Featured Alumni Profiles
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Marc Sole (MA '09, Biology Education)
When Marc Sole, MA '09 (Biology Education), was a young student, he dreamed of becoming a meteorologist or ornithologist. Today, his love of all-things-science has landed him back in the classroom, this time as a teacher sharing his passion with New York City students. Marc employs the Democratic Science Teaching Framework, which allows students to have a choice in what they learn and become agents of their own educations.
Frances Kweller (BS '04, Communication Studies)
Inspired by her love of education and her time at NYU, Frances Kweller (BS '04, Communication Studies) entered the work force on a mission to revitalize the higher education application system. The result was Kweller Prep, an organization she founded which provides highly personalized and intense test prep courses for students seeking higher test scores, entry to top-rated schools, and a way to reach their aspirations.
Danielle Butin, MPH, OTR (BA '85)
When Danielle Butin, MPH, OTR (BA '85) traveled in Tanzania, she met numerous health workers and locals profoundly affected by dire medical services and a lack of medical supplies in the area. Determined to help, Danielle combined her knowledge of occupational therapy, psychology, and experience in the medical world to create the Afya Foundation, a non-profit which allows international health organizations to select medical supplies from the Afya warehouse via the internet.
Nadema Agard, BS ‘70 (Art Education)
A 1970 graduate of Steinhardt's Art Education program, Nadema Agard has built her career as a visual artist, curator, consultant, poet, and writer. Her work consistently uses the arts as a vehicle to teach diversity and multiculturalism, as well as celebrates her Native American heritage.
Nora Jane Struthers, BS '05 (English Education)
Nora Jane Struthers, a 2005 graduate of Steinhardt's English Education program, has combined her love of language, storytelling, and singing into a successful and creative music career. With the release of her self-titled first album, Nora fuses bluegrass and country for a fresh and innovative sound, all while keeping her passion for people and education in focus.
William Caballero, MA '08, Arts and Humanities
Alumnus William Caballero's feature-length documentary, American Dreams Deferred, recently premiered at the 2010 New York Latino Film Festival. Caballero, a 27-year old Puerto Rican-American, is an MTV Movie Award nominated filmmaker, violinist, composer, artist, and editor. He graduated with a master's degree from Steinhardt's Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2008.
Sandra Sollod Poster received her PhD in Media Ecology under the great Neil Postman. Sandra is a faculty member at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and recently received an Emmy for her work on the TV series We Are New York. As a dedicated Steinhardt alumna, Sandra shares the influence Neil had on her career, the story of her Emmy-winning TV series, and the inspiration she finds in both her BMCC students and her work as a corporate communications consultant.
When Ken Jedding graduated from college in 1995, he searched high and low for a book offering guidance on next steps in his career, adjusting to living home again, navigating relationships, and finding his passion. Unable to find the book he was looking for, he decided to write it himself. Learn more about the final outcome, Higher Education: On Life, Landing a Job, and Everything Else They Didn't Teach you in College in a Q&A with the author, who also happens to be a member of the 2010 graduating class.
In her recent book Beyond Words: Reflections on our Journey to Inclusion, Diane Linder writes about the everyday challenges of navigating the educational system for parents of children with special educational needs. The book recalls Diane's journey as she learned to question therapists and evaluators and to listen to her own intuition.
In December 2008, NYU Steinhardt awarded the DPS degree to the first cohort of candidates from the Department of Occupational Therapy. The terminal project for the degree, the Professional e-portfolio, is an integral part of the program and illustrates the dynamic interface of advanced academic and clinical excellence that is fostered throughout the program. Karen Roston, one of the first recipients of the DPS, was interviewed about her experiences in creating the professional portfolio and her occupational therapy education.
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When Dr. Alice Artzt, Ph.D. 1983, took her first Math Education course, her professor asked, "Why do you think it is important for people to learn math?" The search for an answer led Alice to a distinguished career in Mathematics Education, culminating in the creation of "Time 2000."
Larry Birnbach and Beverly Hyman have co-authored a new book, How to Know if it's Time to Go: A 10-Step Reality Test for Your Marriage. The book serves as a guide to finding a happy long-term solutions to better your partnerships and determine what your relationship needs. Birnbach and Hyman, a husband-wife team, acknowledge that guilt and fear abound when individuals who are faced with the difficult decision to get a divorce wrestle with the question for years. Are the hard times a phase or a sign of a bigger problem? How to Know if it's Time to Go is the first book to guide those wrestling with this decision by providing a ten step program to determine if a relationship has truly reached its breaking point.
When Dr. Aliza Savir (MA '84, PhD '91) found herself in New York as a trailing spouse, she decided to enroll at NYU Steinhardt to study and pursue her interest in Media Ecology. What Savir soon found was that her academic experience would change her life, alter her world view, and lead her to a period of discovery, ultimately bringing her to The Peres Center For Peace.
Born to immigrants Sarah and Max Simon in New York City, triple NYU alumnus Isidore Murray Simon has lived a life full of learning, travel, and philanthropy. Barbara Simon, Isidore's daughter and fellow triple NYU alumna, shares her insights on his exciting life and career.
Nearly three decades ago Jane Lowy '52 found out how quickly life can change. Despite the setbacks and obstacles she encountered, Jane found an important role as an educator and advocate to improve divorce law. Today she campaigns tirelessly in Washington, DC to ensure that legislation passes to protect others from the fate that befell her.
Ask Suzanne Walsh (Ed Theatre '78) what compels her to go to work everyday at Convent of the Sacred Heart, and she'll say "scholarship." Her passion for art, philanthropy and education has been evident all her life. Beginning at 13, Suzanne volunteered to babysit for friends and neighbors for free; she loved interacting with children and that was reward enough. Later in life, this passion, combined with her newfound commitment to providing arts programming to a diverse group of kids, became her full-time job. It was a dream come true for Suzanne.