Meet Your Alumni Council
2017-2018 Alumni Council Members
President and President Elect
After a long career in TESOL (in the US and Asia), I came to Teachers College in 1989, to pursue a doctorate in International Educational Development. Soon after arrival, I was able to get a workstudy job in the International Student Office. Twenty happy and rewarding years later, I retired from TC as Director of International Services. I always said I had the best (and most fun) job at TC, as I worked with the College's wonderful international students and scholars, truly 'the best and brightest' from all around the world. 'About 20 minutes' after I retired, I was asked to join the Alumni Council, and for six years I served as co-chair of the International Outreach Committee and as a member of the Awards Committee. My tenure as a Council member enabled me to stay connected with TC’s international alumni and to learn more about the entire TC alumni community. We are a most impressive Association! I am honored that my fellow Council members elected me to serve in the presidential “stream.” I believe that all of TC’s alumni can play important roles in identifying and supporting prospective students; offering networking and professional opportunities to current students; and facilitating life-long connections with the College and fellow alumni. It is the role and responsibility of the Alumni Council, in coordination and cooperation with the Office of Alumni Relations, to create and implement strategies that will increase alumni engagement in all these areas. I am fully committed to leading the Alumni Council and the Association toward these goals.
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Ed.D. '96 | International Educational Development
Having earned three degrees and having been an adjunct professor at Teachers College, my horizons were significantly broadened and I have been constantly invigorated to learn more.
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M.A. '72, M.E. '73 | Psychological Counseling
Ed.D. '81 | Guidance in Elementary Education
My work with Teachers College has challenged me to be the best educator I can be and to encourage the diversity of educators and others who come through TC's doors to work together on the common goal of bettering ourselves, and more importantly, bettering those around us.
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M.A. '97, M.E. '98, Ed.D. '11 | Higher & Postsecondary Education
Executive Committee Members
I now know all about how to motivate employees, so they are productive and satisfied. In fact, I am now obsessed with Management Theory and I am proud of this skill I learned at TC!
M.A. '98 | Social-Organizational Psychology
From the moment that I first arrived at TC I felt "Changed". I felt a sense of history wash over me and a feeling that I could become a part of that TC history. Given that I attained 3 graduate degrees at TC and spent 8 years as a student at TC I know that I've been impacted in many ways and continue to be impacted everyday. The greatest impact has been in how I view myself as a College Professor...as an educator first. I learned from great examples of mentors at TC that it is our students that come first and that we should do whatever we can to assist them,shape them, and educate them in their fields and as people. TC also gave me a great understanding and appreciation for the enterprise of Higher Education, that so many are lacking. When I first got to TC I just paused and touched the wood paneled walls of Zankel and Thompson halls. I was even moved by the cafeteria given it's beauty (obviously not the food). The lounge in Zankel and the Library might have been my favorite spots, but so was the court yard. I never took TC for granted and always appreciated the fact that I had the privilege to be a part of such a great institution....the best there is.
Dr. Gibaldi is a Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior at both Harvard University and St. John’s University. He also maintains an Organizational Consulting practice, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has over 30 years of experience in the education and corporate consulting sectors.
During his career thus far he has published in the areas of Human Resource Management, Career Planning and Development, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development and Change, Issues Related to the Changing face of Retirement, and The benefits of Working with an Executive Coach. His present research and writing is in the areas of “Fear in the Workplace”, “Organizational Behavior in a Global Context”, and “Possible Causes of a Failure of Leadership”. He has written and delivered over 40 professional papers at international conferences and recently returned from the University of Bologna (Italy) where he carried out a number of professional academic activities as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
His educational background is in Psychology, Management, Organizational Behavior, Understanding the Adult Learner in the Workplace, Curriculum and Faculty Development, and Management Development (post doctoral studies at Harvard University). He presently teaches and has taught numerous Management courses both traditionally (in the class room), as well as “live” via web-conference.
Dr. Gibaldi has many personal interests that he is fully engaged in and has sat on many nonprofit boards. Presently he serves as the Board Chair of a nonprofit organization in Brooklyn, NY that provides social services to the poor, Pre-K programs, and College Scholarships to underprivileged NYC youth.
M.A. 83 | Psychology-Organizational
M.E. '87, Ed.D. '89 | Higher Education
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In the years since I attended as a student, I have come to appreciate even more my time spent at TC. The quality of education and educators was then, as it is now, naturally world-class. The TC experience helped shape me as a thinker, and underlined for me the importance of life-long learning.
Jennifer received her master’s degree in Communication and Education from Columbia University, Teachers College and her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Communications and Women’s Studies from Fordham University.
Jennifer currently works as the Coordinator for the Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College. The Program is one of only seven Graduate Programs in the country for Dance/Movement Therapy. Prior to Sarah Lawrence, she has worked in project and account management for WebMD and AstraZeneca, and worked for the Archdiocese of New York in the Safe Environment Office and in religious education at the parish level.
In the past, Jennifer served many years as a mayoral appointed Yonkers Public Library Trustee and as a pastor appointed member of the Parish Council for St. Joseph Church in Bronxville, NY. Recently, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the North Shore Beach Property Owners Association in Long Island.
In November 2016, Jennifer completed training to become a certified ProVetus Mentor through the Teachers College Resilience Center for Veterans and Families.
A native New Englander, Jennifer resides in Westchester County and Long Island with her husband, son, rescue dog, and two birds.
M.A. '99 | Communication and Education
Teachers College truly gave me the vision of always trying to improve and excel in the education of young people. As educators, we must strive to continue learning, doing research, and collaborating with our peers in order to stay “cutting edge” in our knowledge and experiences in education. Teachers College challenged me to widen my educational philosophy to a growth mindset in that we never stop learning ourselves. My time at TC was invaluable and was truly the best education I have ever received.
M.A. '92 | Education Administration
TC provided me the perfect balance of theory and practice I needed to become a successful school administrator. As a principal, director, and now superintendent of schools, I still find myself referencing lessons learned from professors and fellow students - in short, TC taught me what real leadership is about.
M.Ed. ' 07 | Education Leadership
My specialty in human capital and the economics of education was finely honed at TC, and has continued as my consummate passion throughout a most interesting and fulfilling career. I am honored and delighted to serve on the Alumni Council, a forum with a mission that enhances all alumni ties to the College and to one another.
Ph.D. '79 | Philosophy and the Social Sciences
Jane E. Neapolitan
I have often said that graduating from TC has been one of the best things that ever happened to me. I had outstanding professors in Curriculum & Teaching as well as generous classmates who opened doors of opportunity to me as a student and who continue those wonderful relationships with me even now. The breadth and depth of my experience at TC prepared me for taking on new roles in teacher education and working with school-university-community partnerships. In my current role as a university administrator, I am given the opportunity to make a difference for numerous students and faculty every day using the world-class education and values I developed at TC. Now, it’s my chance to give back as a member of the TC Alumni Council.
Ed.D. '94 | Curriculum and Teaching
TC is a community of brilliant, inquisitive minds firmly focused on what contributions they can make to the world. Our alma mater offers a powerful, global network of people and possibilities, and it's awe-inspiring to see what we can do -- together -- to serve and benefit others.
M.A. '12 | Psychology-Organizational
Alumni Council Members
Ed.D. '04 | Health Education
M.E. '79, Ed.D. '82 | Instructional Technology and Media
M.A. '00 | Psychology-Organizational
M.E. '01 | Psychological Counseling
Contrary to conventional wisdom about schools of education, TC successfully and effectively linked evidence, research and theory to almost every aspect of my educational practice. I frequently find myself reaching back to TC faculty, coursework, colleagues and alumni for new learning, reinforcement, mentoring, and problem solving. TC especially instilled in me the joy of life-long learning, and the importance of a FULLY prepared teacher, rather then the current belief that five weeks of training and two years of teaching provides the fair, equitable and just education that our special needs children deserve and expect. Above all, TC taught me about what it means to be part of a professional community. I want the next generation of education leaders to have that same experience.
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M.Ed. '75 | Education Administration
Michael C. Gillespie
Michael Gillespie was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs whose primary responsibility was for academic support services and faculty
development. Dean Gillespie also managed the college’s immersion programs, high school partnerships, Urban Male Leadership Academy,
IRB and COPE.
Prior to coming to BMCC, Dean Gillespie served as Professor of Education and Senior Director of Collaborative Programs at Bronx
Community College. He has served as founding director of the City College/Hunter College Principals’ Center and has taught secondary
English, worked as a guidance counselor and corporate trainer. His primary research interests are on urban schools and the best
practices for preparing both teachers and principals to lead them effectively. Dean Gillespie earned his combined AB/MAT in English
at Brown University, M.A, and Ed.D at Teacher College, Columbia University.
M.A. '80 | Student Personnel Administration
Ed.D. '83 | Entry into Educating Professions
Myah Moore Irick
I have had the unique opportunity to both study and work at TC. This diverse and open community has exposed me to a distinct way of thinking. TC has encouraged me to continuously challenge myself and those around me, with the ultimate goal of promoting acceptance and mutual respect. By continuing to engage with fellow alumni and former colleagues, I am reminded to live my life with purpose and to motivate others to do the same.
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M.A. '06 | Higher & Postsecondary Education
Beverly Elmyra Johnson
The experience of study and social interaction that I encountered at Teachers College broadened my world beyond my expectation,for this I am very grateful.
Beverly Elmyra Johnson is a native New Yorker, the eldest of seven children, born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn.
Beverly has degrees from Brooklyn College, The City College, and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ed. D. 1986. Social work, elementary school teacher, elementary school guidance counselor, assistant professor of education and middle school guidance counselor describe some of the work that she has done. Her publications include:
1992 “The Student Fieldwork Experience Cycle: Learning to Think Like a Professional.” College Student Journal. Vol. 26, No. 2, 260-262.
1992 “Learning in School: Facilitating the Child’s Emerging Construction of Self.” Education. Vol. 112, No. 3, 439-442.
1991 “An Education of the Imagination: Expanding the World of Children Living in Poverty.” Journal of Instructional Psychology. 18(3). 174-177.
1991 “The Role of Students Learning to Read.” Reading Improvement. 28(1), 61-63.
1989 Book Review by Beverly Elmyra Johnson. To Open Minds: Chinese Clues to the Dilemma of Contemporary Education by Howard Gardner. Capstone Journal of Education. Vol. IX, No. 3, 71-72.
As an advocate for art education in schools, Beverly presented a paper (10/2016) “The Relevance of Art” at the “School of Visual Arts Thirtieth Annual National Conference of Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists” Also, Beverly is an amateur flutist.
Ordained as an elder at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, Beverly has served 3 full terms on their Session and taught their adult class The Book of Psalms. In 2016 she was elected to serve (6 years) on the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbytery of New York City.
Along with the Alumni Council, Beverly also serves on the Campaign Committee.
M.E. '83, Ed.D. '86 | Family and Community Education
Emmanuel "Noel" Leyco
M.A. '80 | Organizational Psychology
I learnt, at TC, not just about anthropology and education, but (perhaps more importantly) about myself. Looking back, those were the most precious years shaping me as a person.
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M.E. '04 | Anthropology and Education
At 15 years of age I knew two places I had to see were Africa and Australia. T.C.’s Teachers for East Africa program was the gateway. Three years living in Kenya was followed by a return to T.C. for further graduate work. The assistant to the Registrar, Phyllis Packer, was a joy to my eye. We married. Our firstborn from that union is a man most of you know: Jeffrey S. Putman. Completing fifty-seven more years of various high school and college positions, I surrendered to Jeffrey’s cajoling and applied to the Alumni Council. Since my application to T.C. sixty-three years ago, this school has been a enduring segment of my life.
M.Ed. '71 | Teaching of Social Studies
When I began the M.A. program in Organizational Psychology at TC back in 2000, I had already been in the working world for almost 20 years. I found it exciting to be learning the theory behind the organizational dynamics playing out in front of me from my position in the corporate world. I was able to use the Master’s program as a learning laboratory and to apply in real-time the leadership and change models I was studying. I believe this provided a clear return-on-investment for my company and provided a strong foundation for my eventual career as an OD consultant.
TC continues to nourish me both personally and professionally. I am inspired by the exceptional people I meet through my ongoing involvement with the College and the constant flow of ideas that TC supports across a broad range of disciplines. I am grateful for my TC education, and committed to staying connected and giving back through the Alumni Council for years to come.
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M.A.'01 | Organizational Psychology
My involvement keeps me up to date on relevant trends and issues in education. It is also a great networking avenue as I meet people with great ideas and knowledge they are willing to share.
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Ed.D. '93 | Higher Education
Jalene Spain Thomas
My professional trajectory has been forever shaped by my graduate studies at Teachers College. As a graduate of the Klingenstein Center’s Leadership Academy, I am committed to working for an independent institution that understands the centrality of education in promoting social justice and diversity. My training draws me to schools with a student body and faculty that represent the increasing diversity of our nation. I believe that well-funded schools should serve as a model and resource for students, faculty, and families of under-resourced schools while also appreciating and learning from the best practices used by these schools. I am committed to contributing to the alumni network’s recruitment of teachers to Teachers College who are willing to engage in and forward the public-private discourse. I am also committed to participating in and supporting programs that use the Klingenstein Center’s cohort model to promote leadership development.
In partnership with another Teachers College graduate, Rodney Glasgow, I co-founded the Administrators of Color in the Washington Metropolitan Area (AOC/DMV). I currently serve as the co-convener of the group. We offer support to administrators of color in area independent schools as part of a regional network and cultivate a professional learning community for sharing best practices and engaging in leadership development.
Jalene has recently begun a post as Lower School Head at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA, a JK-12 co-educational Episcopal School. She was previously the Assistant Head of School at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School in Washington, DC where she served as a teacher and administrator for sixteen years.
M.A. '11 | Private School Leadership
Graduating from TC, directly and indirectly influenced so many parts of my life. Many times I have harnessed my experience at TC as well as TC's strong reputation, in order to gain access to opportunities (both professionally and socially). I got my first role in educational publishing via a TC job fair, which helped to led me into my current role as an Educational Instructional Designer.
Courtney Steers came to Teachers College as a former math and science teacher and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Politics and Education in 2010. Initially, she utilized her degree for policy and grant work as part of the Gates Foundation and the Police Athletic League. Over her career, she continued to expand her skill set and made the transition into educational publishing and elearning. She has worked as a consult with PARCC and SBAC and developed educational software as part of a start-up, StraightAce, and with a large global company, Pearson. Currently, she works as an Educational Design Technologist at New York University (NYU) and works closely with world renounced faculty to develop online courses and materials.
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M.A. '10 | Politics and Education
It was at TC that I became immersed in Deaf Culture for the first time since losing my hearing at age 17. Through my program—the wonderful professors, classmates, and opportunities—I discovered confidence and direction. Every single one of those experiences helped shape my identity as a Deaf woman and challenged me to pursue a career in which I would promote inclusion and create opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
M.A.'05, M.E. '05 | Hearing Impairment
M.A. '89 | Student Personnel Administration
Ed.D. '01 | Higher Education
I entered Teachers College in the fall of 2013 to study international educational development. My coursework taught me the importance of intercultural communication and comptency, which would prepare me for my career following graduation from TC. I have a desire to use intercultural communication in organizational psychology through diversity and inclusion initiatives, and look forward to engaging with international students and alumni, while serving on the Council to continually build TC's reputation worldwide.
M.A. '15 | International Educational Development
Katherine Houghton Zatz
Having determined that I wanted to be a Dean of Students someday, in 1984 I applied to and was accepted in the Master’s program in Student Personnel and named a Sturdevant Scholar. Soon after that, I was appointed Assistant Director of Student Activities at Teachers College; and a half year later, Coordinator of Commuter and Evening Programs at Barnard College.
After working in student affairs for five years, in 1990 I returned to TC to complete my doctorate. Soon I became the President of the Teachers College Student Senate and its never-ending fledging efforts to support student scholarship and life at TC.
About that time, a group of TC students were attempting to start a TC newspaper. One day I got stuck on the elevator of Whittier Hall with the editor of the student paper. It was the first time we had ever talked, and it became evident he didn’t like me or the Student Senate very much, mostly because we controlled the funding of the paper. By the time the elevator started up again, we had an understanding that the Senate wouldn’t attempt to control newspaper content. When asked how long we were on the elevator, generally, my answer is long enough. This year we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary.
In 1993 I completed my Ed.D. at Teachers College. Since then I have served at a number of different institutions as a senior student affairs and enrollment officer.
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Ed.D. ’93 | Higher Education
Past Presidents and Mentors
Frances O'Connell Rust
Charles D.W. Thompson
Anna Bell Washburn