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Success Stories: Life Skills Through Literature, January 1997


Meghan McLaughlin attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and graduated from University of Massachusetts, Boston, with a double major in philosophy and classics. She is certified to teach Secondary Language Arts and has taught adults reading and writing skills in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For the last eight years, she has lived in Portland, Maine, where she has taught Latin, Ancient Greek, and English at Portland High School. Formerly, she was an instructor with "Building Alternatives," a program for adjudicated youth incorporating vocational and academic education in Portland, Maine. Success Stories: Teaching Life Skills Through Literature is Ms. McLaughlin's first publication. Her poem, "Thinning Light," appeared in the June issue of Out of the Cradle.

Jean Trounstine is Professor of Humanities at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts. With grants from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Ms. Trounstine developed a humanities-based theatre arts program, now in its tenth year, at Framingham Women's Prison. Three years ago, Women in Philanthropy, a state giving-organization, honored her as one of 23 "Women Who Care" for contributing to the lives of women in the State. She has served as a consultant to the Task Force on Female Offenders established by the Women's Legislative Caucus. Her work has been featured in Boston Globe Magazine and on The Today Show, and her writing has appeared in The Catalyst, The National Drama in Education Journal, The Community College Week, and The Book Group Book.

Dr. Robert P. Waxler received his B.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he wrote a dissertation on the poet and artist William Blake. He is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he also currently serves as Dean of Continuing Education and Summer Programs. In addition, Dr. Waxler has been the chairman of the Department of English and the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He has written articles on literature and the writing process, as well as essays on the humanities and business issues.

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