Graduate Class Notes
Kay Lanning Winters ’63MS vacationed in Taos, NM, last fall and wrote in with this story: “It’s been very exciting. My new book, The Bears Go to School, came out Sept. 1, and would you believe on that very day a black bear walked through our garden here!” She also sent a reminiscence from 1963: “After I graduated from Wheelock and had a baby (about two weeks later), I was the editor of the Wheelock alumnae magazine and brought the baby to work in a basket!”
“I really enjoy the role of mentor and get a lot of satisfaction giving support to students,” writes Deborah Brown Tifft ’70MS, who retired from public school teaching in 2012 and has been supervising Syracuse University early childhood education interns in their school placements. Daughter Molly Tifft Egan ’00MS moved back to her town (Manlius, NY) with her husband and two children, so Deborah sees them often. Ai-Ling Louie ’76MS writes: “My new book has just been released: Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Reaching for the Stars; Amazing Asian Americans (Dragoneagle). It’s the first children’s bio about a South Asian American. She was from India and flew aboard the space shuttle. STEM teachers will like her story!”
Gwynne Wiatrowski Guzzeau ’93MS has become executive director of the Gestalt International Study Center (GISC) in Wellfleet, MA, where she was previously a faculty member and professional associate. GISC (www.gisc.org) is an independent nonprofit organization that offers advanced training and development for leaders, consultants, coaches, and therapists from all over the world. A participant in Wheelock’s inaugural Urban Teaching Program, Gwynne worked as an educator in urban settings early in her career and later held a research position at Harvard University’s Project Zero, where she coached and collaborated with urban teachers and co-wrote a curriculum guide, Teaching Through Projects: Creating Effective Learning Environments. She also holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and has an estate planning and elder law practice in which she supports clients’ decision making on matters of money, family, and aging. In addition, she has been an elder mediator, a small-business leader, and an elected public official on her local school committee.
“I feel very fortunate to have found a job that fuels my passion as much as Wheelock did/continues to do!” writes Amy Cubbage ’99MS, who last year became the director of training and professional development at Teachstone (teachstone.com), based in Charlottesville, VA, which she joined in 2010. She oversees the delivery of high-quality professional services at Teachstone, an educational services company focused on improving learning from birth to high school by making teachers more effective in their interactions with children and students. A former teacher who has a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, Amy also has been a National Head Start Fellow for the federal Administration for Children and Families, a consultant with early childhood education agencies, an adjunct faculty member at both Wheelock and Eastern Connecticut State University, and a researcher and writer about early childhood education.
Molly Tifft Egan ’00MS has moved back to Manlius, NY, with her family after seven years away while her husband was completing his pediatric cardiology training. She taught pre-K through first grade for 10 years in three different systems and is presently home with her two children, Anna, 5, and Charlie, 3, and loves being a mom!