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alumni Spotlight

Arcadia Education Degrees In Action

Courtney KnowltonCourtney Knowlton, B.A. '10   MA ’12, teaches at the Antonia Pantoja Charter School in North Philadelphia. Antonia Pantoja Charter School, a K-8 institution with 830 students, offers a bilingual and bicultural curriculum that draws from the social, historical experience of the Puerto Rican population in the United States. Courtney, who was a double major in Elementary Education and Spanish as an undergraduate at Arcadia, went on to earn her master’s degree in Education/Literacy Studies: TESOL & Reading. MORE.

James CapolupoJames Capolupo, M.Ed. ’76, Certificate of Advanced Study ’84, Letter of Eligibility ’92, Superintendent of the Springfield School District in Delaware County, PA, is on a mission.  Jim, who received his master’s, certificate of advanced study and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia, lives by this mantra: Every Child Can Learn to Read.  Along with the help and hard work of many colleagues--the school board, principals, teachers, staff and parents of the schools in the Springfield District--Jim has implemented a comprehensive literacy program, including the construction of a $16 million literacy center that is the home of the kindergarten and first grade students in the district. MORE.

Michelle Fina, M.Ed. ’11, who earned a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education at Arcadia University,  is the winner of the 2012 VOICE Award from the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC), which recognizes the critical role advocacy plays in high quality early learning settings and celebrates those who speak out on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children. The VOICE award, the only statewide award in Pennsylvania recognizing grassroots leaders whose work affects the quality of care for young children in diverse settings, celebrates both individual award recipients and the entire early childhood profession. MORE.

Amanda Moody, M.Ed. ’79, of Wells Elementary in Chesterfield, Virginia, has been named Chesterfield’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Moody is one of three teachers at various levels of the the Chesterfield District named as Teacher of the Year.  She began her career in 1975 in Williamsburg-James City County and also taught at schools in Germany and England for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 1993, Moody has taught students with learning disabilities at Wells Elementary.

Michael Christian, M.Ed. ’95, was recently unanimously voted to serve as the new superintendent of the Owen J. Roberts School District in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  His appointment came after a six-month search conducted by the school board in which 30 applications were received and nine candidates interviewed.  Christian lives in Audubon and is currently the superintendent of Garnet Valley School District.  Christian has worked for Garnet Valley for 12 years, serving as superintendent for the last two years. Prior to that, he held positions as assistant superintendent, middle school principal and high school assistant principal.  He began his career as an English teacher for the Methacton School District, where he was also the director of athletics.

Debra A. Buckman, M.Ed.’77, assistant professor of chemistry and environmental science at Pennsylvania College of Technology, participated on a panel discussion on the role of educators in teaching about Marcellus Shale.  The discussion was part of the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators. The panel, interacting with about 100 environmental educators, discussed how the various aspects of the Marcellus Shale activities could be handled in the classroom and at nature centers.  Buckman has been a Penn College faculty member since 1995 and serves on the board of PAEE as its northcentral regional director. Prior to her arrival at Penn College, she was a high school biology/chemistry/physics teacher in Philadelphia, a chemist and environmental-compliance officer for Litton Electron Devices, and an environmental engineer at Textron Lycoming.

Naomi Black, ’63, who hails from Houston, Texas, recently published an article in Child Care Exchange about the intergenerational woodworking program at the Yellow School at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, where she is the director and music teacher.  Naomi says of the program, “We have a group of retired men--we call them our “grandpas”--who come to the school once a month and do woodworking projects with our children.  The children love “Grandpa Day” as do the grandpas!”

In April 2012, Stan Shire, M.Ed. ’89, Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Photographic Imaging Department at Community College of Philadelphia, presented a lecture at the Cheltenham Camera Club on “Tragedy, Larceny and Social Reform: A Lecture With Pictures.”  Shire’s presentation highlighted under-appreciated photographers whose work made a difference in the world.  Shire has studied with Ansel Adams, Ray Metzker, and Ron Rosenstock, among other notable photographers.  His work is in the Mamiya Masters of the Medium Gallery in the United Kingdom; Museo Hollander in Spain; at the corporate headquarters of Blue Cross; at Morgan Lewis and Bockius law firm; and in corporate and private collections. 

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Great Teacher Award Launched

Joseph Marchetti receiving Reflections of Excellence Great Teacher Award
Joseph Marchetti (center) with Dr. Leif Gustavson and President Oxholm.

Great teachers deserve recognition.  This was the idea behind the establishment of the Reflections of Excellence Great Teacher Award, launched by Arcadia University this May.  The award is meant to honor K-12 teachers of current Arcadia undergraduate and graduate students who mentored, supported and made a difference in the lives of their students.  Nominations were submitted by students across campus, and two winners were selected, one nominated by undergraduate Daymeia Wimberley ’14, an art education student, and graduate student May Tsun ’13, who studies physical therapy.  The inaugural award winners were Joseph Marchetti, nominated by Daymeia, who is a 9-12 art teacher at the Philadelphia High School for Girls, and Dr. Edmund Sutro, May’s nominee, who teaches 11th and 12th grade history and psychology at Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California.  Awards were presented at the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies in May.

Arcadia Receives Education Grant

Arcadia University’s School of Education has been awarded a $20,000 mini-grant to support the planning and development of a Dual 7-12 Content and Special Education Baccalaureate Program.  This mini-grant is part of Pennsylvania’s “Improving Student Results: A Focus on Highly Qualified Special Education Personnel.”  The program planning team, co-led by Drs.Clare Papay and Peter Appelbaum and comprising faculty in secondary education, special education, English, and Math, as well as teachers from Upper Dublin High School led by Eva Morrison, will develop an undergraduate program that will enable secondary education students in the areas of math and English to gain a dual certification in their subject area and special education within four years.  

Tech Savvy Teacher Institute

The Tech Savvy Teacher: Introduction to Instructional Tecnnology, a 3-day institute course with four weeks of online follow-up, was offered June 1, 2 and 3 at Arcadia’s King of Prussia campus.  The course provided participants with key information necessary for success as a teacher in today’s tech-driven world.  The weekend institute is designed for teachers who want to learn the latest techniques and methodologies and successfully integrate technology into their classrooms.  Graduate credit is offered through this course.  For more information about future sessions, contact Ashley Inglesby at 484-804-2324. 

student spotlight

Shannon GoerkeShannon Goerke '13,  a junior at Arcadia University majoring in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, is one of two students awarded this year’s Pre-Service Educator Grant from the Keystone State Reading Association. Shannon will receive a $2,500 grant to continue her education at a Pennsylvania university. Candidates for the Keystone Pre-Service Educator Grant are selected on the basis of several criterion: an outstanding academic record, a sincere interest in reading and literacy and recommendations from two education professionals that highlight the applicant’s congeniality, integrity, special honors and awards, community involvement, and school activities. MORE.


From the Chair

Leif GustavsonBy Leif Gustavson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Department Chair

At a certain time, in almost all of our courses, there is a moment where the professor sits down with her or his students and asks, “Whose shoulders do you stand on?” What the professor is looking for in terms of a response is the student’s ability to recognize the people, the communities of practice, that support and inform her or his craft as a teacher or educational leader. If we are not able to identify the educational philosophers, teachers, and leaders that inform us, then it is incredibly difficult to identify the beliefs that guide us, and if we are not able to identify the beliefs that we have in regards to teaching, leading, and learning, then we are rudderless in our schools and classrooms, at the whim of the wind, the waves, and the tides of educational reform.

One set of shoulders that we firmly stand on are our alumni’s. The work that they did at Beaver and Arcadia and continue to do out in the world contribute immensely to the dynamic, strong, forward-thinking department that we are today. This EDUcadian honors a few of our 9,000 alumni who are a part of Arcadia University’s community of practice. In this issue we have alumni who are innovative literacy workers, early childhood advocates, teachers of the year, new superintendents, environmental educators, and prized photographers. One thing that you will notice as you read about them and watch the accompanying videos is that they are guided and driven by deeply held beliefs about children, about learning, and about schools. These beliefs were either formed or nurtured through their programs at Beaver and Arcadia.  

We are 9,000 strong, and we stand on each other’s shoulders in small and large ways every day. Thanks to all of the alumni who ensure the strength of our foundation, and here’s to our current students who expand our reach and reveal who we will become. To all, please keep in touch. We want to know about the work you do and the lives you lead.

Faculty accomplishments
& publications

Dr. Peter AppelbaumDr. Peter Appelbaum, Associate Professor, recently attended the American Association for the  Advancement of Curriculum Studies and the American Educational Research Association conferences. MORE.

Dr. Peggy HickmanDr. Peggy Hickman, Associate Professor, recently published a manuscript, “Understanding complex ecologies to disentangle White identity: It’s a journey, not a destination,” (with co-author Barbara Dray, Ph.D.), in Curriculum and Teaching, Vol. 26, No. 2. MORE.

Dr. Bruce CambellIn early June, Dr. Bruce Campbell, Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Education Leadership program, presented his research, "Caribbean Students’ Social Adjustment" at the Caribbean Studies Association Conference in Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, Antilles Francaises. MORE.

Welcome & farewell

Janet ChanceIn May 2012, we welcomed Janet Chance to the School of Education as Director of School and Community Collaborations. For the past 20 years, Janet has served as a teacher and administrator focused on building community, leading diversity initiatives, and creating innovative curricula. At the start of her career, Janet taught English at Tokyo Friends School, a 7-12 Quaker school for Japanese girls, where she used theater and music to engage students in learning English. MORE.

Edward J. NeenanEdward J. Neenan joins Arcadia University's School of Continuing Studies located at King of Prussia Campus, where he will be creating and implementing marketing strategies and creative content to brand program offerings under CAPE. MORE.

Dr. Bette GoldstoneDr. Condy ReedyVirginia Blaisdel

The School of Education bids farewell to three of our own at the close of the 2011-12 academic year: Dr. Bette Goldstone, Professor and Coordinator of the Art Education and Library Science programs , who retired after 31 years of service to the University. Dr. Cindy Reedy, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Early Childhood Program, retired after 16 years of service to the Department, most recently in the capacity of coordinator for the Early Childhood program. Department administrative assistant Virginia (Ginny) Blaisdell also retired in May. Ginny served the University community for an astonishing 38 years, including 19 years in the Education Department. MORE.