CLASS OF 1997 | 2019 | ISSUE 2

Hope 2019 has been good to you and your loved ones . . . we appreciate the updates! The class of ’97 has at least two books coming out, so be on the lookout for them.

Lauren Porosoff and her co-author husband have a new book coming out in August called Two-for-One Teaching: Connecting Instruction to Student Values. Their book is an approach to instructional design to incorporate social-emotional learning into every stage of an academic unit. Looking forward to reading it. Congratulations, Lauren!

Larisa Ortiz has been on a speaking tour promoting her book Ecology of Place. She shared the stage with Colorado governor, and now presidential candidate, John Hickenlooper ’74! They chatted backstage about their Wes connection, which is always fun. Larisa always tries to connect with Dara Katz in D.C. and really enjoys keeping up with everyone’s lives on Facebook. “Keep the good news flowing everyone! In this day and age, we all need it.” Larisa lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her 9-year-old son, Xavier. After 11 years as a small business owner, she just sold her consulting practice to a D.C. firm called Streetsense and will now co-lead their Research and Analytics Studio, as well as their New York office. Great news, Larisa!

Wendy Paget Henderson is the child welfare director for the State of Wisconsin. She lives in Madison with her husband and spunky daughter and spends all her free time outside and traveling. Keep up the good work—wow!

Aileen Nagle McDonough is busy running her company, 3am Writers, in Rhode Island, and often travels to NYC for business if any Wes friends would like to connect. She was excited to watch Wesleyan win the DIII national lacrosse championship at Gillette Stadium and visited Wes campus to take her son, Shane, to a lacrosse prospect day. (Now, if that doesn’t make us feel old!)We all got super teary-eyed at the idea of taking our kids to see Wesleyan as an amazing prospective college. Keep the updates coming! We love to hear from you.

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