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Mike “Pops” Adams, CEHD alumnus and NFL player for the Denver Broncos visited UD campus this summer
to offer a football camp to area children. 


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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2013 Updates:

Educators of the Year

Jill Szymanski, ETE ’97, MI ’02, a fourth grade teacher at Brandywine Springs Elementary School, has been named the 2013 National History Teacher of the Year.

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.

Two of Delaware school districts’ 2014 Teacher of the Year nominees were CEHD alumni.

  • Mary Petrucci Eanes, ETE ’02 – Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education – Capital School District – Hartley Elementary School – Grade 3
  • Lisa Uhey, ETE, Smyrna School District – Clayton Intermediate School – Grade 5 English/Language Arts


Maritza Aguilera, ECE ’13, is a first grade dual language immersion spanish teacher at William C. Lewis Elementary School in Delaware’s Red Clay School District.

Staci Benaroya, HS, ’13, is enrolled in the School of Social Work at Columbia University.

Tara Bogseth, HS ’13, is emplyed as a Human Resources Assistant at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in Manhattan.

Judith Brittingham, EdD ’13, has become an Assistant Principal at Sussex Central High School in Delaware.

Nicole Byers, Human Services ’12, of New Castle, Del., who was a student worked for the Delaware Center for Justice’s Youth Opportunities Initiative, has been hired as Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn’s full-time assistant.

Jeana Cordeiro, ECE ’12, is currently working as an English Language Assistant in a primary school in Spain. Since graduation, she has also served as on a migrant outreach tutoring program through SUNY New Paltz, taught an adult ESL class at a state correctional facility and worked in a daycare that serves the migrant farming population in NY.

Brook Castillo, ETE ’02, Kevin Fitzgerald, ETE ’03 Ed.D, and Sherry Kijowski, ETE ’03 M, ’12 EdD, launched Delaware’s first Chinese immersion program for kindergarteners at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center in the Caesar Rodney School District.

Elena Delle Donne, HS ’13, was selected as the 2nd pick in the 2013 WNBA draft where she has emerged as one of the top players.

Domonique DeShields, Human Services, ’13, is a a Community Interventionist with Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth Inc. Employed through the Intensive Outpatient Program, she works with a certified therapist to assist families and children dealing with mental health issues, engaging the child in developing practical skills to achieve the goals of the treatment plan.

Totiyana Evans, HS ’13, is attending graduate school at Bryn Mawr College, in the Masters of Social Service program.

Emily Fenn, ETE, ’12 Special Education minor, is teaching 2nd grade at William Ramsay Elementary School in Alexandria, VA.

Sara Feldman, HS, ’13 is enrolled in graduate school at King’s College London, studying Human Resource Management and Organizational Analysis.

Alex Harrsch, HS ’13, is enrolled in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in their two-year MSW program.

Brenna Hassinger Das, PhD ’13, was elected to the Society for Research in Child Development  program committee and the Student Early Career Council.

Ashley Johnson, HS ’13, is working at UMD College Park as a Freshman Admissions counselor and plans to get her Masters in Higher Ed Administration from there.

Jaquetta May, HS ’13, is working as a family social worker at New castle County Head Start and plans to begin graduate school in January 2014.

Rachel Miller, HS ’13, is working for Insight Global, an IT and technical staffing company in Conshohocken, PA.

Ashley Pirozzi, ECE ’12, spent a year teaching abroad in Spain.

Polly Reinicker, HS, ’13, is enrolled at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and is working as a research assistant under Dr. Kathryn Collins, studying trauma and its effects on families in Baltimore.

Scott Richardson, PhD ’11, wrote EleMENtary School: (Hyper)Masculinity in a Feminized Context (Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, 2012).

Nicole Schellinger, HS ’13, is enrolled in graduate school at Drexel University, in the Marriage and Family Therapy program and serving an internship with a mobile crisis agency that works with children and their families around behavioral problems in their homes.

Amy Siedlecki, HS ’13, is working in the development office of the Independence School doing grant writing and alumni relations

Maya Swartz, HDFS ’13, is working at Community Intervention Program for Northeast Family Institute, a short-term residential treatment home for teenagers with mental health issues.

Lisa Ueltzhoffer, EdD ’10 is now principal of the newly opened Newark Charter School high school.

Danielle Wong, HS ’13, is working as a Development Assistant at the Alliance for Lupus Research.

Erin Yetter, PhD in Economic Education ’13, is now working as an Economic Education Specialist for the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis.



Mike Adams, HS ’04,  a nine-year National Football League veteran currently playing for the Denver Broncos, visited UD in the summer to hold a free skills clinic for area youth.

Toni Bowersox, ECE ’00, of West Chester, Pa., a licensed Realtor in Delaware, has joined Long and Foster Real Estate as a sales associate in the firm’s new office in Greenville, Del.

Monica Burns, ETE ’07, is teaching 5th grade in New York City. She has incorporated technology into her classroom and created a blog to share tips and lesson plans for people in and out of a classroom.

Edward Cohen, ETE ’05, was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (Eastern Division) for his work with 8th grade students at Quibbletown Middle School in Piscataway, N.J.

Dilara Deniz Can, PhD ’09, was lead author for a study that associates specific brain structures with future language skills, published in the journal Brain and Language.

Heidi Fagerberg, Interdisciplinary Studies, ’98 and master’s in TESL ’05, has published her second children’s book Wilbur the Beach Pig: Remember When.  Her website includes lesson plans and activities for teachers and children. Heidi currently lives on St. Kitts, West Indies.

Molly Gascoigne, HS ’06, is now the Director of Development at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance overseeing all fundraising and special events efforts. She has formerly worked at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has produced several major charity events across the country.

Stephanie (Pramschufer) Guzman, ECE  ’01, is a reading specialist at Magnolia Elementary School and recently earned her national board certification. A resident of Belcamp, Maryland, she is also the author of The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish series and was featured in a recent UDaily article.

Kelley Hanzely, ECE ’05, has joined the UD Laboratory Preschool as a Master Teacher for the 4’s program.

Weiyi Ma, PhD ’09, has been awarded a Jacobs Foundation International Travel Award by the Society for Research in Child Development, a highly competitive grant given to 30 young promising researchers worldwide.

Holly Migliaccio, ETE ’00, of Highliands, N.J., is the co-founder of Rook Coffee Roasters, based in Monmouth, N.J., which operates specialty retail shops, a roastery and an online shopping service.

Diana Mingoia, CEHD ’05, and Bobby Mingoia of Bear, Del., welcomed baby Anthony Thomas, born April 20, 2012.

Ilka Riddle, PhD ’06, was presented the 2012 Young Professional Award by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities in December.

Adam Smeets, MEd in Ed Tech ’06 was married on Sept. 29, 2012, to Justin Ruehs.


Stacey Jordan, CEHD ’92, of Moorestown, N.J., a member of the township council there and a former Burlington County freeholder, was unanimously elected to a one-year term as Moorestown’s mayor, the first woman to hold that post.

Linda Martinak, EdD ’98, was published in the fall 2012 issue of the Journal of Continuing Higher Education: Virtually Stress Free: Keeping Online Graduate Management Students Healthy From Afar.

Greg Munson, HS ’97, is Director of Development for the Claymont Community Center.

Edward Small, ETE ’99, principal at Academy Park High School outside of Philadelphia, has created the Rising Scholars program. To encourage them to enroll in college, he brings his students to UD each summer to experience life on a college campus.

Laurel Price Worth, ECE ’95, and Micheal J. Worth of Haddonfield, N.J., welcomed baby Maya Laurel, born April 19, 2012.

1980s and earlier

R. Barker Bausell, Jr, ETE ’68, PhD ’76, retired professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore, has published a number of books, most recently,  TOO SIMPLE TO FAIL: A Case for Educational Change.

Dianne Marenco Salerni, ETE ’87, authored three books:

  • We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks 2010) — a young adult historical novel and the inspiration for a short film, The Spirit Game, which  premiered at Cannes May 2013
  • The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH 2013) — a young adult historical novel named a Junior Library Guild selection
  • The Eighth Day (HarperCollins 2014) — first in a 3-book middle grade fantasy series, expected publication Summer 2014

Timothy E. Shanahan was inducted into the UD Alumni Wall of Fame during the 2013 Alumni Weekend. Timothy earned his Ph.D. in reading education at UD in 1980 after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oakland University. He is Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is director of the UIC Center for Literacy. He previously was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools, serving 437,000 children. He is author or editor of more than 200 publications, including the book Early Childhood Literacy. 


In Memoriam
.Joseph M. Deschak, M.Ed. ’56, passed away February 20, 2013. Joe spent 37 years as an elementary school teacher and principal for Harford County Public Schools, retiring in 1989. He was much loved for his unfailing integrity and terrific sense of humor — everywhere he went in Harford County he was recognized and remembered fondly by former students and staff members. He was inducted into the HCPS Educator Hall of Fame in 2003. Joe lived in Aberdeen, MD, with his wife, Irene.

Linda Nickel Goode, ETE ’61, passed away March 14, 2013. Linda graduated from UD where she met her first husband. After college, Linda was a grade school teacher at Harlan Elementary School until starting a family in 1963. As her children grew, Linda was a substitute teacher until pursuing a career in real estate, where she became a multi-million dollar sales agent at Patterson Schwartz. In addition to her career, Linda enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling to the Colorado Trails Ranch in Durango, CO, the family cottage in Rehoboth Beach, and other locations around the world.

Judith K. Sandler, ETE ’75, passed away on August 2, 2013, after a yearlong courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma. Living in Newark, DE, she  worked on UD’s Plato Project (that became the Office of Computer Based Instruction) as a designer of computer-based instructional materials before retiring. She leaves behind her husband of 51 years, Stanley I. Sandler, H. B. DuPont Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UD, and her three children.

Hester Rose Moore Stewart, IFS faculty member, passed away on April 30, 2013. She was a professor of education at the University of Delaware. Hester lived in Kentucky with her husband of 41 years, Doyle K. Stewart.

Aileen W. Tobin, MEd ’75, PhD ’81, passed away on Aug. 26, 2013. She was an adjunct assistant professor and instructor for CEHD from 1978-1982 and a research associate for UD’s Center for Educational Leadership. In 2010, she retired from the US Army Ordnance and School at Aberdeen Proving Grounds where she was the Deputy to the Commander, US Army Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School. Aileen lived in Baltimore, MD, with her husband Tom.


To see updates from classmates sent during 2012, visit Who’s Doing What 2012.

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

HS – Human Services

TESL – Teaching English as a Second Language


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