Fall 2009

Christin Olson Smith '97MS had her article "Encouraging Pro Social Babies in Group Settings" published in the July/August issue of Young Children magazine. Maureen Powers Maiocco '98MS has been working full time as the early childhood program director and professor at the State University of New York at Canton since 2004, when she received an Ed.D. in Child & Youth Studies with a specialization in Curriculum Development from Nova Southeastern University. Right after Wheelock she taught part time at Dean College and Massasoit Community College.

Previously an early intervention provider, Rachael Vider Wurtman '05MS now has a law practice in special education law and family law in Brookline, MA. "I specialize in autism spectrum disorders and mental illness but am familiar with a wide range of special needs," she wrote. "I give a discount to Wheelock alumnae." Rachael has three daughters - one in elementary school, one in high school, and one in college.

Elizabeth Marino '07MS is director of Evelyn's House (located at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica, NY), "a residential program that provides a safe, nurturing home and supportive services for young women up to age 21 who have become homeless during pregnancy or after having a baby," she wrote. "Evelyn's House [www.fnccny.org/evelyns.shtml] provides housing and 24-hour staffing to help each young mother care for herself and her child - and to support her in becoming self-sufficient and moving into her own home."

Samantha Saeger '08MS, who has been participating in international orienteering competitions since high school, was selected to be on the U.S. Orienteering Team to the World Championships after placing first at the U.S. Team Trials in California in early May. She was to compete at the World Orienteering Championships held in Hungary from Aug. 16 to 23. Combining cross-country running and navigation skills, the sport of orienteering, developed in Scandinavia and huge in Europe, challenges competitors to race their way through wilderness areas using only a map and a compass. Samantha is a second-grade teacher in Needham, MA.

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