Our D’Amour Student Fellows program began in the fall of 2017, and has been a wonderful opportunity to partner with students on our campus to promote excellence in teaching and learning. The Student Fellows work with us throughout the year on a number of initiatives, including assistance with our Davis grant, meeting and discussing the student experience with faculty in our New Faculty Orientations and Course Innovation Academy, planning one of our spring Food for Thought events, and writing blog posts for this web site.
Tamra comes to Assumption from Quincy, MA, and is a senior biology major with a minor in psychology and a concentration in neuroscience. She serves as president of the senior class, head tutor in the Academic Support Center, and co-founder and vice-president of the Student Philanthropy Club. After graduation, Tamra plans to attend graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.
Hailing from Walpole, Massachusetts, Kurt has double majors in history/secondary education with a minor in political science. He loves American history and politics in particular and hopes to teach both subjects at either the high school level or higher ed. This past summer he held an internship at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, where he was able to teach school and tour groups about the importance of our government and civic engagement. When he’s not obsessing over history, he likes to play violin, read Stephen King, and fulfill his New England duty to drink Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee everyday.
Kurt’s blog post, published in December of 2017, focuses on how history teachers can make their courses more relevant and engaging to students.
Jess Ferronetti is a senior from Andover, MA, double majoring in Spanish and secondary education with a minor in psychology. On campus, she works at the Academic Support Center and the Assumption College Bookstore. She is currently working on her Honors Thesis and is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and Habitat for Humanity. When she’s not working on campus, she enjoys sitting out in the sun and reading. After graduating, she hopes to get a teaching position at a high school and obtain her masters degree in Spanish.
Carly Wheaton comes to Assumption from the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts. She is a senior majoring in elementary education and mathematics. Upon graduation, she will be licensed to teach grades 1-6 at the elementary level, as well as math in grades 6-8. On campus, she serves as head tutor at the Academic Support Center, with her instructional focus being mathematics. With teaching as her true passion, she looks forward to impacting the education of the future students at Assumption by fully investing herself in the opportunities that this fellowship will offer.
Carly’s blog post, published in October of 2017, focuses on how faculty can help create a sense of community in the classroom. Read more at “Building a Community of Learners.”