmaking.
Wed
Jul
17
UW-Madison alumnus David Perrodin presented at the July 3 Wednesday Night at the Lab (WN@TL) event, delivering a talk on the UW-Madison campus titled, "School safety in America: Rhetoric vs reality." Perrodin earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in 2016. He is the author of the book "School of errors — rethinking school safety in America."
Mon
Jul
15
The Wisconsin State Journal recently recognized UW-Madison alumnus Jeremy Schlitz in its “Know your Madisonian” feature. Schlitz earned his undergraduate degree in math education from the School of Education in 2002. Today, he serves as the athletic director at Madison Memorial High School.
Fri
Jul
12
Jennifer Seelig, the assistant director for the Rural Education Research and Implementation Center at the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER), has been selected as a member of the second cohort of Morgridge Fellows. In her research, this School of Education alumna and former high school Spanish teacher examines community values and how they affect schools.
Tue
Jul
09
In its most recent issue, On Wisconsin magazine recognized UW-Madison alumna Mary Hinkson for a role as pioneer in dance, and details her time at the school. Hinkson succeeded academically, working with widely recognized instructors like Margaret H’Doubler.
Mon
Jul
01
UW–Madison alumna Dyani White Hawk, a rising star in the Native art world, has received multiple awards and fellowships while participating in a groundbreaking exhibition.
Fri
Jun
28
UW-Madison alumna Jane Belmore was recently named the interim superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). Belmore received her Ph.D. in 2000 from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Belmore, a retired MMSD teacher and administrator, was selected by the Madison School Board, and will likely be in the position until June 2020.
Thu
Jun
13
UW-Madison alumna Angie Eilers has recently launched a software company, UR Turn, that is targeted at education planning for middle and high school students. Eilers' refers to it as the "Google maps for education planning." The program allows students to set a goal and provides guidance and advising to help them along the way.
Wed
Jun
12
UW-Madison alumna Molly Andersen and her colleagues were recently asked to participate in a teacher recruitment video — but the district had something else in mind. Andersen and three other teachers within her Minnesota school district were chosen to be recognized in surprise teacher appreciation video.
Tue
Jun
11
UW-Madison alumnus Nick Scull was featured in a recent report from Monitor on Psychology magazine that puts a spotlight on various professionals working abroad. After earning his degree, Scull secured a job as the first psychologist at Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network in Kuwait, a nonprofit clinic that serves children, adolescents, and adults.
Mon
Jun
10
After 41 years on the UW-Madison campus and 34 years of continuous service, Gloria Hawkins, assistant vice provost in the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement and director of the Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program, is retiring. Hawkins earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1990.
Fri
Jun
07
UW-Madison alumna Rita Platt is the author of a new book, “Working Hard, Working Happy,” that is to be released by Routledge in July. In her new book, Platt shows how educators can create a joyful classroom community in which students are determined to work hard, be resilient, and never give up. Platt earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 1996.
Fri
Jun
07
UW-Madison alumnus Duane Knudson, now a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). Knudson earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1988.
Thu
Jun
06
A new study from UW-Madison's Xueli Wang and Seo Young Lee examines the psychometric properties of a new survey measuring factors of STEM student transfers from two- to four-year colleges. This study was published in the Review of Higher Education.
Wed
Jun
05
UW–Madison alumnus David Greendeer, the executive director of business for the Ho-Chunk Nation, credits part of his success and prolific career to a class he took from the School of Education's Colleen Capper, according to a recent report in Madison365.com. Greendeer, who received his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and Analysis, is in charge of all gaming and non-gaming enterprises for the Nation.
Mon
May
13
UW-Madison’s 2019 senior class unveiled its class gift on May 6 — a sculpture, called “The Monarch,” that celebrates the 150th anniversary of women earning undergraduate degrees at UW–Madison. The sculpture was created by Victoria Reed, who earned her master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2016. This gift was made possible with support from the 4W Initiative (Women, Well-being, Wisconsin and the World), the UW Foundation, and the Wisconsin Union.
Fri
May
10
UW–Madison alumnus Dom Ricks, who has been the dean of students at Glacier Creek Middle School in Middleton, Wisconsin, since early 2018, has recently been named the principal at Middleton’s Kromrey Middle School. At 27, Ricks is not only the first black principal in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District, but also the youngest in the history of the district. Ricks received his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2018.