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  • Alumni Spotlight: Mahera Chiarizio

    Alumni Spotlight Mahera Chiarizio

    The Alumni Spotlight features weekly Q&A with past students to give YOU an inside perspective on life after Dean College!

    Mahera (Wray) Chiarizio graduated in 1995 with an associate’s degree in early childhood education. Read on to learn more about Mahera!

    Where are you currently employed?

    I work at Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start, Inc.

    What is your job title and how long have you been in your current position?

    I am the Early Head Start Expansion Project Manager. I have been in this position for over 2 years.

    Tell us about your job. What are some of the duties and activities you are responsible for?

    I manage and oversee an expansion program of eighty-eight infants and toddlers. I also oversee the budget, implement trainings to support staff as well as supervise program areas that include disabilities, mental health, education, and family engagement.

    What is the best part of your job?

    The best part of my job is the children and families. I also enjoy working closely with the teachers.

    How did Dean College prepare you for your career?

    The ECE program at Dean College set the foundation for me to build my career goals and further my education to a master's degree level.

    As a Dean College graduate, you'll always be an important member of the Dean community. Whether you graduated five years ago or 50, you have lifelong access to networking events, sporting events, job opportunities and much more. Visit the Dean College Alumni section of our website for more information! 

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