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Marjorie Bryan Buckley (A.B.Ed. ’62) received an honorary degree from Carolina at Commencement ceremonies in May. Among her contributions, Buckley led the effort to establish the North Carolina Outward Bound School. At the School of Education, Buckley endowed the Thomas James Distinguished Professorship Fund in Experiential Learning. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UNC-Chapel Hill, she began her career as a teacher in Raleigh and in London, England. Later, she joined the staff of former Gov. Terry Sanford. In 2005, the University awarded her its highest honor, the William Richardson Davie Award.

William E. Dunstan (M.A.C.T. ’69) published “Walking With Giants,” the first volume in a memoir. He serves as a visiting scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill.

John M. Formy-Duval (A.B. ’69, M.A.T. ’73) in August completed his 201st book review for He is working with Measurement Inc. in Durham.

Mary Wayne Watson (A.B.Ed. ’69, M.A.T. ’72) presented the history of the Spring Hill Baptist Church in Wagram, N.C., during the church’s 200th Homecoming Service on May 19, 2013. She also presented the history of the town of Wagram at the Wagram Centennial Celebration in August 2011.


Michael D. Priddy (A.B. ’70, M.Ed. ’75, Ed.D. ’81) is now residing in Durham with his wife, Susanne D. Sartelle, who is in her first year of study at Duke Divinity School. Priddy is chair-elect of the Public School Forum of N.C. and is a consultant for New Hope Technology Foundation, a Chapel Hill-based group that helps schools with technology funding.

Kim Hoke (A.B.Ed. ’71, M.Ed. ’76), who serves as executive director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, has won the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s top honor – the Barry Gaskins Service Award. The annual award recognizes a practicing or retired school public relations professional for outstanding leadership in school public relations and communications. In her previous position, Hoke worked for 22 years as the public information officer for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

John F. Parkman (M.Ed. ’72) has retired from after 40 years as a high school counselor in North Carolina, New Hampshire and Maine. He continues consulting with families on post-secondary options for students. He recently had a liver and kidney transplant and was recovering well.

Gay Lieurance Aridas (A.B.Ed. ’72) has retired after 38 years of teaching elementary school in Virginia Beach, Va. She is enjoying having more time for sailing, cooking and visits to Chapel Hill where she and her husband serve as emeritus members of the UNC Parents Council.

Ann R. Crawford (M.A.T. ’75, Ph.D. ’90) was awarded the W.W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education in October, 2012 by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. This award is the highest honor given to mathe-matics educators for outstanding contributions.

Melinda Stancill Poe (M.Ed. ’76) has retired after teaching for 30 years at Fairfield Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Va.

Cindi Rigsbee (A.B.Ed. ’79, M.Ed. ’03) wrote a blog post for EdWeek published March 18 in which she said beginning teachers need stamina, but they also need greater support. In the article, Rigsbee shared how she resigned her job after finishing her first year of teaching. Looking back on that time, she knows that she needed more support to be successful. Rigsbee is a National Board Certified Teacher who works on teacher recruitment and retention initiatives with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.


Michael Ortiz (Ph.D. ’81), president of California State Polytechnic University, has been awarded the 2014 Latina/o Alumnus Award from the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative. Ortiz has been president of Cal Poly Pomona since 2003.

Sharon Ann Mazurek (A.B.Ed. ’82, M.Ed. ’84) earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Wingate University. She serves as principal at Ballantyne Elementary School in Charlotte.

Jeff Grove (A.B.Ed. ’83, M.A.T. ’85) was re-elected to a two-year term on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association for Theatre Education. He also serves on a team of teachers that is developing standards-based, peer-reviewed test-bank items for Florida’s new end-of-course exams in theatre.

Loren Hintz (M.A.T. ’84) has retired after 34 years of teaching, 29 of them in North Carolina.

Wilma Cecelia Peebles-Wilkins (Ph.D. ’84) had an essay on “Professional Impairment” published in the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work by the National Association of Social Workers Press and the Oxford University Press.

Emily Mason Bloom (A.B.Ed. ’85) was promoted to director of interprofessional education and outreach at the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

Valerie Archer Radcliffe (A.B.Ed. ’86) was hired to serve as the multi-tiered systems of support educational specialist for two schools in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools System.

Lynn Williford (M.Ed. ’86, Ph.D. ’92), assistant provost for institutional research and assessment at UNC, has been honored with Carolina’s Mary Turner Lane Award, given to recognize her work to examine gender equity in faculty salaries, campus diversity and faculty retention. Established in 1986, the award recognizes people who make outstanding contributions to the lives of women students, faculty, staff and administrators at Carolina.

Maria J. Fraser-Molina (M.A.T. ’88, Ph.D. ’93) was appointed vice president of instructional services/chief academic officer at Pamlico Community College in Grantsboro, N.C.

Wendy M. Whitt (A.B.Ed ’88, M.Ed. ’93) has joined the faculty of the School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida, teaching journalism.

Brian Devore (A.B.Ed. ’89), who teaches and coaches at Mountain View Elementary School in Marietta, Ga., has been named the Southern District Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.


Brian K. Matney (M.A.T. ’90, Ph.D. ’92) was elected president-elect of the 800-member Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals for 2013-2014. He also traveled to Cambridge to complete his third summer institute at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Matney and his wife, the former Kathryn Campbell (B.S. ’90, M.A.T. ’91), reside in Virginia Beach with their two sons, Will and J.T.

Hugh Willard (M.Ed. ’90) published three books in a children’s chapter book series entitled The Goodwill Vultures Club. Published through Peak City Publishing, the series raises awareness of special needs children and animal assisted therapies.

Rebecca Edmondson Pretzel (Ph.D. ’92) has been named associate director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. CIDD provides services, research, and training relevant to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Pretzel is a psychologist and associate professor of psychiatry who has worked with many N.C. service agencies to raise the level of care for people with developmental disabilities and for services to support their families.

Amy Rickard (A.B.Ed. ’94, M.S.A. ’00), principal of Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill, was named the 2014 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for the Piedmont Triad/Central Region. Rickard has been with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district since 1999 and has served as principal of Morris Grove Elementary since it opened in 2007. Rickard serves on the School of Education’s Alumni Council.

Robin Lynne Snead (A.B.Ed. ’94) completed her Ph.D. in communication, rhetoric, and digital media at N.C. State University.

Gregory Chamblee (Ph.D. ’95) received the 2013 College of Education Jack Miller Educator of the Year Award at Georgia Southern University where he serves as a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Elaine Franklin (Ph.D. ’97) was named director of the Kenan Fellows Program at N.C. State University.

Sarah B. Williams (A.B.Ed. ’98) has been named a 2014 Lara Jane Parker Award winner by the New Voices Foundation. The award honors Williams’ work in helping children with severe and multiple disabilities. The New Voices Foundation, led by former School of Education Dean Don Stedman, works to improve educational opportunities for children with severe communication and mobility disabilities. Williams is a National Board Certified Teacher in early childhood-special education at Holly Springs Elementary School in the Wake County Public School System. She helped her school pioneer the establishment of a pre-school classroom for 3-5 year old children with severe and multiple disabilities.

Laura Colson McLean (A.B.Ed. ‘99) successfully defended her dissertation at Gardner-Webb University and received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in August, 2013.


Amy Schachnovsky Valerio (Ed.D. ’03) has been appointed to the position of middle school and high school vice principal for the 2014-15 school year at Seoul International School. During her career Valerio has been a middle school and high school classroom teacher, the director of student affairs and a middle school principal in public and private schools in Arizona, Massachusetts and North Carolina. While at Seoul International School, she has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum leader and a co-team leader.

Bonnie Dahlke (M.Ed. ’04) has been named assistant dean of students at Valparaiso University.

Justin Tillett (M.A.T. ’04), who works in Chatham County Schools and with the N.C. Virtual Public School, is a newly National Board Certified Teacher in AYA Science-Chemistry.

Russell Thorn (A.B.Ed. ’06) returned home from nine-month deployment to Eastern Afghanistan in September.

Nicole Lewis (Ph.D. ’07) is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Rachelle S. Gold (Ph.D. ’08), who is as assistant professor of English at N.C. Central University, has had an essay about Beneatha Younger’s education republished in an edited anthology to help high school teachers present classics of literature to their students. Bloom’s Literary Guides: Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (2011) includes a condensed version of her chapter: “‘Education Has Spoiled Many a Good Plow Hand:’ How Beneatha’s Knowledge Functions in A Raisin in the Sun.”

Dustin Johnson (Ed.D. ’08) was granted tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor of Education at High Point University.

Kristal M. Moore Clemons (Ph.D. ’09) and Kawachi Clemons (Ph.D. ’08) welcomed to their family a daughter, Karis Iman Clemons, in July. Kristal is assistant professor of secondary education and social foundations and the social science education coordinator at Florida A&M University.

William Blake Tucker (M.Ed. ’09) was hired as an assistant principal at South Edgecombe Middle School in August. Previously, he worked as a school counselor at Fike High School in Wilson, N.C.


Craig Tucker (School Administration Licensure Add-on Program ’12; M.A.T. ’08) was selected as a 2013-14 Education Policy Fellow through the Public School Forum of N.C. and the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Helen Crompton (Ph.D. ’13) has joined the faculty at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., as an assistant professor. She was invited by the United Nations to join a team that will, with the International Telecommunications Union, put together a new publication covering mobile communications, skills development, education, international development and policy making.


Nancy Chloe Bosher
A.B.Ed. ’61, M.A.T. ’66
Deceased Jan. 8, 2014

Luther Ed “Red” Buchanan
M.A.T. ’66
Deceased Dec. 23, 2013

Richard Scott Craddock
A.B.Ed. ’55
Deceased Feb. 8, 2014

Leola Crosthwaite
M.Ed. ’59
Deceased Jan. 25, 2014

Vernon Clay Culpepper, Sr.
A.B.Ed. ’58, M.Ed. ’67
Deceased Feb. 14, 2014

Barbara Carr Dougher
M.Ed. ’66, M.Ed. ’69
Deceased March 7, 2014

Lacy Gilbert Hall
Ph.D. ’66
Deceased Jan. 24, 2014

Carolyn Askew Horn
M.Ed. ’61
Deceased March 13, 2014

Mary Grace Hull
A.B. ’53, M.Ed. ’56
Deceased Jan. 13, 2014

Elsie Broom Lee
A.B.Ed. ’55
Deceased April 23, 2014

Bentha Self Johnson
M.A.T. ’68
Deceased Nov. 22, 2013

Margaret “Meg” Graham Kemper
M.A. ’75
Deceased Dec. 4, 2013

Frederick Donald Kesler
M.Ed. ’51
Deceased Dec. 31, 2013

Robert Edward “Bob” Lee
M.A. ’46
Deceased Dec. 5, 2013

Jane Templeman Lewis
M.Ed. ’61
Deceased March 15, 2014

Carl “Chick” N. Mathis, Jr.
B.S. ’49
Deceased Jan. 6, 2014

Evelyn Peterson Mewborn
A.B.Ed. ’59
Deceased Dec. 12, 2013

Elizabeth “Lib” Sifford Rotan
M.Ed. ’55
Deceased Dec. 5, 2013

Harold F. Thomas
C.G.R.Ed. ’77
Deceased April 6, 2014

Garry King Umstead
A.B.Ed. ’75
Deceased Feb. 13, 2014

Arthur “Art” Weiner
A.B.Ed. ’50, M.Ed. ’53
Deceased Dec. 25, 2013