Class Notes

Keep us informed of your life events and accomplishments by submitting a Class Note, and stay up to date on your fellow alums listed by graduation year.

Ken Cooper recently published Becoming a Great School: Harnessing the Powers of Quality Management and Collaborative Leadership, drawing on his 39 years as an educator, 22 of which he served as principal of the Paul F. Doyon Memorial School in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Posted Mar. 10, 2014

 

John Hoover (PhDEdu), a graduate in curriculum, administration and supervision, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame of the College of Education at Illinois State University for his significant contributions to teaching and learning. He is an associate research professor in CU Boulder’s School of Education. Previously, he was director of research and evaluation for CU Boulder’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society. In 1996, he co-founded Electronic Pathways, which provides teachers of American Indian students with training in educational technology.

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

I am now retired from the Cherry Creek Schools as a mathematics teacher after 36 years of service. I am still a pilot examiner for the FAA, and a grandpa a few times over.

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

BJ Meadows completed thirty years as a public school science teacher, staff/curriculum developer, and principal for Jefferson County Public Schools. She and Marilyn Saltzman co-authored the book "Building School Communities, Strategies for Leaders and are currently publishing another education book that focuses on learning by doing. BJ currently teaches classes for OLLI at Denver University.

Posted Sep. 25, 2014

Ellen Polsky is the Director of Education at the Nationalities Service Center, a non-profit in center city Philadelphia that provides services to immigrants and refugees, including 7 levels of ESL classes to adults from 60 + countries who speak 70 + languages. Ellen oversees 250-300 volunteer teachers per year plus 2 staff members and manages the department's funding.

Posted Mar. 16, 2015

Sandra Fly-Ross-McDivitt Wong so "appreciated my education at CU and was so grateful for the grant I received from the BUENO Department in the early '80's to earn my M.A. I was serving a growing population of immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia in the St. Vrain Valley School District at that time. Working collaboratively with CU's education department helped me better serve our new families and their children."

Posted Jan. 14, 2015

In Sandy (Fly) McDivitt's 39 years in K-12 education in Colorado, California and India, she has created a foundation for serving as Co-chair on the Board of Directors for Ananda College in Gaston, Oregon. Multicultural and alternative education have been her life passion. Ananda College promotes 'higher education for higher consciousness' and provides a path for students who don't fit into a traditional mold.

Posted Jan. 30, 2014

Randy Nathan recently published Bullying in Sports: A Guide To Identifying The Injuries We Don’t See. He is an international keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on positive leadership and coaching, with a focus on anti-bullying strategies in sports.

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

Elisa Robyn, Phd was promoted in 2015 to the position of Academic Dean of the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies at Regis University. This college comprises undergraduate completion degrees for adults, as well as graduate programs in Criminology, Education, and an innovative design your own degree option.

Posted Apr. 24, 2016

Milissa Nelson lives in Sartell, MN and recently published her first novel, Seasons of Raina, with North Star Press.

Posted Sep. 18, 2013

Paul D. Deering (PhDEdu), a graduate in instruction and curriculum in content areas, is a professor of education at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM), where he has worked since 1993. He received his PhD in education from CU Boulder in 1992, and conducted postdoc research for another year on a fellowship from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Deering teaches in master’s and PhD programs in education at UHM, and directs the synchronous, online PACMED Program for working educators—M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies with a Pacific Islands STEAM focus (science, technology, engineering, arts, math).

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

Paul D. Deering is a Professor of Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM), where he has worked since 1993. He received his Ph.D. in Education from CU Boulder in 1992, and conducted post-doc research for another year on a fellowship from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Paul teaches in Masters and Ph.D. programs in education at UHM, and directs the synchronous, online PACMED Program for working educators -- M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies with a Pacific Islands STEAM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). PACMED and its earlier in-person version has graduated 267 persons to date at a greater than 96% completion rate. There are now 80 students in the program from all the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, the US mainland and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Graduates have won numerous awards, including Hawai‘i State Teacher of the Year, American Samoa Territorial Teacher of the Year, and Hawai‘i Association of Middle Schools Educator of the Year. Paul has taught, presented and published on education and adolescence in the US, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Japan, Indonesia, Spain and the Republic of Marshall Islands.

Posted Sep. 27, 2018

Robert McIntyre is a licensed psychologist specialized in forensic and neuropsychology, consequent to completing several post-doctoral specialty training programs. He has an office and hospital practice in Boulder; and has consulted in civil, criminal, family law, and military justice trials held in AZ, CA, CO, FL, ND, SD, SC, TX, and WY. 

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

David Schmal (MEdu), a graduate in educational equity and cultural diversity, joined Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, after graduating with a PhD from Boston University in 2013. He is now a full-time professor and director of film scoring studies. He writes that during the past 15 years, he has been involved as a composer, conductor and music supervisor for more than 20 films and television projects, including three feature films, a number of short films and a 13-part documentary series.

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

Liz Meyer (MEdu), a graduate in educational foundations, policy and practice (EFPP), is thrilled to return and work at the School of Education after earning her PhD at McGill University in Montreal and working for four years at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. She has been an associate professor in EFPP since 2015 and associate dean of students. This fall, she got to teach a course she took from Dan Liston (Radical Theories in Education) and invited him in as a guest speaker. “It was a cool, full-circle moment,” Meyer said.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Zachariah Miracle recently earned his Master of Arts in Special Education at Colorado Mesa University. He teaches special education at a middle school in Grand Junction, CO.

Posted May. 6, 2014

Ed Cannava is an instrumental music education instructor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Executive Secretary for the Colorado Bandmasters Association, Director of the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars, and Chief Judge for the Friendship Cup Marching Band Show Series. Dr. Cannava is an instrumental music consultant, adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor.

Posted Sep. 18, 2013

Char Schmoker is a Lead Guide in a lower elementary classroom at a Montessori charter school. Our classroom has a mix of 26 first-, second-, and third-year students. Char earned her Montessori Credential last year to prepare her for this new frontier. "I integrate all areas of study, including music, art, and even a peace curriculum. Lots of hard work, but I love it!"

Posted Feb. 1, 2014

Megan Mistler-Jackson is the 5th Gear Kids Coordinator in Cherry Creek School District. The program teaches 5th graders and their families knowledge and skills for lifelong health through science, PE and community partnerships. Funded by the Colorado Health Foundation and managed by Dr. Jim Hill at CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the program also serves Aurora Public Schools, with plans for expansion.

Posted Jan. 29, 2014

Reynaldo Reyes is Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. He recently published a highly praised book based on his dissertation, Learning the Possible: Mexican American Students Moving from the Margins of Life to New Ways of Being.

Posted Apr. 19, 2018

Pages