Nina Bucchianeri '10 - Special Education

Nina Buccianeri

Throughout her life, recent graduate Rosina 'Nina' Bucchianeri '10 has had an intense desire to serve others, and it was here at Curry College where she has received the formal training she needs to make it her profession.

Ever since she can remember, her uncle has been in a wheelchair without the ability to speak, stricken with meningitis.  It affected her in such a way that she has dedicated her life to those in need.

"My uncle's condition was something that affected me deeply as a child.  But I wasn't ashamed of him; it was actually quite the opposite," she recalls.  "I wanted people to know about his condition and educate them about it, and it drove me to want to help other people who had difficulty helping themselves."

So the Hanover, Massachusetts native volunteered her time in high school to work with students with special needs.  And when it came time to choose a college?

"I chose Curry, not only for its special education program, but because of the small, friendly environment, the small class sizes, and it was close to home.  As a commuter, I like to get my studying done off campus, but I am still very involved with events on campus.  Plus, I can always stay over one of my friend's dorms if need be."

The special education licensure program at Curry includes the study of all types of students with moderate special needs; this includes students with learning, behavioral, and cognitive issues that affect their school performance.  Nina is most fascinated with studying and working with children with mild cases of autism and Down's syndrome.

"My favorite class at Curry was  Behavior Disorders in Children.  Professor (Anne Leonard) Zabel made the subject material interesting, and I have learned so much from her."

Bucchianeri was very involved outside of the classroom at Curry, having served as President of the Class of 2010, as a peer mentor working with the Alcohol Safety and Awareness Organization (ASAO), and as an Orientation Leader.

She was also a member of the Education Club, which focuses on issues surrounding education and teaching, and got great hands-on experience working with young children at the Curry Early Childhood Center.

Beyond the Blue Hills, her desire to serve others has taken her to work with victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In March of 2007, Bucchianeri traveled to New Orleans through the Alternative Spring Break program, joining 14 of her Curry College peers and several other college student-volunteers.  Their task was to assist in the rebuilding effort in the Upper Ninth Ward of the city.   The trip was sponsored by the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Bucchianeri is looking forward to landing her first full-time permanent job after Curry, and plans to work with elementary school children with special needs.  She also has her sights set on getting her master's and doctorate degrees in the field of special education.

Recently, Buccianeri had been working at the Cardinal Cushing School in Hanover, MA, which serves students between the ages of 6 and 22 years old with mild to severe intellectual challenges as well as behavioral, emotional and physical challenges.


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