Stories

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

Jenn Turner in the yoga studio
Jenn Turner ’09
Brain Axelrod on the farm
Brian Axelrod ’11
“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
José Gonzalez ’13

Researching the Brain for a Cure

José Gonzalez, the first student to graduate with Lesley’s Cognitive Neuroscience minor, shares what it’s like working at a brain bank.

Enzo casually reading poetry
At Central Square Press, MFA in Creative Writing alum Enzo publishes chapbooks that give a voice to lesser-known authors.
Ruiming Huang
Ruiming, a mother, teacher, and adult learner, found recognition at Lesley through scholarship funding.
Book open to a page with an illustration of a baby.
According to Susan, it's never too soon to introduce parents to the habit of reading to their babies. That's why she co-authored "Belly Books."
English alum Jess Rizkallah
A Lebanese-American, Jess draws inspiration from her Arab heritage and identity, which infuses her poetry and illustrations with unique color.
High school teacher in front of the classroom
Sydney Chaffee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year, knows the importance of helping young people achieve.
Man with sunglasses playing a saxophone on an outdoor stage.
With a master's degree from Lesley, Devin's carved out a career as a performing artist and as a music educator for inner-city Boston youth.
male teacher in front of the classroom
Beau Morimando ’13
alumna Jackie Geilfuss
Jackie Geilfuss ’14