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2008

Ross White (A.B.Ed. ’97) named N.C. director of national online learning initiative

Ross White has been named North Carolina’s statewide director of e-Learning for Educators (eLE), a federally funded teacher development program.

Jill Barker (M.A.T. '00) selected as Virginia’s Chemistry Teacher of the Year

Jill Barker was named the 2008 High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year by the Chemistry Department of James Madison University on Nov. 4, 2008. She also was selected as Virginia’s 2007 Chemistry Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST).

Kelli Kirk (M.Ed. '04) named Elementary School Counselor of the Year for Wake County

Kelli Kirk was recently named Wake County Public School System’s School Counselor of the Year for the elementary level.

UNC School of Education honors five outstanding educators

The School of Education recognized the accomplishments of five exceptional educators at its ninth annual alumni awards ceremony on Sept. 27, 2008, at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John Westefeld (Ph.D. '78) elected president of APA Division 17

John Westefeld (A.B. '72, M.P.H. '73, Ph.D. '78) was recently elected president of Society of Counseling Psychology Division 17, a division of the American Psychological Association.

Zollie Stevenson, Jr. (Ph.D. '84) selected for Harvey E. Beech Award

Zollie Stevenson, Jr., director of Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) programs at the U.S. Department of Education, will receive the 2008 Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumnus Award from the UNC-Chapel Hill Black Alumni Reunion.

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

Cindi Rigsbee, a sixth- and seventh-grade reading resource teacher at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Orange County, was named the 2008-2009 North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Kelley Dull (M.Ed. '02) named 2008 ASCA School Counselor of the Year semi-finalist

Kelley Dull, who received her master’s degree in School Counseling from the School of Education in 2002, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2008 School Counselor of the Year Award from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). 

George B. Forsythe (MACT '77, Ph.D. '84) named president of Westminster College

George B. Forsythe, who received both his master’s degree in college teaching and doctoral degree in Higher and Adult Education from the School of Education, recently was named the 20th president of Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

Zollie Stevenson, Jr. (Ph.D. '84) assumes new role at U.S. Department of Education

Zollie Stevenson, a 1984 graduate from the School of Education’s Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently was named the director of Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) programs for the U.S. Department of Education. 

Recent doctoral graduate publishes dissertation as book

John Tharp, a 2007 graduate of the School’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership, recently published a book titled Breaking the Cycle of Failed School Reform: What Five Failed Reforms Tell Us.