Kara is a driven and compassionate professional who was looking for a way to further her career and, “to show my daughters you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.” With two jobs and being a mother of two, she needed a master’s degree program that would fit into her busy life. The online Master of Science in Applied Communication was the perfect fit for her.
Congratulations to Paul A. Thibodeau, Class of 2020 Graduate Student Leadership Award Winner!
Thibodeau has faced many challenges in his life but still considers his a blessed existence. After years of drug and alcohol addiction, Thibodeau got sober 25 years ago and is now committed to helping others overcome their own challenges.
Describe your overall experience in our Special Education program.
I just finished my master’s in December. My experience with the program overall was just amazing. The professors were SO GOOD and Dr. Howard and Dr. Murray supported me the entire way. I could call them whenever, even though I was studying online, and that was key for me. I didn’t feel like just another student, I felt like I mattered. I am Fitchburg State through and through.
What do you plan to do with your degree?
I work right now at a substantially separate preschool. My hope is that my master’s will allow me to become a BCBA. I work with students who have a lot of challenges, and the new behavioral program at Fitchburg State will allow me to sit for the boards. This program really set me up for success in my current job.
2019 graduate student leadership award recipient and spring 2019 graduate Christine Foote-Lucero has been a licensed registered nurse for 17 years and a Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) for the past decade at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) in Aurora, Colorado. Her work puts her in direct contact with patients who have endured great trauma in the form of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Carolyn Buckley and I just finished my first year with cohort two in the M.Ed. in Education, 5-12 program. I live in Greenfield, MA with my fiancé, Marcus, and two stepchildren, Trevor and Jacqueline, ages 15 and 13. I love to read, play Tetris, and travel. I am a sixth and seventh grade math teacher at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. Between working full-time and tutoring part-time, my family’s activities keep me busy. Trevor plays football and runs both winter and spring track and Jackie plays soccer and is on the cheer squad. My family is my biggest cheerleader; their support keeps me grounded and drives me to succeed.
Tell us about yourself.My name is Nydia Leger, and I am currently in my fifth
Recent graduate, Kristin King has service in her blood. Her grandfather served in the U.S. Army and her uncle in the U.S. Air Force. Feeling the call to serve, Kristin enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. The first airplane trip of her life was to go to basic training in South Carolina. Kristin was deployed to Iraq, where she managed property and supplies in the service of the American war effort.After being discharged in 2014, Kristin came back home to Leominster. She wanted to continue her education and after being so far from home for so long, she decided to stay local and enrolled at Fitchburg State. It was a decision that would change several lives for the better.
At first, the transition to college life was challenging. The freedom and self-direction of a student was a far cry from the rigid structure experienced by a soldier. Kristin was also several years older than most of her peers in the classroom, creating a further sense of distance. But Kristin doesn’t give up.
Swaroop Krothapalli came to the United States to pursue a master's degree. You can too. Find out how Fitchburg State University can help you achieve your goals. Register for our webinar today!
Michelle Downey received the Graduate Student Leadership Award at our 2018 spring graduate commencement. Michelle's path to Fitchburg State began when she worked in academic publishing sales for 15 years and worked with professors on how to best meet their needs. From her sales background, she had the benefit of getting to work with professors from colleges all over the state. Michelle chose Fitchburg State because of the professors she met here.
"They advocate for their students, help foster relationships with colleagues and, ultimately, led me to fall in love with teaching," she said.
Earlier this year Michelle obtained her first full-time teaching job and looks forward to continuing her new career path in Special Education, Moderate Disabilities. She lives in North Andover with her husband, Brian, and their 7-year-old twins.
The Education Department at Fitchburg State is proud to announce that the first cohort for the Middle School Education (Initial Licensure) degree has nearly completed a full year. Read our latest blog from student Danielle Berthiaume to find out more about her experience at Fitchburg State.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Danielle Berthiaume, and I am so excited I will be finishing my third course in the next week here at Fitchburg State as a part of cohort one. I am married to a wonderfully supportive husband; I am also a stepmom of three children and mom of two lovely boys, ages five and five months. I keep myself busy on all fronts, as we enjoy camping and the beach in the summer. Fall and spring bring sports including swimming, soccer and dek hockey all for my son, as well as dek hockey for myself. I tend to overcommit and find myself stressed to the max, but with the help of my husband I have found success at this point in my life.