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Class of 1959 reunion tea

In October, the Queen Hens (HDFS Class of 1959) invited ECE students to a formal tea party
as part of their annual reunion celebration. 

Alumni are an important part of our CEHD family. See what exciting news has been happening in their lives in 2015. Be sure to send in your information for the next edition of Aluminations.

Click here see updates from classmates sent during 2013, 2014.



Micah Bernard, HS ’14, serves as a rehabilitation therapist in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She works with clients with psychiatric disorders and assists in the development of new curricula for their wellness programs. In addition to her internship with the CLSC program at the Center for Disabilities Studies, Micah graduated from UD with a minor in Disabilities Studies and worked as an interviewer for the National Core Indicators project.

Katy Brown, M ’13, was selected as 2015 Delaware Geography Teacher of the Year.

Jenna Cosentino, ETE ’15, is a 2nd grade teacher at Joseph J. Catena School in New Jersey’s Freehold Township School District.

Kendra DeMicco, MAT ’13, an English teacher at Hayden High School in CO, created a course called Project Justice, to help her students raise $5,000 for refugee children in Turkey who fled from a civil war in Syria. She plans to deliver the money this summer, to purchase bare essentials and school supplies.

Gillian Guadagnino, M ’11, 3/4 grade teacher at UD’s The College School was recognized as WJBR’s May Teacher of the Month.

Kelly Hepburn, ETE ’13 is a teacher at Kuumba Academy in downtown Wilmington and was featured in a Delaware Online article: Possible Solution to Delaware Teacher Evaluation Issue.

Gabi Koury, MA’12, in the Red Clay School District, was named Delaware’s school psychologist of the year.

Samantha Malamut, HS ’15, is working as an academic and internship coach for UD’s Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program in CDS.

Julia Schmidt, ETE ’15, is teaching at Lake Forest Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida, a part of Teach for America.

Teagan Thomas, ETE ’13,  a 6th grade science teacher and instructional leader at Las Americas ASPIRA Academy in Newark, was selected as a 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow by the National Geographic Society. In June 2015, she traveled by ship to the Arctic Sea to research wildlife and climate, develop activities for use in her classroom.

Ellie Tunison, ECE ’15, was accepted to a dual Masters of Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the deaf and hard of hearing and reading specialist programs. Tunsion helped promote literacy through her Ranger Rick Jr. magazine reading guide.



Mike Adams, HS ’04,  a safety for the Indianapolis Colts, played in the NFL’s 2014 season AFC Championship game. He was then selected to play in the 2015 Pro Bowl. Adams is an 11-year veteran in the National Football League.

Amanda Ayers, HS ’07, has been named the first Health Educator at Harvard University’s Health Services, after receiving an MPH from Boston University.

Stacy Barnett, MED ’06, is associate head coach for University of New Hampshire volleyball team.

Lamont W. Browne, EdD ’09, was presented the national Ryan Award in recognition of his exception leadership at EastSide Charter School.

Maria Cobb, ETE ’99, MI ’02, is a third grade teacher for Mount Pleasant Elementary School’s gifted and talented program.

Cassie Gonce, HS ’09, is Volunteer Coordinator for Willow Tree Hospice in Kennett Square, PA. She was featured in UDaily in October 2014 for her research on therapy dogs.

Dorrell Green, ETE ’98, M ’04, is the assistant superintendent of school operations for Brandywine School District.

Alison Hooper, M ’04, received a national dissertation grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist her doctoral research in UD’s HDFS program.

Ige Purnell, ETE ’96, Ed.D ’09, is the principal at McCullough Middle School.

Karen Rege, Ed.D.’08, is director for eLearning and Instructional Resources at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD. She is responsible for ensuring successful online and hybrid programs and developing a center for excellence in teaching and learning.

Dan Shelton, Ed.D ’07, was named superintendent of Delaware’s Capital School District in June 2015. Prior to this, he served in Christina School District for 11 years, and was recognized as a National Distinguished Principal in 2012.

Diana Wagner, Ed.D.’04, was appointed Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation in the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies at Salisbury University.

Angela Williams, ETE ’93, M’04, is the principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School.



Emmanuel Caulk, Jr., ETE ’96, M’02, (above) was appointed superintendent of Kentucky’s Fayette County school district in August 2015. Last year, Caulk was presented with UD’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.

Kristin Grey, ETE ’96, has been selected as a “Laureate” by the Teaching Channel, and will help them create instructional videos demonstrating reflective teaching practices at Shields Elementary School in Lewes, DE. She is documenting the process on her Teaching Channel blog.

Cora (Miller) Scott, ETE ’96, is the director of PK-12 educational services for Brandywine School District.



Eileen Donahue Brittain, ’88 EH/M, of Houghton, N.Y., has retired from full-time teaching after a 42-year career working with young children and their families, most recently as associate professor of early childhood education at Jamestown Community College.

Esthelda Parker-Selby, MI ’81, was profiled in “Voices of the Elders” video series, sponsored by the Delaware Historical Society. Parker-Selby was one of the first African American teachers at Cape Henlopen, advancing to principal and eventually district administrator. Following her retirement, she became a town council member in Milton, DE, where she now serves as vice-mayor.Sullivan's bird painting

Kerri Sullivan, ETE ’81, enjoys writing and painting. She provided several examples of her poems, children’s book manuscripts and paintings, one of which–Cardinal–was too adorable not to share.


Robert Andrzejewski, M’79, EDD’88, was appointed acting superintendent of Christina School District in Delaware. He had served as superintendent of Red Clay School District for 12 years. Upon retirement, he became CEO Innovative Educational Associates.

Linda “Lin” Sweeten, M’72, a higher education administrator for 37 years, has become a fused glass artisan in South Carolina. She began selling her jewelry at arts and crafts festivals and home shows, and now, the Center for the Arts store in Aiken, S.C. and the Georgia Gallery in Augusta, Ga., display her pieces.

Ann M. Palmer, ’76, is President and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation and was elected to the board of directors of the National Health Council.

Queen Hens reunion tea 20151950s

On Oct. 10, eight alumnae from CEHD’s class of 1959 visited Alison Hall for a Tea Party reunion. Back in the day, ‘Teas’ were command performances with hats and white gloves, providing students the opportunity to learn good etiquette, proper serving techniques, and balancing teacups while standing and talking.  The Queen Hens, as they refer to themselves, were joined by Dean Vukelich and current students in CEHD to share experiences from then and now.  (See photo at top of page)

In Memoriam
Dorothy Huber Rayner, M ’68 passed away June 2, 2015 in Vero Beach, FL. Dorothy  majored in Home Economics at college and began her career as a nutritionist for the Dupont Company, but her true passion was education. While raising three young children, she earned her Master’s degree at UD and became a specialized reading teacher in Pennsylvania. For almost twenty years, she dedicated her life to working with children who struggled to read, helping them cope with their challenges, academically and emotionally.  Dorothy is survived by her husband and their children Peter, Susan and Sharon.

Dorothy Brugge Loewenthal, ETE ’56, passed away November 16, 2014 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Raised in Delaware, Dot graduated from UD and became an elementary school teacher in Cobb County School district in GA . She is survived by her husband Harold “Bud” Loewenthal and 3 daughters.

Degrees Legend (Please note, majors have changed over the years. Degrees are now referred to by their current listing, whenever there is an applicable equivalent.)

CEHD – College of Education and Human Development

ECE – Early Childhood Education

ETE – Elementary Teacher Education

HDFS – Human Development and Family Studies

HE – Home Economics (now HDFS)

HR – Human Resources (now HDFS)

HS – Human Services

TESL – Teaching English as a Second Language


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