Teachers College Alumni News
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Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez (M.S. '79)
Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez (M.S. '79) was awarded the 2016 Heritage Award at LAACU - Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University El Regreso Gala on March 12. Paloma is the President and CEO of Urban Health Plan, Inc. a network of federally qualified community health centers located in the South Bronx & Queens. Congratulations Paloma!
Lauren Jensen (M.A. '08)
Lauren Jensen (M.A. '08), a 10th- and 12th-grade English Language Arts teacher at Glen Cove High School in Glen Cove, NY, was surprised with the Milken Educator Award and $25,000 on November 4, 2015.
John King (Ed.D. '08)
John King (Ed.D. '08) has been named U.S. Secretary of Education. He will succeed Arne Duncan, who has held the post since 2008. As New York State Commissioner of Education from May 2011 to January 2015, King presided over New York’s rollout of the Common Core State Standards and championed the Dignity Act, which sought to prevent bullying in schools. He left earlier this year to become a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. In 2012, King received TC’s Distinguished Alumni Award, presented at the College’s Academic Festival. He was also interviewed for TC’s Oral History project and featured in the College’s 2013 web series, "Mini-Moments with Big Thinkers."
Donovan Livingston (M.A. '11)
Donovan Livingston (M.A. '11) is a viral sensation! While receiving an Ed. M. from Harvard University, Donovan delivered a powerful speech, "Lift Off," that has been viewed more than 11 million times and widely shared across multiple news outlets. Watch the video >>
Danielle Moss Lee (Ed.D. '06)
Danielle Moss Lee (Ed.D. '06), CEO of the YWCA of the City of New York, was appointed as one of seven new Commissioners to the Commission on Gender Equity by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The Commission, launched by Mayor de Blasio in 2015, is an advisory body that works across City Agencies to help achieve the Mayor’s commitment to reduce gender-based inequity and build a safer, more inclusive and economically mobile city for women and girls. (Photo Credit: YWCA) Read More >>
Eric Oberstein (M.A. '09)
Eric Oberstein (M.A. '09), middle, produced a suite for Arturo O'Farrill's 'The Afro Latin Jazz Suite', from the album by Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuba: The Conversation Continues, won the GRAMMY Award for Best Instrumental Composition! Eric and his team earned GRAMMYs in two consecutive years (they won in 2015 for Best Latin Jazz Album for The Offense of the Drum). (Image courtesy of Getty Images, Credit: Chris Pizzello/ Invision/AP.)
Angela White (M.A. '85)
Dr. Angela White (M.A. '85) has joined Leake & Watts as the superintendent of schools, overseeing the Biondi School’s elementary, middle, and high schools. "Angela has a passion and energy for supporting children who face diverse learning challenges, and we know her leadership will help the Biondi School further advance our mission to help our students to thrive not only while they are with us, but beyond graduation," said Leake & Watts' executive director Alan Mucatel. Read more >>
Yao Zhang (M.A. '07)
Doctoral candidate and the CEO of ROBOTERRA, Inc. Yao Zhang (M.A. '07) was recently honored as the "2016 Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum. "Young Global Leader" is an honor for the most distinguished leaders who are pushing boundaries and rethinking the world around them. Yao was awarded for her commitment and contribution to robotics education. Read More >>
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Meet Our Veterans
In December 2015, Teachers College celebrated the official launch of its new Resilience Center for Veterans & Families in what TC President Susan Fuhrman (Ph.D. '77) called "one of the most important moments in the history of the College." Funded through a generous gift by David and Maureen O’Connor, the Resilience Center is directed by George Bonanno, TC Professor of Clinical Psychology. The Center will pair groundbreaking research on human emotional resilience with clinical training of students to assist veterans and their families as they transition back to civilian life. The training will take place through TC’s nationally regarded Dean Hope Center for Educational & Psychological Services, directed by Dinelia Rosa, and will serve as a magnet for other TC faculty members who work with veterans.