Tufts University, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Eliot-Pearson Celebrates Its 50th!

Last October, Eliot-Pearson celebrated its 50th year as a Tufts department. Over two hundred participated – alumni from near and far, faculty and staff, students, and distinguished guests.

Invited speaker Howard Gardner and Chair David Henry Feldman

The celebration began at noon with Sesame St. being presented with an "Abby", Eliot-Pearson's award for excellence in children's media. Julie Dobrow, director of the Tufts Communications and Media Studies Program and Sr. Lecturer at Eliot-Pearson, presented the award to Sesame Street's representative, Jennifer Kotler, Vice President of Research and Evaluation. The audience was then entertained by Cookie Monster, Elmo, and the rest of the Sesame St. "crew", all pitching in to narrate a film on the history of Sesame St. Afterward Julie Dobrow said, "It's actually a little surprising that we hadn't yet given 'Sesame Street' an Abby. It's probably the most awarded children's television show of all times, as well as the most thoroughly researched." But perhaps putting off giving Sesame St. an Abby until this historic 50th anniversary celebration was worth the wait.  

Julie Dobrow presenting Jennifer Kotler with Seseme Streets “Abby” award.

After the award ceremony and back at the Department, attendees soaked in the knowledge shared in four different workshops– one on serving children with reading challenges, one on current issues in early childhood education, one on young children and new technologies, and one on promoting character development among young.  The four workshops represent separate research and training programs within the department.  They also represent the expanded role that Eliot-Pearson has been playing as it has taken on issues effecting not just young children but all children and youth from a wide variety of cultures and facing a wide variety of challenges to thriving.

Alumni at a workshop on robotics for children

Following the workshops, the gathering moved to the Fletcher School's Hall of Flags for a reception, for re-connecting with old friends, and for being uplifted with singing provided by the Jackson Jills and Jeff Rawitsch. The reception ended with everyone moving to the neighboring Asean auditorium to hear Howard Gardner give a talk on his theory of multiple intelligences and how it has developed over the years – a theory that has especially resonated with educators.  Gardner teaches at Harvard, but he has had long-standing ties to Eliot-Pearson. Eliot-Pearson's chair and long-time friend of Gardner, David Henry Feldman, commented, "Howard Gardner is justifiably famous and revered as one of the most distinguished scholars of our times. What is perhaps surprising is that Howard has not changed who he is even as he has become an international public figure. Howard remains a devoted, attentive, caring, modest and self- effacing man. It is a great honor that he joined us for our 50th Anniversary celebration."

A gala dinner topped off the day and evening – accompanied by the showing of a new film on Eliot-Pearson and speeches by President Monaco, former provost Sol Gittleman (who gave us the stories surrounding the arrival of Eliot-Pearson as a department in 1964), and Eliot-Pearson's very own Sylvia Feinburg. The evening and day ended reluctantly – everyone having had a very good time.

Now that we know an anniversary celebration can work well, we are starting to think about a 100th anniversary in seven years. While the math (50 plus seven equals 100) may puzzle some, most EP alums are likely to understand it full well.  Eliot-Pearson began as a department fifty years ago, but its history goes back to 1922 – when Abigail Eliot became director of the Ruggles St. School and began the long and great tradition that is Eliot-Pearson. So in 2022, we will be celebrating again!

 

Fall 2015 NEWS

Eliot-Pearson Celebrates Its 50th!

Terrell Clark Signs Off

Sarah K. Johnson Joins the Faculty

EP Alums in Children's Media

Debbie LeeKeenan Receives Eliot Award


Alumni Stories

1950's Graduates
1960's Graduates
1970's Graduates
1980's Graduates
1990's Graduates
2000's Graduates
2010's Graduates

 

 

Sol Gittleman at the dinner telling how EP  became a department

 

 

 

(lft. To rt) Nancy Garlock, Anne Becker Hulley, Sylvia Feinburg, & Jeannie (Weber) Alpin

 

 

 

 

Alumni gather for reception at the Hall of Flags

 

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Terrell Clark Signs Off

Terrel Clark and George Scarlett following graduation ceremonies

For over three decades, Dr. Terrell Clark has taught American Sign Language (ASL) at Tufts and Eliot-Pearson. Now, as she ends her tenure at Tufts, it is time to give a huge "thank you". Under her leadership and in collaboration with her co-teacher, Jim Lipsky, the ASL program grew tremendously and has become a favorite of students not only from within the Eliot-Pearson community but also throughout the Medford campus. As a result, the ASL program has had a widespread and positive influence on a great many.

The ASL program began as a single course taught by Dr. Clark and offered by the Experimental College within Tufts. Due to student interest and high demand, the course was adopted by Eliot-Pearson as one of its several courses addressing cultural differences and children with special needs. In 1991, Jim Lipsky, who is Deaf and a certified ASL instructor, joined Terrell in teaching both an introductory and a second level ASL course, and in 2003, a third course was added so that ASL could count for the second part of the Tufts undergraduate language/culture requirement. Two years ago, and after years of struggle to have ASL recognized as a "foreign" language, taking all three ASL courses was approved to count for either Part I or Part II of the language requirement, thus bringing the ASL program to its present status as a fully accepted language program, one that introduces students to a fascinating culture distinct from the culture familiar to most Tufts students.


Two years ago, ASL was finally recognized as a "foreign" language


Over the years, the ASL program not only has provided hundreds of students a unique and valuable experience on the Tufts campus; it has also generated transformative internships and experiences for students to work in communities serving the Deaf – the most intense being experiences while spending a semester "abroad" by studying at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., immersed in the language and culture and student life of the world's only liberal arts college that is for Deaf students. Dr. Clark has sponsored a myriad of students interning at Boston Children's Hospital, in programs serving Deaf children and their families. In many cases, these internships have had a profound effect on students’ career choices and development as persons. As one intern put it, "Dr. Clark is a mentor and sounding board; she helped me develop from a shy, awkward intern into a more confident, professional woman…. Who knew that taking ASL with her would change the way I view language and what it means to communicate? It changed my life."

One of the ways the ASL program has changed students' lives is by introducing students to Deaf culture, a culture that challenges mainstream stereotypes and associations that inadvertently put down those who are Deaf by seeing them as having a disability. To illustrate, here is what one recent student reported about an experience he was having in medical school, "Early in the year a medical student who is Deaf organized for our class a Deaf Strong Hospital exercise, where our roles were completely reversed – all the students were patients and Deaf individuals were providers. Every time, we (the hearing "patients") came across a staff member, the staff would mention how sympathetic they are to our situation as hearing individuals ("I'm so sorry you are hearing, etc"). The language barrier was seemingly great – they cut us off while we struggled to convey our chief complaint. They gave us medications we had no idea what they were for, and they told us to sign our consent on a paper we did not understand." This former student of Dr. Clark had already learned lessons about Deaf culture's being a proud and independent culture – and about ways of being supportive without devaluing. In short, Terrell's students have learned much more than how to sign. They have learned how to communicate in ways that show understanding, respect, and care.


Terrell's students have learned much more than how to sign – they have learned how to communicate in ways that show understanding, respect, and care


Outside of Tufts, Dr. Clark has been the Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHHP) at Boston Children's Hospital – where she has provided clinical care to children who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing – as well as to their families. Importantly, she has been a central person in discussions with parents of children newly diagnosed with hearing loss – helping parents to start finding ways to foster communication with their child, often by introducing signing at a very early age. 

Over the years, Dr. Clark has drawn accolades from the medical, education, and Deaf communities for her long-standing work for Deaf children and their families. In 2013, she was selected as the Outstanding Service Provider of the Year by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH).  The picture accompanying this article is of Dr. Clark receiving the award from Heidi Reed, MCDHH Commissioner – at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House.

Dr. Clark, or "TC" as she is known among the Deaf community, is passing the baton to Dr. Amy Szarkowski who also works at Boston Children's Hospital in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. The faculty and staff at Eliot-Pearson are confident that Amy and Jim will continue the tradition made possible by Terrell, and that the ASL program will continue to thrive. That said, we also feel sad at losing Terrell, who is irreplaceable.

But the happy note to end on is that Terrell now has more free time in retirement, more opportunities to be the indulgent grandmother she wishes to be to her three young grandchildren. We wish her everything good, including the knowledge that she is loved at EP and that she has given so much to so many. 
 


 
 

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Sara K. Johnson Joins the Eliot-Pearson Faculty

Sara K. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Developmental Methodology

We are very pleased to welcome Sara K. Johnson to the faculty of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development as Assistant Professor of Developmental Methodology. Sara received a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods in Psychology, from the University of Connecticut in 2012. Since then, she has been a member of our Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development (IARYD), first as a post-doctoral fellow and now as a Research Assistant Professor. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Sara will remain as a Research Assistant professor at the IARYD. She will begin her duties as Assistant Professor in July 2016.

Sara will bring new and critically necessary expertise to Eliot-Pearson. She will provide statistical and methodological support for the research that is being carried out in the department by other faculty members and students, and she will also be providing leadership for designing and helping implement the statistical training provided to undergraduate and graduate students.

In the contemporary study of children and adolescents, researchers are charged with providing teachers, youth-serving professionals, and policy makers with proven means to enhance the lives of young people in ways that are sensitive to the diversity of individuals, families, and communities in our nation and world. The enactment of such evidence-based practice requires use of complex quantitative and qualitative methods. Sara will take a leadership role in helping faculty use such methods in order to develop successful grant proposals to generate such knowledge. She will also instruct our students in understanding such methods, how to use them appropriately in their research, and how to interpret the results of these methods in teaching children or working with the families or communities they serve.

Sara is an excellent teacher and a warm and engaging person. We are thrilled to have her join Eliot-Pearson. We hope you will meet her when you visit the Department.

Richard M. Lerner
Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science
Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development

 
 

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EP Alums in Children’s Media

They are a small but growing force in the world of children's media. Buoyed by an increasing number of courses offered at Eliot-Pearson, supported by a steady uptick in the number of faculty research projects and bolstered by EP's dedication to applied child development, Tufts alums are working in some of the most cutting-edge children's media organizations.

Dana Chan (G 06) is a Staff Writer and Associate Producer on Dora and Friends:  Into the City! (a spinoff of the wildly popular Dora the Explorer) on Nick Jr. She creates original storylines and scripts for the animated series and is responsible for revising and editing scripts at all stages of production and post-production. Chan credits the emphasis on learning about media from a developmental viewpoint and her graduate internship at WGBH for preparing her well for her current job. "If it weren’t for the Eliot-Pearson Excellence in Children's Television Awards I would never have met Cathy Galeota [from Nickelodeon] who passed my resume on to the Dora team," she says.

Like Chan, Christina Zagarino (G 11) credits many aspects of her training at Eliot-Pearson for preparing her for her role as Executive Producer at Speakaboos, a digital subscription service for children aged 2-7. Zagarino points out that in children's educational media, "It's imperative that the education and research team work closely with producers." She cites courses she took on research methodology as giving her a strong foundation to understand the data analytics so critical in media industries, as well as her work at the Children's School for providing her with hands-on applied experiences.

Michael Robb (A 02) is the Director of Education and Research at the Fred Rogers Center. He conducts research on how educators use media and technology in early childhood education, oversees the vibrant Rogers Center website and disseminates information about digital media literacy. "The child development courses I took at Tufts helped me understand how developmentally appropriate media could be used to support healthy cognitive, social, emotional and physical development in children, and the Children and Mass Media course opened my eyes to the critical role media play in kid's lives."

Britanny Sommer (A 08) and Jane Lee (A 04) both work "on the Street" - at Sesame Workshop. Sommer is a Senior Curriculum Specialist in the content and curriculum department; Lee is a Producer working on new linear video content for community outreach initiatives. "I think it's super helpful to have a child development background; knowing a child's cognitive/social development helps you to make better creative choices," she says. Sommer credits the Children and Media course she took in her freshman year at Tufts for "motivating me to enter this industry with a focus on creating informal educational platforms to help children, especially those from low-income backgrounds."

Other Eliot-Pearson graduates work in related fields. Dan Flannery (G 12) runs what he describes as "a kid-centric studio called Jumping Giant." They produce music and voice-overs as well as educational consulting for children's media. Kristelle Lavallee (G 08) is a content strategist at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children's Hospital. Her work is focused on both "translating CMCH research into actionable advice" and developing curricula that "promote children’s healthy and developmentally optimal consumption and creation of media." Colin Johnson (G 14) worked as an app developer at Kidaptive, and Clement Chao (G 14) is a Senior Learning Designer at Leapfrog. Laurel Felt (G 06) went on to get a Ph.D. from USC and is now the Executive Director of the Student Voice Project, "a non-profit that launches, revives, and supports journalism education programs and student media outlets in underserved schools."

Even very recent EP graduates seem to have little trouble finding jobs in children’s media with their training in both theoretical and applied child development. Laurie Rabin (A 13) is a Research and Production Assistant on Wallykazam! at Nickelodeon Preschool, and Samantha Bissonnette (A 14) is a Coordinator at PBS Kids Digital.

In addition to landing jobs in the competitive children’s media field, Eliot-Pearson graduates have also fared extremely well with winning Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarships. Five of them (Flannery, Robb and Zagarino included) have been recipients of this prestigious award.

As children today grow up in a world of new platforms and ever-more media, Eliot-Pearson has continued to respond by including more courses and more applied experiences to prepare our undergraduate and graduate students. The presence of some major children's media producers in Boston – WGBH, Soup2Nuts and Fablevision, among others – adds to the opportunities we can offer students. Zagarino says she greatly appreciates this training. "I truly need to call on all of my coursework and experiences at Eliot-Pearson in order to do my job each day."

And what goes around comes around:  some of our graduates are now offering valuable internship opportunities to our current students. Lavallee recently sponsored Jeannine Lenehan (G 14) at the Center on Media and Child Health and Sommer supervised Noriko Louison (A 16) at Sesame Workshop.

 

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Debbie LeeKeenan Receives Eliot Award

Debbie LeeKeenan

On April 3, 2015, some 200 early educators gathered in Randolph for the 14th annual Early Educators Awards Gala sponsored by the Boston Association for the Education of Young Children (BAEYC). The gala celebrates Greater Boston’s early childhood educators and their contributions to the development of young children. The event also recognizes outstanding educators and high-quality programs. Debbie LeeKeenan was awarded the Abigail Eliot Award.

The award honors outstanding commitment to young children and the early childhood profession, not only through work done on behalf of BAEYC, but also through a record of distinguished professional achievement. The award is named after Abigail Adams Eliot – for her pioneering work in early childhood education and for her work leading to what is today the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University.

It is her work at Eliot-Pearson that links Debbie LeeKeenan to Abigail Eliot. For many years, she was the director the Eliot Pearson Children’s School and a lecturer in the department. The award, then, constitutes a kind of coming full circle – from Abigail Eliot to Debbie and back to Debbie’s receiving the Eliot award.  

 
 

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Alumni Stories

What are Alumni from the 1950's to the present up to?

1950's

Valerie Handler Gale reports that "Eliot-Pearson is deeply embedded in everything I do and think about in teaching parenting skills … and teaching young parents all the songs that Beatrice Spalding taught me way back then!!!"

Judy Gordon Sack moved to Los Gatos,Ca. after retirement -where her children and three grandchildren are living (plus three spouses who she adores). She writes, "Would love to meet any alumni living in the area."

Rona Long Meizler is now a travel consultant. She writes about the courses she took at Eliot-Pearson, "I often think how valuable these courses have been when dealing with my travel clients... Of course, having 4 wonderful grandchildren - all the courses in education have also been valuable."

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1960's

 
 

Arlyn Fisher Bamberger writes that her husband David and she are living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. – ending their Massachusetts sojourn and spending summers visiting our children in Mill Valley, CA and Newburyport, MA and traveling to spots they have not yet seen. She says her teaching skills have led to a class of water aerobics and that she has reconnected with Louise Spritz Issokson and Fay Mittleman during the last 8 years in Plymouth.

Carol Chinman Shedlin reports that her husband Billy and she have been married for 52 years and have lived in Jacksonville, Florida for the last 40 years. They have three children plus a step daughter. She writes, "Our children and their wonderful spouses have given us 10 fabulous grandchildren. If anyone wants to get in touch I'd love to hear from you. I'm on Facebook (Carol Chinman Shedlin)."

Catherine Stroh Alexander has just completed her 36th year of directing a children's theater program in Winchester, MA. The Winchester Cooperative Theater has provided an opportunity for children in grades three through nine to participate in musical theater supported by a professional staff. Many of her graduates are now involved in various aspects of performing. She writes, "It has been the most wonderful and gratifying experiences of my life.!"

Jane D. (Finneman) Hochman reports that 2015 got off to good start: "Healthy , happy, busy with friends and family. Pleased that our oldest granddaughter landed a 2-year paid internship it the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC. Jane maintains membership on only one professional advisory board these days but follows professional news in the worlds of child development and early intervention with interest. She often gets together with friends, "… whom I originally met through my work, and love to see class of 1963 EP classmates, too."

Linda (Weiner) Margolies  writes, "Throughout my professional career in the classroom and in private practice, I have depended on the emphases placed on creativity and spontaneity, along with the importance of teaching phonics. My grandchildren have also benefitted from the orientation provided during my (Tufts) undergraduate years. Of course I've added to my "teaching repertoire," and have even traded in my guitar for a ukulele. Despite the changes, the Eliot-Pearson "melody" continues to resonate."
                                 
Annie (Samet) Coull writes: "After working in several non-profit agencies dealing with young children with special needs and their families, I went back to architecture school. I have been practicing healthcare architecture, with a special passion for pediatric healthcare facility design, for 30 years."

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Catherine Stroh Alexander has just completed her 36th year of directing a children's theater program in Winchester, MA.


 


Annie (Samet) Coull has been practicing healthcare architecture, with a special passion for pediatric healthcare facility design, for 30 years.


 

1970's

 
 

Georgia McCutcheon Zwartjes writes, "Over the years I have worked in a variety of positions in the field of education. I lived in Rockport, Maine for over 20 years with my husband and 2 children. We moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2005 for family reasons. I am currently a full-time artist working
with non-traditional fibers. I can be reached through my blog at georgiazwartjes.com.

Janet Weathers writes, "I'm continuing my (now part-time) career as a psychologist in private practice where I specialize in Eating Disorders, Anxiety and Health issues. My husband and I bought a home in France and then sold it a year ago, but we continue to vacation there. For a few years, I assisted at workshops in one of the French hospitals where 5 of us taught a particular method of psychotherapy that has medical applications. It was a wonderful oppurtunity to work with a lovely group of medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. This summer I hope to accompany a group of graduate students for a brief trip to Haiti to work with children and families traumatized by the earthquake of 5 years ago. In addition to my practice and intermittant globe-trotting, I enjoy time with friends and family, bicycling, and cultivating a perennial garden."

Kathy Modigliani lives in Arlington MA where she directs the Family Child Care Project. Currently she is completing a grant to develop a trainers' manual and website Ways with Words, Language and Literacy Training for Family Child Care. She also facilitates the Cambridge Family Child Care Support Group. She greatly enjoys her four granddaughters, ages 11-14.

Alison Corner writes, "After retiring as an inner city elementary principal in 2010, I have been spending winters in Bonita Springs, Florida: supervising graduate student interns and volunteering in k and 1st at our local elementary school, when I am not playing golf. In the summer, I am in Massachusetts and have a business making and selling fruit tarts at our local farmer's market and seeing my four grandchildren."

MaryPat King writes, "I spent 31 years performing law enforcement in national parks & forests all over the country. You might be surprised how many lessons I learned while student teaching at the Elliot-Pearson School with 3 and 4 year-olds and applied the lessons learned to law enforcement contacts! I patrolled by boat (Biscayne National Park, FL), by foot (White Mt. National Forest, NH), horse (Yellowstone National Park, WY) and by vehicle or foot in all the rest (Rocky Mt. National Park, CO; Joshua Tree National Park, CA; Boston National Historical Park, MA; Gulf Islands National Seashore, FL; Bureau of Land Management, CA; Stanislaus National Forest, CA; Apalachicola National Forest, FL)... When performing a law enforcement (or fire-fighting) for the national parks or forests, one is required to take mandatory early retirement at age 57. So I have been happily retired for the last few years and spend half of the year at the seacoast of NH and the other half on the gulf coast of northern FL. I enjoy hiking, especially in the NH White Mountains, walking, bicycling, kayaking, & photography… I love traveling and try to go abroad once a year and have also been working on family genealogy."

Janet Staub retired from the City of Seattle's Early Learning and Family Support programs in 2006; she then studied infant mental health at the University of Washington School of Nursing, and returned to her true love, working directly with families and children. She's facilitated Play and Learn groups for children and their adults, is a parent educator for Skagit Valley College, and loves supporting parent child relationships through home visits. Along with other community members, she launched Mother Mentors of Whidbey Island, an organization providing practical and emotional support to families with young children. She is married to her closest friend James Delong, and is the proud parent of two grown daughters, and delighted to be the grandparent of two!"

Arthur Anastopoulos has been working since 1995 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro – where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, director of an ADHD clinic, and active researcher on numerous research grants having to do with ADHD.

Donna (Ulrici) Kennington writes, "The experiences I had during my graduate years at Tufts and the knowledge I gained from the program and my outstanding professors has influenced my perspective of life, enhanced the quality of my work and helped shape my career for over 35 years. I obtained my Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology in 1984 from Georgia State University and have been working as a licensed Clinical psychologist in Atlanta GA., seeing adults and children in individual, couples, family and group therapy for 30 years. I also work as an adjunct psychologist for the state of Georgia providing assessments and consolation for a population with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. I have been married for over 25 years with an adult daughter (23) and an adult step-son (35), and a 8 month old grand daughter."

Jean Seigle writes, "I graduated from EP in 1976 and began service as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer the following month. I worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in a rural school in Paraguay. I have returned to the organization I love, and am now serving as the Peace Corps Director in the Philippines. 170 Volunteers are currently serving in three sectors: Education, Youth, Children and Families, and Coastal Resource Management. This is yet another chapter in my career, when as always, what I learned through my experiences at EP continues to provide a solid foundation to the professional I have become."

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Janet Staub along with other community members, launched Mother Mentors of Whidbey Island, an organization providing practical and emotional support to families with young children


 

 

 


Arthur Anastopoulos is currently a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina


 

 

 


Jean Seigle is the Peace Corps Director in the Philippines. "This is yet another chapter in my career, when as always, what I learned through my experiences at EP continues to provide a solid foundation to the professional I have become."


 

 
 

1980's

 
 

Linda Snow Dockser writes, "My time at Tufts and Eliot Pearson between 1976-1980 still informs my everyday life today, as it did 35 years ago. After graduating, I worked as a Child Care Counselor on a Mental Health Unit, then earned my Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania where I began evaluating educational and museum programs. My husband, Mark Dockser ('80), and I moved back to Massachusetts where life changed after having my own children. It was then that I transitioned to volunteering. Still informed by my Eliot-Pearson head and heart, I spent nine years creating and facilitating a Character Education Program at my three children’s Elementary School; was on PTOs and School Councils; and have since organized many speakers and events for the Reading Public Schools and Human Relations Advisory Committee. As a columnist writing about the Reading Public Schools for the local daily newspaper, I enjoyed thinking about and describing not only what was happening in the local schools, but also why, how, and by whom. As of last April, thanks to the support of my community, I am now a School Committee Member in the thick of making educational, budget, and policy decisions for the Reading Public Schools. I am forever grateful for my foundation in child development and learning that is trademark of Tufts and Eliot-Pearson."

Deb Redding-Sampson writes from Kennebunkport, Maine, "I am indebted to the Eliot Pearson experience during my time as an undergrad at Tufts and for the two years following, when I taught as an assistant with both Ann Judson and Ann Handman. My mentors in the department include Miriam Marecek, Roberta Pasternack, and David Alexander. As with most if not all students who passed through this department, it was life changing and a truly stellar experience. My best to you all, and best wishes for another 50 magical years."

Cheryl Baity writes, "I worked for Pitney Bowes in major account sales for 27 years. I volunteered at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital pediatric unit for eight years. Married from 1994-2005 to Celso Gonzalez-Falla from Houston Texas. Have two sons born in 1996 (Ryan) and 1998 (Connor). I currently reside in Darien Connecticut since 2002."

Ellen Thompson (W. Newton, MA) reports that Martha Appelbaum (New Jersey); Mary Murphy (living in upstate, NY.) and she met for a fun reunion and sharing of notes from careers in counseling, school psychology and enrichment class administration.

Joanne Gold McCrory writes: "I graduated in 1982 as Joanne Gold, now Joanne McCrory.  I haven't updated in a while so here are the highlights.  I earned my MS from the Erikson Institute in 2002 (when Sam Meisels arrived) and have been a DT at Rush Copley Medical Center in the level 3 NICU, a lecturer at DePaul and at Aurora University.  My husband Elliott and I have 3 boys: Martin, a sports photographer, age 30, married to a physicist and with they gave us our delicious 2.5 year old granddaughter.  Alexander, age 27, a concert bassoonist married to a mezzo soprano. Sterling, age 21, a mechanical engineer at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. My husband is a physicist at Fermi National Labs. We live in Aurora, Illinois, outside of Chicago."

Laurie Erichson Leibowitz writes, "I have been teaching preschoolers in a Jewish Early Childhood Center in Westchester County, NY for many years. I am passionate about working with these youngest students for whom everything is new!  I hope I am instilling in them a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Now my daughter Becca is an undergraduate at Tufts, majoring in Child Study and Human Development and spending a lot of her time at Eliot-Pearson. She is learning so much from the amazing professors there including a few who also taught me. Love that!"

Deborah Mitchell writes," I graduated Tufts in 1983. I have an organization which I am founder called Women of Influence and Purpose. I provide support to churches and other organizations. WOI is also a library which houses primarily African American Books and Christian Books relevant to the city of Boston and nearby town. My impact has been felt mostly by youth in communities. For instance, I planned a photo exhibit called "images of Black Culture". It featured the photos of Anthony Irving, the People's Photography. He was a photographer of the Boston Banner.

I coordinated a library exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats. I worked with both the Newton Free library and BPL Mattapan branch.

I am creating my own library services featuring books mostly from the Boston clergy and local artists. My library is available to the public. It will eventually be housed in my local church."

Lisa Caputo Sacco writes, "I am a clinical psychologist in private practice. Somewhat shockingly, I've lived in Cary, NC since 1989! Mark and I have been married since 1988 and have two daughters, Alaria, 23 and Julia, 18. We enjoy travel, camping and going to museums together. Would love to hear from other NC Jumbos lisa.sacco@drlisasacco.com"

Dominique Baudry  writes, "I graduated in 1985 and have been living in San Francisco since 1992. I am married with two boys and have a private practice running social skills groups since 2003. I have also created a game, which has been published, called "Should I or Shouldn't I? What would others think?" which was developed to help individuals think about situations from multiple perspectives."

Tamar Ascher Shai writes, "I am still working as a teacher trainer in the early childhood department at David Yellin Teacher's College in Jerusalem (Israel) and really loving teaching supervising fieldwork. Every year I try to find a topic to study and write about, as well as present at international conferences. The past few years have been particularly interesting: How to teach against homophobia with young children; A case study of transgender children; Making a difference in teacher training; How to work on developing ones educational belief systems."

Sally Rollwagen Hensley writes, "Moved to Crested Butte, Colorado in 1987. Director of a private preschool and then a public preschool/kindergarten until 2010. Elementary Principal at Gunnison Elementary School for 3 years. Currently the elementary principal at Crested Butte Community School. I have 2 boys in high school who love to ski and play hockey. I am fortunate to have my health, a rewarding profession, and live in an incredible place. Eliot Pearson made that possible for me - because there are children everywhere, even in small mountain towns.

Deebee Bechta writes, "I am a 5th grade teacher and Destination Imagination Coordinator at Grantham Village School in Grantham, NH. I also organize and facilitate an all-day Civil War Camp Day event at my school every June involving 8 hands-on stations all day for 5th graders and the rest of the school and community members as guests. I have been a re-enactor for the past 24 years with the 5th Massachusetts Battery, an artillery unit devoted to educating the public about the American Civil War. Being a member of a small school/ SAU community, I am part of teams developing curriculum, materials, and evaluations aligned to the Common Core State Standards. EP was instrumental to preparing me for developing authentic, creative, hands-on project-based learning. In a world of screen-time play, communication, and learning... I try to keep it real as well. And I go by "Deebee" Bechta. That's how my Tufts friends would know me and everyone since then. Worked my way through school at Dining Services – where I met and LOVED all my friends at Tufts. The few, the proud, the blue-ish collar.

Linda Gudas writes, "I received my Ph.D. from EP in 1989. Briefly, my bio since EP:
1985-1986 - APA internship in psychology at Boston Children's Hospital
1986-1990 - advanced predoctoral internship at Boston Children's Hospital
1990-2000 - staff psychologist at Boston Children's Hospital and instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School
2000-present - private practice in Needham, MA. I continue to be on the medical staff at Children's and have maintained my appointment as an assistant clinical professor, part-time at
Harvard Medical School. My clinical specialty and research interests are grief and and loss and
medical trauma. Visit my website at www.lindasgudas.com or lindasgudasphd.vpweb.com"

Aryn Landau Barer writes, "After graduating from Tufts I went on to receive my Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. I am currently the Director of Round Lake Camp, an overnight program for children with special needs ages 7-18. In 2014, campers hailed from 18 different states since we have an inclusion model unique to the camping world. I live in Yorktown Heights, NY with my husband, Kenny, and our three children Solomon, Deva and Jesse."

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Marla Kolman Antebi was recently awarded the Helen Diller Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education for her 21 years of experience teaching and directing programs on a local, national and international level


 

 

 

 

 

 


Dominique Baudry has a private practice running social skills groups and created a game called "Should I or Shouldn't I? What would others think?" which was developed to help individuals think about situations from multiple perspectives."


 

 

 

 

 

 


Linda Gudas has a private practice in Needham, MA; is on the medical staff at Boston Children's Hosptial; and is an assistant clinical professor, part-time at Harvard Medical School.


 
 

1990's

 
 

Jennifer Fisher Henry  writes, "My 'news' hasn't changed very much in the past 17 years, but here is my life in a nutshell... I am an elementary/primary school teacher (currently 1st grade, though I have taught everything from Kindergarten through 5th grade) in a French/American bilingual school in Paris, France. My students spend half the day with me, working across the curriculum in English, and then the other half with my French colleague doing work in French. I love what I do and I am always especially humbled by my students who are frequently bilingual, trilingual or more! And if they are NOT bilingual from the start, the speed with which they integrate a new language and/or culture is impressive. In my own family, I have a French husband and two bilingual children (Alexi, my 14-year old 10th grade son, and Julia, 12 years old and in 6th grade). We live in the suburbs of Paris and have a great guest room for anyone who wants to stop by and check out the Eiffel Tower.

I miss Boston/Medford/Somerville, but I am working on convincing my son to check out American colleges and universities -- I may make it back to The Hill sooner rather than later."

Marla Kolman Antebi was recently awarded the Helen Diller Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education for her 21 years of experience teaching and directing programs on a local, national and international level. She is currently serving as the Education Director at a Jewish Renewal synagogue called Chochmat HaLev (Wisdom of the Heart) in Berkeley, Ca and is very active in the interfaith community. She brings her Child Study and social work training into play every day with the families in the Spirit School she founded and the B'nei Mitzvah students and adult students of Jewish Meditation she teaches and guides. She is using the award money to take her family to Israel for the summer, where she used to go annually but hasn't been in five years due to being mom to two young boys, now ages 4 and 6. She knows that returning to Israel will open doors to her soul and life work that she longs to reintegrate into her professional picture, with the goal of building portals for inter-cultural and interfaith relationships that cannot be severed nor compromised no matter what may be going on politically.

Deke Sharon writes, "My kids are well on their way to being grown – ages 11 and 14 – and as stable and emotionally healthy as my kids could ever expect to be (thanks to my EP degree!) so I'm busy with my a cappella pursuits: "Pitch Perfect 2" comes out in May, "The Sing Off Live Tour" is on the road now and "Vocalosity" will be in January, I have my first Carnegie Hall concert (directing 400 singers) next weekend and another already scheduled for next spring, and most exciting: I’ll be on a new television show about a cappella on the Lifetime network this summer (name still TBA)."

Melissa Strada serves as an executive coach and human resources manager at Bloomberg L.P., in New York City, covering the company's financial products division.

Debbie Dobbin Catton, after graduating from law school, clerked for a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York and specializes in bankruptcy, real estate and commercial litigation. Her interest in law was sparked by the courses in child advocacy and social policy at Tufts. She has 2 children and has been an alumna interviewer for Tufts for the past decade.

Kristina Brown Brunelle writes, "The news in our realm of the world is that I am starting a new job in April, working with Red Hat (a technology company) as an Organizational Strategist. As a result, our family (husband, Dale, son, Quin (10), & daughter, Evie (3.5)) is going to be moving to Raleigh, NC, so I look forward to connecting with other Tufts alums when we move down in July!"

Andrea Sambrook writes, "I graduated from the Masters program in 1994. I worked in evaluation research, community based preventive intervention research and then directed a study for Gesell Institute of Child Development before relocating to VT to acquire a business with my husband. We own a preschool in Hinesburg, VT (8 miles SE of Burlington) and I find this the MOST challenging aspect of putting theory into practice! I am active in VAEYC, teaching professional development classes, and being an advocate for early care and education at the state level as well as directing our programs which serve families with children age 6 weeks to 12 years. As we expand our program, I'd love to hear from Eliot Pearson alums who live in or are moving to the beautiful state of Vermont! Or others who want to network and share their experiences in ECE leadership roles. andrea@annettespreschool.com.

Nicki Bongiorno writes, "I was at Eliot Pearson from 1988-1995! I graduated with a degree in child study in 1992 and returned that fall to begin a masters program which I finished in 1995. I now live in Kennebunkport, Maine, where I grew up, with my 16 year old identical twin boys Max and Zac. They are juniors and we are starting to visit colleges. Unfortunately they want out of New England so no future Jumbos. About 8 years ago I changed careers and became an interior designer and opened a shop called Spaces Kennebunkport."

Kyna Raney writes, "I officially launched Raney Architecture, PLLC see a couple of years ago in Tacoma, WA (near Seattle). I've been enjoying my school projects which have included campus master plans, renovations and interiors. My kids are now 12 and 7. I am continually grateful for my Tufts education and the friendships made there. Not a day goes by, when I don't tap into all the good things that our Tufts professors taught us in terms of my work and parenting. Thank you EP!! Miss you all and think of you often."

Christine Bumatay Sethna was promoted to Division Director of Pediatric Nephrology at the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York located in New Hyde Park, NY.

Patricia Williams was promoted to Associate Professor and tenure at the University of Maine at Farmington where she is a faculty member in the Department of Early Childhood Education. She also coordinates the Infant Toddler Playgroup Program on campus. In addition, she has worked as the editor or Annual Editions: The Family, a publication of McGraw-Hill, for the past 3 years.

Natasha Moni is in her third year of naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Cardiologist's Daughter, was released by Two Sylvias Press in late 2014. While at Tufts, Natasha studied with Dr. Maryanne Wolf at the Center for Reading and Language Research.

Wid Alharthy writes, "I have founded a diabetes center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia after my daughter was diagnosed with diabetes and couldn't find the proper education or treatment in town. After I visited Joslin Clinic in Boston and was introduced to the right approach to deal with diabetes I have decided to create a similar opperatunity to the diabetics in my country. The center Is called the International Diabetes Care Center (IDCC). The center diagnoses, treats, and prevents diabetes in a holistic approach. As you might already know Saudi Arabia is one of the top countries in diabetes prognoses. It is rated #6 in the world diabetes rankings. Our goal in the IDCC is to stop this disease from spreading through lifestyle changes. We have a gym and a kitchen. Beside having an adult and pediatric endochrinologests, we have a nutrionest, nurse educator, podiatrist, and a physical educator. We also do school visits. We have a diabetes support group for mothers of children with diabetes. We also celebrate events such as World Diabetes Day, Back to School... etc. If you would like to know more about the center please visit our website: www.idcc.com.sa or follow us on social media under IDCC_KSA."

Nancy Terres writes, "In addition to teaching full time at the MGH Institute of Health Professions my students and I are providing the research support for the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) project at MGH. As you may have been reading in the newspaper the birth of drug exposed infant is on the rise and a major public health problem. One of our neonatologists (Leslie Kerzner) is trying to map the long term developmental outcomes of these infants, but due to various circumstances with the infants' families the babies are often lost to follow-up. With the Governor's initiative on substance abuse pushing this issue to the forefront we are hoping to come up with some new models of follow-up care. We just completed a QI project on increasing the identification and referral to the NAS program of mothers showing up for prenatal care with positive toxicology screens. Since the project began the referrals have increased 100 fold, and the NAS working group has expanded from a few interested physician and nurse providers to include more physicians (obstetricians, pediatricians, psychiatrists), nurses, therapists (especially OT), social workers, and various specialty teams like the Trauma Team. We also participate in the Vermont Oxford Network which is a research clearing house for tracking high risk neonatal outcomes.

On the home front, my husband Peter retired from UMass Boston in late January to concentrate on his academic support company Frontline Words. He and his business partner are providing assessment and remediation services primarily to collegiate programs, as reading, writing and language skills are a concern everywhere. Our girls are both grown and flown the coop, although one boomerangs back from time to time, and will be doing so again this summer. Those rents in Boston are a killer!"

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Marla Kolman Antebi was recently awarded the Helen Diller Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education for her 21 years of experience teaching and directing programs on a local, national and international level.


 

 

 

 

 

 


Andrea Sambrook owns a preschool in Hinesburg, VT and finds it the MOST challenging aspect of putting theory into practice


 

 

 

 

 

 


Christine Bumatay Sethna is Division Director of Pediatric Nephrology at the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York


 

 

 

 

 

 


Nancy Terres teaches full time at the MGH Institute of Health Professions — she and her students provide research support for the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) project at MGH


 

 

 
 

2000's

 
 

Cecily Kaiser Wildes writes, I am fifteen years out of Tufts, and still think of my learnings at EP as the basis upon which I have built my career priorities. I'm not sure in what format you were hoping to receive "news", but here are tidbits of my own: – I am the new Publishing Director of Children's Books at Phaidon Press, having previously launched the Abrams Appleseed children's imprint at ABRAMS, and the Little Scholastic program for 0-3 year olds at Scholastic Inc. My new list of Phaidon books launches in Spring 2016, for ages 0-8, so keep your eyes peeled!* – I was married last year to [UVA alum] David Wildes, and we are expecting our first baby any day! I have already acquired numerous gifts of elephant onesies, socks, bibs, and blankets. GO JUMBOS! - My very best friends are EP alums, including the one who introduced me to my now-husband, so my love and gratefulness for Tufts has only grown.

*Note to all EP students, past and present: I find myself to be the only person in the children's publishing industry who can boast a background in child development. Most editors / publishers have a background in English / Lit studies. Thus, I bring a unique set of developmentally-focused priorities to the job that I wish more people shared. Children's publishing needs more child development people!!!!

Rebeca Brizuela Harcharik  writes, "I am grateful to have a home business I enjoy and that is growing. I recently promoted to a team leader with Usborne Books and More. I oversee a great team of consultants as we sell high quality children's books and educational supplies. I specifically enjoy doing book fairs at preschools and supporting parents and teachers so they can find the best educational products for their kids. This business allows me to be able to be with my own daughters, ages 7 and 2. My website is http://U3481.myubam.com.

I am also a Spanish teacher for Yak Academy. I am trained to teach full immersion Play-based Spanish to children ages 1-10. It is great to introduce an interest in foreign language to young children. I have also been a substitute French teacher with Yak Academy. I currently teach at a preschool in my town, on Thursday mornings, to 150 children ages 2-5."

Megan Lynes is currently serving her sixth year as the Parish Minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist church in Bedford, MA. Her favorite thing to do in this ministry position is lead a weekly youth group of 6th-8th graders. She writes, "There’s not a single day that I don't use what I learned in child development classes all those years ago in undergrad classes."

Kristen Eaker Baker writes, "After graduating from Tufts I got my BSN and MSN from Johns Hopkins and became a pediatric nurse practitioner. I work as the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator at Tufts Medical Center. My family and I are preparing to move to Bermuda this summer. My husband is a designer for Oracle Team USA, and so we will be in Bermuda until the America's Cup in 2017.

Sarah Ferguson writes, "Since graduating in 2003, I have worked with young children from birth to age five in child development centers across the country. After working with Bright Horizons Family Solutions in California and North Carolina, then as a mentor teacher in a laboratory preschool at Johnston Community College in Smithfield NC, I recently took a position with NCaeyc, the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children. In this new job, I am involved in advocacy projects, professional development opportunities, and public policy work to benefit early education professionals and the children and families of North Carolina."

Dianne Weiss was married to Victor Curran on October 11, 2014. They are at home in Concord, MA. In April, 2015, Dianne used her research skills to co-chair a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death and the Town of Concord's memorial service for the President. She and her husband are thrilled to welcome a granddaughter in June, 2014: Olivia Dodge Weiss!

Sunindiya Bhalla was recently promoted to Senior Director, Community Impact - Children & Youth at United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley. In this role, she manages the statewide Brain Building in Progress public awareness campaign, a joint initiative with the MA Department of Early Education & Care. Sunindiya also manages United Way's Summer Learning Collaborative and provides strategic direction for/on behalf of the agency on work related to healthy child development, including home visiting, family support programs, and early childhood mental health.

Susan Carle is currently living in Chicago and working as a Resident Principal in CPS at Volta Elementary School. As part of the New Leaders organization, she is learning best practices in their Aspiring Principals program.

Elizabeth Dowling writes, "I am currently consulting with international development groups focused on youth empowerment and employment, including Black Fox Philanthropy Head Junior Kindergarten teacher, St. Mary's Academy I love being back in the classroom and being able to teach at the same school my daughter attends. She is finishing first grade. She is growing so much and loving school. I will likely head back to the world of international youth development full-time once she heads off to middle school. I am in close touch with Rich Lerner, who was my mentor while at E-P and continues to be a mentor and friend, and with Pam Anderson, a fellow student in Dr. Lerner's IARYD."

Kathryn Ohle writes, "Since graduating with my MAT from Tufts, I’ve graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with my PhD in Early Childhood, Intervention, and Literacy (Spring 2013) and am in my second year as an assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I am currently embarking on a project to get digital children's books translated into Alaska Native languages in conjunction with Unite for Literacy.

Carolyn "Carrie" Larson Balmages writes,"Currently I live in Tustin, CA with Ben and my 2 little girls Lily and Charlotte. I teach 7th grade mathematics in Anaheim. I am a National Board Certified Teacher and a Master Teacher with a National Science Foundation grant through California State University Fullerton. I still use inquiry based/ discovery based / project based learning strategies from EP."

Shara Marrero Brofman, is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in New York City. After graduating from Tufts, Shara worked as a case manager for children with special needs, and then as a clinical research coordinator at Columbia University Medical Center, where she conducted research on psychopathology during pregnancy. She then earned a master's and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University's Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, completing her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals. Shara now has a private practice focused on perinatal and reproductive mental health, and she also works as a staff psychologist at an outpatient city hospital clinic. Last, Shara writes a monthly mental health column, Ask a Psychologist, for the wedding and relationship blog, A Practical Wedding. She welcomes the opportunity to connect with alumni and students, and can be reached at drsharabrofman at gmail dot com.

Nima Desai writes, "Currently I am a Hospitalist Pediatrician in Chicago at Northwestern Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. I graduated from medical school at Tufts in 2009 and then pediatric residency in 2012 at Northwestern. I am happily married and living in Chicago and hopefully (10 weeks still!) we will be expecting our first child this year."

David Raphael writes, "I am a pediatric dentist in Portland, OR. I opened my own office in July 2014 (www.portlandchildrensdentistry.com). My wife and I just had our second child. Jack is 17 months and Charlie is 3 weeks! It's a busy time in our house."

Avantika Taneja writes, "Since my happy days at Tufts, I have worked in NYC and London evaluating, training and communicating within education and participation non-profit organisations that critically engage children and young people in civil society via the education system. I completed an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London in 2010. Alongside my career I am now combining my two loves - children's sense of wonder and migration stories – by writing a children's book about a Syrian family's journey into refugeehood for a publishing startup."

Jessica Saltz Preman writes, "My husband and I welcomed a baby girl, Gabrielle, to our family on December 21, 2014. She joins her bother, Harrison who will be 3 in May. This spring we are relocating to Southern Connecticut from Hudson, NH for a promotion with Kyle's job. I will be leaving my teaching job in 2nd grade and will be looking for a new elementary teaching position starting in the fall."

Jack Peltz writes, "I graduated with my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2013 and have been a visiting professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since them. I am currently looking for tenure-track positions around the Rochester area as well as conducting a study on environmental influences on adolescent sleep. Finally, I just got back from SRCD in Philly where is was great to reconnect with Ann Easterbrooks and Rich Lerner. SRCD is always a mile-marker in terms of conferences as Grayce, my oldest daughter, was born when the conference came to Boston in 2007."

Nikki Shapiro Wang joined The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center as a Project Manager with the IDEAS Center. The Center's mission is to improve the affectiveness and efficiency of state roll-outs of evidence-based practices and quality improvement initiatives.

Stephanie Moreau writes, " I am currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the Boston Public School system. I directly supervise ABA Specialists and support teachers and paraprofessionals in at 5 different BSP schools in implementing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis into the programming for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  I also complete ABA evaluations and Functional Behavior Analyses for students throughout the district, give district wide and school level Professional Development trainings on ABA, and provide ongoing ABA consultation and support to families."

Cynthia Davis started a new position with the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program working to develop and direct large scale, nation-wide VA clinical trials.

Austin Ripley moved to LA and has been happily reconstructing a Spanish program at a K-8 school teaching grades 1-4 and loving it. She reports, "I have two kids now, turning 4 and 2 this Spring, so I'm busy but happy to be raising kids in a snowless environment."

Evan Roth-Howe joined the Global Children's Initiative at the Center on the Developing Child in 2014. His first project with the Center took him to Rwanda for several months, where he helped to design and implement a home visiting intervention for vulnerable rural families with children under 4. He has since joined project teams in Brazil and Mexico, as well.

Amy Eva Alberts Warren, along with coauthors Jennifer Tanner and Daniel Bellack, published Visualizing the Lifespan (Wiley; 2015), a comprehensive textbook covering standard developmental content, while incorporating contemporary theories, research, and critiques that deeply and broadly explore lifespan human development. To learn more please visit: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP003195.html.

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Cecily Kaiser Wildes is the Publishing Director of Children's Books at Phaidon Press


 

 

 

 

 


Sarah Ferguson works for North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children and is involved in advocacy projects, professional development opportunities, and public policy work to benefit early education professionals and the children and families of North Carolina


 

 

 

 

 


Kathryn Ohle is an assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Alaska Anchorage – and embarking on a digital children's book project in conjunction with Unite for Literacy


 

 

 

 

 

 


David Raphael is a pediatric dentist in Portland, OR


 

 

 

 

 

 


Stephanie Moreau is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the Boston Public School system


 

 

 

 

 

 


Evan Roth-Howe joined the Global Children's Initiative at the Center on the Developing Child in 2014


 

 

 

 

 

 
 

2010's

 
 

Letizia Allais, after graduating in 2010, spent two years doing doctoral work at the UC Berkeley School of Education. She then decided to focus on her family and moved back to Boston. She is now the Education Program Director for the Biostatistics Department at the Harvard School of Public Health, and she has two sassy children: Giacomo, 3.5, and Clémence, 1!"

Francesca Devaney Callan writes, "I am currently working at the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, where I am a Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator and Child Forensic Interviewer. I've been here for about 2.5 years now. My role is to coordinate comprehensive responses among DCF social workers, police, the district attorney’s office, medical providers and mental health consultants for referrals of child abuse. I also conduct interviews of children, so that the investigative team can obtain information in a sensitive, child-friendly, and non-leading manner. I'm still living in Medford and also work as a wedding photographer with my husband on the weekends."

Tamara Brown graduated is currently working as an Occupational Therapist at a big DC-area hospital.

Jenna Dargie will be attending Emerson in the fall, entering their Communication Sciences and Disorders MS program to become a speech and language pathologist.

Emily Eisenberg was accepted into the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant program at University of Colorado Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus).

Tanisha Howell is planning on attending business school at the University of Rochester this fall. She previously taught special education in Atlanta, GA through TFA and is now working as a case manager at a nonprofit in NYC.

Jessica Bartlett and her co-PI, Catherine Ayoub just received a discretionary grant from the Administration for Children and Families to study resilience to child neglect in a randomized controlled trial of Early Head Start. They are conducting the research at Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children's Hospital. She also just received a research appointment at Harvard Medical School.

Tucker Delaney-Winn is currently an account executive at SpotCo in New York City, where he manages the Broadway advertising campaigns for Lincoln Center Theater, On The Town and Hamilton. This spring he's also producing a reading of his own musical, Hamlet, the Hip-Hopera, which started at Tufts as an independent study with Dr. Kathleen Camara and premiered 2011.

Izzy Gainsburg is currently a first year graduate student in social psychology at University of Michigan – focusing on research on emotion-regulation, stereotypes and prejudice, debiasing medical decision making, and improving STEM climates for women and other underrepresented groups.

Ann Jankie writes, I graduated back in 2012 with my BA in Child Development and moved back to NYC after graduation and went on to work with a non-profit organization called Summer Search which helps high school students from underserved communities to develop social and emotional skills critical to their success in college and beyond by providing them with full-time mentors and two fully-funded summer experiential trips. I mentor a caseload of 29 students and also coordinate all summer programs for the NYC office. It has been an exciting time in the youth development field where character development is being recognized as essential, and it's at the crux of our program model. Be sure to check out Paul Tough's How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. I also recently got engaged. Life is pretty good!!!

I'm currently a second year doctoral student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science researching psychosocial outcomes in pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases with an emphasis on the transition process and risk behaviors in older adolescents with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Jill Plevinsky writes, "I recently was named the runner-up for this year's Marion and Donald Routh Student Research Grant from the Society for Pediatric Psychology and received funding in support of my dissertation investigating risk behaviors in first year college students with IBD."

Mengmeng Wang currently lives in Seattle, but she will move back to Boston in September to attend MGH IHP for a MA in Speech-Language Pathology. She feels really excited to move back to Boston!

Ellen Fleurant writes, "I'm currently in my first year at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. When I have free time, I love going for runs along Lake Michigan and volunteering in a school-based health clinic at a high school for pregnant and parenting teens."

Marie Perrot writes, "After graduating in May 2013, I spent a year as a Match Corps Fellow at Match Community Day Charter Public School tutoring preschool and kindergarten in Jamaica Plain, MA. At the end of my fellowship, I moved to Washington D.C. to pursue a Research Assistant position with the American Institutes for Research. My work mainly comprises of early childhood education research, but I occasionally do work around college and career readiness. I plan on pursuing a Master's or PhD in public policy with a focus on early childhood/child welfare policy. My experiences since leaving Tufts/Eliot-Pearson have made me especially interested in where research meets policy, and how this interaction translates in terms of program implementation."

Alexandra Halbeck writes, "I am currently working as a marketing associate with Intuit in San Francisco. My current role includes running large automated email campaigns that target TurboTax customers during tax season... believe it or not, I had to lean on my education on development greatly when designing these programs!"

Tamara Win is currently in her first year of the M.A. Music Education degree at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

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Francesca Devaney is working at the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County as a Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator and Child Forensic Interviewer


 

 

 

 

 


Jessica Bartlett received a discretionary grant to study resilience to child neglect in a randomized controlled trial of Early Head Start — and also received a research appointment at Harvard Medical School


 

 

 

 

 


Ann Jankie works with a non-profit organization called Summer Search which helps high school students from underserved communities develop social and emotional skills critical to their success in college and beyond