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2015 Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Award Honorees

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Christine Kim-Eng Lee, Ed.D. ’92, is Head of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Christine introduced Lesson Study, a platform for teacher development, to schools in Singapore through two R & D programs, Communities of Practice in Cooperative Learning (CoPCL) and Lesson Study as a Teacher-Directed Form of Instructional Improvement since 2005. She is the President of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS), an organization that represents 29 countries. She is the prime mover in the development and launch of an NIE-TC Joint Masters in Leadership and Educational Change. Her recent edited book with NIE colleagues on Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From Policy and Practice is a seminal text used in graduate and in-service classes on educational reform and change leadership.

Dr. Mildred Garcia, Ed.D. ’87, is president of California State University, Fullerton, a comprehensive public university that ranks first in California in graduating Hispanics and fourth in the nation in graduating underrepresented students. She previously served as president of both CSU Dominguez Hills, where she was the first Latina president in the country’s largest system of public higher education, and Berkeley College, where she was the first system-wide president.

A first-generation college student, President García earned a Doctor of Education degree and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, Teachers College; a M.A. in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University; and a B.S. in Business Education from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Dr. Anne Gayles-Felton, M.A. ’47, served as a teacher educator for fifty-five years, including forty-five years at the College of Education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she is professor emeritus. Dr. Gayles-Felton is considered a “Master Teacher,” and has been selected as one of 70 Distinguished Teacher Educators by the National Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). She also received Florida A&M University's Meritorious Achievement Award (the highest award given by the university). Dr. Gayles-Felton has established four scholarships and an educational fund to aid prospective teacher education students. She has served on countless state and national task forces for equal opportunity and minority education. Gayles-Felton is a member of the Grace Dodge Society. She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Illinois, a Professional Diploma and M.A. from Teachers College in Curriculum and Teaching, as well as a B.S. from Fort Valley State College.

Dr. William (Bill) Howe, Ed.D. ’91, is the State Title IX Coordinator and Education Consultant for Multicultural Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is Past-Chair of the Connecticut Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and Past-President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).  He is an adjunct professor of education at the University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University. In 2006  he was named Multicultural Educator of the Year by NAME. In 2008, he was recognized at the 11th annual “Immigrant Day” at the Connecticut State Capitol, a day to honor immigrants from throughout Connecticut who have made valuable contributions to their communities and/or professions. His textbook “Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action” by SAGE won the 2013 Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award from NAME.

Robert Sherman, M.A. ’53, is a broadcaster, writer, teacher and radio personality. He is probably best known for his more than half century of service to WQXR, New York's premier classical music station, presiding in "The Listening Room" for 19 of those years. He continues to present "McGraw-Hill Financial's Young Artists Showcase" every week (a series that celebrated its 37th anniversary this past January), and he has hosted the annual Avery Fisher Career Grant Awards presentation at Lincoln Center since its inception. His multiple award-winning folk series "Woody's Children," now heard in New York on Public Radio WFUV, marked its 46th anniversary in January, 2015, and this past summer was aired on public television stations around the country.  Additionally, Sherman has served on the faculty of the Julliard School for nearly two decades and has given seminars at the Manhattan and Eastman Schools, the Mannes College of Music, Oberlin, Yale and Cal Arts. A music critic and columnist for the New York Times for over 25 years, Sherman has also written two books with Victor Borge, is the co-author of “The Smart Guide to Classical Music,” and compiled a pictorial biography of his mother – renowned pianist Nadia Reisenberg – with his brother, Alexander Sherman.  Robert Sherman has appeared as a concert narrator with such eminent ensembles as Canadian Brass, the United States Military Academy (West Point) Band, the Greenwich Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, including performances of world premieres of works written especially for him by Seymour Barab, John Corigliano, William Mayer, Issachar Miron, Margarita Zelenaia, and Dina Pruzhansky. 

Early Career Award

Dr. Monisha Bajaj, Ed.D. ’05, is Associate Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, where she directs the MA program in Human Rights Education. She is the editor of the “Encyclopedia of Peace Education” and author of “Schooling for Social Change: The Rise and Impact of Human Rights Education in India” (winner of the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award of the Comparative & International Education Society), as well as numerous articles. She has also developed curriculum—particularly related to peace education, human rights, anti-bullying efforts and sustainability—for non-profit organizations and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF and UNESCO.

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