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President Hrabowski highlighted the accomplishments of Dr. Atkinson during the
December 2009 commencement ceremony: "Helen Atkinson will receive the Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture today. Originally from the U.K., Helen returned to graduate school as a non-traditional student, balancing her studies and research while helping to raise five teenagers. She worked in the Baltimore City School system for many years, most recently as the founder and leader of the Blum Mentoring Program and as a founder and lead teacher for a new alternative high school. Her research focused on the impact of students' alternative curricula, including wilderness experiences. She will be working with UMBC Professor Christine Mallinson on research projects in City schools.
Congratulations, Helen. Your commitment to finding new ways to teach students and
support teachers is impressive -- and honorable. Your dedication to balancing
work and family is inspiring. "