Professor of Practice, Director of Clinical Programs and Undergraduate General Education
Director of Clinical Programs and Undergraduate General Education
Helen began her teaching career as a 4th grade teacher in the Brookline Public Schools. She later became the Assistant Coordinator of the Learning Disabilities Program for Newton Public Schools where she trained and supervised literacy teachers working with students with specific learning disabilities. Helen supervised student teachers from Simmons College, Northeastern University, and Lesley University before coming to Simmons as a full time faculty member in 1978. Here she has continued her interest in literacy and in the preparation and supervision of emerging teachers.
Helen oversees the licensure program at Simmons and is the designated Licensing Officer in the Education Department. She coordinates all elementary placements and supervision at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. Helen pinoneered the introduction of the year-long internship program which is known as the Kathleen Dun Scholars program for Simmons undergraduates, and which has become a model for the graduate programs in ESL and Special Education as well as in general edcuation. She also directs the undergraduate general education program and advises a large number of undergraduate education majors. In 2006 Helen received the Dean's Award for Exceptional Undergraduate Advising.
Harvard Graduate School of Education