Education Alumni Participant Bios
Read about the 2018 alumni participants’ biographies and work histories.
Diane Holben '87
Diane graduated from Muhlenberg with a double major in biology and Latin as well as certification in secondary teaching. While at Muhlenberg, she appreciated the ability to form close relationships with students and staff, many of which continue to this day. Diane currently serves as the assistant superintendent of the North Penn School District in Lansdale, PA. She has also served as the director of academic accountability in the Allentown School District and taught high school biology and Latin in the Saucon Valley School District. She enjoys pursuing research in school law related to bullying with her colleague, Dr. Perry Zirkel, Professor Emeritus of Education and Law at Lehigh University, and has published several journal articles on this topic. Diane credits her Muhlenberg experience with developing both knowledge of research-based teaching strategies and the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to succeed in the educational field.
Diane will be speaking in History and Politics of American Education and attending the networking lunch on Monday, April 9.
Michael Mauro '09
After spending time in a career that left Michael unsatisfied, he chose Muhlenberg as the school to pursue his dream of teaching. Here, he was met with individuals that helped lay the groundwork for his success as an educator. In the years following his time at Berg, he earned his master’s degree at Lehigh University, served as both science & social studies department chair and have been working hard each day to improve the lives of the children in his school!
Michael will be speaking in The Arts in Education and attending the networking lunch on Wednesday, April 11.
Thomas O'Brien '88
Thomas’s Muhlenberg experience provided a solid foundation for a career in education, thanks to the outstanding Spanish, English, and education Departments! His career began in 1988 at East Stroudsburg High School, where he taught English, Spanish, and gifted education. Since 1996, he has been at Harriton High School in the Lower Merion School District, where he’s taught Spanish and Theory of Knowledge and where he coordinates the district’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Thomas will be speaking in History and Politics and attending the networking lunch on Monday, April 9.