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Adrienne Sgammato

Adrienne Sgammato
Ph.D. in Education; Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation
Class of 2009
Sandy Hook, Conn.

A gift to the School of Education Foundation supports outstanding students like Adrienne Sgammato. Your generosity helps the School provide the rigorous environment that allows our students to be successful in their studies and careers. 

“My experience in the School of Education was quite challenging in every sense,” says Adrienne, the first Ph.D. in her family. “However, I would not be enjoying the great success that I have today if it were not for those challenges. For that, I am grateful.”

After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., Adrienne worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, helping adults with psychiatric illnesses return to work and live more independently.

She used a variety of standardized inventories and assessments to evaluate a wide range of her clients’ skills, interests and aptitudes. She became aware of many issues and problems related to test administration and the use of inventory scores.

When Adrienne decided to pursue doctoral studies, the Educational Psychology program at the UNC School of Education appealed to her because it allowed for the integration of her interests in cognitive psychology, human development and standardized testing.

“It is rewarding for me personally to know that I worked very hard to earn my Ph.D.,” she says. “Of course, I could not have been successful without the constant support and guidance of my advisor, Professor Gregory Cizek, and my fellow graduate students.”

After completing her Ph.D. in 2009, Adrienne secured a challenging position with the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J. She is conducting assessments for the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as “The Nation’s Report Card.”  

NAEP conducts assessments of samples of the nation's students attending public and private schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. The goal of NAEP is to provide reliable information to educators and policymakers about the academic performance of American students.  

Please consider making a gift to the School of Education Foundation so that we can provide the best opportunities and education for students like Adrienne.

Every gift in any amount is helpful and appreciated. To give a gift online, visit Make a Gift. You may also send a check to the School of Education Foundation, Attn: Annual Fund, Peabody Hall, CB 3500, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500.

For more information, contact Laurie Norman at or (919) 843-6979.