Teachers College Alumni News
Read up on how our alumni are changing the world!
Arthur Carbonaro (M.A. '54)
Arthur enlisted in May of 1942 and served aboard the DE 250 escorting convoys to Europe and Africa as a motor machinist. He later served aboard the AK 96, cargo vessel, in the Pacific theater of war, Okinawa campaign. The AK 96 received a battle star. Arthur is still on duty.
Gus Gravot (M.A. '10)
Before he studied at TC, Gus served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. After graduation, he spent several years in his home state of Louisiana, helping the Marines build a military school in New Orleans. Currently, Gus teaches world geography and serve as social studies department chair at a public middle school in Arlington, Virginia. Gus reports that he is “happy and well and married to his best friend. TC was a great experience, and I am forever grateful to Dr. Margaret Crocco for giving me a chance—thank you!”
Jared Nichols (M.A. '12)
Since graduating from the Organizational Psychology Program at TC under the Eisenhower Leader Development Program, Jared served as the Company Tactical Officer and Brigade Executive Officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Before attending ELDP at TC, he served in a variety of military staff assignments to include the troop leading assignments of Platoon Leader and Company Commander (to include three combat deployments to Iraq). A 2003 graduate of West Virginia University and a native of Staten Island, NY; Jared entered the U.S. Army after commissioning as an officer through the Army ROTC program at WVU. Jared continues to serve in the U.S. Army, and is currently assigned as a Plans Officer to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS. He wishes all veterans and their families a safe Veterans Day and encourages veterans and their supporters to reach out to one another on this day to check in on fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Ma!
Eugene Perry (M.A. '52)
During WW II, in 1944 -5, Perry was an Aviation Ordnance Man on the U.S.S. Hornet (CV 12) in the Pacific area of combat.
Tom Richard (M.A. '90)
Tom served in the Army National Guard from 1994 to 2002 and worked his way up to 1st Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.
Jeremy Sands (M.A. '12)
Jeremy was a Captain in the US Army from 1998 to 2004. He was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 until 2004 and was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor distinction during his tour. The actions of his unit were highlighted in the book A Soldiers Promise. Jeremy attended Teachers College inaugural cohort Executive Masters in Change Leadership in 2011 and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Organizational Psychology in 2012. Jeremy is married to former US Army Captain Kaitlyn Sands and they have a four year old daughter, Maya. They live in Annapolis, MD and Jeremy is the Head Volleyball Coach at St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public honors college. He has focused his work with change leadership in athletics, higher education consultation, and development of student athletes. Jeremy volunteers with his volleyball team at the VA Charlotte's Hall veterans home and Habitat for Humanity in Southern Maryland.
Stuart Selby (Ed.D. '63)
Stuart was drafted when he withdrew from Yale Law School in 1954 after a “successful but unsatisfying year”, and spent the next two years in the US Army in St. Nazaire, France. He writes, “those two years as an enlisted man, among men of every background from every part of the United States gave me the time and experience to recognize that what I really wanted to do with my life was to be an English teacher like the men I most admired in high school and college.” After his masters, he taught high school English for two years and then returned to TC to serve as a Research Assistant to Dr. Louis Forsdale, himself a veteran, for the next four years. The GI Bill and his instructor's salary covered his living expenses while completing his doctorate in communication studies. Selby says, “I did not realize at the time how important an influence my military experience was in my personal growth, my intellectual approach to the arts and media in education, and my confidence and ability as a teacher.”
Mark Tonelli (Ed.D. '15)
In 2005, Mark auditioned and won the guitar chair in the West Point Band's Jazz Knights at the United States Military Academy where he served for 10 years. During his tenure, he performed thousands of musical missions and had the unique opportunity to perform for a great many public figures – from Madeline Albright to Tom Brokaw. In addition, the Jazz Knights were first military jazz band to perform at a major NYC jazz club, The Jazz Standard.
Halfway through his military service, Mark began attending TC as a doctoral student in the music and music education program. TC’s program was introduced to me by TC alumnus, faculty member, and good friend from their undergrad days, Dr. James Frankel Mark co-founded the West Point Band’s Academic Initiative (AI), an interdisciplinary organization that teaches the principles of other disciplines through the lens of music. Much of AI’s pedagogy was inspired by his coursework at TC, from Hal Abeles, Lenore Pogonowski and Anna Neumann, and started as one class that grew into a full curriculum. Mark has also published a book and podcast.
Mark writes, “As I reflect on my time with the West Point Band, I am grateful to have been part of a world-class organization that provided needed respite and entertainment for the West Point community and people across the nation. My military service is something I am proud of and stands as a highlight of my career as a musician and educator.”
Irene Trowell-Harris (Ed.D. '83)
Article from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, Former Director, VA Center for Women Veterans, was born in Aiken, South Carolina. She has always understood the importance of working smart maintaining perseverance, having dreams and helping others. When she was just a child, she and her 10 siblings picked cotton to help their parents maintain their farm. One day, while picking cotton in the field with her siblings, she saw an airplane flying over. She decisively informed her siblings that she would one day fly and work on an airplane. They all laughed, because they believed that it was an impossible dream for a minority female in that era. When she decided she wanted become a nurse to help others, her church collected $60.00 (in nickels, dimes and quarters) for her initial tuition for nursing school, providing her the bridge she needed to get from the cotton field to nursing school and beyond. Dr. Trowell-Harris went on to honorably serve 38 years in the U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard (ANG), retiring as a Major General and garnering many “firsts.” She was the first African-American female in the history of the National Guard to be promoted to general officer. She is also the first to have a mentoring award named in her honor, and to have a Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Chapter named in her honor. In addition, she is the recipient of the Dr. James D. Weaver Society Award, named for the distinguished Pennsylvania Congressman and Air National Guard Flight Surgeon. She was inducted into the Columbia University Nursing Hall of Fame and the Yale University School of Medicine Honor Roll for her dedication to public service. Dr. Trowell-Harris was honored as one of the “21 Leaders of the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews. She is a Distinguished Alumna of Teachers College, Columbia University and Yale University. Dr. Trowell-Harris received the Eagle Award from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for her contributions to aviation. She remains committed to inspiring others and using her accomplishments to help others realize their dreams.
Tod Willoughby (M.A. ’10)
Tod is a graduate of the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program and a retired U.S. Army officer and West Point faculty/staff. Tod retired after 22 years of service and two combat deployments, one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. Tod currently leads the Organziational Development team at Dr Pepper Snapple Group in Dallas/Fort Worth area.