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Caulk Rys and ASPIRE

Emmanuel Caulk, ETE ’96, M’02, spoke with CEHD’s ASPIRE students prior to receiving UD’s Presidential Citation.
(l to r – Manny, Gail Rys-graduate advisor, Xin Li, Abigail Conklin, Lars Jensen, Camille Fontenelle,
Ayanna Bundy and Alexis Bigelow-ASPIRE coordinator)

Alumni are an important part of our CEHD family. Here are a few graduates who have shared what is happening in their lives. Be sure to send in your information (below) for the next edition of Aluminations.

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



Micah Bernard, HS ’14, was recently hired at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as a rehabilitation therapist in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program. She will be working directly with clients with psychiatric disorders and assisting 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.

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.

Ellie Tunison, ECE ’15 (expected), 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.

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.

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

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



Emmanuel Caulk, Jr., ETE ’96, M’02, (above) was presented with UD’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement in October. Caulk is the superintendent of Portland Public Schools in Portland, Maine, serving 7,000 students PK-12 and over 4,000 adults in the Portland Adult Education program. Previously, he served as the assistant superintendent with the school district of Philadelphia.

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


Sullivan's bird painting1980s

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.

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.


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.

In Memoriam
William Moody, UD faculty member passed away Oct. 22, 2014. Bill was a professor of Math and Education at UD for 41 years, where he worked with area schools in the preparation of elementary and middle grades teachers. He created and ran the Delaware Math League and the Solvelt math summer program for international youth. He spent many years in Newark, DE and Ocean Pines, Ocean City, MD, before recently moving to Gainesville, GA. He is survived by his wife, Mary Golden Moody; his children; his daughters-in-law Debra and Beverly; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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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