Published: Dec. 1, 2021

Please join us in recognizing our faculty who retired recently and learning more about their next steps.

What are you excited about in retirement?

Julie Andrew, CU Teach master teacher: “I’m excited to do new things. I will be attending the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, and I can’t wait to learn about medicinal herbs, where to find them, how to grow them and how to use them in all kinds of different potions. I love having time to be with my parents and my husband and daughter and the dogs. I also have more time to bike, garden and play.”

Bridget Dalton, associate professor of literacy studies: “I am so looking forward to pursuing things that I have always loved, but never had enough time for, such as spending time with my husband and family, traveling, reading, music, weaving and cooking. Service has been a part of my life since I was a child, and I’m taking time now to think about how I might contribute (helping to address climate change issues is at the top of my list).”

Kathy Escamilla, professor of equity, bilingualism and biliteracy: “What am I excited about in retirement—so many things! We plan to travel more, spend more time with our children and grandchildren (to the point of annoying their parents) and being able to pick and choose professional commitments.”

Jeffrey Writer, CU Teach master teacher: “New challenges and the opportunity to be open to them as they arise.”

What are you grateful for in your time at the School of Education?

Andrew: “I loved my time at CU Teach and the School of Education. I feel like I was able to associate with excellence when working with such amazing faculty, staff and especially our outstanding students.”

Dalton: “The students, faculty and staff! The School of Education is a high-energy, caring and intellectually rich community that is seriously committed to achieving a more just and equitable education for all students. Working with children and teens in my reading methods course and research projects has brought me pure joy. To be able to do what you love with others who also love what they are doing is a gift, and I thank the school for that.”

Escamilla: “I am grateful for so many things, including wonderful and brilliant colleagues, students who were a joy to work with, the BUENO Center, who constantly reminded me of what my passions in education were/are. Mostly I am grateful that for the last 22 years, I worked in a space where I loved going to work every day.”

Writer: “I really enjoyed working with our amazing students and teachers as they worked hard to become the change agents our society needs.”

William McGinley, associate professor of literacy studies, also retired this last year.


Left to right: Jeffrey Writer, Bridget Dalton, Julie Andrew, Kathy Escamilla