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Where Are You Now?

Monson Alumni share their successes! 

Jason Roebuck - 1984
Jason Roebuck - 1984

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Jason Roebuck

Year of Graduation

1984

Current Job Title

Faculty Monson High School

Fondest memory from school:

It is very difficult to narrow it to just one. Participating in athletics and extra-curricular activities were some of the best times in my life. Many life long friendships were made with peers, coaches and teachers.

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?

Monson High School made me a better writer and public speaker. 

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?

Be yourself, work hard and always be setting and working towards goals that you have established. 

David Parker - 1975
David Parker - 1975

Name

David Parker

Year of Graduation

1975

Current Job Title

CEO

Fondest memory from school:

As Schools Match Wits

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?

By giving me the opportunity to adjust the curriculum and the freedom to join as many activities as I wanted. By never saying "It can't be done just because it hasn't been done before" 

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?

Recognize the advantage that a small school provides: to be the best at whatever you set your mind to. 

Matt Baron - 2004
Matt Baron - 2004

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Matt Baron

Year of Graduation

2004

Current Job Title

Physician 

Fondest memory from school:

My fondest memories from Monson High have to revolve around all the extracurricular activities available through the school system. The team memories around tournament time in baseball or state championship races with cross country will last a lifetime. Television appearances on As Schools Match Wits will probably be the closest to Hollywood we ever reach. Working with student council and national honor society on school and community projects really embedded a sense of community. 

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?

Monson High never had as many resources as some of the regional or brand name private schools in the area, but it did have incredibly dedicated faculty who encouraged their students to become engaged with lifelong learning. To be honest, my calculus skills are not really applicable to my daily work and a lot of the subject specific material only gets brushed off for a night of pub trivia, but the broader skills of time management, teamwork, stick-to-itiveness, engagement and curiosity honed during grade school are applicable across all job fields. For potential employers, a diploma represents a certification of those skills more than anything else. I remember complaining about memorizing national capitals or the periodic table as much as the next student, but it was through those exercises that I developed the less tangible skills that really matter. 

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?

Think about who you want to be and what you want to do constantly. Too many people fall into a life or career path by default. You cannot reach your goals if you haven’t established any. Every single successful interview I have every participated in has hinged on convincing the interviewer why I am the best candidate for the position by how it fits into both my and the employers long term goals. Passion comes through in the narrative and it cannot be faked. 

Anne-Marie (Chouinard) Glasser - 2003
Anne-Marie (Chouinard) Glasser  - 2003

 

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Name: Anne-Marie (Chouinard) Glasser     Year of Graduation: 2003

Current Job Title:

Director of Administration at Creme de la Creme Early Learning Center for Excellence

Fondest memory from school:

*morning announcements! *all drama club performances, but especially my Senior year when I finally landed the Best Overall Performance award I had been dying for! *the first days of summer Senior year when we got to eat lunch outside

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?

The close relationships I developed with all of the teachers and administrative staff at MHS have shown me what kind of educator I want to be. Also, being able to be surrounded by individuals who motivated and supported my desire to pursue theater made me realize I could do anything I wanted to.

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?

These moments are what you will soon be looking back on and calling the good old days. While you should absolutely focus on your studies, don't forget to take the time to get to know the people you are sharing these moments with. Who knows, they might be the same people that are by your side 20, 40 and 60 years after graduation.

 

Wyatt Aloisio - 2008
Wyatt Aloisio - 2008

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Name: Wyatt Aloisio   Year of Graduation: 2008

Current Job Title:
Staff Writer and Reporter, Turley Publications and the Journal Register Newspaper, Palmer, MA

Fondest memory from school:
Without a doubt it would have to be meeting my current group of friends as well as my fiancé. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people throughout the years, but even after all this time I still continue to remain close to the same people I was friends with during my time at the High School.

I credit them as possibly one of the biggest reasons I chose to remain in Monson beyond my college education.

My time spent with them during those years continues to this day to rank high among the memories that I have from when I was in school.

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?
From a learning standpoint I’d say that the Monson Schools helped to foster my pre-existing love of reading and writing and to show me that even in a time of automation and computers there is still a need for storytellers.

I whole-heartedly attribute much of this to the writing skills I was taught in the 7th grade by Ms. Patricia Cawley who showed me that writing can be enjoyable for both myself and those who read what I’ve written.

Monson is a unique town in that growing up here and coming through the school system I not only received an education but I was also taught to have an appreciation for our local community as well. I believe that this is the same for a lot of Monson alumni and a reason why many of us choose to stay or return to Monson even after our graduation.

Nurturing this appreciation for the community and coupling it with my love for writing, meeting and hearing the stories of others, and the need for honest information it made sense for me to not only pursue my career in journalism but to be naturally attracted to a small town paper like the Journal Register.

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?
It’s never too early to begin thinking about what you would like to do as a career and more importantly never too early to begin making preparations for that career. Interning, work based learning, and volunteering with employers and individuals already working in prospective career fields and taking early opportunities to begin making contacts and steps toward your goal really do make a big difference in the long run.

Having a good set of skills to work with is also important, as it never hurts to have something to fall back on. Never rely on just one thing, always seek to improve your knowledge and understanding of the world around your and of new things that may yield possible future opportunities.

Lastly I’d say that the most important thing above all else is to have fun. Many career choices I’ve seen today are driven by a need to make more money and to not fail. But failure is never something to be ashamed of as long as you are able to take a lesson away from it in order to better yourself and when you enjoy what you do, and commit yourself to it, then success is sure to follow in one form or another.

Bridget (Beaulieu) Bouchard - 2003
Bridget (Beaulieu) Bouchard - 2003

Bridget_Bouchard.jpgName: Bridget (Beaulieu) Bouchard   Year of Graduation: 2003

Current Job Title:
Photographer 

Fondest memory from school:
I always loved Winter Carnival and the week leading up to it! All the competition between grades, and camaraderie with my own classmates was just so much fun! 

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?
High school in Monson was the best, I was able to form friendships that have helped me throughout my 20's and hopefully for the rest of my life, because I was open to different things and tried out summer theater, dance, cheering, softball, art classes, music, it just made me more well-rounded and gave me the chance to friend all different types of people with different interests which helps me with my photography clients now. I'm able to relate on different levels with my clients and make them feel comfortable in front of the camera almost immediately! 

 

Kate Watts - 1986
Kate Watts - 1986

12901196_10154123029588060_8674816944163600795_o.jpgName: Kate Barnes Watts  Year of Graduation: 1986

Current Job Title: Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Monson Public Schools

Fondest memory from school:

Too many to count—but probably being in the concert and marching band, chorus, and drama.

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?

Monson prepared me very well—I was fortunate enough to be in Senora Webster’s Spanish class for four years, which more than prepared me for becoming a Spanish major at UMass. I also was honored to learn from many stellar teachers—most notably for me being Rich Renaud—who challenged me in so many ways.

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?

Stay flexible and positive—I never could have predicted where my journey would have taken me, but I am so grateful for the path I am on.

 

Matthew Ferry - 2007
Matthew Ferry - 2007

Matt_Ferry_picture.jpgName: Matthew Ferry  Year of Graduation: 2007

Current Job Title: Manager, Baseball Operations – New York Yankees

Fondest memory from school:

  • Any math class with Mrs. Geiser or Mrs. Arment
  • Physical Education with Degnan
  • Baseball practice with Coach K / Coach D
  • Life-long lessons on the basketball court with Mr. Devine
  • Story time with Mr. Roebuck
  • Visiting with Mrs. Goodrich in the Guidance office

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?

The small school environment was perfect for my overall learning abilities. Teachers were personable and went the extra mile to help students understand. Monson High School was structured just enough to provide guidance to young adults, but allowed for enough freedom for creativity and discovery to learn about the interest of oneself.

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?

Take the hardest classes possible and push yourself to be the best that you can be. Get involved. Strive for nothing less than extraordinary. Never settle. Maximize your four years at Monson High. Be vulnerable.  Don’t be afraid to fail. Learn from your mistakes. Plan for your future. Try new things. Most importantly, have fun!

Sara (Malo) Szado - 1995
Sara (Malo) Szado - 1995

Sara_Szado_picture.jpgName: Sara Szado  Year of Graduation: 1995

Current Job Title:

  • Manager, Exhibitor Services for Affiliate Summit, Inc. – Affiliate Summit runs the largest affiliate marketing conferences in the world.
  • General Manager, NE ELITE – baseball training.

Fondest memory from school:

Four years with both my softball and soccer teams! We certainly didn’t have the winning success like the teams do now but the bonds I made with my teammates and the memories still carry with me. I can tell you every play that happened my senior year when we were playing in the WMASS championship for softball after all these years!

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?

Back when I was at MHS I took all the business, marketing and accounting classes that were offered. I knew then I would definitely go in the marketing direction. One of the classes back then was speech with Phil Murray that you were required to take before graduation. I would have never thought so then, but that was a class that taught me so much. Not just for public speaking but the correct way to make a presentation to a large group, which I do so often. All my business courses I have taken both at MHS and in college have helped me prepare for NE Elite and opening your own business. You can find something you enjoy working with the youth, make a little money, and it helps with tax preparation.

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?

Try and find the right balance. I have two younger children (Molly and Shane) and I wanted to make sure I was available to them as well as continue with my career. In the online affiliate marketing world you can usually find great work-from-home positions that require discipline but, as a Mom, it could not work any better for me. Find a career and job that makes you happy, life is way too short to settle. 

Life is always going to be busy with your career and a family, if you choose to have one. Make sure you find time to get involved in your community whether it be with the youth or something else that interests you. It’s very rewarding!

Marie-Claire (LaFlamme) Foley - 2003
Marie-Claire (LaFlamme) Foley - 2003

Marie_Claire_Foley.JPGName: Marie-Claire Foley  Year of Graduation: 2003

Current Job Title: Guidance Counselor, Baird Middle School, Ludlow, MA

Fondest memory from school: So hard to choose!

  • The entire grade learned a dance to "I Believe I Can Fly" in the gym at Quarry Hill and performed it for our parents.
  • I loved being a part of A Christmas Carol at Monson Jr./Sr. High School when I was in 8th grade.
  • Winter Carnival Sophomore year when we beat the older classes and felt really cool.
  • Senior spring when everyone became so close and every single week, there was something to look forward to and we were all in it together.

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?

I knew I was going to become a Guidance Counselor when I was just in middle school. I was always giving advice and helping people solve their problems. I loved talking to Mr. Bardwell about his job and I won the Psychology award from Mr. Vossen during my senior year. This gave me the confidence to pursue my goal of helping people for a living – and actually getting paid for it!

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?

I know that Monson feels like a bubble that you can’t wait to burst and get out of. I felt like that too, until I went to college and moved to Boston. Then, I realized that growing up in Monson is one of the most important parts of me. It made me value the simple things of life and have an understanding of real community. Also, my best friends became my bridesmaids 12 years later. 

Peter Sauriol - 2009
Peter Sauriol - 2009

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Name: Peter Sauriol  Year of Graduation: 2009

Current Job Title:

  • HR Generalist at iTech Solutions
  • Chair, Monson School Committee

Fondest memory from school:

  • Numerous Coach Devine "Moments" both in cross country and in the classroom.
  • All Spanish classes with Senora Webster - especially Spanish 4/5

How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?

I learned critical thinking and communications skills that are essential for any management role. It's those skills more than the facts or specific subject content that have been the most impactful. 

What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?

Take your time figuring out what you want as a career and make sure it's something you enjoy. Also, focus on learning and not grades. When you get in the workforce your knowledge and experience will make you a successful job applicant, not just the letter or numbers on your HS/College transcripts.

Learning leads to good grades but good grades, don't always indicate what you've learned. 

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