Six Join Urban Catholic Teacher Corps in Boston

Six Join Urban Catholic Teacher Corps in Boston

Six new participants have signed on this fall for a two-year hitch in the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps, while six others have returned for a second year, according to Madeleine Gervais, the program's director.

A collaborative program established by BC and the Archdiocese of Boston, the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps offers teachers the opportunity to work in urban education at the outset of their careers. Participants gain structured classroom experience under the mentorship of professional teachers, while developing both spiritually and personally through the experience of living in a shared faith community in Dorchester.

New members, all of whom graduated from college this year, are:

.Susan Hoffer, who earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from St. Norbert College , has taught in Ghana and Belize. She is teaching third grade at Gate of Heaven School in South Boston.

.Renee Lalumiere, who holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and human development from St. Joseph College, teaches grade 6 at Cathedral Elementary School in Boston.

.Lynch School of Education alumnus Maura Lamadore, who earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education and English and was involved in University Chaplaincy retreats, served as a resident assistant and participated in the Ignacio Volunteers program. She teaches English at St. Clare High School in Roslindale.

.Heather Lufkin was active in several campus organizations during her undergraduate years at Trinity College in Burlington, Vt. She teaches third grade at St. Mary School at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in South Boston.

.Christina Myers, who graduated from Providence College with a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education, volunteered in the Pastoral Service Organization and worked with infants with HIV and AIDS. She teaches kindergarten and first grade at Gate of Heaven School in South Boston.

.Dina Turrill holds a bachelor's degree in social and rehabilitation services from Assumption College in Worcester, where she concentrated in elementary education and participated in several volunteer and outreach programs. She teaches first grade at St. Anthony's School in Allston.

The six teachers returning for a second year in the program are LSOE graduates Stephanie Alt, Erin Bergin, Philip Dujardin and Heather Rasku; and Lesley College alumnus Millicent Hartgering.

- Mark Sullivan and Grace Bergdahl McNamara

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