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Alumni notes

A degree from the Lynch School opens the door to a wealth of career opportunities, and Lynch School alumni are working in dynamic careers across the nation. Below is a sampling of our graduates’ recent achievements and advancements.

The dissertation of Lisa Shuler 09, "Paths to Active Citizenship: The Development of and Connection between Civic Engagement Involvement and Attitudes in College Students," is being nominated by Boston College as the sole submission from Lynch for the 2010 Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences.

Kerry Kennedy ’10 has been accepted to the Institute of International Education’s Fulbright Program, the largest international exchange program for scholars to undertake advanced research and global teaching positions. Kennedy, the Lynch School of Education’s first-ever Fulbright recipient, will collaborate with professors in South Africa from January to October 2011.

Mitchell Burek ’70, M.Ed. '72, Ph.D. 75, gave a presentation at Bentley University on the application of mathematics in situations where the skills, logic, and discipline of mathematicians and statisticians are critical components to careers and professional success. Burek is director of program management and records retention for Fidelity Investments.

Maria-Jose Ramirez, Ph.D. 04, recently joined the World Bank in Washington, D.C., after working as a research associate at Instituto de Ciencias Sociales in Santiago, Chile. At the World Bank, Ramirez is working on a system of identifying and measuring the quality of educational assessment around the world. She will be developing a case study on Chile that will support the assessment of educational systems throughout the developing world.

Joy Haywood Moore ’81 received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, from Boston College. Moore serves as interim head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Under Moore’s direction, hundreds of South African girls from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have benefited from a rigorous, supportive education designed to prepare them for university study and positions of leadership.

Alison Mann Donovan ’09, was honored with the Sontag Prize in Urban Education by the Boston Public Schools and the Lynch Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding teaching in mathematics, English/language arts, and other disciplines, and gives highly successful educators the opportunity to share best practices with their peers.

A number of Lynch School graduates work in higher education as professors or administrators. Joan Barnatt ’09 is an assistant professor of education, interdisciplinary language at Elon University; Cindy Jong ’09 is an assistant professor of mathematics education at Virginia Commonwealth University; Amy Ryan ’06 is associate director for mentoring and induction at the Lynch School of Education; and Sue Leibowitz, Ph.D. ’90, is a research manager at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. At the doctoral level, Blyth Shepard ’05 is pursuing her Ph.D. in cell and microbial biology at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. 

At the K–12 level, our graduates are working at every grade level across the nation. Tara Shanes-Hernandez ’05 teaches kindergarten and first grade special education in New Rochelle, N.Y.; Christine Cortellini ’05 is a kindergarten teacher at La Hoya Country Day in San Diego, Calif.; Kathryn Brennan ’05 has been teaching third grade at the Boston Renaissance School, and will begin a new job this fall at the Fletcher Maynard Academy in Cambridge; Lauren Hermentz ’05 teaches first grade in Boontown Township, N.J.; and Laura Duganne ’05, MA 06 is a high school teacher in Santa Monica, Calif.