Celebrating Educators

November 6, 2019
Five Penn GSE faculty wearing business attire stand next to each other and smile

From left: Senior Fellow Alan Ruby, Senior Lecturer Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Dean Pam Grossman, Assistant Professor Krystal Strong, and Professor Matthew Hartley discussed global research and practice. Photo by Ginger Fox Photography

Alumni and friends celebrated the extraordinary impact of the Penn GSE community at the School’s annual Celebration of Educators on May 18, 2019, during Penn’s Alumni Weekend.

A panel discussion at the event highlighted the global research and practice of four Penn GSE faculty: Senior Lecturer Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, co-director of the International Education Development Program; Professor Matthew Hartley, associate dean for academic affairs; Senior Fellow Alan Ruby, senior scholar for Penn AHEAD; and Assistant Professor Krystal Strong. Dean Pam Grossman moderated the conversation, entitled “Voices in Education: Reimagining Our Future.”

The celebration concluded with a reception honoring the recipients of the 2019 Education Alumni Awards. Given annually to Penn GSE alumni and other education professionals, the awards mark outstanding contributions to the School and the field of education.

Dean Pam Grossman speaks at a podium in the front of the room. On either side of her are six men and women sitting panel-style in chairs, wearing professional attire with nametags.
From left: Marsha Comegno, GED’98, GRD’04, and Dean Pam Grossman congratulated honorees Serafín M. Coronel-Molina, GR’07; Aubrey H. Wang, GED’94, GR’01; Penn undergraduate Rohan Valrani (accepting the award on behalf of his father, Navin M. Valrani, W’93, GED’18); Jaime Lynn Hunter, GED’12; and Shelley B. Wepner, GED’73, GRD’80. Not pictured: Kimberly Truong, GR’10. Photo by Ginger Fox Photography

2019 Education Alumni Awardees

Penn GSE Educator of the Year Award
Shelley B. Wepner, GED’73, GRD’80

The Penn GSE Early Career Award of Merit
Jaime Lynn Hunter, GED’12 Kimberly Truong, GR’10 William B. Castetter

Alumni Award of Merit
Navin M. Valrani, W’93, GED’18 Ethel and Allen “Buddy” Carruth

Sustained Leadership in Education Award
Aubrey H. Wang, GED’94, GR’01

Helen C. Bailey Award
Serafín M. Coronel-Molina, GR’07

Find our nomination form at www.gse.upenn.edu/alumni/get-involved/awards-nominations.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of The Penn GSE Magazine.