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Stories by Lory Hough

By Lory Hough 05/29/2018 8:45 AM EDT
Stephany Cuevas
Research has shown that it’s important for parents to be involved in their children’s education. But what happens when a parent is undocumented, when they worry that their own immigration status will affect their child’s chances at going to college? This is what doctoral student and Ed.D. marshal Stephany Cuevas, Ed.M.’15, focused on for her dissertation, “Apoyo Sacrificial: Understanding Undocumented Latina/o Parents’ Engagement in Students’ Post-Secondary Planning and Success.” Using information she gathered from in-depth interviews with 15 undocumented Latinx parents whose children were...
By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 1:48 PM EDT
Nick Leonardos
After Nicholas Leonardos, Ed.M.’99, was offered the job last summer as executive director of a charter school in Lowell, Massachusetts, one of the first things his family said to him was, “It was meant to be. ”Not only had Leonardos been teaching and leading schools since the early 1990s, but he had a close personal tie to the building where the school was housed: his great-grandmother, Constantina Niarchos, had worked there in a shoe factory 100 years earlier. “I knew that both of my grandparents were born in Lowell and that my great-grandmother had worked in a mill, but I had no idea which...
By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 1:18 PM EDT
Tony Delarosa
Moving to a new school in a new state isn’t easy for most kids, and it’s even harder when it happens in middle school. It certainly wasn’t easy for Tony DelaRosa, Ed.M.’18, after his family relocated when he was in seventh grade from Camp Pendleton in California, where his mother was stationed, to Ohio. But there was a silver lining: The experience later helped him realize how much he wanted to work with young people, especially middle-schoolers. “I identify with crisis at that age and understand that kids need mentors,” he says. “They’re craving people who share their passion, and also...
By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 12:40 PM EDT
Angela Henry
Angela Henry, Ed.M.’83, was destined to do something big with her voice. Growing up, people told her they loved hearing her read out loud. Her parents even relied on it: As the family camped its way across the United States, Henry would read to her siblings to pass the time. She says that J.R.R. Tolkien novels may have prevented fratricide in the back seat. Now a voice and screen actor, Henry talked to Ed. about her career, Harvard, and off-key jingles. How did you get started with voice work?
My start was in third grade. You know how the teacher has each student read a sentence aloud...
By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 12:39 PM EDT
Cupcake Wars
Think you can bake? Trinidad and Tobago native Timothy  McIntosh, ED.M.’18, shares five tips on how he and his sister, Winnette, both graduates of MIT, went on to beat the competition and take the grand prize on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Being type A helps. “Anyone who knows my sister and me knows that we’re very different in that she is very type A, and I’m most certainly not. Except when it comes to baking. I turn into a mad scientist where things have to be perfect. I take very precise measurements, and when cakes are in the oven, I don’t just take them out when a set time is up. I...
By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 12:37 PM EDT
Walking the Talk
This past fall, Usable Knowledge launched a new Facebook Live series called Walking the Talk designed to explore challenging questions around diversity, inclusion, and identity. While walking around campus, host Domonic Rollins, the Ed School’s senior diversity and inclusion officer, has an unscripted, live conversation with a guest. The conversation is meant to be informal and honest — a way for guests to share what really needs to be thought of and done to make education spaces more inclusive. “The dialogue is two-way, building off of each other’s comments and questions, and it’s meant...
By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 11:55 AM EDT
Victor Pereira
Although he once had dreams of playing in the NFL, Lecturer Victor Pereira isn’t surprised he became a teacher. Even though he sometimes felt overwhelmed with the nonstop nature of school — new assignments! more homework! — he liked learning. He especially liked science and, eventually, working with young adults. Now, as a master teacher in residence in science with the Harvard Teacher Fellows Program (HTF), Pereira talked to Ed. about his profession, seeing with your brain, and lessons in humility. Where did you grow up?
I was born and grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts, a small town...
By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 11:23 AM EDT
When 15-year-old Andrew Sutherland created a software program in 2005 to help him study 111 French terms for a test on animals, little did he imagine that the program would eventually become one of the fastest-growing free education tools, with 30 million monthly users from 130 countries. “Quizlet has absolutely become a valuable tool,” Sutherland says. “In the United States, half of all high school students and a third of all college students use us every month. That’s not something I expected to happen when I made it in high school, and it speaks to how essential it has become.” Part of the...
By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 11:20 AM EDT
Dog Therapy
For Judith Bonifaci, Ed.M.’01, it was one of those coming together moments that really changed her life. Her two golden retrievers had just died. She and her family were, she says, done with dogs. But then a close friend pointed out that Bonifaci just didn’t seem happy. She suggested they get another golden. So Bonifaci did, this time from a breeder who told her she believes that owners need a greater purpose for their dogs beyond just family pet. After teaching for decades and volunteering at a local hospital, Bonifaci decided what she wanted to do next: raise a therapy dog, one who would be...
By Lory Hough 05/22/2018 10:48 AM EDT
Gretchen Brion-Meisels
CURRENTLY READING: Tonight, I read Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters to my son, Julian. THE THING THAT DREW YOU TO IT: These days, the majority of books that I read are children’s books. When I looked at my son’s bookshelf tonight, I realized that I’d never read this one, and I needed a little Obama in my evening. FAVORITE BOOK FROM CHILDHOOD AND WHY YOU LOVED IT: In high school, my favorite book was Beloved. (Does that count as childhood?) I have always been drawn to books about the history of racism in the United States because of my own positionality. Also, the last three pages of...