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Recent Graduate, Abigail Robichaud, MAT Art Education '20, I hated my dress, featured in Boston Arts Book Fair

Book cover of "I hated my dress" by Abigail RobichaudAbigail's book entitled, I hated my dress, was featured in the 2019 Boston Art Book Fair and received First Runner-Up in Illustration at the SMFA Graphics Annual. The book aims to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect and promote child advocacy. The book was inspired by the complicated relationship between the author and her mother. Abi reflects on her creative process: "Drawing on some of my earliest childhood memories (particularly the unsettling ones) I drew simplistic illustrations of material objects, playing with Piaget's theory of object permanence in infancy. The seemingly meaningless objects became permanent in my mind, along with the traumatic response to them. The objects as well as text are often floating in space without obligation to conventional borders. As the story progresses, the narrator ages, and the "thoughts" you are reading become more developed, more perceptive." The story was first hand written with sketched illustrations. The illustrations were then recreated as digital drawings, printed, and water colored by hand. The book can be ordered here.

Graduate Matthew Callahan, MA '19, Keeps Students Connected with "Chalk Talk"

Matthew CallahanAlum Matthew Callahan, a US history teacher at Catholic Memorial, was recently featured in the Boston Globe for his exceptional dedication to keeping his students motivated during their cancelled lacrosse season. To engage his students during the COVID-19 pandemic, Callahan created "chalk talks", a forum which is open to students ranging from high school seniors to seventh graders.  During these sessions, Callahan and his staff discuss lacrosse strategy and answer student questions, before dividing the players into grade level subgroups.

Student Gage Mohammed shares: "As a coach, I think [Callahan is] doing everything in his power to keep us motivated, and you can tell he genuinely cares for us...He's always there as a coach, and teacher."

As a senior at Tufts, Callahan was named the outstanding defender in the US Intercollegiate League, later serving as an assistant coach of Tufts Division 3 national championship squad in 2015. 

Callahan expresses what many teachers are feeling these days: "No one gets into teaching or coaching to spend all day in front of a computer. You get into it for the relationships...It's been difficult given the circumstances, but we're just teachers trying to help students better themselves, and we happen to be teaching lacrosse."

Graduate Duncan MacLaury, MAT History '14, Awarded the Richard Aieta Promising Teacher Award

Duncan MacLauryReflecting on his recent recognition, Duncan shares: "I am honored to have received the Richard Aieta Promising Teacher Award this year from the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies. I have had amazing teaching mentors and peers including my nominating colleague at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Kevin Dua, and Professors Steve Cohen, Linda Beardsley, and many others at Tufts who have helped me get where I am, and continue to push me (both directly and indirectly) to become a better teacher for all of my students."

Duncan MacLaury has been a U.S. History teacher at CRLS since 2016 and in 2019 received the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Faculty Distinction Award for his exceptional teaching. He earned both his Bachelors of Arts in history and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In 2018, his research on the Black Panther Party of Boston was published in the edited collection, The Black Panther Party in a City Near You. Duncan is grateful to be teaching young people, and in particular, the diversity of youth in Cambridge, about history each day. By using complex primary sources and scholarly texts in his classes, he engages students to study history and its importance to the current world. His teaching uplifts the voices of people marginalized in the traditional study of U.S. History and emphasizes the power of people in making change in the world. By providing students with tools to use as active agents of progress, he encourages them to create a world in which they wish to live.

Graduate Receives Maryland School Psychologist of the Year

Jeanne McCormackJeanne McCormack, a graduate from the School Psychology Program '03, went on to work in the North Penn School District in Pennsylvania and currently works in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. In 2019, Jeanne was awarded the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year award for her commitment to the students and families she serves, her leadership amongst her colleagues, and her dedication to the field. Jeanne is grateful for the encouragement and support of her teachers and mentors, for they shaped the professional she is today. The numerous opportunities the program at Tufts provided to learn within and outside of the classroom helped Jeanne develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support students in schools. Jeanne vividly remembers lessons learned in her time at Tufts and utilizes these skills in her work with students. Jeanne loves being a school psychologist and is excited to be a part of this field which continuously expands on work that focuses on advocacy for children.

Graduate Receives Secondary Art Educator of the Year

Artwork by Amanda DavisCongratulations to Tufts '09 Art Education alumna, Amanda Davis, who was named the Massachusetts Art Education Association Secondary Art Educator of the Year. When asked about this award, Amanda replied, "I have been creating art in all forms since I was young and this inspired me to teach art." Since graduating, Amanda has worked in the public-school setting and currently works at Hull High School. During her time at Tufts, Amanda recalls an emphasis on multi-cultural learning and art as a civil right. She was inspired by the dedication and expertise of her advisors and instructors, many of whom she is still in touch with today. These values and relationships have shaped her work as an art educator as she is committed to implementing cross-disciplinary curriculum that focuses on social justice, diversity, and community building. To learn more about Amanda's work visit: amandadavisart.weebly.com or follow her on Instagram @artwithmrsdavis.

Alumni Spotlight

Max MetzMax Metz, Jr., MA, Museum Education (G'18) is Manager of School and Teacher Programs in the Learning Programs Department at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Before moving to Chicago, he finished his degree at Tufts while serving as the Manager and Educator at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds of Historic Newton in Newton. In his position, Max manages programs including teacher in-service trainings, a science educator conference, dissections and water testing labs for students at Shedd and at their schools, and a series of tablet-based, exhibit-based learning programs used in the aquarium galleries. Max says, "I am inspired daily by K-12 educators throughout the region who have been able to utilize programming we've created to enrich the lives of their students, and who have given us feedback so we can better align with the needs of their students, families, and colleagues. I have also been fortunate to use my professional network of colleagues and friends made during the Tufts program to heighten the best parts of my position and to commiserate in some of the more difficult situations."

Graduate Receives PECASE Award

Christopher WrightPhD in Engineering Education ('11) alum Christopher G. Wright was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineering (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Christopher's research was recognized for extending the engineering field's understanding of the different ways in which African-American males at various junctures (e.g., elementary, secondary, and post-secondary) develop engineering competencies and positive identities.

Graduate Achieves Tenure at Purdue

Morgan HynesPhD in Engineering Education ('09) Graduate Morgan Hynes reflects about his time at Tufts and achieving tenure at the Purdue School of Engineering: "I credit my success in achieving tenure to pursuing ideas that I was passionate about. My work focuses on broadening the context of engineering to broaden participation in engineering, especially for those traditionally underrepresented in engineering, which has me focus on how to get younger students excited about what they’re doing. Both my PhD advisors, Bárbara Brizuela and Chris Rogers, modeled being passionate and excited about their work, and I knew I wanted to emulate that in my career. I hope that as I continue my career, I will continue to pursue my passions and provide those types of opportunities to the students I teach and advise."