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Caulk Rys and ASPIRE

Emmanuel Caulk 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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2014 Updates:

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.

Three CEHD alumni were selected as their school district’s Teacher of the Year by Delaware’s Dept. of Education:

  • Elyse Starr, M’05 (Polytech School District)
  • Lea Ann Skipper, ECE ’91, M’04 (Colonial School District)
  • James Wheatley, HDFS ’08 (Woodbridge School District)

Four other UD grads were recognized including Delaware’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, Megan Szabo (biology ed), Ryan Buchanan (secondary ed), Jamett Garlick (accounting), and Susan Moyer (nursing).

James Cavanagh, ETE ’14, is a first year teacher at North Star Academy in Newark, NJ, and was featured in an article in The Atlantic titled “Can a Teacher Be Too Dedicated?“.

Mary Jean Rainsford, HMSV ’14, is working OCEAN Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit that operates a state and federal Hurricane Sandy relief program.


Lara Andrews, HDFS ’13, signed with the Pennsylvania Rebellion, a professional softball team and is pursuing her master’s in Human Development and Family Studies.

Sarah Celestin, ETE ’03, M.Ed. ’06, Ed.D. ’11, is an Education Associate with the Exceptional Children Resources work group at the Del. Department of Education. She provides technical assistance related to special education to districts and charter schools statewide and manages state personnel development grants that provide federal funds to support professional development and coaching on evidence-based practices.

Tim Dalby, ETE ’99 M ’11, and Jeanine Moore, HR ’91, were Delaware’s recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Kendra DeMicco, MAT ’13, is an English teacher at Hayden High School in Hayden, CO.

Soham Gandhi, ETE ’13, is now an 11th and 12th Grade Trigonometry Teacher at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Del.

Brian Gross MI ’13, a biology teacher at Delcastle Technical High School was selected as 2014 Delaware BioScience Association’s Educator of Year.

Lindsay Irwin, ETE ’14, is teaching at the Niagoya International School in Japan.

Sherry Kijowski, M.Ed, EdD, has been named Delaware’s Distinguished Principal of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Allen Prettyman, HDFS PhD ’11, Director of UD’s Nurse Managed Health Center, has been selected to receive the 2014 State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Melissa Simpson Tracy, ’10, a social studies teacher at Conrad Schools of Science in Wilmington, has been selected  as a Hope Street Group 2014 National Teacher Fellow.

Tiffani Varrasse, MI ’10, married Chris Muscara (HS ’06) on Sept. 30, 2013. Tiffani teaches at special education at Marbrook Elementary in Delaware’s Red Clay School District.


Mike Adams, HS ’04,  a safety for the Denver Broncos, played in the 2014 Super Bowl, recording six tackles against the Seattle Seahawks. Adams is a ten-year veteran in the National Football League, now playing for the .

Cassie Gomes, HS ’09, is Director of Volunteer Development for PAWS for People. She was featured in UDaily in October for her research on therapy dogs.

Michael Jones, ’01, has been named Director of Alumni Relations at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, MD

Noreen Moore, AS ’04, MEd ’05, PhD ’09,  accepted a new position as Assistant Professor at William Patterson University in New Jersey.

Courtney Moore Stevens, ’07, is now Assistant Director of the Residential Center at Bentley University in Boston, Mass.

Rebecca Petereit, 02 EH, and John Petereit of Dallas welcomed Sophia Lane, born July 10, 2012.

Keeley M. Powell, 02 As, 11 EH, EdD, of Newark., Del., formerly assistant director of academic transition programs at Rowan University, has joined UD as the assistant director of recruitment and diversity in the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.

John Scali, AS ’99, MEd ’05, has been named the 2013 Delaware High School Teacher of the Year by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Mr. Scali teaches at Concord High School.

Victor Valeski, Ed.D ’03 was appointed Superintendent of, nationally recognized, East Brunswick School District in New Jersey.

Lauren (Gallagher) Wolkowicz, 05 EH and Isaac Wolkowicz, of Avondale, Pa., welcomed Nolan Dominic, born August 18, 2013.

Sarah Yandoli, 09 EH, and Roney Elizondo, of Annandale, N.J., welcomed Steven Anthony, born Aug. 30, 2012.



Jennifer Nauman, ETE ’99, principal at Cape Henlopen’s Shields Elementary, received the 2013 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. She was one of seven principal to receive this national award and the first principal from Delaware.

Angela SeguinMEd ‘92, program coordinator for Student Wellness and Health Promotion was presented by UD’s E. Arthur Trabant Award for Women’s Equity, in May 2014. She was cited for her tireless and passionate work to ensure that UD’s campus is safe and equitable, particularly for survivors of gender-based violence. 


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.


Lolita Lopez, HS ’76, 2014, President and CEO at Westside Family Healthcare in Delaware, was inducted into the National Association of Community Health Centers Grassroots Hall of Fame.  She was also presented with the Delaware Assoc. for Public Administration’s Public Service Award in December 2013.

Paula Humphrey Maniscalco, HE ’77, joined Artisans’ Bank’s Residential Lending Division as Vice President and Residential Mortgage Lender. She previously served as mortgage banker at JPMorgan Chase in Wilmington. Paula’s son, Andrew, is a current UD student who will graduate after only 3 1/2 years with a degree in mechanical engineering and a math minor in fall 2014.

 Joseph Moglia, M.Ed. ’74, is the chairman of the board at TD Ameritrade and head football coach and chair of athletics at Coastal Carolina University. Over the last eight seasons, Moglia has been part of six championship teams and was twice named a finalist for National Coach of the Year.

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In June 2014, 18 alumnae from UD’s Home Economics Class of ’59 reunited for a 55-year reunion. Attendees included: Ginger Lanier Biasotto, Rosemarie LaPera Carr, Louise Lattomus Dick, Charlotte Kunz Fahey, Jan Hedreen Gregg, Jane Persons Handley, Connie Alexander Hoffman, Ginny Paul Knight, Laurie Bliss Krebs, Vaughan Gordy Levine, Gail Veasey Mavrotis, Gail Kauffman Meucci, Joan Owens Murray, Marilyn Cook Niebart, Karen Reath Priestley, Mary Lou Drewes Scott, Jane Lotter Smith, and Nancy Paul Taitt.


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.

To see updates from classmates sent during 2013, visit Who’s Doing What 2013.

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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