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ARTS AND HUMANITIES
APPLIED LINGUISTICS
Yuko Ikuta (M.E., 1993) is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Education, University of London.
ART AND ART EDUCATION
Artists and Fulbright Specialist Award recipients Suzanne Reese-Horvitz (Ed.D., 1977) and husband Robert Roesch have lectured at the Academy of Fine Arts in Azerbaijan and the China Art Academy.
Elaine Simons (M.A., 1991) is co-founding Executive Director of Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets.
MUSIC AND MUSIC EDUCATION
Virginia Allen (Ed.D., 2011) directed Juilliard School’s summer Conducting Workshop for Music Educators.
Alex Marrero (M.A., 2010) is a recruited volunteer for the Orange County Youth Symphony of Harriman, NY.
Normearleasa Thomas (Thomas-Jackson) (M.A., 1986) plays cello with the Columbia University Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras.
TESOL
Joshua Klaris (M.A., 1995) is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership Program at The Harvard Graduate School of Education.

COMMUNICATION, COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION
COMMUNICATION AND EDUCATION
Jennifer Lemiech-Iervolino (M.A., 1999) is a Trustee of the Yonkers, New York Public Library system.
COMPUTING IN EDUCATION
Xiang’e Bove (M.A., 1997) was named the 2011 Taconic Region (New York) PTA Teacher of the Year.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA
John Desjarlais (M.A., 1984) published his second mystery, Viper (Sophia Institute Press). He was on faculty in the Mystery Writers of America University at September’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.
Richard Yee (M.A., 2001) is Principal of Cupertino Union School District’s K-8 McAuliffe School.

COUNSELING & CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY-HUMAN COGNITION
Alice Wilder’s (Ed.D., 1998) Cha-Ching Money-Smart Kids, is an animated financial literacy program airing on Cartoon Network-Asia.
PSYCHOLOGY IN EDUCATION
Violeta Petroska-Beshka (M.A., 1983) received the 2011 Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award.
GUIDANCE
Judith Osborne (Hanford) (M.A., 1966) published Wisdom for Separated Parents: Rearranging Around the Children to Keep Kinship Strong (Praeger).
Pauline Hamburger Ungar (M.A., 1967) was graduation speaker at her alma mater, George Washington High School, in Washington Heights.

CURRICULUM & TEACHING
CURRICULUM & TEACHING
Emily N. Skinner (Ed.D., 2006) is Co-Editor of The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (JAAL).
Eleanor Thompson (M.A., 2000) has retired.  She has repeatedly survived cancer and served on the Beacon City Council and as a presidential delegate for Hillary Clinton.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Lorna Duphiney Edmundson (Ed.D., 1975) retired in June after 40 years in higher education and is now a part-time international education and strategic planning consultant.
Salvatore Vascellaro (Ed.D., 1999) has published Out of the Classroom and Into the World (The New Press). 
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Kendra (Stichler) VanVelzor (M.A., 2008) was married in June 2011.
Derek Jackson (M.A., 2000) earned a TC Master of Arts while on the New York City police force.
Bryan Jackson (M.A., 2004), a third-grade teacher  at the Latin School of Chicago, has received the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development’s William E. Gardner Pre-K Outstanding Educator Award.
EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION
Frank Marlow (Ed.D., 1967) teaches at SUNY Stony Brook’s Harriman School of Business. He consults for New Jersey municipalities on defeated school budgets.
Stephen Ryan (M.A., 2001) is Principal of West Morris Central High School in Chester, NJ.
Robert Stickles (Ed.D., 1978) is Principal of his alma mater, Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, NJ.
INQUIRY IN EDUCATIONAL ADMIN. PRACTICE (TAI)
Former TC Alumni Council President Delores Lowe Friedman (Ed.D., 1993) has published Creating and Presenting an Early Childhood Education Portfolio (Cengage). 

EDUCATION POLICY AND SOCIAL ANALYSIS
SOCIOLOGY AND EDUCATION
SUNY/Albany Assistant Professor Pamela Theroux (Ph.D., 2000) is on leave, evaluating an Australian education reform project’s impact.

HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR STUDIES
HEALTH EDUCATION
Betty Perez-Rivera (Ed.D., 2003) is working with under-served families in East Harlem to reduce asthma hospitalizations and ER visits.
EDUCATION OF THE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED
Norm Freimark (Ed.D., 1992) has retired as Executive Director of State-Wide Schools Cooperative Health Plan (SWSCHP). 

HIGHER AND ADULT EDUCATION
ADULT EDUCATION INTENSIVE STUDY
Jerry Julian (Ed.D., 2008) is working on China-based initiatives with his private equity partners at Global China Holdings. Jerry and Yi Fang, TC alumni coordinator for China, recently discussed Yi’s work at Hewlett-Packard.
STUDENT PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
Catherine Ingram (M.A.,1991) is Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund Associate at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts. 
Robert Obrohta (M.A., 1989) oversees creation of The Tennessee College Access and Success Network, funded by Race to the Top.
 
INTERNATIONAL & TRANSCULTURAL STUDIES
INT’L EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Sarah Usmani (M.A., 2010) opened the Tabeer School in Karachi, Pakistan, for children ages 3–7.
Maika Watanuki (M.A., 2009) works at the Mozambique Country Office of The World Bank and would like to connect with TC alumni.

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE & SOCIAL STUDIES
Internist Gerald I. Blank (M.A., 1951) attended medical school at Switzerland’s University of Bern and practiced in New Britain, CT.
David Carr (M.A., 1968) has published three books:  The Promise of Cultural Institutions (2003), A Place Not a Place (2006), and Open Conversations (2011). 
Edith Shih (M.E., 1978) received a newly redesigned Columbia University Alumni Medal from Michael Griffin, Executive Director for Alumni Relations, in Hong Kong in June. Columbia has created new medals for past recipients like Shih, first honored in 1993.
TEACHING OF ENGLISH
Matthew Murrie (M.A., 2005) published his fourth book, Every Day on Earth (Scholastic). 
Timothy S. Sedore (Ed.D., 1996), Professor of English at Bronx Community College (CUNY), has published An Illustrated Guide to Virginia’s Confederate Monuments (Southern Illinois University Press).
TEACHING OF SOCIAL STUDIES
Valerie (Rockefeller) Wayne (M.A., 1998) is involved with her children’s schools and serves on the board of DC Preparatory Academy, a charter school network in Washington. 

MOVEMENT SCIENCES AND EDUCATION
CURRICULUM & TEACHING IN PHYSICS EDUCATION
Lisa A. Pleban (Ed.D., 1998), Physical Education Associate Professor at Castleton State College, received the Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award at Castleton’s 2011 Commencement. 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Robert Stadulis (M.A., 1967; Ed.D., 1971) still teaches part-time and consults on grants at Kent State University. He is Editor of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s scholarly journal, Future Focus.

NURSING EDUCATION
NURSING EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL ROLE
Elizabeth Speakman (Ed.D., 2000, M.Ed., 1985) is Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson School of Nursing and serves on the National League for Nursing’s Board of Governors.

ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP STUDIES
Bett Alter (M.A., 2009) is coordinating the transition from single-sex to fully coeducational boarding at Christchurch School. 
HIGHER AND ADULT EDUCATION
Joe Hankin (Ed.D., 1967) is celebrating 45 years of higher education presidency, including 40 at Westchester Community College.
ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Kristine Hintz (M.A., 1996), founder of Position U 4 College LLC, in New Jersey, has published Navigating the Road to College: A Handbook for Parents.

PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
INT’L EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Norma T. Nemeh (M.E., 1999; Ed.D., 2003) seeks TC alumni in Amman, Jordan.
PHILOSOPHY AND EDUCATION
Anna Marie Delmoro Peterson (M.E., 2002) has joined the STEP-UP Achieve Summer Jobs Program of Achieve Minneapolis, partner to the Minneapolis Public Schools. 
SOCIOLOGY AND EDUCATION
Judy (Pryor) Mejia (M.A., 2005) is Director of Civic Engagement and Social Justice at Eugene Lang College, The New School University. She has a four-year-old son, Diego.


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