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Suzanne Moberly '78

As I was reading the most recent NEC Today and thinking about my days in Henniker. I realize it has been a very long time since I submitted an Alumni update.

When I was at NEC I had the opportunity as an English major to develop and hone the writing and research skills which have been the hallmark of my successive professional and educational success. As a non-traditional student, I was married when I was a student and had children very soon after my graduation. Although I was not an Early Childhood major, I worked in the field in order to be able to earn an income and to also still be very much involved with my older children when they were of pre-school age. This experience led me to becoming a Director of pre-school and later the Director of a domestic and sexual assault crisis center in the North Country of New Hampshire. During this time, I used my writing skills to write grants and public speeches on domestic violence to help raise awareness and funds for the cause. In 2001, I founded the Support Center at Burch House by working to secure funds to establish the first domestic violence shelter for the larger Littleton, NH area. 

After devoting 11 years to the domestic violence agency, I went back to school and completed a MEd with a concentration on teaching writing at Plymouth State University. This led to teaching high school English for the next 5 years, while I also began to work on my EdD. In 2104, I completed my doctorate. My dissertation: Walden III: Examining the Organization and Structure of Contemporary Intentional Permaculture Communities took me to Scotland and Quebec for research. In my dissertation, I sought to explore how an individual’s sense of his/herself within a community impacts a person’s overall well-being, while I simultaneously examined how living a sustainable life style positively influences individual well-being.

At this point in time, I am the Director of the Education and Training Partnership at Granite State College, which is a contracted program with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families to provide statewide education and training for New Hampshire residents to become licensed foster and adoptive parents. The program also provides professional development to the staffs of the 22 residential facilities in the State for children in care. 

Throughout the last 10 years I also taught writing and literature at White Mountains Community College. I currently teach Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development through the Graduate Department of Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum at Plymouth State University.

I lived in Henniker for many years, but for the last 23 years my family has lived in Littleton, NH. I am married to Dr. Alan Moberly, who taught history at NEC for 33 years before his retirement in 1999. We have three children together, Scarlett, 25 who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNH; David, 23, who is a senior at Plymouth State University majoring in Environmental Planning and Design; and Genevieve, who will graduate from high school this June (2016). I am also the mother of two children from my first marriage who live in Henniker: Jarrod and Kiel Tirrell. The name by which some of my former classmates would know me is Suzanne Sanville-Tirrell, ’78.

I also wish to gratefully acknowledge a few of the faculty who provided me with the high quality education I experienced at New England College: Professors Frank Cullinan and Tomie DePaola; Dr. Richard Schuster; Dr. Phyllis Hall; and of course, Dr. Alan Moberly. They, and many others, fostered my continuing sense of intellectual curiosity, which has served as a solid foundation as I have pursued a depth of professional and educational experiences throughout my life.