Master's Degree Outstanding Alumni Awards

These awards are presented to alumni who have earned Master's Degrees at JSC, who have made outstanding accomplishments in their careers and lives, whether in social service, business, or community service. Nominations come from faculty, staff, and alumni. Selection is made by the President of the College.

2007 Recipients

Carleen A. Musick, ’97, M.A. 2004

Carleen MusickCarleen A. Musick received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education in 1997 and then her M.Ed. in 2004.  Carleen is employed by the Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union working in the Bakersfield Elementary and Middle School.  As a facilitator for the reading program, Success for All, she became the reading coach for the school in 2003. 

Reflecting on her career, Carleen says that she has always wanted to be a teacher.  She took a 20-year break between her freshman and sophomore years in college.  When her younger daughter went away to college she decided, with the encouragement of her husband, John, that she too would return to college and finish what she had started years before.  Her daughter Beth said that she was going through a mid-life crisis but that she was doing it in a constructive way.  In 2004, Carleen was named a Vermont Outstanding Teacher. 

Carleen and her husband, John, reside in Bakersfield along with John’s 91-year old mother.  They have two grown daughters of whom they are very proud, Danielle and Beth, along with a five-year old grandson and 18-year old step-grandson. 

Deborah Stieglitz Shell, ’96, M.A. 1998

Deborah ShellDeborah Stieglitz Shell received her B.F.A. degree in 1995 and her master’s degree in counseling in 1998.  Deb is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, currently working as an outpatient therapist.  She has become a regional expert in working with children with attachment and trauma issues, and has recently co-authored a book for treatment providers, Creating Capacity for Attachment: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Trauma Attachment Disorders.  She is currently teaching the course in Family Counseling for the graduate counseling program.

Deb has a long history of advocacy for children and families. She has worked for many years as a leader for La Leche League International, and for efforts aimed at supporting home schooling. She is most pleased about the way her children, now adults, find meaning in relationships, with each other, in their work, and in their communities.  She says, “My formal post-graduate training with Dan Hughes began in 1999 and continues to be a guiding influence in my therapy practice.”   She lives in Georgia, Vermont, in a handmade house with her husband, dogs and chickens.