Category: Alumni


Child in hospital (Thinkstock image)

Ensuring School-Age Patients Receive an Education: Meet Natalie Curran

September 18, 2018

Editor’s Note: This month, Teach.com — an educational web resource for information on becoming a teacher — features Neag School alumna Natalie Curran ’11 (ED), ’12 MA in its “8 Questions” series, which showcases teachers who have transitioned their classroom skills into new and exciting careers in, and beyond, the field of education.


State Continues to Struggle to Recruit Teachers of English Learners

September 5, 2018

“It’s not until they actually get out into the field, and see that they may be working in a place with English language learners, where they may think, ‘Oh, this might be an option for me to be a bilingual teacher or a TESOL teacher’,” Elizabeth Howard said. “And if they don’t land in a place, in a district, where there’s a high incidence of English learners, then it would not occur to them at all necessarily, they wouldn’t see the need for it.”



Jason Courtmanche from the UConn Dept. of English and the Connecticut Writing Project, recognizes one of the student honorees. In the background is Doug Kaufman, from the Neag School, who served as another faculty advisor.

10 Questions With the Director of the Connecticut Writing Project

August 28, 2018

Jason Courtmanche ’91 (CLAS), Ph.D. ’06 has been serving in a variety of capacities at the University of Connecticut for 23 years. A lecturer in the University’s English department, an assistant coordinator of the Early College Experience English program, and affiliate faculty in the Neag School’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, he primarily serves as director of the Connecticut Writing Project (CWP), which immerses Connecticut teachers in an intensive writing program where they grow as writers, learn about teaching writing, and have the opportunity to become published in one of CWP’s literary magazines.







East Hartford School Board Hires New Assistant Superintendent

August 3, 2018

The new assistant superintendent of elementary schools in East Hartford is Elsie Torres, a teacher and administrator from Meriden, school officials announced Thursday. Torres, who starts her new job on Aug. 15, most recently worked as supervisor of bilingual education and English-as-a-second-language programs for Meriden public schools.