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Exchange: To and from the editors

Exchange: To and from the editor

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From left to right: Ben Barnhart, Chief Photographer; Carol Cambo, Editor; Brian Jenkins, Art Director; Kat Eldred, Director of Communications, and Linda Cahillane, Associate Editor, who keeps us all in line.
YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FAVORITE teacher. In fifth grade, I had the incredible Mrs. Edmunds. She directed my class in Shakespearean plays (I played Fernando in “The Tempest,” cross-dressed in a tunic,), edited our autobiographies, and generally kept our minds filled to the brim with possibility. Just one great teacher can make all the difference in a young person’s life, no matter how imperfect the home front, how bare the cupboards. That’s what’s so exciting about the School of Education’s “Bridges to the Future” program, endorsed by consummate educator Bill Cosby ’72G, ’76Ph.D. (See “The Cosby Principle,” page 24.) Bridges celebrates the profession of teaching and asks veterans of the classroom to share their vast experience with the next generation. By integrating a teacher’s education into the very fabric of a community, Bridges recognizes that learning happens beyond the classroom—and that all of us are teachers in our own way.

We did our share of learning with this issue of UMass Amherst. In the wake of longtime art director and acting editor Elizabeth Pols’ retirement in December, new and existing staff members worked together to produce the spring issue. As we forged new professional relationships, we also learned new software and moved into new office space. In the process, we evolved into a team of colleagues reinvigorated about the magazine’s mission.

I thank Mrs. Edmunds for teaching me to embrace new ideas and to encourage dialogue. And I ask the same of you. We welcome your thoughts as we seek to improve the magazine. We hope it proves a valuable learning experience—for all of us.

Carol Cambo, Editor


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