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Museum Education

Meet Students and Alumni

If you are thinking about applying to our program and would like to talk with one of our current students or alumni, feel free to email those who have included their contact information below.

Current Students
Dominique Marcial (contact me)

I discovered my passion for museums through a college internship at a local museum in Pennsylvania, and the rest, as we museum people like to put it, is history. I was inspired by the wide array of interpretive and educational strategies that museums present to a widely diverse audience. Above all, I enjoyed being a part of the enriching community connections and partnerships museums create with local schools, businesses, and institutions. I work at the Concord Museum, and I hope that my time at Tufts will allow me to continue to find channels to extend education, not only to visitors, but also to the communities within which a museum resides to better serve a broad public. I received my B.A. in English from Lafayette College.
Max Metz (contact me)

Nontraditional education has been my calling for most of my life. My experiences as a referee, coach, environmental educator, tour guide, outdoor educator, camp counselor, group facilitator, community volunteer, substance abuse and juvenile court mentor, and natural history interpreter have all set me up for a fulfilling, professional career in museums. I graduated from Northland College in Ashland, WI in 2010 with a BS in Outdoor Education emphasizing in natural history interpretation, and minors in Environmental Education and Writing. After working in the field for a few years my wife and I signed up for the Peace Corps and moved to Panama for three years. During that time, I worked with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama, on curriculum development, interpretive planning, and docent training - among other work in rural Panama training educators and community members. I now am the Manager and Educator at the Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds of Historic Newton in Newton, MA and am enrolled full-time in the Museum Education Master's Program at Tufts. I've found that the Tufts Museum Studies Program has strong connections with other museums throughout the region and I appreciate the professors' professionalism and realism. I look forward to graduating in the spring of 2018.
Elaine Mondy (contact me)

I first became involved with museums because I could never bring myself to focus on one thing. I've always been interested in science, literature, culture - if you can name it, I've probably spent some time studying it. Once I started working with local and national museums, I realized that education was my niche in the museum world. At Tufts, the Museum Education Master's Program gives me space to embed my interests into a career that gives back to the community.

I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Evolutionary Anthropology and BA in English.
Marie Palladino (contact me)

Since earning my B.A. in Italian Studies and Art History from the University of Rhode Island in 2010, I have worked at New York City's Italian American Museum as the Education Coordinator, at a contemporary art gallery in Boston as an art consultant, as a volunteer in the Education Department at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and as the Educational Programs Coordinator at Boston's Mary Baker Eddy Library. My current job at the Mary Baker Eddy Library emerged from a class project that I did in my third semester as a student in the Museum Education Certificate program. I was offered the position after creating a set of lesson plans for the Education Department. Since June 2014, I have been incorporating my coursework into my program design and curriculum development at the Library. I also made the decision to extend my graduate experience and was accepted into the Museum Education Master's Program. Aside from my full-time role at the Library I am also currently interning in the Learning and Engagement Department at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum while completing my last semester in the Museum Studies Program.
Meghan Quigley (contact me)

Throughout my time as an undergraduate Art History student at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, I had multiple internships in various museums and discovered my interest in museum education during these internship experiences. These various internships provided me with opportunities to conduct curatorial research on Latin American artists, discover the power of play, and use artwork as the basis for personal reflection and discovery. Most recently, I worked as the Learning and Interpretation Assistant at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. I am now the Coordinator of Tours and Visitor Learning Programs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum where I manage and coordinate the volunteer and tours program.

I decided to enroll in the Tufts program because I wanted the opportunity to think deeply and critically about museums. Specifically, I am interested in contemplating how education influences the current and future role of museums in our society. I also wanted the opportunity to meet other people who were interested in museums, but with different backgrounds and experiences.
Andrea Woodberry (contact me)

I graduated from Luther College in Iowa with a major in history and minors in museum studies and French. The museum studies minor, as well as a job in the college archives and volunteering with the local museum allowed me to dig into museum work. After interning with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. I realized education was the place for me within museums. The Tufts program provides a place to bring my experiences and passions into courses and practical experiences that also push me further into the nuances of museum education.
Abigail Linsner Zhang (contact me)

I love helping people connect to the stories of their city to inspire deeper engagement with their community and neighbors. The Tufts Museum Education MA is enabling me to connect this passion with my professional experience in marketing, admissions, and educational technology.

Prior to joining the Tufts Museum Education master's program, I earned a BA in Political Science, interned in the Senate, and worked for a semester study program in Washington, DC. In this role, I connected visiting students to the history of the city—both its power and poverty. I was also a docent at the National Building Museum, member of event teams and working groups for Cultural Tourism DC, and tutored in an after-school literacy program. I look forward to continuing to partner with city museums and historic sites to tell stories of diversity, immigration, and civic engagement.
 
Alumni
Amy Briggs (contact me)
M.A. Museum Education, 2007

Museum Consultant & Freelance Educator

The Museum Education program at Tufts provided me with both theoretical and practical experience within the museum education field. I find myself drawing upon my experiences at Tufts often in my professional practice. The teachers are working museum professionals that offer real world insight into the museum world. The network of Tufts Museum Studies and Museum Education alumni has also been a fantastic resource since graduating.

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Jennifer Duckett (contact me)
M.A. Museum Education, 2017

I graduated from Smith College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Art History and French and a concentration in Museum Studies. During my undergraduate career, I explored the museum field through internships at institutions including the Smith College Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Since my time at Tufts, I have returned to the MFA Boston, where I coordinate the planning and day-to-day logistics of our studio art programming for children, teens and adults. Prior to joining the MFA, I worked in school programming at the Concord Museum and in visitor services at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. At Tufts, I learned how to hone my interests in arts education, gallery teaching and accessibility to expand upon my existing skill set as a museum educator.
Christina Errico (contact me)
M.A. Museum Education, 2017

While earning my B.A. in Archaeology from Dickinson College, I became interested in museum education when I participated in an archaeological dig at a living history museum. I found my passion that summer, and I pursued my degree so that I could continue to facilitate meaningful learning and make a difference in the museum world. I am currently an Engineering Education Associate with the Tech Studio at the Museum of Science, Boston, where I work with school groups and families to facilitate engineering and computer science activities and challenges.
Jamie Kaplowitz
M.A. Museum Education, 2009

Manager of Curriculum Initiatives at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover

Coming to the Tufts Museum Studies program from an arts administration background, I had been anticipating tailoring my course load to be as arts-focused as possible to support a future position in an art museum. I was not only thrilled to find myself in a cohort of museum professionals from all different disciplines, from science museums to historic homes, but now consider that interdisciplinary background to be one of my strengths. In my position at an academic art museum managing curriculum integration for high school classes across discipline, I find myself regularly applying theory and best practices learned from coursework, from teachers with experience in the museum field both locally and further afield, as well as from my fellow students whose own museum and education experience is emphasized in the Tufts program as a valuable aspect of the curriculum.

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Christina Moscat (contact me)
M.A. Museum Education, 2009

Art & Nature Programs Coordinator, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

The Tufts Museum Studies program served as a great foundation for building my knowledge of the museum world in both a theoretical and real world context. I enjoyed learning from professors in the field, building a network of museum colleagues with fellow students, and expanding my understanding of museums to encompass art, history, and science. I still lean on the relationships I fostered in the program today for professional collaborations and advice.
Colleen Sutherland
M.A. Museum Education, 2016

I am particularly interested in accessibility (in regards to both visitors and collections), visitor studies, and community engagement. Although history museums hold a special place in my heart, I am interested in the different ways in which education is viewed in all types of museums.

I'm currently working as a Museum Educator with school programs at the Peabody Museum of Architecture and Ethnology at Harvard University. Before my time in museums, I lived in Madison, WI for five years while studying secondary social studies education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and trying my hand at teaching in a variety of classroom communities.
Greg Tranter (contact me)
M.A. Museum Education, 2015

Independent Museum Professional, Football Historian and Curator

My dreams include partnering with a Buffalo museum to create a permanent Buffalo Bills football memorabilia exhibit to inspire and educate the community on the history and passion of the team and its fans. I chose Tufts University to re-career in the museum field. I learned how objects tell powerful stories and are influential educational tools. The networking, camaraderie and intellectual discussions and debates at Tufts stimulated my thinking and energy. My internship with the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI enabled powerful learning experiences to apply my education in real world situations as the museum executed an extensive renovation.

Earning my Masters in Museum Education transformed my dream into a tangible goal, equipped with the knowledge, relationships and passion to realize my objectives. I am now an independent museum professional, football historian and curator. I am currently curating my Buffalo Bills Collection into the Buffalo History Museum, working on a permanent long term exhibit and serving on their Board of Managers.

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