Arlene Rodriguez was born 143 years after Daniel Shays died.
It was that landmark which, upon its closing, was converted into Springfield Technical Community College, where Rodriguez serves as dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
In that capacity, she
has been involved in a number of other programs - from a partnership between STCC and the Community Music School
to Rosa Parks Day events to organizing activities for Hispanic Heritage Month - that characterize both her
community-minded spirit and her
belief that learning takes place inside the classroom and out.
And such learning mustn't end with a college diploma, she
, adding that the Shays
program, Reconsidering the Debt: Scholars Revisit Shays' Rebellion, offered keen insight into the man who led the revolt and the so-called Regulators who fought beside him.
Rodriguez taught courses ranging from English Composition to Latino Literature at the college for a number of years before becoming dean in 2005.
credits deans she
worked under with instilling an imaginative, outside-the-box approach to education and teaching.
"I had some great deans who never told me 'no,'" she