Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Award Winner Announced
April 06, 2018
The Wheelock Alumni Association Board held its annual Spring Alumni Symposium on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Wheelock's Brookline Campus. This popular event always provides alumni and friends of the College with a thought-provoking day of professional development and networking.
The 2018 Symposium Keynote Speaker was Dr. Catherine O'Connor, Professor of Education and Linguistics, Boston University and Dean Ad Interim, BU School of Education. The day also featured a variety of scholarly presentations by a Wheelock faculty members and alumni.
A highlight of the event was the announcement of this year's Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Award winner: Kathy Clunis D'Andrea '97/'98MS. The Wheelock College Alumni Association presents this award annually to an alumna/us of a graduate program at the College who reflects Miss Peabody's commitment to diversity and education, and the values of Wheelock College.
Kathy Clunis D'Andrea teaches kindergarten and first grade at the Mission Hill School, where she strives to create a community of trust, equity, and empathy. In 2011, she remotely earned an M.A. in zoology from Miami University in Oxford, OH, a program that took her to Namibia, Mongolia, and Borneo with other teachers to study the process of inquiry in the field. She often presents at conferences (including Wheelock's Alumni Symposium) about inquiry and outdoor learning, and she is a presenter, consultant, and writer for the Ashoka Changemaker Schools Network, of which Mission Hill School is a member.
She is also an adjunct professor at UMass-Boston, and last year co-edited the book Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction. She has also served on the steering committee for Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment (TRUCE), a national group of educators who address how today's children's entertainment and toys negatively affect their behavior in the classroom.
She currently serves as the Association Board President, as a Trustee of Wheelock College, and as a member of the Alumni Board's Endowment Fund Committee. She was honored in Wheelock's 125 Years of Improving the Lives of Children and Families book, and has received a President's Leadership Award which recognized "individuals who substantially furthered the vision and growth of the College."
Pictured (l to r): Wheelock President David Chard , Kathy Clunis D'Andrea, Wheelock Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Lauren Marquis '11MS. Photo by Erin Heffernan
About the Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Award
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody is best known as a teacher and educational reformer, and more specifically as the mother of kindergarten in America. Inspired by the work and philosophies of Friedrich Froebel, she established the first kindergarten in Boston in 1860. Ms. Peabody was also a popular instructor in training courses for kindergarten teachers, and it was she who encouraged a young Lucy Wheelock to enroll. It has been written about Miss Peabody that she "had a particular affinity for finding unity amidst all kinds of diversity-social, cultural, historical, aesthetic, and linguistic—and above all a powerful drive to express her philosophical idealism in concrete ways."