Shaughnessy Discussion Board
My relationship with Helen Shaughnessy dates back to the late 1940’s when I was a toddler growing up on Vernon Hill in Worcester. Helen (or Go-Go as I called her) was my babysitter!
Years later when I came to Worcester State she was my supervisor when I student taught in a 6th grade in Tatnuck. Helen was the person who spent hours talking to me about teaching and who convinced me that what I really should do was first grade! I have always been grateful to her for taking her time, energy and patience.
Kathleen Leary Ambrosini '67
Mrs. Shaughnessy was a great person, a wonderful woman and a great mentor to me. I will be forever grateful to her.
John C. Caparso '69
Helen Shaughnessy was a true educator in the true sense of the word. I count myself fortunate to have been one of her students. Mrs. Shaughnessy gave me a great gift; a love for the teaching of reading. She influenced me in ways she never knew, also the mark of a wonderful teacher. I went on to get my master's in reading and spent 30 years teaching reading to almost all grade levels. Though I am now retired, I volunteer in a first grade classroom teaching reading … she truly gave me the gift that keeps on giving.
I was in Mrs. Shaughnessy's classroom when the intercom interrupted class to give us the news of President Kennedy's assassination. She was remarkable in the way she handled the great shock of the news and as she shared her feelings with us she cried … and gave us the opportunity to share our grief … she was such a warm and loving lady.
It always amazed me that whenever I ran into her throughout the years on the Cape or in Worcester she always remembered my name and always asked how the girls (in my section) were and what they were all doing. I can't even imagine the number of lives she touched in such a positive way throughout her long career. Helen Shaughnessy was an inspiration and I will never forget her sweet smile and the twinkle in her eye.
Sonia Ovian Cure '65
Very pleased you are honoring Helen's very involved commitment to W.S.C. for so many years.
Florence Fraumeni, Professor Emeritus, Education
Helen's name does bring a smile and happy thoughts.
Lauraine (Longval) Laurence '61
Helen was a classmate and friend of my Mom, Mary (Kerwin) Locke. They were both older than most of the students and each achieved their goals and more.
Paula Gaudet '64
Mrs. Shaughnessy was so instrumental in my student teaching years…she knew how 'frightened' I was, she made arrangements to make my days 'more comfortable'. She was always encouraging, she knew what I was 'gifted' to be…an early childhood teacher for 42 years…God Bless Her!! She REALLY knew who to teach and lead…Her face is always there smiling back at me…
Pamela (Richardson) Dona '66
Good fortune placed me with Helen Shaughnessy for a portion of my student teaching experience. A few words say it all. Helen was the quintessential teacher!
Dorothy McGauley '53, '56
I had the pleasure of being at Thorndyke Road School for many years. Helen was our neighbor living right next to our school. She would come to the school and honor us reading to the students, being a judge at our Projects Fair, etc. She was a wonderful neighbor. I can remember when she moved to Southgate--the third grade Environmental Chorus went over to her house. We gave her flowers as a 'thank you' and sang a special song for her, "I Think You're Wonderful". She was truly moved as were we.
Elaine Zingarelli '70
If any building on this campus should have Helen's name on it, it is the Administration Building. It is where she spent her college years and later, where she worked. I am thrilled to be able to walk into that building every day and see her name up there.
Helen was an outstanding boss and a dear friend. She was one of the few people I have admired and respected in my life. I can't count the number of times I have sought her advice on issues both personal and professional. I miss her still, and am grateful for having known her.
Lynn Bromley, '80.
Helen Shaughnessy had a great influence on my education. She was my first grade teacher at Boyce Street School in Auburn and then my supervisor for student teaching at Bryn Mawr School in Auburn. Her positive reenforcement and winning smile will always be in my memory bank.
Karen (Lind) McNall '64
Very Good information ,Thanks
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