Stories

Lesley students, alumni, faculty, and staff are making big things happen, from coast to coast and around the world.

Andy Mellen studied Special Education: Severe Disabilities at Lesley University.
Andy Mellen ’17
Aqueela Culbreath-Britt writing outside in a sunny park.
Aqueela Culbreath-Britt ’18
“I love creating a sense of community, joy, and high expectations—and getting kids somewhere they maybe didn’t think they could go.”
Sydney Chaffee ’07, 2017 National Teacher of the Year
Leona Watson ’14

Empowering Middle Schoolers to Become Active Citizens

As a school counselor in Dorchester, Massachusetts, counseling and psychology alum Leona empowers middle schoolers to advocate for themselves.

Anusia Hirsch wears her graduation robe and is stading with advisor Gene Ferraro and her husabnd under umbrellas holding her award and diploma
Anusia Hirsch’s degree was 40 years in the making
Political Science & Environmental Studies alum Marcel Howard at food waste fair
At Lesley, Marcel discovered a passion for working in environmental policy, which continued to blossom during graduate school.
an open box from ArtSnacks sits on a desk next to books and paper
Design alum started her own business for artists and designers that shows up at their door every month.
Aqueela Culbreath-Britt writing outside in a sunny park.
Working as a social worker inspires her stories. She "gives a voice to people who feel like they don't have a voice."
Somewhere In Between by Ciara Bruning
Art Therapy major managing Lyme disease says it took "an army" of support to graduate on time. But she did it.
Ellie Brennan, learning specialist
Lesley’s Collaborative Internship Program helped Ellie gain the experiences she needed to become the educator she always aspired to be.
Craig Martin, principal of the Michael J. Perkins School in South Boston.
Craig Martin ’07
José Gonzalez in his science lab
José Gonzalez ’13