Winter 2012 Graduate Class Notes
Receiving Wheelock's August E-Newsletter prompted Ramona Patterson '77MS to write: "As I read [the newsletter], my memory goes back to when I first went to Wheelock and took my first course, which was children's literature, and then when, with Joan Bergstrom's assistance, I later graduated with my master's from wonderful Wheelock. I enjoy the school's email and look forward to many more wonderful memories. Sometimes I wish I were much younger than I am now so I could join the students in many of the exciting things you are all doing at this time. My 'way back when' activities at dear Wheelock will always mean so very much. Joan introduced me to dear Wheelock, and it has been love and always will be."
Constanza Leal Melo '82MS, headmistress of Gimnasio Jose Joaquin Casas, a private school in Bogota, Colombia, is also a volunteer for the Heart for Change Colombia volunteer program. Heart for Change encourages intercultural exchanges by bringing volunteers from around the world to work in development programs in Colombia, thereby providing support to social impact projects in the country. Constanza writes: "Please send my regards to anyone who knows me who is still involved with the College. My very fond memories are for Professor Ed Klugman, for whom I have deepest respect and admiration."
Although Louise A. Tarver '82MS "retired" in 2002, she really didn't "retire from teaching for money" until this year (she substituted), and she now volunteer teaches for Baltimore Community College, teaching English as a Second Language to people preparing for the naturalization test. "I guess I just like teaching and helping others," she writes. Louise moved from Texas to Maryland in 2006 and for the last three years has been spending six months in Maryland and six in Florida.
Congratulations to Laurel Bongiorno '85MS, program director of the new master's degree in early childhood education at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. She has been a full-time faculty member in the college's education program for more than 12 years. In addition, Laurel co-coordinates Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children's bimonthly publication, eConnections; consults with local early childhood programs; and offers workshops and keynotes on play, leadership and mentoring, and curriculum development. She is also working on her Ph.D. in education with a specialization in early childhood.
"I feel honored and humbled that they put their trust in me," wrote David Siedlar '91MS during the summer, after being offered a position as senior translation consultant for the Foreign & Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the Huai'an Municipal People's Government in China. He started work in August, and his responsibilities are "assisting in the translation of key materials, introducing and promoting Huai'an, and helping guide translator training." Earlier in the year, David, who also teaches English to students in preschool to high school there, wrote about the wonderful pleasure he'd recently had seeing one of his students, a high school junior, do so well in a competition that she was accepted into a program that will allow her to finish high school in Singapore and then remain there for college. Congratulations on both counts, David!
Kimberly King '93MS recently had her first children's book published! I Said No! A kid-to-kid guide to keeping private parts private was published by Boulden Publishing. Kimberly has moved to Virginia Beach, VA, and has started her own new publishing business, Kid 2 Kid Publishing. "This business will publish self-help books for children and parents on stressful and emotional life events that occur in families," she writes. Her next book, coming out in January, is called The D Word, a kid-to-kid guide to dealing with divorce.
Angela DiMaria '98MS got some well-deserved recognition in January when she was featured in a Teacher Spotlight on MediaPatch.com. She is a fourth- and fifth-grade mixed language arts, math, and social studies teacher at Media-Providence Friends School in Media, PA, where she has worked for 10 years. A social researcher prior to that, she lost a job in that field when her program lost its funding, the story explains, "but that life change propelled her into the teaching field, and she realized it was her calling. She's been in the classroom ever since." Angela now looks forward to going to work every day, loves the "two-way street" of teaching and learning from fellow faculty members, and finds it exciting to know she is supporting students as they reach their goals. Congratulations, Angela!
Kathleen A. Hunter '05MS was invited to write a piece for the International Reading Association's Engage/Teacher to Teacher blog, and it was posted on Nov. 1. A part of the article, on using storyboards to assess comprehension, can be viewed at http://engage.reading.org/Blogsnbspnbsp/BlogViewer/?BlogKey=cb77770a-cc92-4b88-a3ce-a2a710b99ae0. "Membership is required to log in to the article until May 1, 2012," she says.
Amy Howley '10MS and Joshua Anderson were married in a beautiful ceremony in Scituate, MA, on Oct. 1.