April 4, 2018

Education Alumni Association names 2018 honorees

The Penn GSE Education Alumni Association (EAA) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Education Alumni Awards. Intended to honor the accomplishments of Penn GSE alumni and other education professionals, the awards recognize outstanding contributions to Penn GSE and the field of education. The awardees will be recognized at the annual Celebration of Educators during Penn’s Alumni Weekend.

This year’s programming includes Voices in Education, a conversation with Donald E. Graham, chair of the board of Graham Holdings Company (previously The Washington Post Company) and cofounder of TheDream.US; and Joel Greenblatt, W’79, WG’80, Penn GSE Overseer, managing partner of Gotham Capital, and cofounder of Success Academy Charter Schools. They will share their perspectives about some of today’s most pressing issues in education in a dialogue with Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman. An Alumni Reception follows to kick off Extraordinary Impact: The Campaign for Penn GSE. The reception includes remarks by Dean Pam Grossman about the impact of the School and recognizes the 2018 Education Alumni Awardees.

Click here to learn more and to register for the celebration that honors the extraordinary impact of our community.

PENN GSE EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Christian T. Edge, G’12, GED’13 

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate or friend of the University of Pennsylvania, preferably of the Graduate School of Education, who demonstrates unusual involvement in and commitment to identifying and helping to resolve problems in schools as well as current issues in education. The recipient of this award must be a dedicated educator who is an inspiration, risk-taker, innovator, and role model and who demonstrates a commitment to the betterment of Penn GSE.

HELEN C. BAILEY AWARD

Abigail Gray, GR’14

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education who has brought recognition and status to Penn GSE and the University of Pennsylvania. The recipient of this award must have made a distinctive contribution to the field of education and to Penn GSE, including but not limited to contributions through research, exceptional professional involvement, or publications. 

WILLIAM B. CASTETTER ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT

Julie D. Filizetti, GRD’03 

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education for significant service to Penn GSE. Service to the school may include serving as volunteer alumni leader within Penn GSE, the Penn Alumni Board, Penn Regional Clubs, or other leadership opportunities with the University of Pennsylvania. The recipient should have a longstanding relationship with the School and exemplify volunteer leadership.

ETHEL AND ALLEN “BUDDY” CARRUTH SUSTAINED LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION AWARD

Karen P. Boback, GR’85 

Established in 2004, this award recognizes significant service to the education community by an esteemed graduate or friend of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. The award honors the memory of Ethel Carruth, ED’43, a distinguished alumna, benefactor, and friend of Penn GSE. Mrs. Carruth and her late husband, Allen Carruth, led an extraordinary legacy, fostering enthusiastic dedication and support of numerous causes, and inspiring benevolence through a lifetime of involvement. Their support of education impacted many in the field and motivated unprecedented achievement and guidance throughout the community. The recipient of this award will serve as an inspiration to others, transcending expectations and providing opportunities in service. 

THE PENN GSE RECENT ALUMNI/EARLY CAREER AWARD OF MERIT

Eduardo A. Alleyne, GRD’16
Nina De Peña Hoe, GED’10, GR’14

This award recognizes an exceptional graduate who has shown outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania and Graduate School of Education prior to their 10th reunion year and is setting an inspirational example for future alumni of Penn GSE. This includes but is not limited to significant contributions by an individual in their field of endeavor, whether through professional achievement or community service, and the devotion of significant time, energy, and enthusiasm to volunteerism and cultivation.