College of Education Alumni & Friends

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    Welcome, College of Education alumni and friends! We are over 38,000 strong and continue to grow as newly graduating classes join the alumni fold! Our alumni leave the halls of Benjamin to become teachers, principals, researchers, counselors, and professors – all working towards the goal of improving educational outcomes for our nation’s citizens. The work that you do is important, and we are honored to count you as alumni of the College of Education!

    Moving and need to change your address? Recently married and need to change your name? Prefer to receive Endeavors electronically? Have a piece of news that you would like to share with your fellow College of Education alumni? Please keep in touch with address or name changes, submission of a Class Note or with any suggestions on how we can better serve our COE alumni. We will share your good news in the next issue of Endeavors or even feature you on our website!

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    Alumni Events

    Find a full list of College of Education events here and a list of Alumni Association events here!

      Volunteer & Involvement Opportunities

      Our College of Education Alumni Book Club is a great way to stay engaged on your own schedule. 

      Join the University of Maryland Alumni Association to stay in the know about all UMD Alumni events and gain access to exclusive perks and opportunities. 

      Sign up to be in our Terrapins Connect network, and provide career and networking advice to current students and recent graduates. 

      Stay up to date by reading our Benjamin Bulletin Newsletter or Endeavors magazine, or our alumni news.

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      Office of Advancement

      Feel free to email Kahlin McKeown, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, to connect, update contact info, or share your idea!

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      Meet our College of Education Alumni Board




      Linda Pieplow, Chair

      '72 English Education, '78 M.A. Secondary Education



      Melissa Shindel, Vice Chair

      '95 Secondary Education, '00 M.A. Education



      Melissa Ruben, Secretary

      '13 Elementary Education, '18 M.A. Education



      Meri Robinson, Treasurer

      '96 Early Childhood Education, '16 Ed.D. Education, Leadership, & Policy



      Patricia Myers

      '65 Elementary Education



      Barbara Friedlander

      '85 Special Education, '90 M.A. Education



      Karim Shortridge

      '15 Ed.D. Education, Leadership, & Policy

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      Jen Bado-Aleman

      '02 English Education, '09 M.A. Curriculum & Instruction



      Jennifer Blatchley

      '08 Education


      Samantha Maile

      '08 Elementary Education

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      Norka Padilla

      '87 Elementary Education

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      Darryl Williams

      '11 Ed.D. Education, Leadership, & Policy

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      Kristan Skendall

      '12 Ph.D. Higher Education, Student Affairs, & International Education Policy

      tiki ayiku headshot

      Tiki Ayiku

      '05 M.A. Higher Education, Student Affairs, & International Education Policy

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      Eve Case

      '03 Social Studies Education


      Teresa Dimka

      '77 Secondary Education


      Jim DeGeorge, Emeritus Member

      '69 Education, '73 M.A. Education