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Alumni notes

Alan Amtzis, Ph.D. ’03, is director of The College of New Jersey’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Instruction program. He is also the chair of American Educational Research Association’s Teacher as Researcher Special Interest Group and the academic editor for the peer-reviewed journal the Educational Forum.

Karen L. Anderson, Ph.D. ’03, associate professor of education studies at Stonehill College, received a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a new model of math teacher education.

Marc Banks ’04, M.Ed. ’05, is Goldrick Housemaster at Newton South High School.

Lisa Chen, Ph.D. ’09, is principal of Pollard Middle School in Needham, Mass., where Atakelti Desta, M.Ed. ’09, teaches social studies and Meaghan Kitley, M.Ed.’10, and Karen Wilfried, M.Ed. ’12, teach English.

Graduates of the Class of 2012 secured jobs in a variety of teaching settings in Massachusetts: Christopher Graham, M.Ed. ’12, is a fifth-grade math problem-solving teacher at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School; Julianne Simmons ’11, M.Ed. ’12, teaches first grade at Natick Elementary School; Nicole Adams ’11, M.Ed. ’12, teaches math at The Norwich Free Academy; Graham Taylor, M.Ed., ’12, teaches math at Milton High School; Emily Sirois ’11, M.Ed. ’12, teaches fourth grade at the Sokolowski Elementary School in Chelsea; Mary Kate McCoog, M.Ed. ’12, teaches fourth grade at South Boston Catholic Academy; and Allison Rosshirt ’11, M.Ed. ’12, teaches math at Boston College High School.

Denny Conklin, B.A., M.Ed., ’07, is a program associate at Facing History and Ourselves in Brookline, Mass., an organization that works “with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students’ academic performance and civic learning.”

John Copeland, M.A. ’09, is a clinician at MCI-Framingham correctional facility. In May of this year, he became the director of the prison’s Intensive Treatment Unit, which is a brand-new unit for the prison and has made state history for women’s incarceration treatment.

Kelly E. Demers, Ph.D. ’09, is an assistant professor of education at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.

Jennifer O’Connor Duffy, M.A. ’03, Ph.D. ’06, is the graduate school dissertation chair at Northcentral University, a regionally accredited online institution that grants bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Brent E. Ericson, Ph.D. ’11, is assistant dean of students and director of the Office of Student Conduct at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Jennifer Gallo-Fox, Ph.D. ’09, is an assistant professor in the department of human development and family studies at the University of Delaware. Her work focuses on practitioner learning, literacy, and early childhood education.

Lauren Gilbert, Ed.D. ’12, is vice president of the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) program. In this role she is focused on “ensuring that BELL continues to provide the highest-quality program models while exploring new ways to enhance program delivery.”  

Renee Greenfield, Ph.D. ’11, was hired as an assistant professor in the education department at the University of Hartford. 

Nancy Hait, M.Ed. ’00, Ph.D. ’11, is assistant director of the Writing Center for Academic Achievement at Stonehill College.

Richard F. Houston, M.A.T. ’80, an American history teacher at Harwich High School in Harwich, Mass., was named the 2012 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year.

Liz Loveless, M.A. ’12, is conducting individual and group sessions with children and adolescents and creating community programs at Medfield Youth Outreach in Medfield, Mass.

Daniel Millner, M.A. ’05, recently accepted a position as a clinical supervisor at Boston’s Pine Street Inn, a program for homeless men with addictions.

Kara Mitchell, Ph.D. ’10, is an assistant professor of urban community teacher education at the University of Colorado Denver.

Francesca B. Purcell, Ph.D. ’04, has been appointed provost and chief academic officer at MassBay Community College.

Maite (Maria Teresa) Sanchez, Ph.D. ’06, is project director of the CUNY-New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals, “a collaborative project of the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society and the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education funded by the New York State Education Department.”

Andrea J. Stairs, M.Ed. ’95, Ph.D. ’06, was recently promoted to associate professor of literacy education in the professional education department of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Southern Maine. Stairs is chair of the department of literacy, language, and culture, where she teaches courses in teacher research and reading development. 

Fatima Zuccolillo-Rittenauer, M.A. ’10, is working at Lo de Pauli Tutoring and College Prep in Paraguay, a group practice that provides tutoring, academic advising, and career counseling to a wide array of students and clients.  


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