Mary Bradley (AA ‘46)

Mary Bradley (AA ‘46) a student of the General College, passed away November 30, 2016. Bradley, known for her singing, sang in Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah”, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, as well as with the Minneapolis and St. Paul Civic Operas. In the 1950’s she was a member of the famous Schiek’s Singing Sextet, where she sang and performed with the company in dozens of musical shows at Schiek’s Cafe. Later, she went on to work for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and for the Tyrone Guthrie Theater Foundation.

Kinesiology professor emeritus Leo McAvoy awarded U of M’s OAA

CEHD alumnus and professor emeritus Leo McAvoy received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) on July 31 at an evening reception at the Campus Club. Regent Abdul Omari presented the award, which recognizes McAvoy’s significant contributions to outdoor and adventure education. The OAA is the University of Minnesota’s highest award for its graduates.

McAvoy earned a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies from the College of Education and Human Development, and spent more than 30 years as a professor in the School of Kinesiology. He directed the Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies division for a total of 12 years, and served twice as acting director of the School. He has been honored nationally for his contributions to his field, including its highest honor, the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research.

What makes McAvoy’s work special is his focus on populations that are often overlooked in the literature. Much of his research concentrated on the notion of inclusive recreation. His groundbreaking work challenged long-held myths about the preferences of individuals with disabilities for outdoor environments and the extent of their participation in adventure activities. Throughout this career, McAvoy collaborated with nonprofit organizations such as Wilderness Inquiry, an inclusive outdoor program in Minneapolis, and consulted for schools and government agencies.

McAvoy was also recognized for his skills in the classroom. His classes included hands-on work, such as visiting a local YMCA camp to participate in a high ropes challenge. McAvoy is beloved by his former students, who remember his passion for the outdoors and his innovative syllabi. Many of his advisees attended the award ceremony.

McAvoy’s frequent research collaborator, former School of Kinesiology professor Stuart Schleien, shared in his nomination letter: “Leo’s work exemplified the ideals of integrating research with action, and I would regard him as one of our field’s outstanding scholars in his ability to share his knowledge, expertise, and experiences to multiple audiences.”

Congratulations, Professor Emeritus McAvoy!

Moehnke noted in The Katy News as scholarship recipient

Hailee Moehnke, a graduate student in the School of Kinesiology and a recent recipient of the Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center scholarship, was noted in her hometown newspaper, The Katy News, of Katy, Texas.

Moehnke, who is advised by Professor Maureen R. Weiss, is pursuing her Masters of Science in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Her research focus is in Positive Youth Development, and she is interested in learning how participation in sport and physical activity affects youth psychological and social maturity.

The fund, administered by the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is used to support graduate education, including for graduate assistantships, research support, travel to conferences, and equipment.

CEHD alumni honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

David Metzen, Eric Kaler, and John Haugo


CEHD alumni John Haugo and David Metzen received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA)  on June 19 at an evening reception at Eastcliff.  They were recognized for their significant contributions to Minnesota’s educational system and given their awards by President Eric Kaler. The OAA is the University of Minnesota’s highest award for graduates.

John Haugo was an innovative tech entrepreneur before it was cool. After working as a teacher for many years, Haugo went on to earn an M.A. (’64) and Ph.D. (’68) from CEHD. He had a specialty in information systems and, after finishing his doctorate, led the implementation of computer networks across Minnesota State University campuses.

He was later appointed to a governor’s task force to study the potential use of computers in education, which led to his position as executive director of the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium, or MECC. Early on, Haugo realized the educational potential of personal desktop computers and the importance of teaching students how to use them. Because of his efforts at MECC, all public schools in Minnesota had Apple computers with instructional software, and teachers were trained how to incorporate them into their lesson plans. Haugo eventually moved on to launch his entrepreneurial career and founded several software companies focused on health care delivery and resource management. One of his colleagues said, “John could have used his entrepreneurial skills in any type of business, but he wanted to improve the world.”

David Metzen went from being a U of M hockey standout to having an exemplary career in the field of public education. Metzen has a B.S. (’64), M.A. (’70) and Ed.D. (’73) from CEHD. He started his career as a teacher in his hometown of South Saint Paul, soon advancing to the position of principal and later superintendent. A parent from that time shared, “On the first day of school, Dave took our daughter by the hand and walked her to her classroom, all the while telling her how great school was going to be. She not only believed him then, she is now a 9th grade English teacher in the Minneapolis public schools.” As a lifelong resident and passionate supporter of his community, Metzen realized the importance of strong public schools as a civic point of pride. To ensure the ongoing health of the district, he established one of the first school foundations in Minnesota, the South Saint Paul Educational Foundation.

The University of Minnesota was influenced by Metzen’s thoughtful leadership as a Board of Regents member for 12 years, including two years as chair. He wanted to ensure that college education remained affordable for all students. During his time as a regent, the board oversaw the reorganization of General College and the College of Human Ecology, bringing together several programs under the umbrella of the new College of Education and Human Development. After his regents term ended, Metzen continued his leadership for college affordability as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Higher Education.

In their acceptance remarks, both Haugo and Metzen acknowledged the importance of the University of Minnesota to their lives and to the state. We are proud to have such distinguished alumni affiliated with CEHD!

All college alumni are invited to stay connected through the CEHD Alumni Society.

Corey Bulman (M.Ed ’06)

Corey Bulman (M. Ed ’06), was named the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.  Bulman teaches high school language arts at Mound Westonka High school. Bulman is the 53rd recipient of the prestigious award, and the first from the Westonka district. In his teacher of the year portfolio, Bulman said he struggled as a young student, but then he met a group of dedicated teachers who saw his potential. “This educational experience has taught me an important lesson: education is a gift that is renewed every time it is shared” Bulman said. Bulman has taught at Mound Westonka High school since 2000 and he holds a master’s degree in education for the University of Minnesota.

Mitchell Pearlstein (Ph.D ’80)

Mitchell Pearlstein (Ph.D ’80),  delivered his talk, “Great Jobs Without A Four-Year Degree- What it Means for Students, Parents, and Employers”. This discussion was to address the mistake that many students make when choosing to pursue a degree. He stated that many students make the mistake in believing that a four-year degree will be their only way to good jobs and a solid middle class career. In his talk he discusses how when students drop out of school it results in unemployment or underemployment along with a lot of debt. He states how this problem is bad for the person, but also for society.

Over the years, Pearlstein has been involved in Education Administration both locally and nationally.  He was founder and senior fellow at the Center of American Experiment. In the 1990s, he served for two years in the U.S. Department of Education. He spent  four years writing about foreign and national affairs as an editorial writer and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  He is also the author of “Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future”, “From Family Collapse to America’s Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation”, and “Riding into the Sunrise: Al Quie and a Life of Faith, Service, and Civility”.

Pearlstein earned his doctorate in educational administration with an emphasis on higher education policy from the University of Minnesota. He was named one of the 100 of CEHD’s 2006 Distinguished Alumni.

Daniel Persons (B.S. ’84)

Daniel (Dan) Persons (B.S. ’84), has been hired as the first vice president of customer experience at Sisu Healthcare IT solutions.  Sisu Healthcare IT Solutions is a company that “specializes in delivering the IT solutions and services community healthcare facilities need to survive”.  Dan has over 25 years of experience in senior level positions in healthcare and financial services.  His senior level positions were held positions at many different companies such as UnitedHealth group, GlaxoSmithKline, Express Scripts, NovoLogix, and Thrivent Financial.

Duane J Hannan (B.S. ’85)

Duane J Hannan (B.S. ’85), retires after 32 years of teaching. Duane grew up in St. Paul and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English after returning home from serving overseas in Germany. Hannan started teaching at Westbrook High school in Westbrook, MN. There he taught English, German, speech, and English social projects. Over the years, Hannan has become the technology person at the school and has built and developed both hardwire and wireless networks in the High school and tech campus. As well as doing administrative and development of new networks, Hannan has also set up several portable computer labs. Hannan still wants to help out with the tech department and the High school. He is grateful for his career at Westbrook, and wants to give back to the community that gave him everything he could have asked for. Reflecting on his retirement, Hannan plans on traveling to visit his kids in Utah and South Dakota and enjoying the outdoors.

Jill Watson (Ph.D ’10)

Jill Watson (Ph.D ’10), has been recognized at St. Olaf College as an extraordinary faculty member. At St. Olaf College, Jill serves as an advisor for English Secondary Language Club, a teacher for the ESL Licensure, and an educator for Principles of Education. As she serves in these multiple roles she also is co-authoring a book that will help raise awareness, on St. Olaf’s campus, of students who have limited or interrupted formal education. Her passion for connecting people across languages and cultures have made her a person to remember.

Laura Bloomberg (Ph.D ’97)

Laura Bloomberg (Ph.D ’97), has been appointed as the dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs for a two-year term. Since the winter of 2013, Laura has served as the associate dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  During her tenure as associate dean, Laura helped advance the school’s mission through her involvement in multiple programs and school initiatives. Just to name a few, Bloomberg led in the efforts in developing a Master of Human Rights degree program, helped develop a new certificate in election administration, and the developing the Humphrey summer institute for underrepresented college students who have interest in public affairs. Congratulations again, on the new position as the dean of Humphrey School of Public Affairs!

ICD graduate, Rachel Boettcher, receives CEHD Rising Alumni award

Rachel Boettcher, M.Ed., '15
Rachel Boettcher, M.Ed., ’15

Rachel Boettcher, an alumna of the Institute of Child Development (ICD), is a 2017 recipient of the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Alumni Society’s Rising Alumni award. Boettcher, earned a B.S. in early childhood education foundations in 2008 and an M.Ed. in early childhood education in 2015.

The CEHD Rising Alumni award recognizes alumni who have achieved early distinction in their career (15 years or less since graduation), demonstrated emerging leadership, or shown exceptional volunteer service in their communities.

Boettcher currently serves as program director of Caring for Kids at Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, where she is working to close the opportunity gap and provide access to high quality early education programs for children living in poverty. In her role, she partners with school districts and community agencies to increase investment in early learning.

“We are so pleased to see Rachel’s important work in securing high quality early childhood programming for families at risk recognized by CEHD,” said Ann Ruhl Carlson, M.Ed., coordinator of early childhood programs in ICD. “Throughout her budding career, she has used what she learned and practiced during her undergraduate and graduate programs in early childhood education to make a difference in the world.”

C&I, CEHD alumnus Corey Bulman named 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Corey Bulman, a CEHD alumnus who received his M.Ed. and initial teaching license in English Education from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2006, recently won the prestigious Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. Bulman was selected from 132 candidates, 27 semifinalists, and 11 finalists to receive the 2017 award from Education Minnesota, an 86,000-member statewide educators union. Candidates include prekindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public or private schools.

Bulman, who has been a language arts teacher at Mound Westonka High School in Mound, MN since earning his teaching license 17 years ago, was inspired by his high school teachers to reach his potential after years as a struggling student. He wrote in his Teacher of the Year portfolio, “This educational experience taught me an important lesson: education is a gift that is renewed every time it is shared. This fact has driven me to give to others what I was so graciously given all those years ago.”

“Even after 18 years, I still remember this outstanding student,” said Richard Beach, Professor Emeritus of English Education who advised Bulman during his time in graduate school. Beach notes that Bulman is the third graduate from the English education program to receive the Teacher of the Year award.

Bulman told the Star Tribune that his students remain a constant source of inspiration. “I’m so incredibly proud to be their teacher,” he said. “They make me think every single day, they challenge me, they keep me young, they keep ideas fresh and vibrant. I’m very fortunate to be their teacher.”

A former student of Bulman’s, Sara Strother, who is finishing her M.Ed. in Arts in Education this May from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, wrote in support of Bulman’s nomination, “When I was in high school, it mattered a great deal to me how adults treated me. Corey was an adult who showed me he believed I was smart and cared about my ideas. He was honest, funny and made me believe in myself.” She adds, “Corey doesn’t just care about the people in his classroom. He cares about how to make them better people, thinkers and leaders of thoughtful lives.”

Learn more about the teacher education programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Consider supporting the teacher preparation work in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to help us develop future teachers of the year.

Steven Massey (Ed.D’99)

Steven Massey (Ed.D ’99), has been offered Forest Lake’s superintendent position. Dr. Steve Massey has served as a principal for many years. Dr. Massey served as the assistant principal of Century Junior High School in 1991 to 2001. From 2001 to 2003 Massey was the principal at Central Learning Center and Montessori Elementary. Dr. Massey served as Forest Lake Area High School’s principal for the past 14 years. As the principal of Forest Lake Area High School, Massey became an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota in 2008. Massey received his Ed.D degree of Educational Policy and Administration from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 1999.

Kathleen Ridder (B.S. ’60)

Kathleen Ridder (B.S. ’60), passed away at 94. Kathleen Ridder was an advocate for women in education, sports, and politics. She volunteered on multiple boards of both nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. As a member of multiple U of MN boards she advocated for the women’s athletic program. Her financial contributions and being the prime supporter of the U of MN’s Ridder arena. The Ridder Arena is the first women hockey arena in the nation  She established the U of MN’s, Kathleen C. Ridder Scholarship. A scholarship for women in sports who a pursing a degree in wither medicine, science, or math. She wanted all women to be successful in sports, but most importantly in the business world.

Anita Beaton (Ph.D ’91)

Anita Beaton (Ph.D ’91), passed away at the age of 75 on March 11. . Anita earned her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Ph.D in Education from the University of Minnesota. She devoted her life to the advocacy of women and children. She was the director of the Montessori Lab School, professor at both the College of St. Catherine and Hamline University. During her teaching career she developed the Urban Teacher Program at Metro State University.  When she retired from teaching in 2007 she continues to work part-time at Metro State University. Also while volunteer at multiple schools.

C&I graduate, Jennifer Eik, receives 2017 Rising Alumni award

Jennifer Eik (left) and her collaborator, Jenna Cushing-Leubner.

Jennifer Eik, a graduate from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in Second Language Education was selected for the prestigious Rising Alumni Award for 2017. The award is presented by the CEHD Alumni Society to a CEHD alum who has achieved early distinction in their career (15 years or less since graduation), demonstrated outstanding leadership or shown exceptional volunteer services in their community.

Eik is a Spanish teacher at Roosevelt High School where she has pioneered a new curriculum teaching Spanish as a heritage language, along with Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Jenna Cushing-Leubner. Their work has been profiled in the MinnPost and has made a huge impact for students who speak Spanish at home or come from Spanish-speaking households. Eik’s Spanish Heritage curriculum spends the first year teaching students Spanish with a different historical perspective — one that delves into Latino ancestry, culture, and historical figures – and identity exploration.

“Students of color are yearning for curriculum that they can connect to,” Eik says, noting that it helps students to think of themselves in a more positive light when they hear stories of historical accomplishment and contribution from their communities and ancestry.

Cushing-Leubner believes that Eik’s contribution to the field of teaching Spanish as a heritage language, for both pre-service and practicing teachers, is “remarkable and certainly deserving of recognition. I’m sure Minneapolis Public Schools and Roosevelt High School are very proud of the tireless efforts and powerful impacts that she, her students, and her teacher candidates/mentees are making in the area of justice-oriented language education.”

Learn more about the teacher education programs in the area of Second Language Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.



Special ed alum, Lembke, named Honorary Alumni by University of Missouri College of Ed

Erica Lembke

Erica Lembke, chair and professor of the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri and an alumni of the Department of Educational Psychology’s special education program, recently was awarded an Honorary Alumni award by the University of Missouri College of Education.

Lembke, whose research focus centers on measurement, intervention, progress monitoring, and data-based individualization within content areas such as mathematics and writing, has been involved in $4.5 million in federal funding for research and training, has more than 40 publications, and has given more than 150 presentations at local, state and national conferences.

In addition, Lembke is active in her local and regional schools, as she provides support and technical assistance for individual teachers and administrators.

On the national level, Lembke serves as a Senior Technical Advisor for the National Center on Intensive Intervention, which advocates for federal special education technical assistance and policy for all U.S. schools. She is also the current editor of the Journal Assessment for Effective Intervention.

According to one of Lembke’s nominators, “I hope to emulate this very talented professor in every way, as she has truly made an impact on my professional development and career. Her unconditional support and tireless efforts to advise and mentor me continue to this day.”

Jean Ann Robertson (M.S.W. ’96)

Jean Ann Robertson (M.S.W. ’96), passed away on March 9, 2017, at the age of 66. Jean received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 1996.  Jean had a 36 year career in social work. She dedicated her life to being the voice for the underrepresented.

Nancy Hohn (M.A. ’69)

Nancy Hohn (M.A. ’69), peacefully passed at age 91. Nancy  served in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (W.A.V.E.S) in World World II. After WWII, Nancy obtained her Master’s of Art Degree in Early Childhood from the University in 1969. She taught in Columbus City Schools during her teaching career. She was loving wife, friend, and grandmother who loved to travel around the world.