The news that was sent to the state newsletter was edited down to fit their requirements and may be even further edited when it comes out, so here is the real news from Alpha! Send me your news so that we can keep up with each other :)
Alpha Chapter is excited about the plans for our program series “Beyond these Walls”, which begins in October with Beyond These Walls...Historically and a book discussion on Carnegie’s Maid. The programs will continue through the year with Beyond These Walls...State-Wide, Beyond These Walls ....Community, and Beyond These Walls …International
Our members continue to be busy and active, learning new things and sharing their expertise. In retirement Laura Perrius has learned to play the harp, thanks to Alpha’s Hoitsma Fund for assistance paying for the lessons. She has played at several public gatherings, including a Clifton Main Library “Art on the Go” activities program for young children, at which she played for their award day. She played and showed the harp to the children, giving them an opportunity to try the strings and see how the harp is played up close.
Clare Swanson attended the DKG International Convention where, as a member of the 2020-2022 International Leadership Development Committee, she presented a workshop with the rest of the committee and also worked the registration desk, was a workshop monitor and took tickets at the Northeast Regional Breakfast. One of our new members, Tammy Cooper, also attended and served as a page.
Jameelah Wright Howard has been very busy! This is the note she sent:
I hope you have had the most amazing summer! Mine was okay. I slept late and accomplished much writing of my dissertation proposal.
Last year was so busy and chaotic, and I just realized I never shared any news with Alpha Chapter. Or maybe I did, and I forgot? That’s how crazy things have been for me. So, I will try to recall what I can. Some news might be old or unusable. That’s fine. Use what you can. Here goes:
September 2021, I was informed by the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC) that I had been nominated as Teacher of the Year. I was invited to a formal ceremony in October 2021 where I received a trophy and a $250 Lakeshore Learning gift card. I used the prize money to purchase Science materials for my classroom.
In March, a chapter I co-wrote with a colleague was published in the book Educational Psychology and Transformational Classrooms. The chapter is titled “The Year of Isaiah”.
In April 2022, I presented twice at the American Educational Research Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting in San Diego. One presentation was titled “Relational Teaching and the Education of Black Boys” and the second one was “Challenging the Marginalization of Black Boys”.
In March, I was informed by my doctoral program director that I was nominated for and awarded two academic scholarships! A ceremony was held in late April where I collected my awards. One scholarship was the Rose L. Dakss Early Childhood Education Scholarship, and the other was the Anna Maria Villegas Doctoral Scholarship.
In May 2022, I was a guest panelist on a webinar during Black Birder’s Week. The program was hosted by Black AF in STEM and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. I was so excited to share my love of birds with others.
Theresa Maughan, another new Alpha member, is the 2022 NJ State Teacher of the Year and did a podcast June 30th for PowerEdUp for which there are several links:
Podcast Platforms: https://anchor.fm/poweredup/episodes/Show-85-Educating-the-Next-Generation-with-Authentic-History-e1n6tah
Jennifer Skomial, NJTOY 2021, was one of the presenters at TCNJ’s Center for Future Educators this summer. She and the New Jersey State Teachers of the Year for 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2009 presented programs to a group of high school juniors and seniors.
Dr Emily Hoeflinger began her new job as Assistant Professor of English at Brookdale Community College this fall. Brookdale serves the Monmouth County area with a variety of sites - the main campus on Lincroft as well as satellite sites at Freehold, Hazlet, Long Branch, Wall, and Neptune, and it is ranked in the top 3% for community colleges in the nation. This semester, Dr. Hoeflinger is teaching A:P (Accelerated Learning Program), which is a program that was developed in the Community College System to better support students in need of reading comprehension and writing support. Next semester she will start teaching at two of the Higher Education Centers. This will take her to Wall and Freehold. Dr. Hoeflinger is getting to know the campus and its community.
Finally, Colleen McElroy resigned from Cedar Grove High School at the end of last year and now she is the new principal at St. Catherine of Siena School.