Stories

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

A former teacher and caseworker, Jana Karp created the Boston Youth Sanctuary for children and families impacted by trauma.
Jana Karp ’06
Jonathan Mande leads a drum workshop with elementary students
Jonathan Mande ’17
“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
Colleen Shannon ’04

Changing the Conversation on Death

Combining art with therapy, Colleen Shannon gives grieving children a healthy way to process death.

Threshold Program Alum Adam Roberge
Threshold alum Adam can’t remember a time when he didn’t love cars. Today, he's a researcher at Herb Chambers Mercedes-Benz of Boston.
Robert Mitropoulus Education Alum
As a classroom teacher at the Cotting School, Robert says his days are filled with "small celebrations."
Dudley Williams Walking Outside
Dudley lives a full, independent life, which he credits to the support he gained at Lesley University.
large mural on highway underpass
This artist and alum is creating a place for street art within Boston's expanding construction boom.
artist nayda aurora cuevas
This MFA in Visual Art alum's portrait series counteracts negative social constructs by contributing new and positive images of Latina women.
portrait of Leland Cheuk
‘Cancer has been a weird blessing’ for author and MFA in Creative Writing alum Leland Cheuk.
Jenn Turner in the yoga studio
Jenn Turner ’09
Brain Axelrod on the farm
Brian Axelrod ’11