Graduate Class Notes
Having retired from the MSPCC in 2004 and from her career in early intervention in 2006, Darcy Jones Fuguet ’73MS says she’s now “an enthusiastic grandparent, volunteer, and world traveler.” Nancy Heden Clayman ’86MS founded a networking group called Adoption Professionals of Massachusetts and now does consulting work and is affiliated with Adoption Resources, a division of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (Boston). David Siedlar ’91MS has retired from the college where he used to teach, Huaiyin Institute of Technology in the People’s Republic of China, after six years there. He still has his own school, which enrolls 70 students, and he does some nursery school teaching and helps older students who want to go to school overseas. He says a lot of his work is basically “shoring up self-esteem,” but he adds that math is the most important subject that Chinese high school students are expected to master, and he has started teaching second- and third-graders basic math in English – and using the American flag to teach numbers (50 stars, 13 bars, etc.)! “I think I’ve helped many of all ages,” he writes. “Now it’s time to enjoy the culture and be Chinese, too.” Jennifer Fisher Henry ’97MS teaches in a bilingual school in Paris, France, where she has worked for the past 14 years. She has taught all grades from kindergarten through fifth grade. She and her husband, a French man she met 18 years ago on vacation in Paris, have two bilingual children – soccer-playing son Alexi, 12, and gymnast daughter Julia, 9.
Erlor Dean ’98MS of Somerset, Bermuda, published a poetry collection called Mother’s Whispers in 2011. The book, inspired by Erlor’s mother, Inez, who loved poetry and language and helped her to “better appreciate life’s wonders,” contains poetic pieces that pay tribute to mothers and motherhood but are more generally about “celebrating life and all its beauty,” according to an October 2011 Bernews.com story. Born and raised in Bermuda, Erlor now teaches English at a correctional facility there. For 25 years, she taught at West End Primary School (in Sandys, Bermuda) and at Sandys Secondary Middle School. She is also the author of the books The Ocean and A Tribute to Mothers. Anne Hemmer ’02MS is a family community coordination specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care and works in the Southeast and Cape Regional Office in Taunton. In October she presented on “Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Children & Families” at Wheelock’s Fall Alumni Symposium.
In August, Kathleen A. Hunter ’05MS let the College know about an article she’d written for the International Reading Association’s Teacher-to-Teacher Blog on “Using Music to Inspire Young Writers.” Kathleen often uses music to jump-start her own writing, she says, and she has seen it help students with writer’s block a great deal, too, so she encourages teachers to bring music into their writing lessons. Lisa Irving ’10MSW works closely with Massachusetts residents and community agencies as the program specialist for CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts. This year she got engaged to James Harrington, and they are planning a wedding for fall 2015.