Rachelle “Shelly” Curcio received the Outstanding Professional Practice Award for her extensive professional educator preparation activities, including pedagogy, best practices, assessment and the translation of research to improve practice.
Curcio has bachelor’s (‘95) and master’s (‘96) degrees in Elementary Education from UF, and this August expects to earn a doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching and Teacher Education. Before returning to Gainesville for her Ph.D., Curcio spent 13 years as an elementary classroom teacher, reading coach and assistant principal at schools in Sanford and Tampa. She trained as a certified instructional coach and has piloted a distance-learning coaching program for the Lastinger Center for Learning, the college’s education innovation incubator. Curcio hasdrawn praise from faculty mentors for her skills as a teacher, researcher and supervisor of interns. Her dissertation is a study of how mentoring relationships can result in learning for interns and their mentors.
Elizabeth Currin accepted the Graduate Leadership Award, given to the advanced-degree student who most demonstrates a commitment to service and leadership for the college, university and community.
Currin is a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education. She has a master’s of arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (’07) and earned summa cum laude honors in receiving a bachelor’s of arts in English from Wake Forest (’05). She has taught English at high schools in Clemmons, N.C., and Gainesville. As the president of UF’s Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE), Currin received praise from faculty for organizing a research symposium for scholars at the college. She has written and co-written many scholarly articles based on her research.
Brian Zaboski earned the Graduate Research Award for his outstanding scholarship and strong evidence of publications, professional development activities and presentations in support of the mission of the College of Education.
He expects to receive his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the College of Education in August 2018. His dissertation is a study of the efficacy of group counseling for social anxiety among postsecondary students. He earned a master’s in School Psychology from the college in 2015 and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Scranton in 2010. As writer or co-writer, he has published seven articles in peer-reviewed journals and professional publications, has seven more under review or preparation, and made 16 presentations at professional conferences. He serves as an advanced practicum student at UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital and provides weekly cognitive-behavioral therapy at UF Health’s Springhill outpatient clinic. Faculty members describe Zaboski as one of the School Psychology program’s finest and brightest students.