Among Our Students in the MA Program



Nilda Almonte:  An English literature student in the graduate program, Nilda currently teaches in the Danbury Public Schools. She plans to pursue a sixth-year degree after completing her M.A. in English. She likes to travel and plans to visit some of the homes and museums of Ireland’s acclaimed authors.


Jessica M. Connell: Jessica teaches 3rd grade at a small, parochial school in the Fairfield County area. She chose literature because as C. S. Lewis said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”

Katie Crocco: While working on her graduate degree, Katie teaches English 10 and 11 at New York’s Carmel High School. Among her goals are to teach high school English and eventually become involved in curriculum development for a district.  The classes she has taken in this program have not only broadened her own experience with great literature, but have enriched the content and methods of instruction in her own classroom. 

Kathy Cullen:  After a lifelong career in corporate Human Resources, Kathy is now indulging her passion for books and reading by pursuing a Master’s degree in English Literature. She plans a second career in copyediting/proofreading and writing for children.

Lynette Hunt Demetri:  A literature student in the graduate program, Lynette has been teaching grades 10 and 12 English at Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury for the last nine years. After graduate school, Lynette plans to continue teaching while pursuing freelance writing.   


Cheryl Hill: A TESOL student in the M. A. program, Cheryl enjoys teaching ESL on the University level and singing Opera/Classical music professionally. After graduating, she plans to get an assistant Dean position at a University while continuing to teach and sing. She hopes to enroll in a doctoral program in the near future.

Jeff Wasserman: Jeff is an English teacher at Greenwich High School, where he enjoys teaching communications classes. Upon finishing the M. A. in English at WestConn, Jeff plans to get back to writing the Great American Semi-Autobiographical Novel.


Dustin Zima:  After a short stint as a semi-professional ice hockey player, Dusty comes to the M.A. program with all of his real teeth.  He grew up in Hannibal, Missouri--Mark Twain's boyhood hometown--and attributes this as the reason for his love of reading and writing.  Aside from being a Graduate Assistant, which allows him to teach the discussion sections of the larger mega-section courses offered by both the English and Writing departments, Dusty works at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford as a Historical Interpreter.  In his spare time, he volunteers as a hockey coach for local youth hockey teams.  After graduating with his master's degree in the fall of '09, he plans to enter upon his doctoral studies in 19th Century American literature--namely, Mark Twain and women writer's of the time period.