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2007

Albert Long, Jr. (A.B.Ed. '55) to be inducted into FCA Hall of Champions

Albert Long, Jr., a former Tar Heel star athlete and 1955 graduate of the School of the Education, was recently named to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Hall of Champions in recognition of his service to the organization.

Michael Brannigan (M.Ed. '03) named NYSSCA Counselor of the Year

Michael Brannigan, a 2003 graduate of the School’s M.Ed. program in school counseling, was named 2007 Counselor of the Year by the New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA).

School presents annual alumni awards

Five outstanding educators were recognized by the School of Education at its eighth annual alumni awards ceremony Oct. 27, 2007 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

Melody Levy (M.A. '06) illustrates children’s book

Melody Levy, a 2006 graduate of the M.A. program in Education; Culture, Curriculum and Change, has illustrated a children's book titled Meet the Class!

Melissa Hedt (A.B.Ed. '99) named NCASCD’s Outstanding Young Educator of the Year

Melissa Hedt, who received her baccalaureate degree in Middle Grades Education from the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was named Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NCASCD). 

Frank Comfort (M.A.T. '69) retires, leaves behind winning record and SOE scholarship fund

Frank Comfort will retire June 30, 2007 after 30 years as head coach of the North Carolina swimming and diving team.

Phyllis Farlow (M.Ed. '05) named Phillips Middle School Student Support Person of the Year, Receives Carol Ambrosio Award for Leadership in Counseling

Phyllis Farlow, a 2005 graduate of the School’s M.Ed. program in School Counseling, recently received two recognitions from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Elson S. Floyd (A.B. '78, M.Ed. '82, Ph.D. '84) named 10th president of Washington State University

Effective May 21, 2007, Elson S. Floyd succeeded Lane Rawlins as the 10th president of Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

Shirley Pyon (A.B.Ed. '00) named Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools District Teacher of the Year
Christina Royster (A.B.Ed. '97, M.Ed. '03) named Honor Teacher

Shirley Pyon, who received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, was recently named the 2007-08 District Teacher of the Year for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Three alumni named Teachers of the Year

Several alumni were recently recognized by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district as the best in teaching at their respective schools.

Cindi Rigsbee (A.B.Ed. '79, M.Ed. '03) named Orange County Teacher of the Year

Cindi Rigsbee, a reading teacher at Gravelly Hill Middle School, was recently named Orange County School’s SunTrust Gold Star Award Teacher of the Year.

Tamara Davis (M.Ed. '87, A.B.Ed. '85) named Counselor Educator of the Year

Tamara Davis, a 1987 graduate of the School’s Master of Education program in School Counseling was recently named Counselor Educator of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

Tricia Cotham (M.S.A. '06) chosen to become North Carolina’s youngest legislator

Tricia Cotham, assistant principal at East Mecklenburg High School, has been chosen by Democratic Party officials in House District 100 to fill the N.C. House of Representatives seat vacated by former Speaker Jim Black.

Erin Denniston (M.Ed. '04) named a statewide finalist for national teaching award

Erin Denniston, a 2004 graduate of the School's Master of Education for Experienced Teachers program, has been named a state finalist for the 2006 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

María Fraser-Molina (M.A.T. '86) receives National Instructional Leadership Award

María Fraser-Molina has received the Instructional Leadership Award from the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA).