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Alumni Notes

Congratulations to Sandra Olson, Ed.S. '12 and Maria Rivas, Ed.S. '14 on their new positions as full-time School Psychologists! Sandra was a clinician at the FIU Center for Children and Families for three years before accepting a position at Hillsborough County Public Schools in 2015. She also completed her internship at Broward County Public Schools. Maria completed her internship at Miami-Dade County Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year, and was offered a position at the same school district in 2015.


Dr. Joanne Bashford is the president of Miami Dade College's InterAmerican Campus, located in historic Little Havana. Dr. Bashford began her community college career at MDC in 1992 and served the college in various roles, including strategic planning, institutional effectiveness, and institutional research. From 2012 to 2014, she served as the Associate Vice President for Developmental Education and Student Success at Broward College. Dr. Bashford has also served as a consultant for the Achieving the Dream initiative since 2005 and consulted with numerous colleges on planning, assessment, and continuous improvement to improve student success. Dr. Bashford holds a doctorate in education from Florida International University, a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Florida.


Mabel Morales (BS, MS - Art Education) was named President, Florida Art Education Association.


Beth Goldstein (MAT-Art Education) was named Florida Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year. She was honored by the Florida Art Education Association in October, 2014.


Elena Capablanca (current MS - Art Education student) was the recipient of the Cervantes Outstanding Educator Award of Miami-Dade County. She was honored at Nova Southeastern University on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.


Abena Robinson (MS - Art Education) was named 2014 President-Elect, Miami-Dade County Art Educators Association and MDCPS School Board Outstanding Arts Educator Award, April, 2014.


Josefina Beyra '13 (MS - Art Education) was named 2014 Regional Teacher of the year.


Lily Camposano Villalba '12 (MAT - Art Education) was named 2014 Regional Teacher of the Year.


Linda Draesel-Atkinson (MAT - Art Education ) was named 2014 Teacher of the Year, Norland Arts Magnet Middle School.


Nino Liguori '09 has been named Broward County Visual Arts Teacher of the Year. He is also a finalist for Broward All-Arts Teacher of the Year. He will be recognized at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday November 5, 2014.


David Menasche '97 is an award-winning teacher, author and cancer survivor. As a popular Coral Reef Senior High School English teacher, Menasche inspired his students, helping them through personal struggles and sharing valuable life lessons. His remarkable journey, which lasted 101 days, inspired his best-selling memoir, The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons. Warner Bros. has bought the rights to the memoir; Steve Carell is slated to play Menasche in the film.


Raja Bell '12 Named Director of Player Administration for the Cleveland Cavaliers


Rita Diaz, Ed.S. '13 is a Bilingual School Psychologist at Hanford Elementary School District in Hanford, California. She serves two schools that are K-6 and the 4-6 grade class at the Community Day School (which is an alternative placement).


Sandra Olsen, Ed.S. '12 is a clinician at the FIU Center for Children and Families. She is working on a clinical research trial that evaluates a summer preparatory program for rising sixth and ninth grade students with ADHD to promote healthy transitions to new secondary school environments.


Avis Proctor, Ed.D. '11 was formally appointed President of Broward College's North Campus in Coconut Creek, Florida. As the campus’ chief executive officer, Proctor is primarily responsibility for campus operations, including academics, student and business affairs, health sciences, learning resources, information technology and facilities.


Congratulations to Debra Pane, ’93, ’09 whose book with Dr. Tonette S. Rocco, Transforming the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Lessons from the Classroom is now available in print! Debra got her Masters in Reading Education and her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from Florida International University. She is Founding President of Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline Foundation, Inc. (E-SToPP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing a grass-roots network of transformative schools and educational opportunities for underserved and unserved youth.


The highly anticipated "On the Run" tour featuring Jay Z and Beyonce kicked off in June in Miami and artists Nate (Dee) Delinois '02 and Diana "Didi" Contreras '05 were more than ready. According to Local10 News, as a way to "turn the concert of the summer into a way to inspire local youth," the artists painted a mural of the power couple on the wall of Speaker Boxx Miami.


In February 2014, Nathan (Dee) Delinois '02 was listed in the Top Ten Best Miami Artists to follow on Instagram by Raina McLeod of the Miami Times. Nate is a graduate of David Chang's Art Education program.

The highly anticipated "On the Run" tour featuring Jay Z and Beyonce kicked off in June in Miami and artists Nate Dee (Delinois) '02 and Diana "Didi" Contreras '05 were more than ready. According to Local10 News, as a way to "turn the concert of the summer into a way to inspire local youth," the artists painted a mural of the power couple on the wall of Speaker Boxx Miami (27th Avenue & NW 175th Street).