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Ray Picicci ’97 named 2013 Assistant Principal of the Year |

Categories: 1990s | Award or honor | College of Education

Ray Picicci

Ray Picicci

No one can accuse Ray Picicci of hiding in his office. In fact, Picicci, the Washington State 2013 Assistant Principal of the Year, is known for spending time everywhere but his office.

He can most often be found in the classrooms of Cheney High School observing teachers, taking pictures, then sharing instructional strategies with the rest of staff. Many of these instructional gems come via email, a favorite method of communication. The sheer number of emails earns Picicci a bit of ribbing from staff.

The Assistant Principal of the Year award is bestowed by the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals, a governing board of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP).

When not in observation mode, Picicci is co-teaching classes with new teachers until they feel comfortable. Or, he’s stepping in for teachers who have to leave unexpectedly. Picicci also is a fixture in the hallways and cafeteria. As Cheney High School Principal Troy Heuett says, “He is quick to strike up a conversation with or offer an encouraging word to many students as he makes his rounds.”

Picicci has served as the assistant principal at Cheney High School since 2007. He is the lead for curriculum, instruction and assessment. He has increased attention to learning targets, taken new teachers under his wing, been highly involved at the district level with literacy, math and science committees and the highly capable program. He organizes all the school’s state testing, created an after-school homework center with tutors from local colleges, was the driver behind the summer school program, and has put together most of the school’s intervention systems including a successful inclusion model that spans several grade levels and subjects.

Before working in Cheney, Picicci was a science and biology teacher at Shadle Park and North Central high schools. He earned bachelor’s degrees from both Washington State University and Eastern Washington University. He has his teaching and administrative credentials from WSU. He is involved with extra-curricular activities at Cheney, serves on AWSP’s high-school governing board, and coaches soccer, baseball and basketball in the community. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Spokane with their two young children.

Picicci will be recognized for his state award at AWSP’s annual Assistant Principals’ Leadership Conference at the Seattle Airport Marriott on Feb. 7. He will be honored later this year in Washington D.C. as part of the pool of candidates for the National Assistant Principal of the Year Award.

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Chrissy Shelton wins regional Rising Star Award |

Categories: 1990s | Award or honor | College of Arts and Sciences | College of Education | Featured | Professional or career event


Chrissy Shelton

Chrissy Shelton

Chrissy Shelton, a Washington State University College of Education staff member, has won a regional 2013 Rising Star Award from the international Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Shelton is a 1999 liberal arts graduate of WSU.

The annual award from the CASE District VIII Board honors fundraising professionals who have three to five years of experience in the advancement profession.Shelton joined the WSU Foundation in 2008. Tasked with building a culture of philanthropy among faculty, staff and students, she created the Cougar Colleagues program. That led to a comprehensive branding and engagement strategy for WSU campus communities and an increase in giving during a time of budget crisis. She also built the Recent Graduate program, the first of its kind for the university.
She became assistant director of development at the College of Education in 2011.
“Chrissy’s strengths include her ability to establish realistic expectations with donors and prospects,” said Kim Holapa, director of development for the college. “Her humor and strong sense of self allow her to communicate with donors and colleagues in a sincere and honest manner, which is a foundational component of good development work.”

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Alexander Schilter named Director of Basketball Operations at LMU |

Categories: 2010s | College of Education | Featured | Professional or career event

Alex Schilter

Alex Schilter

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, has hired Alexander Schilter as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Lions. Schilter, a 2012 graduate of Washington State University, replaces Ben Rosenfeld, who took a position on the east coast.

Schilter has been working on his Masters of Education at LMU since August and has been assisting the Lions as a graduate assistant and video coordinator. Rosenfeld took a position in December and began the first of the year with the East Coast Athletic Conference, working as a sport administrator and championships coordinator.

Schilter earned his bachelor’s of sport management with a business administration specialization from Washington State in 2012. He was the student manager for the Cougars from 2010 until his graduation, specializing in game film while assisting in team travel and game management. He also was a coach and camp instructor in the summer for Washington State. After graduation he worked as an instructor at the Joe Callero Basketball Camp at Cal Poly and at the Montana Griz Cage Camp.

He is a native of University Place, Wash., and graduated from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Wash.

Source: LMU Athletics

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David Cillay named vice president of WSU Global Campus |

Categories: 1990s | College of Education | Professional or career event

David Cillay

David Cillay

David R. Cillay (Ph.D. ’99) has been named vice president of Washington State University’s Global Campus.

“While technological advances allow WSU to reach diverse new populations, they also bring new challenges as we chart the future,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd in announcing the appointment. “It is important for us to have strong, visionary leadership in this environment.”

Cillay led the 2012 launch of the Global Campus, which includes WSU’s online degree program. His new responsibilities, Floyd said, will include expanding WSU’s market share, supporting faculty in technological innovation, and using eLearning tools to ensure that WSU remains open and accessible.

Cillay said his new role can be summed up in a single word: “Engagement. The Global Campus will help the university engage with the world of educational innovations, bring the best of it back to WSU, then bring the best of WSU to the world.”

Cillay is nationally known as an expert in the field of instructional design and eLearning. He is a board member of the Sloan Consortium and The American Distance Education Association, and chair of the Online Management & Design Network at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association. His work has been published in journals and textbooks, and he has presented at national and international conferences.

Cillay started at the Center for Distance and Professional Education in 2003 as director of instructional development and technology. He has taught and managed a graduate program in instructional design, and held faculty appointments at WSU, University of Idaho, and Lower Columbia College.

He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from WSU.



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Educational leadership video features Paul Elery |

Categories: 2000s | College of Education | Professional or career event

Paul Elery

Paul Elery, principal at Harvard Elementary

Because Paul Elery wants to be a school district leader someday, he enrolled in Washington State University’s superintendent certification program, earning his certification in 2006. But like so many of that program’s graduates, he loves being a principal and is still on the job at Tacoma’s Harvard Elementary.

“That’s lucky for his students and staff,” says Gene Sharratt of the WSU Educational Leadership Program faculty in the introduction to a new WSU College of Education video. “And it’s lucky for us, because visiting Paul at work gives us a chance to show what educational leadership looks like in action.”

Elery describes Harvard Elementary as a school with a highly itinerant student population, where many of the children speak English as a second language. His work there is lauded by Franklin Pierce School District Superintendent Frank Hewins, (Ed.D. ’02), who recommended Elery and his staff as subjects for the video.

Click here to watch “Excited about learning: Educational leadership in action.”

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