Alumni & Giving

EdTerps Alumni Class Notes

Our alumni live in all corners of the world and do many great things! We invite you to meet some of your stellar fellow EdTerps alumni. And if you have news to share, please let us know by submitting to our . We love to share stories about your impact!

Betty Ann Ernst Bauer (BS '65) has written a book of historical fiction for upper elementary-grade children about Ancestral Puebloan life in the American Southwest. Published by Portamento, is a story of three children whose families migrated from Mesa Verde in the late 1200s. [July 2014]

Thomas Novotny (BS '62) was inducted into the Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame. [July 2014]

Judith Lese ('69, M.Ed. '74) retired after 53 years of teaching. She was a classroom teacher for five different schools in Montgomery County Public Schools, MD. [July 2022]

Dr. Bernice R. Sandler (Ph.D. '69) was featured on ESPNs The Power of IX Legends, celebrating the anniversary of this landmark occasion. [July 2014]

June E. Streckfus (BS '68) retired after serving for twenty-two years as head of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. She has worked to connect the worlds of 含羞草研究所 and big business for the betterment of kids STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) skills. [July 2014]

Dr. Darla Fishbein Strouse (BA '67, Ed.D. '04) wrote and won a grant from Sinai and Synapsis and the Sir John Templeton Fund to have research scientists from Howard County, MD, present five science presentations with religious interpretations and relationships discussed using the Old Testament and other Jewish texts that connect ancient ideas to modern scientific discovery. [July 2023]

Dennis D. Urban ('69) wrote the book The Making of a Civilian Solider in the Civil War: the First Diary of Private William J. McLean Along the C & O Canal and the Affair at Edwards Ferry, published by New Academia Publishing.  [July 2022]

William D. Wargo Ed.D. ('68) served as a professor of industrial 含羞草研究所 for 35 years before retiring. He then earned a Marine Sea Turtle permit from the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, serving as the director of the Alligator Point Sea Patrol from 2004 to 2021. [July 2022]

James H. Bruns (BS '70) assumed responsibility of the Naval History and Heritage Command's museum system operations, serving as Assistant Director of the national museum system while continuing to direct the National Museum of the United States Navy, the flagship museum located at the Washington Navy Yard. Bruns has previously served as vice president of Montclair State University in New Jersey, as founding director of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, and as president of the Atlanta Historical Society, where he managed the acquisition of the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum and also assembled the most comprehensive Civil War collection in the country. [July 2014]

Dr. Delores C. Datcher (M.Ed. '74) was honored with the 2012 Verizon Community Innovator Award at Verizon's Black History Month Celebration. [July 2014]

Dr. Maurice Dorsey (BS '70, Ph.D. '83) was inducted into the Sigma Chapter, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society at the 含羞草研究所 in 2022. [July 2023]

Christine A. Edwards (BA '74) was awarded the 2012 Transformative Leadership Award by InsideCounsel, which recognizes women general counsels who are catalysts for change. [July 2014]

John Enkiri (M.Ed. '78) retired after 40 years of service as an educator and administrator in the Prince George's County Public Schools, MD. [July 2014]

Dr. Jacqueline Brown-Frierson (BA '71) was the first Black female Resident Assistant (R.A.) serving in Denton Hall. [May 2023]

Judith Freeman Garey (BS '70) had her book , published by National Council of Teachers of English [July 2023]

Dr. Diane M. Gayeski (Ph.D. '79, MA '75) was honored by the International Association of Business Communicators Research Foundation with its Lifetime Foundation Friend Award. [July 2014]

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Heather Hammer (M.A. '73) published her first historical fiction book:, the story of her great-great-grandmother who lived in the 1800s in the remote Shetland Islands and raised nine children with many hardships but much resilience. [January 2024] 

Lee Havis (M.Ed. '74) published the book , based on his decades of work with the International Montessori Society, which he established in 1979. 

Carolee B. Miller (BA '70) received the 2014 National Middle Level Art Educator of the Year Award at the National Art Education Association convention in San Diego. This award is given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. [July 2014]

Valerie Stasik (BS '70) published her first novel, Incidental Daughter [July 2014]

Jim Wharton (BS '73) retired after forty years of service as a music teacher in schools around Baltimore, most recently Catonsville High, where he has taught since 1988. [July 2014]

Barbara Friedlander ('85, M.A. '90) was named the Learning Disabilities Associations Sam Kirk Educator of the Year. [February 2024]

Rocky Lopes and Testudo
Rocky Lopes (BS '80), was elected to the 含羞草研究所 Alumni Association Board of Governors.  [July 2023]

Mary (Conrad) Skowronski (BA '85, '87) retired after 36 years of teaching English in Maryland serving Anne Arundel, Charles, and Frederick Counties. [May 2023]


Leah Carol Geiger (M.Ed. '97) received the Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Southern Maryland. [July 2014]

Dr. Gena Glickman (Ph.D. '92) was re-elected as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation in 2023. She was also named president emerita in 2018, of Manchester Community College. [July 2023]

Christine E. Ground (M.Ed. '99) was honored as the 2012-2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County Public Schools. [July 2014]

Dr. Marsha Guenzler-Stevens (Ph.D. '93) has been honored by the NASPA Women's Center with the Zenobia Hikes Award in recognition of her commitment to the advancement of women in higher 含羞草研究所 and student affairs. [July 2014]

Stephanie McKenna (BA '99) has been named Teacher of the Year at Weathersfield High School in Connecticut, where she teaches ninth- and tenth-grade English. [July 2014]

Dr. Alice Mitchell (Ph.D.'97) published the book . [November 2022]

MollyBeth Jacobs Rushfield (BS '91) was named inaugural recipient of the [February 2023]

Lisa Stuart Whitehead (BS '98) received the Gilbert A. Clark & Enid Zimmerman Leadership and Advocacy Award during the 2023 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention [April 2023]

Dr. Darnell Barnett (BS '04) completed his Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University in 2022. He currently teaches virtually with Proximity Learning and has worked for both Prince George's County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools. [August 2023]

Dr. Carolyn McNamra Barry (Ph.D. '01) received the Professional Achievement Alumni Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Ursinus College. Thus award recognizes an individual who has reached significant professional achievements through exemplary leadership.[July 2023]

Eve Case with award
Eve Case ('03) was named the 2023 winner of the by the National Social Studies Supervisors Association, a part of the National Council for the Social Studies. 

Cara Grant (B.S. '01) co-authored the book with Troy Boddy. [January 2024]

Dr. Heather Ruetschlin Schugar ('01, M.S. '05, Ph.D. '08) was named one of the 150 Most Influential Women at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she is a professor of Educational Leadership and Literacy and is the director of the doctoral programs in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration. [August 2023]

Book cover "The color of a lie"
Kim Johnson (M.Ed. '03) is an award-winning author who published her newest book . [February 2024]
Josh Schneider
Josh Schneider ('04) founded to provide transportation and lodging for blind hockey players. Learn more about

Dr. Sean Simone (Ph.D. '09) left his full time position at Rutgers University to become Branch Chief of the Longitudinal Surveys Branch at the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education. The Branch houses the Early childhood Longitudinal Studies Program, the Secondary Longitudinal Studies Program, and the Postsecondary Longitudinal Survey Studies Program. [July 2023]

Daniel Singley (M.A. '03, Ph.D. '05) serves as the president of the American Psychological Association's Division of Men & Masculinities. [2024]

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Mary Truman (M.Ed.'04) was named 2023 Teacher of the Year by Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). Mary teaches preschoolers with autism at Kenmoor Early Childhood Center and is a 22-year veteran PGCPS educator.  [May 2023]


Jamie Adasi (M.Ed.'13) lead a global DEI team that has won numerous awards for culture and impact. [May 2023]

Dr. Jorge Baxter (Ph.D. '16) was named Dean of the College of Education (Facultad e Education) of the Universidad de los Andres in Bogota, Columbia. [January 2024]

Dr. Jorge Baxter
Dr. Carlos Beato (Ed.D. '19) started , an 含羞草研究所al consulting organization to support school teams in providing excellent services for multilingual learners. [May 2023]

Dr. Rotunda Floyd-Cooper (Ed.D. '17) was named as the new director of 含羞草研究所 leadership for the . [March 2023]

Elias Gonzalez (B.S. '17, M.Ed. '18) serves as curriculum innovation lead for Break Through Tech DC where is work is within the Department of Computer Science at the 含羞草研究所, College Park. [2023]

Dr. Courtney Hattan (Ph.D. '18) Accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Science of Reading at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [July 2023]

Elias Gonzalez
Dr. Daman Harris (Ph.D. '14) has a new book being published in November 2023 called, [August 2023]

Dr. Hayley Haywood (M.Ed. '11) was promoted to assistant provost for organizational learning at Clark University. She also launched , an organizational capacity-building firm supporting universities & employers in building equitable pathways to soulfilling work through identity-conscious coaching & consulting. [August 2023]

Dr. Amanda Knapp (Ph.D. '13) has accepted a three year term as the incoming vice president/president/past president on the Executive Board for the National College Learning Center Association. [October 2023]

Juliet Morris (B.A. '15, M.Ed. '16) serves as Educational Specialist at the Supreme Court Historical Society, where she will be researching and creating civics curriculum for students and teachers across the country. [February 2024]

Dr. Alana Murray ('98, Ph.D. '12) received the Harry J. Carman Award from the Middle States Council for Social Studies. [February 2023]

Justin K. Robinson (M.Ed. '13) was appointed by Governor Wes Moore to serve on the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Accountability and Implementation Board. [May 2023]

Ellen Slobodnik (B.A. '11, M.Ed. '12) is serving as an Assistant Principal in Prince William County, VA. [ August 2023]

Michelle Udeli (M.A. '14) founded and launched the College Auntie social media platform to provide College Students with tips and tricks to help them navigate college successfully. [May 2023]

Dr. Arthur Williams (Ed.D.'13) serves as the Coordinator of Career Advising at Montgomery County Public Schools. [August 2023]

Dr. Darryl Williams (Ed.D. '11) was hired by Morgan State University as a Professor of Practice for the School of Education and Urban Studies program. [August 2023]

Dr. Myriam Yarbrough (Ed.D.'13) was selected to be the superintendent of Baltimore County Public School Systems. [May 2023]

Allison Curtin (M.Ed. '21) received the Promising New Social Studies Teacher of the Year award from the Maryland Council for Social Studies. [March 2023]

Maria McGee (M.Ed. '23) received the extremely competitive and prestigious, award. Maria teaches at Quince Orchard High School in Montgomery County Public Schools. [August 2023]

Candace Quander (M.Ed. '22) received a Fulbright Educational Teaching Assistant scholarship to Colombia. [July 2023]

Alice Swift (B.A. '90, Ed.D. '22) started her role as principal of Abington Senior High School. [January 2024]

Lekha Tantry (B.S. '20, M.Ed. '21) was selected as a 2023 Cohort, a highly selective opportunity with only 30 teachers selected from across the country. Lekha teaches at Capital City Public Charter School for the District of Columbia Public School System. [August 2023]