English Alumni

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Want to know what you can do with a major in English?  Check out what these recent Plymouth State English alums have been up to!

Alexa Moore ‘14

Major: English

Concentration: Literature & Film

Alexa graduated with a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons University in May 2019. She currently works at the Amherst Town Library in New Hampshire as a Circulation & Reader Services Librarian. She is a member of the management team and takes the lead in handling public service functions that include circulation, interlibrary loan and reader’s advisory.

Nick Greenwood ‘11

Major: English
Concentration: Literature and Film

Nick now works as part of the new Identity and Access Management team in IT at UNH. His team is responsible for making sure everyone and all four universities have the appropriate access to do their work, ITSM, accounts management, and more. Part of his job is to work on the Knowledge Base for UNH and USNH system are large. Nick and Taylor ’13 have been together since 2010, having met at their campus job, working at Lamson Learning Commons. They have a wonderful and playful pup, Okie.

Jessica Reed, ‘11

Major: English
Minor: Applied Linguistics

After a few years managing the County Attorney’s Office in Carroll County, Jessica now teaches English at Kennett High School in North Conway.

Marissa Vargas, ‘19

Major: English

Marissa works for Yale Appliance and Lighting. She writes for their website and works closely with their clients. Marissa is the middle man for the company, often coordinating appointments, repairs and deliveries. Marissa works closely with the content manager to produce content for their website on many different topics and after five months is already moving her way into the marketing department with her writing. She aspires to get a position as a content manager or publisher. Marissa loves her job and the people she works with. To recent alumni, Marissa says, “if you aren’t in your dream job right away, that is okay! Don’t give up. Work your way up!”

Cassie (Stone) Viau, ‘08

Major: English / Writing Option
Minor: Business Administration

Cassie is the Marketing Manager for a national healthcare staffing agency. She manages all aspects of the company’s marketing efforts, including advertising, promotional materials, social media, blogs and website content, and event planning. The biggest event of the year is an annual, all-inclusive, tropical vacation for around 400 people! She also works closely with HR on employee engagement and retention for corporate office staff.
(And she’s a Gryffindor.)

Jess (Dunn) Tilton ‘06

Major: English Education / Teacher Certification 5-12

Jess has been teaching English at Kennett High School since 2006, and is the current department chair. She’s also taught adult ed. for the evening program, and community college courses for WMCC. Along the way she earned an MSEd from UNE and has presented her interdisciplinary work with a colleague at several conferences, including NCTE, NCSS, and ECET. Jess has been married for 12 years, and their son is in kindergarten this year.

Caitlin Sica ‘15

Major: English / Teacher Certification 5-12

Caitlin graduated with her BA in English with secondary education. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 with an MA in Theology. She currently teaches theology at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH. Caitlin’s first book will be published in 2020 by Life Teen, a company whom she currently blogs for and writes curriculum for.

Aaron Fitzgerald ‘08

Major: English / Teacher Certification 5-12

Aaron is an English language arts teacher in Stockholm, Sweden for Internationella Engelska Skolan. He began teaching abroad in South Korea in 2010 where he worked as an elementary school teacher for three years and then as an assistant professor of English for three and a half years. There was a quick six months in St. Paul, Minnesota at a Korean immersion charter school before moving to Sweden in 2017 with his Spanish-teaching fiancée and their Korean rescue poodle. Life is good.

Hannah Hounsell ‘17

Major: English / Teacher Certification 5-12

After a long-term substituting position and year working as the USNH Open Education Administrative Assistant, she returned to PSU as a Program Support Assistant and Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative. She is also the Coordinator of the National Writing Project in NH’s Young Writers Institute.

Josh Nicolaisen ‘07

Major: Engish / Teacher Certification 5-12

Before shifting gears, Josh taught at Lin-Wood and Belmont high schools each for one year and Waterville Valley Academy for ten. He is now the owner of Old Man Gardening LLC and a snowboard coach at the Holderness School. He is also the New Hampshire Series Director for the United States Snowboard and Freeski Association and serves as a Technical Advisor for US Ski and Snowboard. He has recently published his poetry in Writers Resist, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, and So It Goes.

Kelsie Collins ‘16

Major: English

Currently a Marketing Project Manager for HeartBrain Marketing in Manchester, NH. She is also the founder of The People’s Book, a publication of NH based artists and writers that was featured on NHPR’s All Things Considered. You can listen to that story HERE. Lastly, Kelsie co-hosts a poetry open mic the last Tuesday of every month at True Brew in Concord, NH. Her life blood is the veggie burrito at Burrito Me.

John C. Rodgers III ‘17

Major: English Education
Minor: Music

John is a traveling English and drama teacher for Nonnative speakers. He is currently finishing his first year and a half in Beijing China, where he teaches theatre classes of Chinese students (ages 5-14) and privately tutors both kids and adults in English and music. John says that China is full of opportunities for Native English speakers to lend their language to the Chinese community interested in learning the language. John will be deciding in the next few months if he would like to remain in Beijing or travel to another part of the world and look for other venues with large demands for English teachers. He writes scripts and performs with his ukulele in his free time.

Meredith Ryan ‘18

Major: English

Minor: Criminal Justice

Meredith is still on the quest to find out what they want to do with their life, which is totally okay! For now, they work as a Direct Care Counselor for adolescent girls in DCF care in North Eastern Massachusetts. They plan on either moving to England as rain is their favorite type of weather, or to New Zealand to become a sheep farmer. Either way, the English department at Plymouth State taught Meredith no matter what they do in their life, being able to think critically is an important job skill and writing well is a resume booster; no matter what career one has!

Addie Weller ‘15

Major: English
Minor: Spanish & TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate

After spending over two years teaching English in China and Thailand, Addie decided to move back to her home state of Maine in the hopes of pursing a more long-term career. She is fortunate to now work at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine as the Integrated Admissions Strategy Coordinator. Addie spends her days marketing, working on social media, and writing website content, email communications, and blog posts for both the undergraduate and graduate admissions departments. Outside of the office, you can find her at the beach, on her yoga mat, or at her apartment cozying up with a good book.

Gabby Germain '14

Major: English

Gabby graduated Cum Laude with a BA in English in 2014. She moved to Colorado, and got immersed into the Information Technology field, focusing on customer support and analytic research. She worked in the mortgage and telecommunications fields, working for large industry leading companies. Currently, she is living back in New Hampshire working as a Business Systems Analyst, which includes analyzing data and gathering/documenting business requirements for software and system upgrades.

Samuel Metivier ‘16

Major: English

Samuel graduated as an English major in 2016-Samuel taught Language Arts in his hometown of Manchester, New Hampshire & then moved to Thailand to teach English as a Second Language. Samuel currently teaches grades 1-6. Samuel resides in Thailand & is moving to Bangkok in March to continue teaching ESL. On the weekends, you can find Samuel exploring Asia with his girlfriend, hiking & riding his motorcycle

Cara Losier Chanoine '05

Major: English

Cara completed her Ph.D. in Literature in 2018, and recently accepted a position at River Valley Community College as an associate professor and English program director. She’s been rattling around the New England poetry scene since she left PSU, and has had some fantastic adventures with publishing, workshops, slam poetry, and readings. Cara was fortunate to have Scars Publications release her first two poetry collections in 2013 and 2016, respectively. She married a standup comedian and all-around excellent person; no kids, but their pet rats seem to think they’re okay guardians. She is still watching a lot of bad horror movies, writing a lot of melodramatic poems, and wearing a lot of black eyeliner.

Parker Allen, ’11

Currently, Parker is the Senior Manager of Program Content and Evaluation at the American Field Service (AFS-USA), which provides meaningful study abroad experiences that create a more just and peaceful world. He’s been with the organization for 6 years and was recently responsible for the content of all of their programs and their impact evaluations. He has a strong focus toward managing the short-term summer programs, Global Prep, that are designed around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goals.

This last summer, Parker led one of the programs to New Zealand that focused on Climate Change, Conservation, and Indigenous Peoples. He works with colleagues from around the world to develop these programs and manage their operations, and often reference him study abroad experience provided by PSU to Lisbon, Portugal – which was pivotal in shaping his life. He is also the organization’s staff liaison with the Board of Directors, where he takes the minutes and keeps the board informed.

Prior to this position, Parker spent four years at AFS-USA implementing the Public Diplomacy programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. After graduating in 2011, he spent one year teaching English in South Korea, where he was promoted to a management position within the school. Parker lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife that he met during his PSU study abroad experience.

Parker is incredibly appreciative for his English major and draws from the education he received from PSU’s exceptional professors daily. He remains extraordinarily grateful to the English Department at PSU as well as The Clock, which remains an instrumental influences on his life.

Shawn W. Murphy ‘88

Shawn is a Professor of Journalism at SUNY Plattsburgh and faculty advisor to its award-winning student newspaper. Murphy also has taught and advised at Midland Lutheran College (Nebraska) and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Murphy worked as a reporter, editor and photographer for several newspapers and a magazine throughout New England and in Florida. Murphy earned a master’s degree in print journalism from Northeastern University in Boston in 1992 and a bachelor’s degree in English/Writing from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire in 1988.

Keith Bouchard ’14

Major: English

Keith moved to China in 2014 a week after graduating to teach English in Beijing. He worked for two years in private English training centers before opening his own private English classroom, Keith’s Happy English Classes, which has been in operation for four years. In November 2018 he was invited to attend an early childhood education conference in Guilin, China as a guest lecturer on early literacy development. That year he also finished writing his first children’s novel, Bright Star, Silver Moon, which is available on Amazon.