Alumni Feature

Four from Pitt Education Selected for Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 Awards

September 14, 2021
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Two University of Pittsburgh School of Education students, one alumna, and a staff member were recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP’s 2021 40 Under 40 Awards.

Higher Education Alumna Lynnea Lombardi Awarded Fulbright Grant to South Korea

June 8, 2021
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Lynnea Lombardi, a new graduate of the higher education Master of Education program at Pitt Education, was awarded a 2021 English Teaching Assistant Award to South Korea from the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Program.

Alumna Brianna Ross Wins 2021-22 Baltimore County Teacher of the Year Award

May 21, 2021
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Middle school teacher Brianna Ross (BS ’14, MEd ’15) received the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year Award from Baltimore County Public Schools.

New Baldwin-Whitehall School Named After Pitt Education Alum Randal Lutz

May 21, 2021
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Baldwin-Whitehall Superintendent Randal Lutz (BS ’90, MEd ’96, EdD ’04) will have the district's new elementary school named in his honor. 

Mackenzie Brown Awarded Fulbright Grant to Laos

March 22, 2021
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Alumna Mackenzie Brown received a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Laos. She is one of a record 15 students from Pitt to receive 2020 Fulbright awards.

PhD Graduate Wins National Science Award for Dissertation

March 11, 2021
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Eben Witherspoon (PhD '20) is the recipient of the 2021 NARST Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. He was recognized for his study of gender inequity in medical school. 

Meet the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

March 8, 2021
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The Pitt School of Education has selected 13 noteworthy educators for its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Giving When It Counts the Most

February 15, 2021
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Alumni Renée Goldman and Richard Goldman gave $3 million to establish an endowed dean's chair in the school. During the pandemic, they took the extraordinary step of paying off the cash portion of their gift early.

Alumna Receives ACTFL Award for World Language Teacher Education

December 3, 2020
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Kristin Davin, a 2011 alumna of the PhD in Foreign Language Education program at the Pitt School of Education, has received the 2020 Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). 

Alumna Provides Bridge in Community College Access and Success

October 2, 2020
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Pitt EdD graduate Ashlie Prioleau is changing the lives of community college transfer students. She is the executive director of the nationally known ADVANCE program at George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Community College.

Alum Named Pitt’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

August 25, 2020
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Clyde Pickett, a 2017 graduate of the Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, began his new role as Pitt’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in July 2020. 

EdD Spotlight: Leveling up in Higher Ed Leadership

August 24, 2020
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David Beck earned his EdD from the Pitt School of Education to help him grow as a higher education administrator. He is now the chair of the Physician Assistant Studies Department at Pitt's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. 

Alum Enjoys Surprise Virtual Wedding with Cast of “The Office”

June 8, 2020
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“Webster's dictionary defines ‘wedding’ as ‘the fusing of two metals with a hot torch.’”

While this definition given by Michael Scott on the popular television show “The Office” mixes up the words “wedding” and “welding,” University of Pittsburgh School of Education alumnus John Lush (MAT ’05) and his new bride, Susan Hedrick, proved that the traditional definition of a...

Alum Supports First-Generation and Lower-Income College Students

May 18, 2020
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Hatef Alavi is the first in his family to attend college. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and is an administrator at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn First Plus program. His job allows him to support talented and resilient students who face significant barriers to a college education, like lower-income students and other first-generation students like him. 

Alumna Receives Award for Top Research Paper in Thailand

November 7, 2019
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Jirada Wudthayagorn credits her professional success in Thailand to her PhD program in foreign language education at the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She says that her doctoral studies at Pitt prepared her to work as an innovator in education in her country in the twenty-first century. 

Alum Works with CDC to Protect Workers during Pandemic

April 9, 2020
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As the University of Pittsburgh School of Education adapts to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, one alumnus is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) during the crisis. 

Tyler Quinn, a 2015 alumnus of the school’s Exercise Physiology master’s program and current Exercise Physiology PhD candidate, supports the CDC’s efforts to recommend personal...

Alumna Named to 2019 New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence

January 15, 2020
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Ruthie A. Rea, a two-time graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, was named a winner of the 2019 New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence Award. The award is given each year to 50 African American women in the Greater Pittsburgh area who are making a considerable impact in the community.

Rea is a principal at Arsenal PreK-5, a Pittsburgh public school in heart...

Alumnus Receives Sheth International Award for Founding Uganda School

December 6, 2019
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At the small school run by Silver Francis Oonyu in rural Opucet, Uganda, the sound of bells jingling accompany the shouts and laughter of children playing spirited games of soccer in the dirt field. 

The bells are attached to the ball and help the students, who are blind, to find the ball. Sighted helpers run beside the students to help guide them. The activity is fun. It’s also...

Alumna Safiyyah Scott Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award

November 11, 2019
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Eight years ago, before she was an alumna of Pitt Education, Safiyyah Scott was living in Saudi Arabia to teach English. A random act of kindness that happened there changed her life and inspired her to become a Fulbright Scholar. 

Due to a mix-up with a housing stipend for her family, Scott suddenly found herself without a place to stay. Luckily, Scott connected with a woman named...

Five Questions with Alumna Yidan Wang of the World Bank Group

October 23, 2019
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Yidan Wang is a senior education specialist with the World Bank Group.  She serves on the Board of Visitors of the Pitt School of Education and is an alumna of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

To commemorate the 2019 United Nations Day on October 24, 2019, Pitt Education caught up with Wang for a brief interview. The interview has been slightly edited...

Alumna Kristin Shymoniak Receives The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women in School Leadership Award

August 16, 2019
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Alumna Kristin Shymoniak, a graduate in the MEd early intervention program and the special education certification program, has received The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women in School Leadership Award. She is the lead special education teacher at Bancroft Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. Shymoniak, who was been teaching around seven...