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.

Genet Simone is the Program Director for Western Washington University's K-8 teacher education program on the Kitsap Peninsula, recruiting and mentoring students through their 2-3 year program and teaching methods and foundations classes in Bremerton, Seattle, and Everett. Currently, she is creating partnerships with STEM schools, and publishing in the field of contemplative teacher education.

Posted Apr. 23, 2016

Scott Marion has been named by the Board of Trustees of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (Center for Assessment) as the next Executive Director, starting in September 2015. Scott has been working at the Center for 11 years as a senior associate and associate director.

Posted Jan. 14, 2015

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 Sep. 18, 2013

Leslie Maniotes (Edu MA) has been working for the past 10 years in collaboration with a museum educator at the National Air and Space Museum and an internationally renown professor of information science from Rutgers University to reimagine how learning can look in K-12 schools today. They developed an instructional design model for inquiry based learning grounded in the research on the Information Search Process (Kuhlthau, 2004) and her PhD research from CU on Third Space (Maniotes, 2005). After publishing four books about this approach, they have many schools and districts across the US, Canada, and Australia using our model. (See more on our website guidedinquirydesign.com) 

in April 2018, they held their first ever Guided Inquiry Design Institute in Denver in partner with the History Colorado Center. It was a great success and they are really excited to continue to spread this model in Colorado, to K-12 schools wishing to innovate learning in this information age. Past institutes have been at Rutgers Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries, in Wisconsin and in a variety of school districts across the country from Virginia, Oklahoma, and as far west as California and Washington State. Reach out to Leslie, if you're interested in learning more. She'd love to connect with other eduBUFFS! Find me on Twitter too! @lesliemaniotes @InquiryK12

Posted May. 10, 2018

After graduation, Courtney Anderson (Campbell) taught 5th grade at a charter school in Oakland, CA and then on the south side of Chicago, Il. Courtney went back to school to get my M.Ed to be a reading specialist and has been doing that for the past 7 years at a Catholic school in downtown Chicago.

Posted Sep. 23, 2014

Monica Moreno is teaching Spanish at Westview Middle School in Longmont, CO. Her school was recently awarded with the Colorado Government’s Distinguished Improvement Award. 

Posted Sep. 18, 2013

Sara Staley (PhDEdu), a graduate in curriculum and instruction, and Bethy Leonardi (PhDEdu), a graduate in educational foundations, policy and practice, won the Kalpana Chawla Award from the CU Boulder Alumni Association for their work on topics of gender and sexual diversity in schools. The two research associates and instructors at the CU Boulder School of Education founded A Queer Endeavor, an initiative providing educators with guidance, vocabulary and tools for developing school cultures that are safe, supportive and accepting of LGBTQ youth.

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

Amanda Menihan (MEdu), a graduate in curriculum and instruction, won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She also received a $10,000 NSF award. Menihan teaches seventh-grade math at Altona Middle School in Longmont, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

Suzanne Arnold (Edu MA) is a clinical faculty member of the University of Colorado Denver, School of Education and Human Development. Currently, she is Director of T-PREP (The Partnerships for Rural Education Preparation) and Alternative Teacher Pathways. She is also the Principal Investigator for two NSF grants: Teachers on Public Lands and Teacher Ranger Teacher. The grants work with the Bureau of Land Management and National Parks System to provide teachers an opportunity to serve as a summer intern at a National Park or Hands On Lands site and take a Place Based Education course.

Posted May. 10, 2018

Michael Orosco, PhD received tenure at UC Riverside and at the University of Kansas, where he is now an Associate Professor in Special Education, specializing in bilingual special education. He received CEC’s 2014 Samuel A. Kirk Publication Award for “Effects of Cognitive Strategy Interventions and Cognitive Moderators on Word Problem Solving in Children at Risk for Problem Solving Difficulties.”

Posted Mar. 24, 2015

Colleen Pfeiffer is fortunate to be continuing her path in Linguistic and Diverse Education and thankful for her professors at CU that helped her get where she is today.
She is the lead faculty for the TESOL program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Posted Sep. 23, 2014

Lindsey Gross has been teaching in Eagle County since she graduated.

Posted Feb. 3, 2014

Shawna Morin is teaching a combined K/1st/2nd grade at an international school in Brasov, Romania.

Posted Sep. 18, 2013

Benjamin Hershelman (MEdu), a graduate in curriculum and instruction, is working in Jeffco Public Schools as a gifted and talented resource teacher overseeing gifted and talented identification and programming for 13 middle and high schools. He coaches cross country and track at Jefferson Academy High School in Broomfield. He has two children and is married to a teacher, where their dinner table PLC is excellent.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Kathryn Byrnes (PhDEdu'09) and Beth Dorman (PhDEdu’07), graduates in curriculum and instruction, co-edited a series of three books, Cultivating a Culture of Learning, Impacting Teaching and Learning and The Teaching Self, in 2018 on Contemplative Teacher Education with colleague Jane Dalton. Byrnes is the director of the Baldwin Program for Academic Development in the Center for Learning and Teaching at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Dorman is an associate professor of teacher education at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Charles Stowell was recently promoted to Senior Foreign Teacher with Disney English, in Shanghai, China.

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

Mallory Goetz (MA in School Library, UCD) is the middle and high school teacher librarian at the International School of Panama in Panama City, Panama.  She spent her first year as a librarian and international educator moving the entire library to a new space and creating a new comprehensive 6-12 library program. 

Posted Sep. 18, 2013

Craig Hoeltgen is a full-time math teacher at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, CO. "I love the job, school, and city."

Posted Jan. 29, 2014

Mark Lewis is Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Loyola University. He received the 2012 Early Career Reviewer’s Award from the Bilingual Research Journal.

Posted Sep. 18, 2013

Abby Kelleher is teaching Choir, Drama, and Piano at Erie Middle School. Since beginning teaching at EMS in 2010, the Choral program has nearly doubled. Abby lives in Northglenn with her husband Jeremiah Martinez (BA Psychology-CU-Boulder, 2009) and their dog, Hunter.

Posted Sep. 18, 2013

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